Custom Kitchen Design Starts with the Sink!

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When designing your custom home’s kitchen, the perfect place to start is the sink. Most people don’t realize it, but a well-chosen sink has the potential to create the perfect focal point, and transforms the look and feel of one of the most important rooms in your house.

The style of sink should underscore the overall design theme of the kitchen. Ask yourself a few initial questions before you begin:

Organize Your Custom Home Through Voice

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The artificial intelligence that’s already taking the world by storm is ramping up even more in 2018, enabling a number of innovative new smart home tools that can make your life easier, more comfortable or just more fun.

Throughout the year, consumers worldwide are expected to spend $102 billion on hardware, services and installation related to smart home systems, an amount expected to ramp up to $157 billion by 2022. The number of connected things installed in smart cities by next year? Nearly 1.1 billion, predicts Statista. Increasingly, people will enjoy the convenience of being able to monitor and control their surroundings with a simple touch or a few words of direction. In fact, a 2017 study found 24 percent of consumers already own a voice-controlled device and another 20 percent plan to purchase one in the next year.

Five Trends That Will Define Custom Kitchens in 2018

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It’s your new custom home’s focal point. The site of some of your best moments and the base of operations for entertaining — it’s your kitchen, and no room in your home is more valuable. A magnificent kitchen defines a home, and bringing your kitchen to this level means capitalizing on today’s top trends.

Many of the trends that will define kitchens for the year appear first at KBIS, the kitchen and bath industry convention held every year. More than 600 brands attended this year’s event, and here are the five trends that stood out from the show and are sure to dictate kitchen styles for the rest of this year and beyond.

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2018 Pantone Color of the Year – ‘Black’ to Basics

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Whether you’ve been a loyalist to the same shade of green for the last decade or if you’re an evolving follower of trends whose color choices have shifted over the years, the trending color of 2018 is sure to surprise and intrigue you. Indeed, black is back. But how was this classic shade named the trending color of the year? While many assume the choice is random, trending colors are based on many influencers, but where do they really begin? Trending colors arise from consumer preferences, which are formed by societal influences, such as politics, economics, lifestyle and overall sentiment. We as a society hold the power of prompting new color trends based on our ever-changing attitudes, ideas and actions.

Custom Home Building Tip No 4 – Timeline

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Custom home construction contains many unknowns and can be overwhelming—especially if you’re unsure where to start or experience a hiccup in the planning process. Depending on square footage, weather conditions, and the availability of workers and supplies, the construction of a new home can take anywhere from three months to a year.

To help you better understand the steps in building a custom house, we’ve provided a basic construction timeline below:

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Custom Home Building Tip No. 3 – Make a Want, Need and Must Have List

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A custom home isn’t something you’re going to build every year, so you need to set your priorities and decide what you want in your house. You want to get the essentials right the first time.

Making a want, need and must have list for your new custom home is necessary even before the construction process begins. Why? It allows you to make a list of the things that are wants and must have’s.

Turning your house into a home is a huge undertaking, and the best way to get what you want is to really think through what matters. It should be a team effort so that it reflects everyone’s personal priorities and not just your own to make the house a comfortable place to live for everyone. Include basic room size if you can and think about storage (linear feet of closet, kitchen storage…). Study your existing home – what works and what doesn’t.

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Custom Home Building Tip No. 2 Choose Your Home Site Carefully

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For the long-term enjoyment of your home, site selection is probably one of the most critical decisions you will make for your custom design-build home. When it comes to land, there are pitfalls that await you. If you’re unaware of them, the whole process can turn building your dream home into a nightmare.

Most home buyers have a pretty clear idea of the size and style of home they intend to build, but when it comes to choosing the proper site, things get a little tricky.

Once a few factors have been carefully researched, and you understand the major criteria for a suitable home site, as well as checking each one of them thoroughly, then you can make your new custom home a constant joy in your life.

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Custom Home Building Tip No. 1 – Nail Down Your Budget

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Let’s get started off on the right foot with a simple fact about custom home building: The process can be full of highs and lows, and we’re not just talking about the price of materials.

One more point to remember before we continue, is that no matter how excited or how frustrated you get about building your home, house-building is business and you are the boss. Getting the results you want is up to you.

Create a Spa-Like Oasis in Your Custom Bath

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Today, more than ever, custom home owners gravitate toward design elements that transform the bath into a spa-like oasis. Designers look to incorporate pieces inspired by the natural world to bring renewed energy into the room and create a soothing environment. From fixtures inspired by booming waterfalls, to neutral color schemes and natural light, nature infuses life back into luxury bath design for a serene sense of calm.

America’s Finest Luxury Home Products

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Peruse any home improvement media and you may get the impression you just can’t build or decorate a quality home without relying on foreign-made products like granite from Italy for countertops, cherry hardwood flooring from Brazil or textiles from India. However, you don’t have to sacrifice quality and luxury in order to buy American for your home; some of the finest home decor products originate right here in the U.S.

Here are six of America’s finest domestically made luxury home products: