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Planning Your Custom Home - Where to Put Electrical Outlets

Penny Siml - Friday, April 20, 2018

 

Building your dream home is a whirlwind. You’ve spent countless nights thinking up the perfect home for your family, everything down to the last detail. You’ve read tip books, become a regular at home decor stores and somehow ended up with a massive collection of paint chips. With all of the details racing through your mind, it’s easy to forget the little things, like outlets.

 

While outlets seem like a small detail in the grand scheme of designing the home, poorly placed electrical outlets can make living in the home frustrating at times. While you’re considering your building plans, be sure to keep these not-so-common places in mind.

 

Mantel

Depending on when you’re building your home, the holiday season might not be on your mind. When it’s time to decorate the home for the holidays, you’re likely going to want a way to plug in lights or decorations without having a cord hanging off of the ledge or down your wall.

 

Kitchen

Of course there will be plenty of outlets in the kitchen for all of the countertop appliances but there are a few places to keep in mind for extra outlet placement. The island is one place that often gets overlooked. To get the most out of it, you need to be able to use it! If your island is especially large, consider a few outlets on the sides or top to plug in mixers, small appliances, or maybe even your phone to charge while prepping dinner.

 

Closet

Closets are typically for clothes and shoes, but they also store a lot of other household items. The closet is a good place to keep battery-powered devices like a dust buster. You also give yourself the option to plug in an iron, or steamer in the closet eliminating trips in and out of the laundry room. With an electrical outlet in the closet, take out those pesky wrinkles and simply hang them up when you’re done.

 

Pantry

If you prefer to go cordless with your kitchen appliances, the pantry is the best place to charge them between uses. A lot of people like the freedom of using appliances without fighting with cords or switching them around an outlet. Store and charge them close to the kitchen without sacrificing precious cabinet space.

 

Bathroom Medicine Cabinet

Similarly to the kitchen, the bathroom has a lot of battery powered gadgets that require a charge now and then. Consider adding an outlet in the medicine cabinet to charge razors or toothbrushes discreetly and eliminate counter clutter at the same time!

 

Outside

Be sure to include outdoor electrical outlets to your list! While not commonly overlooked when planning a new build, many people wish they had put more in during the build. Think about your lifestyle and all of the things you might need around the outside of your home. Outdoor entertaining, landscaping, lighting, these all need power.

 

Garage

The garage is a great place for plenty of outlets. An outdoor refrigerator in the garage holds sodas and water, and a deep freeze for storing extra food frees up space in your kitchen freezer. Remember to add plenty around the workbench too!

 

The Floor

This one might seem odd, but think of all the times you’ve gone to plug in a lamp and had to stretch the cord to reach the outlet behind the couch. Strategically placed outlets on the floor near corners of the room give you great flexibility. You can plug in lamps, decor, or devices that need charged while your spending time relaxing on the couch.

 

A little planning beforehand saves money in the long run because installing them later can be disruptive and costly. You’ll never wish you had less electrical outlets, but you miss them when they aren’t where you need them. Think about your home now and all of the places you wish you had access to an outlet and plan your brand new, custom dream home accordingly!

 


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How To Choose The Perfect Wall Color

Penny Siml - Friday, December 22, 2017

The idea of picking out wall colors is exciting for every homeowner. As you head into the hardware or paint store to choose the perfect swatches and color patterns, the excitement and anticipation just continue to build. Then, it all comes screeching to a halt as you’re standing in front of a giant wall full of color sample cards, magazines with color schemes, and display cans boasting of their benefits.

With so many choices, how do you make the right decision? You probably don’t want to be repainting every year so this is not a decision to make lightly. The color of your walls should not only look great, but also help to influence your comfort level in the room and showcase some of your personality.

Once you get the keys to your new custom home you want it to be finished to the last detail. That includes the paint on the walls so delaying the decision isn’t an option. But, don’t worry. The custom home builders at Carrington Homes have some tips that will make the paint picking process easier and less stressful.

Tip #1: Use what you already own as inspiration.

Trying to come up with a color scheme out of the blue can be overwhelming. Instead of trying to find the right color at the store, start at home. Look around at your favorite decor, rugs, fixtures, and the natural world around you. These items are a great source for inspiration. You most likely already love the colors, so why not use them as a starting point for your walls?

Tip #2: Find a color card you love and stick to it.

Now, we aren’t suggesting you use the same 3 to 5 colors for every single room in your home, but we are suggesting you use the provided shade variations. One of the biggest challenges homeowners face when deciding on paint color is how to transition from one color in a room to another color in the adjacent room. The easiest solution is to use colors on the same card. Typically, these colors are in the same family, they’re just separated by a few shades, which means they’re great for transitioning from room to room.

Tip #3: Use accent colors to liven up a room.

Accent walls can be tricky. If the color is too different from the main color of the room, then you’ll just end up with a sharp contrast that’s not necessarily so easy on the eyes. The best way to do an accent wall is to keep it small. Instead of the largest wall in your living room, consider spaces like the breakfast nook off the kitchen, the wall behind your headboard in the master suite, or even the wall with the bay windows in your upstairs closet. Feature walls need more than just a different paint color, they need decor that helps integrate the wall into the rest of the room.

Tip #4: Incorporate various natural tones.

When you hear “natural tones” you might immediately jump to beige, but the truth is natural tones incorporate a huge, diverse color palette. Everything from beige and gray to brown and green can be considered natural. Play with these colors a little bit beforehand, but mixing different natural tones into one room can really make it feel clean and refreshing. Use multiple tones of beige to great depth. Mix in green and brown to deepen the natural aesthetics.

Are you looking for even more tips for your custom home building project? We have the perfect resource! Our “Tips For Building Your Custom Home” e-book is full of advice on starting the process, hiring a builder, and even choosing the right lot for your project.

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Penny Siml - Friday, December 15, 2017

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5 Closet Ideas to Inspire Your Future Custom Home

Penny Siml - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Closets most likely aren’t high on your priority list when it comes to your custom home ideas. While we don’t always think about it, we do use our closets every day, and facing a closet that is disorganized or overstuffed can be a frustrating way to start out your day. Having the right closet for your home and your needs is crucial to the function and design of your custom home.

To help you get started, here are five closet ideas to inspire your thinking:

Ditch the traditional closet doors.

Pocket doors and standard swing doors are functional, yes, but you want something stylish for your custom home. Instead of using the standard closet doors, opt for something a little more modern and aesthetically pleasing like a sliding barn door. If the rustic look of a wood door doesn’t match your personal taste, swap the wooden door out for a modern steel door. The sliding door is a great way to add style, but it’s also a great way to add more space to your room because you won’t have to sacrifice space for the door swinging open or closed.

Use a variety of storage options.

It doesn’t matter if you’re organizing a foyer closet, the master suite closet, or the closet off of your mudroom, a variety of storage options is always the way to go. Adding shelves, storage totes or baskets, and hanging rods allow anyone and everyone to make the best use of the space. Especially important in shared closet spaces, you want to provide practical solutions for everyone in the family. Having multiple hanging rods allows everyone of all heights to hang coats, shirts, and sweaters. The storage totes are great for storing the miscellaneous items that often clutter these shared closets.

Add top-level storage shelves.

Closets in custom homes can become cluttered pretty easily without the right solutions. Having a shelf at the top of the closet to store seasonal items and clothing can make the closet feel more open. These shelves can easily be made to match the rest of the closet and flow with the aesthetics of the space. Consider adding baskets to make storage easier and more design friendly.

Add drawers to closets in bedrooms.

Building a custom home means you have the opportunity to create the space exactly how you want it to be. As you think about the closets in the bedrooms, consider adding drawers. Not only will this give you more storage options, but it will make locating items of clothing easier when the closet is open. It’s also a great place to add a small shelf for things like makeup, perfume, toiletries, and a small mirror.

The right lighting can go a long way.

When it comes to closets in your custom home, you most likely won’t think twice about the lighting. However, without the right lighting, your closet won’t be as functional or aesthetically pleasing as it could be. Consider how large the closet is when picking out lighting. You may need a larger light or a more decorative fixture to match the space. Another option to consider is an automatic light that switches on the second the closet door is open. This will save you from fumbling in the dark trying to turn the light on.

As you think about your custom home, it’s important to focus in on the details like your closets. While this part of the process can be challenging, the custom home builders at Carrington Homes are ready to help you. We thrive on details and love helping our clients turn their custom home dream into reality. Contact us today to start the process!

 

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Penny Siml - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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