6 Master Tips for the Master Bedroom - Part II in our series Avoiding Common Regrets When Building Your New Home

by Greg Dodge 24. March 2014 14:27
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Part II in our series - Avoiding Common Regrets When Building Your New Home


 

In case you missed our first post about what to consider when designing your kitchen you won't want to miss it. Read it here.

 

 

6 Master Tips for the Master Bedroom


When you begin looking over the plans to build your brand new home, you will experience a lot of emotions, and excitement is probably one of the big ones. You (and your significant other in many cases) get to help create a home to match your wants and needs, how could you not be!?! 

 

If you are like most, you will probably begin to feel a little overwhelmed as well. With all the decisions you get to make, your builder will be looking for direction on this room and that. Which upgrades do you want? Where should you place your vents? What kind of lighting do you want in your master bedroom?

Understanding what is available to you before you have to make these decisions will help you when it comes time to make decide. Not only will this help you avoid that overwhelmed feeling, but it will decrease the stress and make the whole experience more enjoyable.

With that said, lets get into what you are all here for:


Six Masterful Tips for Your Master Bedroom!

 

The master bedroom is yours! Its your space to retreat, sleep, relax and feel at home. Taking the time to make it a place you will enjoy and find comfort in will go a long way in helping you love your home. So, what should you consider when putting your master suite together? How about we start with the following six areas:

 

1.   Focal Point

2.   Comfort

3.   Lighting

4.   Color

5.   Ceiling

6.   Storage


Focal Point

 

Deciding where (and what) your focal point will be before hand, will help you create a master bedroom you will be able to enjoy for years to come. You may have a number of options to choose from, fireplace, large window, doors leading outside, but no matter what the options may be youll want to begin by looking at the layout of the room.

 

Where will you place your bed, dressers and any additional furniture you may be planning to add? Having this in mind will help you visualize what you ultimately want out of your master suite. Once you have an idea of what will be going into the room, you will be able to determine where you focal point will be.

Depending on the builder and house plan, you may have a few add-on options to choose from, the fireplace, double doors leading to your deck or maybe even a large bay window. Any of these options would make for a beautiful focal point. If these arent available to you, you may want to consider the placement of your bed and/or the inclusion of the large painting.

 

Comfort

As you settle in and begin to discuss the layout of your new bedroom, I recommend keeping comfort in mind. As I stated earlier, this is your room! Make it a sanctuary to yourself (and significant other.) Make it a place where you will be able to getaway, when you cant getaway.

 

This could include simple things like the placement of your bed to enjoy the beautiful view outside to which upgrades will help you feel more at home. Imagine how the setup will help calm you, and provide a relaxing space to get the rest you need.

 

If you do have a significant other, make sure that both of your voices are being heard. This should be a room you can enjoy together.

 

Lighting

You've probably already been thinking about this, you may have thought about wall sconces, chandelier or how the natural light will come into play. If so you are on the right track!

 

Not only can you look at how the lighting will brighten your sanctuary, but you can add a touch of you with the style in the fixtures. You may want to take a look at a site like Houzz.com for ideas.

 

As you explore windows and the benefits of natural light.   Transom windows are usually smaller and placed high in a wall allowing daylight and at the same time, privacy.  When set atop other windows, they extend views and sight-lines.  Where appropriate, you may also want to include a blackout liner for when you need to rest during daylight hours. Additionally, I would recommend adding a dimmer, so you can adjust the brightness during the evening and late night hours.

 

Colors

Similar to the lighting, you may already have a few ideas in your head. If you already have bedding, furniture or even art picked out, I recommend taking the time to understand how it will look with the color schemes you have in mind.

 

If you are struggling to choose the colors, check out these tips from the Decorating Files. Remember the colors we choose will affect our modes.

 

Ceilings

 

Will the master bedroom be on the 1st floor? Will the ceilings be angled because of the roof? How will the ceiling compliment the walls? As you can see this is only skimming the surface of choices you will have when deciding how to ensure the ceiling will compliment the goals you have for this important room.

 

Far too often I see new home builders skimp over the ceiling, and miss out on a tremendous opportunity to add some character to a room where they will be spending so much time on their backs. Spend a little extra time to add a little bit of yourself to the ceiling. Check out these fun ideas from HGTV to get started to get your creative juices flowing.

 

Storage

Maybe you have planned for a large closet or have a few dressers youll be counting on and feel youll have plenty of storage. If so you could be missing out on a great opportunity to get creative and ad some additional storage you may want or need in the future.

 

You may want to consider adding some shelving, built in doors or maybe even an alcove for a little more creative storage space. Dont limit yourself just the traditional, get creative and check these storage ideas from DigsDigs for more ways to add to your storage needs.

 

Whatever your needs (or wants) are, we can all get a little creative and make our master bedroom a place we can truly enjoy with a little bit of planning and preparation.

 

What ideas and tips do you have? I would love to hear about how youve made your master bedroom a room that reflects who you are and what you need.


 

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Avoiding Common Regrets When Building Your New Home

by Greg Dodge 25. February 2014 09:51
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The moment you’ve waited for has arrived, keys are in hand and your builder is eager to show off the finished product. You are flooded with a mixture of emotions, relief, joy, exhaustion and you can’t wait to finally move into you brand new home!

 

Three months later, and for the most part you couldn’t be happier…well except for…

 

We’ve all been there, whether it is our first car or picking a major in school; we wish we would have done something a little different. When it comes to building a new home, what we thought we wanted doesn’t always end up meeting our needs.

 

So, whether you’re building your first home or you are a recent empty nester looking to downsize, join us as we take a look at how to avoid making some common regrets in your dream home.

 

First up we take a look at the kitchen.

 

 

5 Areas to Consider When Designing Your Kitchen

 

Depending on where you are in life, can make a big difference not only with what you need in the kitchen but what you want as well. If you love to cook and you have a large family, you might want to double up on the ovens. Or you may be recent empty-nesters, and you are downsizing your collection of bowls and plates. Whatever the case, here are the 5 most important things to evaluate and pay close attention too.


1.  Size: Storage space, cabinetry, pantry
2.  Placement Sink & Appliances
3.  Appliances
4.  Flooring
5.  Colors, lighting (Not enough light)

 

As you begin reviewing options for your kitchen, keep in mind the following 5 areas to avoid any major regrets.

 

Kitchen Size & Storage Space (Cabinets & Pantry)

 

Scholz Design's Siena Manor B 135, Home Plan 56139 Kitchen

 

Getting the kitchen size right can go a long way to avoiding any potential regrets lurking around the corner. Nobody wants to start cooking in a kitchen and feel cramped, nor do you want to look around at your massive room and feel as though you missed out on an opportunity because of your gargantuan kitchen space.

 

Take some time before you sit down with you builder to discuss with your spouse what each of you is expecting out of your kitchen. You’ll be deciding the overall size as well as storage space (cabinets and a pantry.) Getting the size and space right is key to feeling happy with your finished kitchen. 

 

How many dishes will you need? How often will you be entertaining? How many meals will you be preparing each week? Although it can be hard to hit the sweet spot when it comes to storage space, it is usually better to err on the side of too much storage space.

 

Layout

 

Design 42057 Kitchen. As built by Sam Bradley Homes in Springfield, MO.

 

We all want to get the most out of the kitchen. One thing I hear often about building your own home is,

 

“You don’t always get what you want but you get what you ask for.”

 

I think there is nothing in the house more applicable to that as you are considering the size of this space you’ll want to think about the layout as well. Addressing simple questions such as functionality, design and placement of appliances, can help you get the most out of your kitchen. Especially if you are looking at one story home plans, this decision is even more important.

 

Take some time to really understand what you like and don’t like in the kitchen. If you’re like me and enjoy spending time in the kitchen, you’ve probably already been making mental notes of what you do and don’t like about your current kitchen. Don’t stop there! Write down any ideas you have, spend some time in your family and friend’s kitchens, and consult with your builder.

 

Sinks & Appliances

 

Design 42048.  A kitchen with a view.  Extra storage in the enlarged island compensates for the loss of cabinets on the outside wall.  Lots of windows allow for tons of natural light!

 

Sink location and the number of sinks in a kitchen has evolved considerably the last couple of years. As the beautiful sink above illustrates.

 

While you’re deciding on what type of sink to get, you may not be spending as much time thinking about where to place it. We recommend giving a lot of thought into where your sink will go. Deciding on the type of sink and placement of that sink should be a joint decision. Look at the positives and negatives of the positions you are considering and talk to family and friends about what they like and don’t like about their sink.

 

Ditto for your appliances! Getting placement right the first time will help you avoid possible headaches down the road and help you enjoy your kitchen to its fullest.

 

Flooring & Countertops

 

Home Plan 2174 the Cordeaux

 

We all have preconceived ideas on what we like and want. When it comes to flooring and counters, most of us probably have a preference, whether it is hard wood floors and marble countertops or bamboo floors and soapstone countertops.

 

Whatever your preference or preconceived ideas are, you should take some time to understand what options are available to you and fit your budget. In most cases this will help you avoid regretting your floors and countertops.

 

Lighting & Colors

 

unexpected color!

 

Far too often lighting is one of the last things new home builders worry about, especially in the kitchen. Invest additional time and research into understanding how the light fixtures will play in your space. You’ll find that most experts recommend using a mixture of fixtures to layer the light in the kitchen.

 

As you make your lighting decisions don’t forget to factor in the color of your walls, floors, cabinets and countertops. How will these colors affect the overall look and feel of your kitchen? How will they appear in each layer of lighting? While you can change the colors of our walls and cabinets on a whim, it can be more of a challenge when it comes to your floors and countertops.

 

Prepare Now to Avoid Any Possible Regrets

As you begin planning your kitchen, come prepared with your ideas. Know what you want and need. Don’t leave the decisions up to the builder.

 

Spend some time looking at the kitchens of your family and friends, and keep track of what you like and don’t like. You are building a home for you and your family, and the time you spend investing in understanding what you want and need, will pay off in limiting if not eliminating regrets and making you a happy new home owner!

 

Sooner or later after building a home you will say “I wish I had thought of that!” Sign up to our HER Home Thought of the Day to make sure you don’t say that (as often) after building your next home.

 

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"The Great Closet Debate"

by Paul Foresman 18. February 2014 13:14
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A debate rages over Owner's suite closet position and access. Some buyers prefer the convenience of entering the closet(s) directly from the owner's bath area, as shown in plan #50023. This approach minimizes noise and disruption in the bedroom when, say, one spouse is getting ready while the other is trying to sleep. It also allows the combined bathroom + closet areas to double as dressing areas. Yet, many buyers fear excess bathroom humidity will damage clothing in the closet(s). Seemingly the same layout in reverse, in Scholz Design's plan 55177 the homeowners walk through the closet area en route to the adjoining bathroom.

 

 
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50023
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55177

 

Homes That Flow design 29802 provides abundant separation between the closets and the bathroom. Concern over excess humidity is eliminated, but there is the aforementioned disruption in using a part of the bedroom as a traffic way. Carmichael and Dame plan 9210 presents a short hallway that keeps the doors to both the bathroom and the closet out of the bedroom itself, yet they are just a couple steps apart.

 

 
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29802
9210
9210

 

From These examples, which do you prefer?

 

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President's Day!

by Greg Dodge 17. February 2014 10:33
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Happy Presidents' Day

 

Over the weekend, my family talked about the different Presidential homes we have visited. These pictures were taken on one of our trips to D.C.   All the homes are with day trips from D.C.  Can you identify them?


A

B

 

C

 

D


We are are curious to know if you have visited any presidential homes. If so which ones? Which is your favorite?

Thank you MelD (my wife) for the idea!

 

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Doubling up in the kitchen

by Greg Dodge 28. January 2014 06:44
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Designing the perfect kitchen is a matter of personal style. Everything from your household size to meal preferences to how you like to entertain needs to be considered.  

 

 


If your new kitchen has sufficient cabinet space, many people are eliminating a base cabinet and adding a second dishwasher. You may be surprised how little the difference in price is. And for individuals who set the table right out of the dishwasher (hey, they're clean dishes!) it's almost like you didn't give up any storage!

 

 

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The Kitchen Pantry is Evolving

by Greg Dodge 6. January 2014 16:46
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Pantries got bigger reflecting our appetite for prepared foods. Then they got bigger again as we filled them with mixers, crock pots and small appliances. Now many pantries are being designed as food prep areas.  Women challenged and inspired our designers to create a food prep area separate from the kitchen to keep the kitchen's aesthetic appeal during entertaining. Practical considerations meant it had to be  close to the kitchen with easy access to everything you need. We dubbed the solution the "work-in" pantry! Pantries have not only gotten larger, they're often becoming more discrete. Increasingly popular are kitchen pantry designs where the storage is not visually open to the kitchen. The layout may have a door from the kitchen with storage around the corner, or locate the pantry door itself around the corner from the kitchen. The pantry may even have dual access, with a door from the rear foyer meaning groceries can be stored in the pantry without having to first unload them in the kitchen before putting them away!

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HER Home Thought of the Day - Best of 2013

by Greg Dodge 30. December 2013 07:40
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Published Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, HER Home’s Thought of the Day is derived from our audience feedback as well as real-life experiences of the Her Home staff. This email series is designed to answer the question -- "I wish I had known about that!" This Monday, Wednesday, Friday email places in your inbox, solutions to common home building questions, design ideas, and insights into products to put into your new home or remodel project.


 

We had some great responses to our topics in 2013.  Here is the 'Best of" for 2013.  

 


Enjoy.  Be safe. See you in 2014.

 

Subscribe to HER Home at Thought of the Day here


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It's all about the view!

by Paul Foresman 3. December 2013 10:49

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A man and woman walk in the front door to a model home.


What do they see?


Most men will focus on a singular, long focal point (such as a wall of windows at the back of the great room.)  Most women will see much more, with women's heightened peripheral vision.  From the flooring to the ceiling details, colors, textures and other amenities, she takes it all in.

As a general rule, for men think "spotlight".  For women, think "floodlight".

The view from the front entry foyer sets expectations for the entire home.  That's why so much emphasis is placed upon creating interesting entry views.

Take, for example, Design Basics' Kenneth plan.  Though just 2351 square feet in size, the home presents a spacious entry foyer leading to a stunning see-thru stone fireplace and great room with cathedral ceiling and dramatic windows!  

Upon entry, your home can visually say it is something truly special!

View Kenneth home plan.  

The Many Great Benefits of Rear-Entry Foyers

by Paul Foresman 23. October 2013 10:39

 

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The Top Seven Apps for Home Builders

by Greg Dodge 26. September 2013 12:36
 
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There seems to be an app for pretty much anything these days, and the home building industry is certainly no exception. New apps for home builders are constantly being released, and home builders across the nation are finding their jobs can be so much easier and more productive with the right apps for their business. Here is a look at seven of the most popular and useful apps for home builders right now.

 

ProcoreProcore

This is a construction project management powerhouse, and even better is the fact that it is free. You can access the projects you have created and have the ability to manage and share data with others. One of the more helpful aspects of the app is that you can enter some daily log notes to help you track your progress. You can also view, share, and save photos of your projects right in the app so that you have everything together, right where you need it. A directory in Procore can store all of your contact data too. Create punch list items for all the projects you have going as well as keep all of your time card entries stored here.  This handy app can really help you get and stay organized.

 

Get or read more about this app

 


iQuick Contract Maker<empty>iQuick Contract Maker

While this app may not be free, it is worth the $2.99 it costs because of how much easier it can make your life. Contracts of all kinds can be made with this app, and when you’re ready, you can easily email them out to everyone involved in the transaction.

 

Get or read more about this app

 


OnSite PlanRoom<empty>OnSite PlanRoom

Tired of toting around paper home plans under your arm? Carry them around in your phone or tablet instead with this plan library. You can easily view PDF plans and construction documents here as well

as preview specs, correspondence, and other related items. Share documents, exchange comments, and more with others with the image and document sharing capabilities of this great app.

 

Get or read more about this app


 

Carpenter's Helper<empty>Carpenter's Helper

Even though math is important for someone that builds homes, you don’t necessarily have to a math genius with the help of this app. Use a standard calculator to run equations and convert units. Easily input triangular measurements so that you can calculate roof pitch, rafter lengths, stair lengths, and more.  The app only needs two basic measurements inputted in to automatically calculate the remaining numbers for you.

 

Get or read more about this app

 

 

 

BIMx<empty>BIMx

Graphisoft SE created this free app specifically for 3D purposes. Any device you put this on instantly transforms into a 3D communication and presentation tool. After users upload one of these drawings, it is easy to explore architectural design in a building modeling environment.

 

Get or read more about this app

 


Home Builder Pro Calcs<empty>Home Builder Pro Calcs

If you need quick, easy calculations done, this is the app for you. This is especially true if you specifically need to do cost estimates, hours, and take-off quantities. More than 270 home-improvement calculations and unit conversions are in the app all there ready to use.

 

Get or read more about this app


 

Home Inspection<empty>Home Inspection

One thing that can really be a pain for a contractor is dealing with the home inspection. This app helps to make it easier as it provides users with an organized, step-by-step and room-by-room visual inspection of single-family homes. The app helps to identify visible flaws and defects so that they are taken care of before closing.

 

Get or read more about this app

 

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