Gray has taken the limelight for far longer than people think. True, the book Fifty Shades of Gray gave it a Hollywood boost – but it earned its fame fair and square through its own innate beauty. Hence, it has become known as the “color of the decade.” In 2017 design trends, gray rises to new heights as many paint companies increase their range of gray shades, and homeowners find new ways to incorporate it into their homes. Read on to find out about the new era of grays, and how you can make it work with any motif in your custom home.
From Thanksgiving dinner to birthdays, company parties to girls’ night, there is an art to entertaining. And if you are one of the lucky people who loves to entertain, you know that planning is everything. But when it comes to your home, how do you create a space plan that enhances both your family life and your social gatherings? And is it really worth a full remodel? Where do you even get started?
So you’ve heard the words “Modern” and “Contemporary” used in terms of architecture and design. When it comes to designing and building your home, which style do you prefer? Did you know that there is a difference between the two?
When you define the words, they both seem to mean almost the same:
- “Modern: Of or relating to present times as opposed to the remote past.”
- “Contemporary: Belonging to or occurring in the present, at the same time.”
But when we talk of architecture or interior design, believe it or not, there is a difference.
There are so many things to consider when designing your custom home. Whether you are working with a designer or a custom home builder, doing a large remodel or building from the ground up, you have much to look at and many decisions to make. There is, however, one item that could be a good starting point in your home design – and indeed, may be one of the most crucial design items you select.
We’re talking about first impressions.
Do you want to make your house appealing before a visitor has even walked into your home?
One of the focal points of the exterior front of your house which contributes a lot to curb appeal is your FRONT DOOR!
There are many styles of architecture, from Roman and colonial to regency and baroque; they all have their similarities and differences. But they are also distinct. Contemporary and modern architecture are also distinct, despite any confusion you may have. Throw out all ideas of cookie cutter homes. A modern architecture home is nothing short of awesome.
Contemporary: the Non-Style
Okay, I mentioned contemporary. It’s actually not a style at all. Contemporary simply means ‘now’. Modern and contemporary are not interchangeable Read More »
Craftsman style is best summed up by one word: wood. Lots and lots of wood. Interior characteristics may include plenty of exposed wood and fireplaces. In the past, this style has been associated with farmhouses, cottages and cabins (even “moose lodges”), but it’s in more home designs than you might think.
A craftsman style home has specific structural and cosmetic elements. Dormer windows, for instance, as well decorative attic vents, and stone chimneys. The rustic feel has, unfortunately, come to be associated in some circles with older style homes, due to overusing wood or even 1970s wood paneling.
Craftsman style is back! No longer is it stuffy or conservative, because it’s got some new twists and techniques.
It’s that time of year again. Time to get out the holiday silver, the crystal, and the holiday linens. Soon your kitchen will be filled with the smell of pumpkin and clove, the sound of laughter, and the warmth of friends, family, and other visitors. Before the festivities begin, why not give your home the care and attention it deserves? Not only will it add to the holiday ambiance, it will be a gift to yourself and your family that will last for years. Our designer has a few design tips to re-decorate your home in preparation for the holidays. With just a few simple upgrades, you can transform your home into the epitome of luxury and beauty for years to come.
Here are five ways to make your home holiday perfect:Read More »
Building a home is one of the most important things you’ll do in your life. It should also be one of the most fulfilling. Of course, you must choose the right builder. That means checking past work, trustworthiness, honesty, ethics, costs, and more. It also means understanding how that builder goes about designing and building. There’s more to it than just drawing up some plans and starting construction. Not every contractor is the same.
There are two methods: design-build and design-bid-build. Don’t be deceived by the similarity of names. They are very different.
The design-bid-build methodology has been around a long time because it is the easiest way Read More »
Living in Florida can be paradise. But even paradise can have challenges. For Floridians, challenges come in one word: hurricanes. These devastating constructs of mother earth can lay waste to an unprepared home in seconds.
Hurricanes are a definite consideration when building a home in Tampa or Clearwater. Taking time and effort to plan a hurricane proof house will help keep your homeowners insurance lower while providing peace of mind.
The Perfect Storm
If you haven’t dealt with a hurricane before, think very high winds that can reach well over 100mph, heavy rain, and possible severe flooding. Storm surge is what causes the widest damage in a hurricane, but if you are away Read More »
There is one constant in Florida besides the weather: value in property. The closer you get to the coast, the more valuable the property. Sure, Miami or Boca Raton or Orlando get most of the attention, but the better value and investment can be in areas like Tampa, Clearwater and St Petersburg. With the economy on an upswing and property values growing stronger, now is the time to consider building a guest house to make the most of your land.
There are several reasons why building a guest house is a good idea.Read More »