As a custom home builder in Niagara, we take advantage of as many of nature's focal points as possible, through the strategic layout and placement of oversized windows. But not every home has an extraordinary view, meaning you need the right interior elements to set the tone and mood of the space.
With the baby boomers aging there is a new demand in keeping homes easily accessible for the elderly and those with special needs. This can often be something that is overlooked in the initial development plans for a home or renovation. There are numerous ways you can make simple changes to your home during a renovation to make it more accessible, but here are a few key areas to keep in mind.
With today’s hectic family schedules, gone are the days when the master bedroom was just that, a bedroom. Now, it has become a retreat—a sanctuary that one goes to find tranquility and pampering; to find that so elusive private time. Therefore, it stands to reason that while the average master bedroom may still be the biggest bedroom in the house, it does not necessarily meet the needs of today’s homeowners.
These days, new parents or those with aging parents are encountering a dilemma—“How can I best care for my loved ones?” An incredible number of people are choosing in-home options, such as adding on or renovating for an in-law or nanny suite. Unlike some other custom home renovations, there are a number of unique parameters to consider when planning an in-law or nanny suite. Here are just a few of many considerations:
With growing or shrinking family dynamics and ever changing lifestyles sometimes, we simply outgrow our house, or it stops feeling like home! For some, the simple answer is to move or build elsewhere, but for others, moving is simply out of the question.
What can be said about a bathroom – Well, every home needs to have one… but it doesn’t have to just be practical!
Kitchens are one of the most popular custom home renovations. The reasoning behind it can vary from homeowner to homeowner, but if done right, can be one of the best returns on your investment for resale of your home. The kitchen has become the heart of the home; it is the primary family gathering place, so these renovations are unique to each family dynamic. They are greatly dependent on lifestyle, budget, personal tastes, and available space - and thus require careful planning. Consider the following:
In recent years, a common trend in custom home renovations has been to “open things up”. Homeowners are transforming their existing conventional houses into their dream homes by knocking down walls and adding structural beams to combine their kitchen, dining room, and living areas.
When you live in Niagara, outdoor living in the spring and summer season is a big part of the culture. After participating in the many choices of activities available in the region, it is no wonder that many homeowners want to create a tranquil retreat in their own backyards. For some, doing so may be as easy as changing patio furniture and adding a few decorative planters — but for many, it requires the creation of their ideal patio or deck.
After the winter we have had with its sub-zero temperatures and fierce snowstorms, it is understandable that homeowners would be looking forward to warmer weather and extending their living spaces to the much missed outdoors. Outdoor rooms have become very popular in the last few years; they are no longer limited to the areas where weather is moderate. Space is a valuable commodity and you can reclaim your under-utilized yard for an extension of your own living space. Your backyard can be your new retreat or vacation spot!
Here are just a few ideas: