Indoor-Outdoor Living More and more homeowners desire that their indoor and outdoor spaces flow smoothly together. Dining areas are created outdoors or in a screened-in porch and fireplaces are built right into the patio. Flexible Spaces In 2011 as we were preparing for the birth of our second child we knew we would need help […]
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Our custom home Augustine features a waterfall adorning the sloped yard just off the large screened-in porch, and leading to a patio.
More and more homeowners desire that their indoor and outdoor spaces flow smoothly together. Dining areas are created outdoors or in a screened-in porch and fireplaces are built right into the patio.
In 2011 as we were preparing for the birth of our second child we knew we would need help from family after our baby arrived. We didn’t have room for an addition, but we wanted our live-in guest to have a separate space, so instead we remodeled our partially finished basement into a mother-in-law suite.
We’re seeing an increase in “flexible spaces” in custom homes, i.e. spaces which can double as more than one purpose as a family’s needs change. For example many homeowners desire a home office because many more people now work from home, But they also want the flexibility to transition it into a bedroom and bath for when an aging parent moves into the home.
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Big bathtubs take up large amounts of space and use mass amounts of water. Instead homeowners now want large 2-person showers with fancy gadgets. It gives them the luxury of a spa experience, and maximizes the use of space.
For inspiration for your own bathroom check out these two person shower ideas on Pinterest
An environmentally smart trend that’s not going away! We use reclaimed lumber in a variety of projects, and so are other manufacturers. It’s making appearances in not only flooring, but doors, furnishings and any other place you would use wood. Learn more about reclaimed wood, including how we use it in our blog Reclaimed Wood: What It Is and What You Should Know About It
Also often referred to as high performance homes, energy efficient homes are an ever growing trend for 2016 because they can offer up to 30% in energy savings in comparison to the typical new home, according to ENERGY STAR
. But beyond that they deliver better quality, comfort and durability. In fact, according to an article by Builder
called Is Energy Efficiency Cost Effective
, the benefits of an energy efficient home have less to do with utility bill savings, and more to do with solving and preventing problems such as ice dams or cold drafts. Saving money is only another benefit.