The Davidson 1479F Model: Q&A with ARH Designer Colleen Roach

The Davidson model features a two-story layout with vaulted and recessed ceilings, exposed beams and an abundance of windows. The first floor includes a luxurious master suite and private den, while the second level has two additional bedrooms and an expansive bonus room.

To get a more in depth look at this home, we sat down with ARH Designer, Colleen Roach.

How would you describe the style of this model?

This model has a modern, urban feel. It is close to uptown Charlotte,  so we wanted to create a comfortable retreat for people who work in the city. The furnishings and art work are modern, but the structure and details of the home are transitional. This creates a good balance for an inviting home.

Flooring- Dwellings Carpet ALLSTAR DW060 (ASH 945)

What did you enjoy most about this particular project?

The Davidson model is in my neighborhood. It was tremendously beneficial to be familiar with the buyer demographic and know where potential homeowners will live, work and play.

Plaza Midwood is a historical area in the metro Charlotte area and is quickly becoming one of the top places to live. It has an eclectic vibe with murals on display throughout the neighborhood. I tried to incorporate the soul of the community into the model with modern art and custom pieces.

Flooring- Sherwin-Williams SW 3134 Weathered Teak

Where did you get your design inspiration for this home?

All inspiration from this home came from our downtown area. Plaza Midwood is filled with public art and residents who love to express themselves. The Davidson model reflects that expressive character.

What is your favorite element in the space from this project?

I love the kitchen in this model! We layered a wood surround detail on the kitchen island and over the kitchen hood area with back lit LED lighting. It is a very custom & modern look.

Backsplash- Emser Tile Vogue Ceramic White Gloss

What distinguishes this model from other projects you have worked on?

The Davidson is a new plan. It is built on an infill lot, which is different for us as we typically build models in designated communities. I think potential homeowners will be impressed when they learn about our ‘On Your Lot’ program.

About Colleen Roach

Colleen brings over 10 years of interior design experience to Arthur Rutenberg Homes. She has worked as an ARH Designer for 5 years. The first 2.5 years in the corporate Clearwater office and now calling the Charlotte office home base where she has been promoted to Senior Designer. She leans on the principles of design–scale, proportion, harmony and balance–to transform model homes into unexpected yet imaginative reflections of the future homeowner.

Colleen is NCIDQ certified by the American Society of Interior Designers, a distinction reserved for highly qualified and competent designers. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Charlotte magazine, Home + Design and Mount Pleasant Home. She has also accepted multiple ARH model of the year awards and continues to grow with the company.

 

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Home Tour: The Belmont model at Fairvue Plantation

The Belmont model at Fairvue Plantation is designed with a sense of transitional elegance in mind. The home is light and fresh with high contrasting wall coverings and fabrics.  Throughout this model, visitors can find playful patterns and textures, which add to the contemporary feel of the space.

This model welcomes family and friends with a foyer that showcases an infinity floor detail.  To the left of the foyer, large beams float over the formal Dining Room with warm up lighting. This creates a wonderful place to dine.

Overall, the Belmont is a fresh, livable floor plan with modern details that meet today’s living expectations.

We talked with ARH Senior Designer, Colleen Roach, to learn more about this model home, her design creativity and the challenges that go into designing a model with an out-of-state team.

What did you enjoy most about this particular project?

I love the spirit of Nashville! It is a great city with a fun vibe and an incredible music scene. When a city has a strong identity like Nashville, it is fun to create design features that showcase that character. We had custom instruments made and used them as wall art. They are a great memory point and make the Bonus Room an enjoyable destination.

Bonus Room Flooring-Dwellings Carpet

What is one of your design secrets/ tricks that you used in this project?

It can be a challenge to give an identity to a guest room. Because of this, I incorporated popping colorful accents in the secondary bedrooms. By adding a touch of color, these spaces come alive and are memorable to potential homeowners.

Bedroom Wall Paint- Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray

What is your favorite element in the space from this project?

 I love the symmetry of the details in the foyer. We designed a custom inlay floor pattern and mirrored it on the foyer ceiling. With the added chandeliers we dropped in this space, it is a very warm and inviting entry.

What feature in this particular project would you want in your home?

When you enter the Belmont model, you cannot help but notice the dramatic, high ceiling and floating beams above the Dining Room table. We dropped a chandelier through the beams and incorporated lighting, which makes it a great space for a dinner party.  I would love to entertain here!

       

What was the biggest challenge for you during this particular project?

Communication is major when working with an out-of-state team. It is always somewhat of a challenge to design spaces that are not local.  However, The Ernst Group was an experienced team to work with and was timely in fulfilling all of our requests.

Backsplash- Dal Tile Artigiano AR97

About Colleen Roach

Colleen brings over 10 years of interior design experience to Arthur Rutenberg Homes. She has worked as an ARH Designer for 5 years. The first 2.5 years in the corporate Clearwater office and now calling the Charlotte office home base where she has been promoted to Senior Designer. She leans on the principles of design–scale, proportion, harmony and balance–to transform model homes into unexpected yet imaginative reflections of the future homeowner.

Colleen is NCIDQ certified by the American Society of Interior Designers, a distinction reserved for highly qualified and competent designers. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Charlotte magazine, Home + Design and Mount Pleasant Home. She has also accepted multiple ARH model of the year awards and continues to grow with the company.

 

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Featured Model: Brandywine 1583F at Hidden Lakes of Sharon

The Brandywine model brings the charm and beauty of the French countryside to life. Offering 5,812 square feet of living space, the floorplan is designed to provide privacy for family members, while allowing an abundance of space for entertaining.

For this home, ARH Model Designer, Kelley Vitorino, channeled the popular HGTV show “Fixer Upper”.  She decided to create a more modern and less rustic interpretation of the show’s design style.

We sat down with Kelley to discuss this “Fixer Upper” inspired home.

What is one of your design secrets/ tricks that you used in this project?

With every project, I develop a design concept statement that best describes the style of the home based on the location, market and Building Company requests. This allows me to make the best selections and appropriate decisions for the model. With the Brandywine, our builder indicated that the show “Fixer Upper” would appeal to their buyer. This was a unique request considering the interior design of a model home is typically ahead of the trend in order to remain timeless during the period it is open to the public. Consequently, my concept became a question followed by a statement: “WWJD?” as in “What would Joanna do? Now take it up a notch”.

What is your favorite element in the space from this project?

The Lower Level Basement is designed as a “Man Cave” with a pool table, Wet Bar and sitting area including a 75” LED TV and an over-sized sectional. The challenge was creating a fun and interesting space without making it too cliché.

It was exciting to find unique sports memorabilia, such as the vintage Cleveland Browns football helmet, the LeBron James rookie basketball card and a few 1960’s ticket stubs from a Cleveland Indians baseball game, to incorporate into the design. However, my favorite element is the feature wall of collectible jerseys. Each one is displayed in a modern, three sided acrylic box. The collection creates an amazing focal point that immediately adds excitement, personality and character to the space.

       

What feature in this particular project would you want in your home?

The top floor Bonus room in the Brandywine model is designed as a dedicated “Kids Zone”. The loft type space includes a large table for doing homework, large storage lockers for keeping art supplies, a comfy sectional and a 60” LED TV.  As a mom, I would absolutely love to have this kind of space in my home. It would be a great place for my son and his friends to hang out.

What did you enjoy most about this particular project?

Working with a new franchisee on their first Arthur Rutenberg model is always exciting. This was certainly the case with Zollinger Homes, LLC. Everyone was extremely accommodating and enthusiastic about their new model. I had not worked outside of Florida for the last couple of years, so I really enjoyed researching the area, the competition and the regional design style.

About Kelley Vitorino

Kelley Vitorino is a licensed interior designer in Clearwater, Florida. Her background includes construction drawing production, interior/architectural detailing and model home design/merchandising. She has written for Progress Lighting, the Arthur Rutenberg Homes website and Florida Home Builder Magazine.  Kelley has enjoyed almost 18 years with Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Inc. and looks forward to many more.

 

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Arthur Rutenberg Homes Designer Discusses the Sierra Model

ARH Model Home Designer, Sharon Freeman, is always looking to set trends within the interior design industry. When designing a model home, she focuses on creating new and interesting spaces that draw the customer in and create memory moments for the buyers.

With the new Sierra Model, Sharon worked to combine an earthy color palette with natural materials and textures that create a familiar and modern transitional space.  This “Refined Mountain Home” is designed with extraordinary detail and finishes. This includes the soaring stone faced fireplaces, the wide planked wire brushed oak wood flooring and the elegant painted scissor truss beams. The design creates a unique space to relax and escape.

We sat down with Sharon to discuss this model home, her design inspiration and the challenges that go into designing a model home.

What did you enjoy most about this particular project?

The Building Company was a pleasure to work with!  Bruce really knows his market and exactly what he wanted and needed, making it easier to develop a design specifically for their market and for the needs of their customers. Being a Florida native, I also enjoyed the challenge of designing a “Mountain” type home. It allowed me to be creative in a different way than what I’m usually tasked to do. It was a great project to work on!

What is your favorite element in the space from this project?

My favorite element from this project was the vaulted ceilings with the painted scissor beam trusses. They fill the volume in that space and bring an element of sophistication to balance the rustic, mountain flavor of the home.  They are by far my favorite element among many great elements in this fantastic home.

What is one of your design secrets/ tricks that you used in this project?

I wanted the home to compliment and be rooted in the beauty of the area’s natural surroundings. To do that, I used a color palette of warm earthy gray and browns and filled the home with naturally balanced materials and textures.

What feature in this particular project would you want in your home?

I would love to have the Rec Room in my own home. It is a fun multi-functional space with a chic vibe.  The space includes a multi-level ceiling detail, a Whiskey/Wine Wet bar, ample game table space and a cozy movie watching area.  Overlooking the 18th hole, it is the perfect space for hanging out with family and friends.

About Sharon Freeman

Sharon is a Model Home Designer with nearly 15 years of design experience. She has been with Arthur Rutenberg Homes since May of 2015. Since then, she has won ARH Model Home of the Year Signature Series 2017, Aurora Silver Award 2017, Bala Award 2017 for the Novara at Oakmont, ARH Model Home of the Year 2018, Aurora Silver Award 2018 for the Bermuda at Legacy Estates and the Aurora Silver Award 2018 for the Shearwater at Brady Point.

 

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New Arthur Rutenberg Homes Model Opens in Plain City, OH

The Hyde Park model is designed with the intent of providing a balanced mix of traditional farmhouse and modern architecture. The interior of this home provides homeowners with a retreat lifestyle, which centers on luxurious living spaces. The home incorporates extraordinary design features, including dramatic floating trusses, which create interest and comfort for a modern lifestyle. Throughout the secondary spaces in the home, there is a contrast of transitional architectural detail with contemporary pieces. On the lower level, brick faced walls create a fun family space including billiards and shuffle board.

Colleen Roach, Senior Designer at Arthur Rutenberg Homes, designs homes with modern clean lines and expressive custom artwork. We talked with Colleen to learn more about this model home, her design inspiration and the challenges that go into designing a model of this magnitude.

What did you enjoy most about this particular project?

Working with a new Building Company. It is always nice to establish new relationships within the industry. AJ and Ankur were great to work with and easily adapted to our standards which can at times be difficult for new franchises. I am always excited when we enter a new territory. It is interesting to learn about the buyer profile and research local design trends.

What is your favorite element in the space from this project?

I love the Master bedroom ceiling detail and over scaled light fixture. We typically follow the trend of encompassing ceiling details within a recess. This particular ceiling detail spans the entire ceiling which makes the space feel larger. The dramatic light fixture tops off the room!

What feature in this particular project would you want in your home?

The Master bath tub. The modern Kohler freestanding tub and floor mount faucet are placed in front of 3 large windows. It has a spa like feel and would be a great place to end a long day.

What was the biggest challenge for you during this particular project?

It takes an overwhelming amount of coordination to complete a model home of this caliber. We had quite a few delays with outside vendors which really made us work down to the wire. At the end of the day, it all came together and our design team can be proud of all the challenges we overcame together.

About Colleen Roach

Colleen brings over 10 years of interior design experience to Arthur Rutenberg Homes. She has worked as an ARH Designer for 5 years. The first 2.5 years in the corporate Clearwater office and now calling the Charlotte office home base where she has been promoted to Senior Designer. She leans on the principles of design–scale, proportion, harmony and balance–to transform model homes into unexpected yet imaginative reflections of the future homeowner.

Colleen is NCIDQ certified by the American Society of Interior Designers, a distinction reserved for highly qualified and competent designers. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Charlotte magazine, Home + Design and Mount Pleasant Home. She has also accepted multiple ARH model of the year awards and continues to grow with the company.

 

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Building A Custom Home – DIY or Custom Home Builder?

Designing your dream home is the biggest investment you’ll ever make—and not just in terms of money. You could have bought stock house plans, but instead you are building a physical object that embodies all the love, happiness and hopes you have for your family’s future. So you want to do it right.

Once you have your budget and financing nailed down, the next step is to find the right professional to help you create the blueprint for a home that shows the world who you really are. But if you’ve never worked with an architect or custom builder before, it can be hard—or nearly impossible even—to know where to start.

The stereotypes don’t help. For many people, architects are the peacocks of the design world. At best, people imagine they bring an aloof beauty to a project with grand designs, and at worst, architects are seen as touchy artists who can only be hired for billions of dollars. On the flip side, people often think of a builder as the worker bee—some guy in jeans who works for cheap because he knows a lot about tools but not much about design.

But those stereotypes don’t give proper credit to either profession. Custom builders bring a wealth of on-the-job experience to a project’s design and architects are known for their skills at thinking outside of the box to find practical design solutions. There are excellent designers and communicators in both professions and oftentimes the fees they charge—which might be more comparable than you think—will pay for themselves in project efficiencies. But singing the praises of both doesn’t help you decide which to work with.

Gathering the team — custom builder, architect, interior designer, landscape architect, and other key players — before the project even starts can help ensure everyone is on the same page and help avoid surprises.

Budgets are a large consideration as well…

To help you figure out who should draw up the blueprints for your dream house, let’s take a look at what the differences really are between a custom builder and an architect.

 

Advantages of a Custom Builder

Consider a custom builder a craftsman. He or she will often work from an existing set of plans that will then be tailored to your needs on land you own or are purchasing. This can make the process go faster than designing a house from scratch. The customizations your custom builder offers can be small—including choosing colors and materials—or larger—like moving the kitchen to the other side of the house.

Although the draftsperson your custom builder employs to finalize your plans and ensure they are up to code may use the same design software as an architect, including but not limited to AutoCAD, in most cases he or she will not be a licensed architect.

Once you have agreed on a final design, a custom builder usually works with an established team of subcontractors to make your plan a reality.

A custom builder is not the same as a production home builder who usually works by buying a large tract of land and subdividing it out into parcels. That type of builder will frequently offer a few options of plans and sets of finishes which allows him or her to build a large volume of similar houses all at once.

Instead, a custom builder works on a smaller scale. And although your dream home might be similar to other houses designed and built by the same company, you have the opportunity to make it uniquely your own.

What an Architect Could Bring to a DIY Project

An architect is a designer who can help you envision a house that’s completely unique. If you’ve ever seen that commercial where the couple tours an architect’s office then sits down with him, holds out a faucet and says, “Design a house around this,” you know that an architect is also a creative problem solver.

If you need a design that suits a difficult site or to make sure your house is the greenest building in the state, you might want to hire an architect. And some people really enjoy the prestige of being able to say they own a home designed by so-and-so.

Architects are also highly-trained. Depending on the state an architect hopes to become licensed in, he or she must complete either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Architecture. Then, most states require architects to complete an internship. Finally, to earn their license and the title “architect” an intern architect must pass a comprehensive test that includes seven separate divisions lasting four hours or longer. This can mean upwards of eight years of higher education.

You can work with an architect on a wide range of projects from a remodel to a large-scale, multi-family home. If you decide an architect is the right partner for your building project, the American Institute of Architects offers a brochure to help you get started.

Sometimes architects will outsource some of the design work and bill it to the client. Mechanical engineers, landscape architects, interior architects and kitchen designers quickly add to the price of home design. “These individuals are, quite honestly, doing some of the architect’s job,” says Rial Jones, president of Jones Clayton Construction in Orlando, Fla. “Truthfully, if you get all of these professionals involved, the end project is better. But the home-owner is paying X number of dollars per hour to design this when they thought they had already paid for that in the design of the drawings.”

 

Next Steps

Take some time to think about your project and what you really want from a design. How important is it to you that your house is unlike any home ever built before? How much time do you want to spend in the design process before starting to build?

Once you’ve decided whether you want to work with a custom builder or architect, the next thing to do is find the right individual within that field. Ask friends and neighbors for referrals, visit online portfolios and project sites, and set up informational meetings with a few people.

Regardless of whether you choose to work with a custom builder or an architect, make sure you ask enough questions up front to know you’ve found a person you’ll enjoy working with, because you’ll be spending a lot of time together. Look for someone with good listening skills who shares your vision for what your home should look like. Feel free to ask for references. Then, before you sign on the dotted line, check with your state to ensure your architect or custom builder is licensed in his or her field.

After that, you’re ready for the next step: finding the right team to transform your blueprints into a physical home. Both custom builders and architects should have a good network of people to work with if you don’t already have someone in mind.

Building your dream home is a huge investment and it will take some time. But if you’re working with the right person, you can start building great memories before you even move in.

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The Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Floor Plans When Building Your Dream Home

In designing your own luxury home, you are given the opportunity to curate your own living work of art. Every day, you and your loved ones will get to wake up in a house tailored to your every need and whim. Building this custom home is the opportunity of a lifetime. That’s why it’s absolutely vital to handle the planning process with perfection.

Floor plans are the foundation to any luxury home; both because they’re the first visual step in the planning process and also because they literally map out the foundation to your new home. Understanding them is key to utmost satisfaction.

The Value of Understanding Floor Plans

Having the knowledge to understand your luxury house plans is certain to answer a number of questions you may already have about the building process. Equipping yourself with the right answers may circumvent a number of problems you would have otherwise had later down the building process. Sample questions solved by floor plans include:

  • Does your layout match your lifestyle?

Look at your current living situation and imagine the tasks you do in any given day, week, or month. Think of the challenges that you face in your current home that could be alleviated with a new one. Are you constantly running out of storage space? Do you need more natural lighting? Do you find it hard to get your own space?

Mapping out workspaces, closet space, and relaxation rooms can and should be considered when creating new home plans. If this new luxury home will change your lifestyle, think about the accommodations needed to account for it. Ask friends who share a similar lifestyle about what they need.

  • Are your spaces too big or too small?

Visualizing space in the abstract can be unreliable when looking at floor plans. Investigate the legend to deduce if the desired rooms have enough space. Generally speaking, it’s better to skew too large than too small; storage always manages to creep up on homeowners.
Are the spaces flexible for family changes?

The fun aspect of family is that it’s always changing. People get married, have children, see family members move in or away, even the definition of “family” is often in flux.

Don’t just plan a home with the “now” in mind; look towards the likely and unlikely future. Are there guest bedrooms and guest bathrooms to accommodate new tenants? Is there proper storage space for unexpected items? Are the bedrooms too cramped into one area of the house?

Likewise, if family members leave, could bedrooms be easily converted into other useful spaces for hobbies and storage?

  • Does the layout ‘flow’?

A home is more than just a haphazard collection of rooms; it’s a thriving organism that requires proper layout planning to work as a whole.

Consider the your daily routine and the routines of your family members. Is the path you need to take relatively direct and organic? On the flipside, does your home’s layout allow for ample space between potentially crowded areas? Does the architectural design of each room match (or at least not clash with) adjacent rooms?

The Basics of House Floor Plans

When planning and analyzing your house floor plans, there are a number of items you can expect. Knowing what they are and how to read them is integral to making the best possible planning choices.

  • Size Legend

Every page of floor plans worth its pages has a legend. Combined with a scale, the legend compares the home’s diagram on the paper to its eventual, real-life dimensions. This legend makes it easier to visualize how the home will turn out. It’s also an ideal resource for grasping how large a room will actually be. Do the math on paper, and measure out a room’s distance in tangible space. A room that may look large on paper may surprise you when articulated in physical space.

  • Doors, Windows, and Other Entrances

Keep tabs on the various doors, windows, and other myriad entrance/exit features in each room. On the typical floor plan, a door is depicted as a perpendicular line attached to an arc. That arc indicates which direction the door opens. A window is usually depicted as a triple line (compared to a wall’s double line), and other openings are often denoted with dotted lines.

Will an open door take up more room than anticipated? Is every room getting enough natural lighting from the windows? Will the windows alter furniture placement?

  • Stand-out Fixtures

Every artist brings their own originality to their work; homeowners are no different.

Luxury homes require visual masterpieces and focal points in nearly every room. These relics exude sophistication and elevate decor to a professional level. Many of these pièces de résistance would show up on floor plans, including fountains and fireplaces. Have a room or lot’s aesthetic planned for in advance. Such knowledge will help to better integrate these items into their budding home.

Elements to Keep in Mind

After scrutinizing the small picture with individual rooms and features, it’s now time to look towards the big picture.

  • House-to-Lot Ratio

When compared to the rest of your prospective lot, how does your house fare? Is it situated comfortably on the most ideal part of your property? Make sure that there’s ample space between your home and the waterfront, the forest, or drastic shifts in elevation.

Does your house’s placement leave room for space and expansion? Luxury home owners love expansion projects, so make sure you have enough room for your imagination—both in the foreseeable future and maybe the not-so-foreseeable future. Such projects may include vehicle garages, pools, outdoor entertainment centers, and secondary suites.

  • Balance of Open and Private

Striking the perfect balance between “open” and “private” is a goal for many homeowners. Make sure your new home plans do just that. Fences, for instance, are a great way to maintain property boundaries without closing off the property too much. Natural landscaping is another way to curate space. This often makes a property look even larger than it really is.

  • Comparing Scale

When you look at the holistic map of your future home, identify which rooms and features stand out the most. Do they overpower the flow or aesthetic of the building? Do the smaller rooms still serve a functional purpose next to the bigger spaces? Do you have a visual plan to make each room “pop” in its own, unique way?

Rooms without an immediate purpose often get underutilized or overlooked—even by builders. Guest bedrooms notoriously end up smaller or less cohesively designed than intended. Make sure each you have a purpose and plan for every room in your new home.

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Does Using A Professional Interior Designer on Your New Home Really Pay Off?

Adding Value to a New Home with Professional Interior Design

If you want to build the home of your dreams, an interior designer can help make it happen. Professionally designed homes not only exude your style and personality, they often retain higher market values than generic homes. Whether you have a clear vision of your new home’s design or need help navigating the possibilities, a professional interior designer can guide you every step of the way.

What Defines a Great Interior Designer?

An interior designer is responsible for turning homeowners’ ideas into reality. As such, top-notch interior designers are also excellent listeners and skilled at bringing your vision to life. They have a keen eye for construction and can often visualize a blueprint based off of your descriptions. They’ll quickly let you know if your project is feasible and provide estimates of time, cost, and allocation of space. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, interior designers may present examples of popular designs or draft a few possibilities based on your goals and interests. Great interior designers are also flexible. They can often find alternatives to meet your budget and aesthetic needs. From planning to completion, they work with you every step of the way to make sure the project matches your vision.

Top homebuilders often have teams of interior designers working at regional design centers. Customers can visit, browse colors and materials, and get expert advice on designing their new home. This includes ceilings, walls, floors, paint, surfaces, counters, cabinets, and other key interior components. A designer helps consolidate these elements into an aesthetically pleasing yet practical design. Interior designers who work for a homebuilder often possess deeper knowledge of construction and how their company’s building process impacts potential designs, enabling them to make smart decisions that save time and money.

What Does a Typical Interior Design Process Look Like?

While the steps may vary from one designer to another, most interior designers have a structured process for completing their projects. An interior designer may perform the following steps:

  1. Learn the customer’s needs and provide time and cost estimates, along with alternative options.

  2. Create floor plans, 3-D models and other visuals to conceptualize the project and obtain customer approval.

  3. Order and install materials to meet the project schedule.

  4. Consult with the customer upon initial completion.

  5. Add finishing touches such as lighting, finishes, etc.

Why Choose a Professional Interior Designer?

Professional interior designers bring specialized knowledge, skills, and connections to the table. They know how to make colors and textures click, use space efficiently and effectively, and keep projects within your budget. Savvy designers can open customers’ minds to new possibilities and methods of thinking. Below are five ways interior design can add value to a new home.

Hiring an interior designer can save you time, money, and headaches.

People without design experience often try to spruce up their home on their own. While respectable, do-it-yourself interior design projects can often become stressful, time-consuming, and far exceed initial cost estimates. Professional interior designers help you avoid mistakes, save money, and boost the value of your new home for years to come. It’s what they’re trained and educated to do.

An interior designer can provide valuable insight.

Professional designers know many tricks to fit a project into a tight budget. They know how to choose materials and textures and use space efficiently. They know when to perform each step to avoid hold-ups and time-consuming errors. Designers can visualize colors, size, spacing, texture, colors, and proportions at a glance and can spot details that an untrained eye can easily miss.

Interior designers are problem-solvers.

Experienced interior designers are equipped to solve a variety of problems. Every design project inevitably involves conflicting elements. A desired layout may impede walking space, or the proposed wall color may clash with the countertops. Windows may need to be custom made, or accommodations added to facilitate family members with special needs. These considerations can be extremely difficult and costly for an inexperienced homeowner to sort out alone. Professional designers know how to shop for supplies and strike deals with shops and contractors. They create order from the chaos and save you a lot of stress.

They help you stay within budget.

Creating a feasible budget and sticking to it is much more difficult than it seems. It involves extensive research into materials, cost comparisons across multiple vendors, and negotiating with contractors. Interior designers provide accurate estimates and have top-of-mind knowledge of prices for supplies and labor. They can create a detailed budget with line-by-line costs and conduct a project in an efficient and organized manner.

Interior designers know people.

Most interior designers have a vast network of contacts who can get them special materials, process custom orders, and send experts to help. They know how to leverage their network to save time and money. Their connections can often provide them with exclusive discounts and special prices for materials and labor. They have access to unique fabrics, accessories, and furniture that can completely change a room’s atmosphere. Experienced interior designers know how to lead a team and make sure everyone understands the flow of the project before starting. Furniture, appliances, lighting, flooring, and other aspects of the project are sorted out and arranged into steps.

Arthur Rutenberg Design Studios specialize in turning new houses into stylish new homes. They love nothing more than seeing the look of joy and excitement on homeowners’ faces when they look at their professionally furnished home for the first time. A team of interior design professionals will work with you to create a beautiful home that fits your lifestyle and budget. Moving into a new home should be a time of joy and relaxation.  Visit an Arthur Rutenberg Design Studio near you to get your questions answered and learn more about interior design services.

 

How To Select The Right Interior For Your New Home

Tips on how to choose your interior style:

COLORS

When designing a room, be sure to choose a proper color scheme. Be aware of colors that work together and which will clash, so your room appears balanced and tasteful. In addition, you should avoid using lots of very bold colors in one room. If you have a neutral room, one great colorful accent piece can give the room style and a focal point for the eyes.

If your kitchen is small and you want to change that feeling, think about light colors. A nice off white or beige gives the room a bigger appearance, so will furnishings and accents in light colors. Dark colors tend to make rooms look a lot smaller.

Try using light colors like cream for the other rooms that you want to give a spacious look. This is particularly helpful when designing for a small apartment or a cramped room. If you choose the right colors, your space will feel light and open instead of small and cramped.

HOME OFFICE

If you want a home office, the space needs to be functional. Comfortable furnishings such as chairs, tables and desks are important, as well as adequate lighting. Make sure you create a work space that you can see yourself working in.

LIGHT

Lighting is something that can transform a room completely. The whole mood of a room changes with sufficient lighting. Bright lights give off positive vibes, and work nicely in kitchens and bathrooms. In contrast, though, bright lighting can spoil the effect you’re shooting for if you want to make a room feel calmer and more subtle. In bedrooms and living rooms, use dimmer lights.

When thinking about using wall sconces, it is best to figure out the location, as you do not want to have to much clutter in the room. If you are putting sconces around a mirror you should give it enough space. The amount of surrounding space depends on the size of the mirror, so step back to consider all your options.

The amount of light that each room gets from natural or artificial lights is something you should always consider when working with interior planning. If a room doesn’t get much sunlight, using too many dark colors can make a room seem drab, uninviting and much smaller than it is. Use light colors to brighten up a room and give it the illusion of space that most people crave.

KIDS

If you are creating a room for a child, think about what they would like and how they will see the space. This will help them to feel comfortable instead of designing the room the way you would like. Keep in mind their size, and make sure everything is accessible for them. Aim to view the room like your child would. Most importantly, make sure you eliminate possible hazards.

COUNTERTOPS

When redoing the countertops in your kitchen, get creative. Granite is the number one choice, but there are other great options including cork or concrete. You may find these to be not only unique, but also easily affordable.

Countertops should be neutral colors and let one element in the kitchen be the focal point, like a backsplash or design element. How, and how much use a counter is going to get may help determine the material for the counters. Certain materials are lower maintenance than others and clean up spills with less staining.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

When doing any interior planning, you should try not to make any of your rooms look cluttered. Going overboard on accessories or furniture could make a room look smaller than how it is. Instead, pick out just a few items to feature that will help you open space.

PICTURES

Depending on the personality of the home and your family, you might be able to use some creativity when you are working with framed pictures. They are also a part of your decor. They do not have to be hung in a perfectly square manner. These can be placed in different angles for a unique effect. The contrast of these items to surrounding white space is often enough to change a room’s mood.

There are several schools of thought with picture frames. One is that all the frames should be matching and that the pictures will show better. The other is that the frames themselves have artistic value and all the frames should be different. The final decision may be based on the surrounding design elements. Most home owners will go with frames that are at least similar (like all black frames and white mats) to compliment each other.

WALLPAPER?

Consider the design effect of using wallpaper on one portion of a room only. Redecorating your walls can cost a lot of money if you choose wallpaper that creates a very distinct look. Create a unique look and save money by being selective when choosing areas to wallpaper. Try wallpapering only the bottom half of a wall, and then use a wood or wallpaper border where the wallpaper ends to make it look finished.

MIRRORS

A good trick and tip when decorating a home that is small is to incorporate the use of lots of mirrors. They expand the space and bounce available light around the room. It is wise to invest in a nice mirror near your entryway to begin your interior decorating project. Mirrors also do not have to be just one large mirror. Many designers mount smaller mirrors in patterns or groups to create stylish elements.

TRENDY ITEMS

You will be very tempted to use trendy elements when you design. Save these for your accent pieces. They give a modern and stylish feel to a room, yet can be easily replaced later (when they become “so last year”). You do want to remember, though, that too much of something can be a bad thing.

For instance, if your pillows have leopard print on them, you can get rid of them easily when you want something else. If you use super-trendy items as staples in a room, it will be very hard to change the style without a complete and costly makeover.

FLOORS

Consider using floor surfaces that are reflective to get the most out of your natural light in interior decorating. White tiled flooring and hardwood flooring are two such examples of those that can be reflective in nature. Reflective flooring brightens interior rooms; dark carpets and woods absorb natural light.

For your floors, think about the traffic in the room and how each room will need to hold up under normal wear and tear. Also, think about actually cleaning the floors and what surfaces may be easier in different rooms. (Like having carpet in your entry area might require higher maintenance).

CONCLUSION

By incorporating the simple tips you just learned, there is no reason why you cannot assure your home has a great look while maximizing your interior’s lifespan. Your designer can help you select your colors, surfaces and even interior pieces. For more interior design assistance go here.

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

It’s becoming trendy for many people to prepare a lot of their meals outside these days. Cooking on the grill is a great way to entertain company or just feed the family without heating up the kitchen or making a mess for that fact. Running back and forth from the kitchen to the patio gets old. These days grilling is easier and more enjoyable by putting together an outdoor kitchen. Setups can be simple or complex but either way they all help to make cooking outdoors more efficient. The more high end ones will have everything at your fingertips so you won’t need to go inside at all until you’re ready to say goodbye to all of your guests. Charcoal was great in the beginning but the gas grill took over because of its convenience. High end grills have side burners, their own storage space and work areas all included. It’s all geared to making it easy and fun to entertain your friends.

Installing an outdoor kitchen may be just the thing for you if you have frequent cookouts and everyone is intrigued with your barbecue skills. Maybe you grill in large amounts and need more of an easier way to do this. An outdoor kitchen might also be great if you have an unused patio or deck. An outdoor kitchen could also help you unleash your creative skills and you might find yourself preparing more advanced meals rather than the usual dogs and burgers. Also if you’re tired of the outrageous electric bills due to your heating up the kitchen and your air conditioner working overtime.

The beauty of outdoor kitchens is that they can be as large or as small as you need. Grills that have wheels attached and can be taken with you when you move are the most common type of grill available. However, there is a large variety of styles, sizes, features and price even in this group. For beach goers there are plenty of models that you can pack in the car and take with you. A more elaborate outdoor kitchen might be a permanent installation that is installed by professionals. Much like your inside kitchen these will have all the utilities you need at your disposal. Accessories you may need include baskets for grilling fish, vegetables or hush puppies, a griddle, tongs and a meat thermometer. Before you start cooking make sure your food preparation area is sanitized. There are a variety of lights for your outdoor kitchen but direct light is best for the work area.

For cooking meat at night, lights give you the ability to see your meat with crystal clarity, enabling you to cook your steaks to perfection every time. If you live in a climate that gets chilly in winter you might consider installing a patio heater or fire pit to warm the place up a bit. You don’t want your nice outdoor area going unused for a good portion of the year just because of the weather. Always have insect repellent on hand so your parties don’t get ruined by pesky little uninvited guests. Your builder can also install a built in repellent system to cover your entire outdoor area. If bugs were not enough, smoke in your guest eyes is not comfortable so don’t forget the exhaust hood. So you don’t end up serving cold food get some warming drawers. Make sure you have enough electrical outlets to run your fridge and other appliances and have a sink installed so you can keep your hands and cooking implements clean without running backwards and forwards to the indoor kitchen. An ice machine is also convenient (no ugly, bulky coolers) and of course the wine storage.

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