Reclaimed wood, aged metals, and distressed details are showing up everywhere in interior design. Farmhouse Chic decor has a soft elegance with a rustic edge – perfect for dressing up a small cottage or a Craftsman Bungalow.
Sliding barn doors are a great way to save space, and typically work anywhere you might use a pocket door. You can find a brand new, ready-to-install barn door, or get crafty and salvage one. A salvaged door can be refinished or simply cleaned up for a distressed look, and mounted with new hardware, like wall-mount kits from Johnson Hardware.
In a previous blog article (April 2015) , I talked about homeowners doing more with less, and making creative use of the square footage they had available. Another great way to extend one’s living experience is through the addition of a walkout, or daylight, basement. Walkout basements are typically built on a sloped yard so that a portion of the basement can be above ground to allow for doorways (often sliding glass) and windows to allow light in. They offer flexible space and are ideal for creating additional square footage. Oftentimes walkout basements are open to allow for a number of potential uses—including an extra family room, an additional bedroom, an entertainment room, or even a storage or utility room.
The following are just some suggestions for converting your basement into functional space:
Ways to utilize your bonus room that add flexibility to your home.
More than just extra storage, a bonus room can become the ideal space for crafts, hobbies, or entertaining. Cheerful colors and dormer windows help create an open feel for a play room or rec room. Or, use darker colors and rich details to create an intimate entertaining space. Check out these bonus room photos from a selection of Don Gardner home plans:
In the past two decades, kitchens have become one of the most important and versatile rooms in the house. They serve multiple functions for today’s homeowners and are a popular gathering space for friends, family, and guests. You might say the kitchen is the social hub of the house. With its rise in stature, the kitchen has become a focal point for interior design and custom woodwork. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the options available for custom cabinetry. More than a product of mere functionality—as it was in years past—kitchen cabinets today give homeowners an opportunity for self-expression and have a significant impact on the overall feel and ambiance of a home. Let’s look at some of the latest cabinet trends for 2015 as surveyed by HGTV and Better Homes and Gardens.