Dual Owner's Suites: The Dual-Bedroom Solution

by Michele Weaver 9. October 2015 17:01
Not only are homes designed with dual owner’s suites being used for sharing a home, the home owners are “sharing” the space themselves! It might amaze you to find out just how many committed, happy couples choose not to share the same bedroom. [More]

A Study of Home: Special Places to Use However you Choose

by Michele Weaver 2. October 2015 11:30
As our series on ‘Study of Home: Special Places’ comes to a close with this week’s post, I am a bit surprised! Through helping my parents build their house years ago I knew there were a lot of decisions to make, like bedroom/bathroom placement, open floor plan, etc., but at the time I never really thought about the “why”? [More]

A Study of Home: Special Places to Get Away

by Michele Weaver 25. September 2015 16:03
In contrast to last week’s “Special Places to Gather,” we also need places to Get Away. Our hectic lifestyles are refreshed by ‘get-away’ rooms such as dens, sitting rooms, and sunrooms, which allow us to take “mini-vacations,” or escape for brief retreats without leaving home. [More]

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Design Trends | Destressing | Master Bedroom Design

A Study of Home: Special Places to Gather

by Michele Weaver 18. September 2015 14:56
Special places to gather are what makes a house a home; otherwise, families are essentially just cohabitating, which makes their home a place for eating and sleeping. Gathering places don’t have to be elaborate or defined – even if it’s just at the breakfast bar for a quick meal – being together is what makes you feel connected. [More]

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Design Trends | Flexible Living Options | Patio | Porch

A Study of Home: Special Places to Play

by Michele Weaver 14. September 2015 13:26
What does the term ‘play’ mean to you? Oftentimes when designing a home for a family we automatically think of a playroom for the children. But, a room for ‘play’ can take on a different meaning – think a hobby room for sewing, scrapbooking, or jewelry making, or a fitness center. [More]

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Design Trends | Flexible Living Options

A Study of Home: Special Places to Work

by Michele Weaver 4. September 2015 16:54
Last week we introduced the concept of creating special places in your home. Places that suit your needs, lifestyle, and family dynamic; such as places to gather, get away, and work. Let’s take a closer look at special places to work. [More]

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What do you call 'home'?

by Michele Weaver 13. August 2015 10:32
No matter your answer, each of us longs to come home to a place where we know we belong. A place where we comfortably fit into the fabric of our surroundings – where we can truly be ourselves. What is it about a house that makes you call it home? [More]

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Design Trends | General | HER HOME | Plannng | Woman-Centric Matters

The Nostalgic Touch Inside and Out

by Michele Weaver 31. July 2015 16:50
What is it we find so deeply alluring about homes of the past? Is it the beauty of their intricately crafted details? Is it their sheer presence that speaks of the fullness of their character? Is it their striking stature, yet the warmth of their nature that invites us inside? Is it the nostalgic feelings they stir in our memories that inevitably remind us of the homes we grew up in?  It's all these things and more. Homes distinguished by the rich architectural traditions of countless classic, romantic, and revival eras; known for their eclectic decor and their use of a variety of finishes and textures.  Today's updated version of this styling embraces a mix of such elements, yet downplays the elaborate detailing to make everything work together.  Home Design Elements Take for instance, homes from the early 1900's embraced high ceilings and narrow halls to create a dramatic effect. As consumer preferences changed and the demand for homes increased, designs became more compact and streamlined to maximize usable space and keep costs down.  The need to break out of the cookie cutter rut, ceiling height and vaulted/sloped ceilings have made a comeback, providing unique visual appeal and the feel of a more open floor plan.Also, for a short time, fireplaces were replaced or minimalized by incorporating large entertainment centers. With streamlined technology and the desire to add a more cozy, inviting atmosphere, fireplaces have again become the focal point of many homes--designed and adorned as if it were the main reason for the room itself. Exterior Facade On the exteriors of homes you would find steep gabled roofs, corner towers, balconies, and scalloped shingles as well as brick detail applied in patterns. Since much of this exterior detail has been omitted over the years because of its expense, builders and designers are using more of a vignette (and toned-down) approach with window trim, decorative ironwork, and roofing details. Other detailing on the exterior can also add a special old-fashioned touch.  Interior Design Aside from the architectural design, many homeowners find colors with muddy, time-worn hues, such as mulberry, bottle green, tobacco brown, and dull red, diffuse an essence of affluence. The colors as applied today are toned-down and lightened to coincide with simplified interiors. Furniture styles and upholstery also has a touch of nostalgia, yet blend well with modern pieces to bring a fresh updated look to furnishings.  If you're waxing nostalgic and would love to build a traditional-style home, browse our collection of Traditional plan styles to find the home that is uniquely yours.  Click here to search for Design Basics Traditional plan selections.

Young Family:

by Joe St Jean 26. February 2015 17:01
In response to the unparalleled economic events of the past seven years and in an effort to mitigate damaging financial impact on our families, we have all made difficult choices. Many of us have chosen to once again support our [More]

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Style... the first impression

by Joe St Jean 24. December 2014 08:06
  Style... the first impression: We all try to avoid being superficial and making snap decisions...but the impact of a home's first impression - its style and curb appeal - will simply make or break the deal. Our head will tell us to look beyond the surface, but our heart inevitably rules... If the initial reaction was negative, it's simply too difficult to look inside objectively. Maybe it's a fond childhood memory we're chasing, a photograph that captured our heart or simply a dream, but style triggers a reaction that's an innate part of our being, a piece of who we are and how we want to be perceived.   Today style has no limits, choices are endless, and final decisions more challenging than ever.   Face the fact - curb appeal and the style of our home is important...very important! But we need to understand that we must learn to look inside. The livability of the floor plan is truly most important, it's where and how we live.   Let's try a simple, unscientific "Visual Therapy Exercise" designed to modify our style expectations. We have compiled several examples of style and curb appeal options available for the same floor plan in an effort to show that your personal style can always be achieved and that it's okay to focus on creating the perfect plan for your family's new home... Enjoy!   Example 1: OTB 101L ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   OTB 101L Elevation A   OTB 101L Elevation B OTB 101L Elevation C   Example 2: OTB 110Y ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   OTB 110Y Elevation A   OTB 110Y Elevation B OTB 110Y Elevation C   OTB 110Y Elevation D OTB 110Y Elevation E   Example 3: OTB 2007062 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   OTB-2007062 Elevation A   OTB-2007062 Elevation B OTB-2007062 Elevation C   OTB-2007062 Elevation D OTB-2007062 Elevation E -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Hopefully this visual exercise has confirmed that achieving your personal style and dream exterior is possible with just about any floor plan. Now let's focus on floor plans, how your family lives, expectations for your future and how thoughtful planning today can provide hidden assets in your new home that may help manage life's challenges and simply add value for everyday living and perhaps even future equity.  Joe St. Jean  Architect  Scholz Designs Texas LLC. is a division of Design Basics LLC. 830 N Summit St. Toledo, Ohio 43604 800-766-8755    www.scholzdesign.com

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