Custom Bathroom Features that Work Harder, Faster and Smarter

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No luxurious custom home is complete without the enhancements of modern technology. High-tech and intelligent devices lend ease to everyday activities and enrich your ability to enjoy the comforts of home. With new products joining this category at an exponential pace, there’s a way to boost the smart function of every room, even the bathroom.

Climate controls

Environmental elements like lighting and temperature are among the first signals your brain processes when you enter a new space. Aligning those nuances with your comfort and preferences is the ultimate expression of personalization. Motion or voice control sensors make it possible to bring lights to life with next to no effort, while a smart thermostat with differentiated climate zones can adjust to meet your needs throughout the day, perhaps kicking up a few degrees to prevent a chill when you emerge from a steamy shower.

Raising the Bar(n) in Your Custom Home: Say Hello to the Barn Door

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Amid the many trends ebbing and flowing through custom home building, one in particular seems likely to stick around. Known for their versatility, barn doors have been popping up in homes across the country — in contemporary and rustic designs. With this design element found on such opposite sides of the style spectrum, one might wonder what it is about barn doors that people love so much. If you’ve found yourself asking the same thing, read on to discover why adding a barn door to your custom home project is a great idea.

Lighting a Master Bathroom for Beauty, Function and Safety

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Good lighting is important throughout a custom home, and each room has different lighting needs. Kitchens require overhead and task lighting, while bedrooms and dining rooms can benefit from variable illumination. However, no room in the house requires more layers and nuances of lighting than the bathroom, where lighting directly influences the room’s efficiency, utility, safety and beauty.

As you’re planning your master bathroom lighting, keep in mind the multiple purposes it plays in a bathroom, including:

It’s Time to Discuss the Toilet

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As new custom homeowners begin to dream up plans to build their kitchens and bathrooms, they can spend hours searching for inspiration on the web or one of the many home renovation television shows. There’s no shortage of beautiful ideas and designs out there, but before you make any decision, you should start with the crucial question: What is it I really want?

A recent study conducted by the home design website Houzz found that the two things homeowners want most for their bathroom are style and ease of cleaning. In effect, people want their bathrooms to exhibit both function and design.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

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When you’re designing a custom kitchen, it’s time to ignore that old adage “everything but the kitchen sink.” Many homeowners don’t think about their kitchen sink during the design process. However, the sink has the potential to be the perfect focal point of beauty and functionality in any kitchen.

When you’re undertaking a custom home design, the sink should offer many benefits:

‘Monster’ Size, Mega-Luxury Decks are Here

Move over mini — the new trend in decking is anything but small. When it comes to the size of their decks, the majority of Americans feel bigger is better — as multiple surveys indicate decks are getting larger and more luxurious, RealtorMag reports. Today’s decks dwarf the...

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How to Meet the Demands of Today’s Custom Kitchen Design

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Years ago, the kitchen served a very utilitarian function — a place to prepare food and clean the dishes. Today, it’s truly the nerve center of the house where people eat meals, discuss the day’s events, plan calendars, do homework, check e-mail and entertain guests.

With that increased demand on the kitchen, and the trend towards creating flexible living spaces, custom home buyers are seeking ways to maximize their overall layout and make their kitchens work harder.

Expanded work surfaces, smart appliances and carefully thought-through floor plans are just a few elements that have recently emerged in kitchen trends. But one of the most noticeable differences in today’s kitchen is the demand for multiple sinks and various water sources.

How to Add Visual Interest and Dept to Your Custom Design

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The melding of contrasting materials throughout the home is a sophisticated way to add visual interest and depth to your design. Bold finishes coupled with muted color tones create an eye-catching statement, while natural wood combined with cool metal boasts a stunning blend of nature and machinery. From partnering unconventional textures to pairing deep wood tones with warm gold finishes, mixing materials in a space poses a refreshing take on luxury design for each room of the home.

Uniquely You Hues – How to Decorate with Your Personality in Mind

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Whether you realize it or not, the colors you select for your home and your personal belongings tell a lot about your personality. In fact, according to a recent survey by PPG, 58 percent of 2,500 consumers surveyed agree that colors selected for their home, car and consumer products – such as appliances and electronics – reflect their personality and style all or most of the time. In addition, 70 percent of those surveyed agreed color selection is important when purchasing paint for their home. So, how do these color preferences come about?

How Home Color Trends Receive Their “Hot” Status!

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You see it every year – a “hot” new color begins appearing on phone cases, walls, ceilings, furnishings and accessories. Soon, virtually everyone who’s doing any kind of renovation or design work is incorporating that color into their project. Have you ever wondered how home color trends happen?

“Our team of global color experts assess societal and cultural influences from around the world to forecast what colors will be popular in home decor, consumer goods, automotive and even on airplanes for the upcoming year,” says Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager for PPG in North America. “We also look at what major retailers are doing in home décor, and what’s happening in society, and people’s state of emotion because of these events. All this information helps us predict what colors will resonate with people in the coming year.”