We have all heard horror stories of building projects that have ended in disaster. Family and friends hired someone to build their patio or finish a renovation and ended up with a final product not even close to what they had envisioned in the beginning. In some cases this can all be the result of bad communication between the project manager and the home owner. As small as communication might seem it is a vital part in any project development and can provide the following.
When consulting with a client about their future aspirations for a house there is often a large focus on the interior and exterior look and design. But when they are asked about landscaping plans for their back and front yard it can yield a puzzling look. The truth is your front and back yards are just as big of an important part to their living area as the interior of their home. Here are some ways to maximize the look of your outdoor space.
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.