How to Build an Indianapolis Custom Home

Building the Ultimate Man Cave

Penny Siml - Tuesday, October 23, 2018

For a lot of families, the argument over the tv at the end of the day turns into a battle.


“How can one person watch sports every day” or

“Are you really going to play video games all night.”


From the other side of the argument comes:


“The Bachelor is on again tonight?” and

“Why do you watch this show, it makes you cry every week?”.


Not all tv shows are made for the entire family, and I think everyone can agree there is definitely a limit to how much Mickey Mouse Clubhouse anyone can watch.


Now, family together time is extremely important, but sometimes you just need a place in the home to get away and do the things you like to do without disrupting anyone else. Most people are familiar with the term ‘man cave’ but in this blog, we’re not talking about a half-finished basement with a tv and an old couch. These spaces are the ultimate entertainment destination, perfect for getting away to watch Sunday football, or hosting a group of friends to enjoy a night of kid-free conversation and relaxation.

A Place for Hobbies

Depending on your ‘thing’ a secluded room in the home is the perfect place for decor that doesn’t match the rest of the home, or for those tools that should stay far away from the reaching hands of small children. Think about the ways you could use the space to fully enjoy your hobby. Maybe it’s collecting sports memorabilia. Maybe you need a place to work on your latest woodworking project. Whatever the case may be, this is a great room to fit the needs of your hobby. For woodworking, consider an easy-to-clean floor with soundproof walls and plenty of space to store extra wood, tools, and materials. If sports are your thing, design the room with plenty of protective cases or shelving and wall space for hanging your best pieces.

Top of the Line Entertainment Center

No man cave would be complete with the ultimate entertainment space. Really use your creativity here. If you’re a hardcore sports fan, think about the days you wish you could watch multiple games at once. What’s stopping you? Install multiple screens to build one mega-screen where you can watch multiple games at once. If you’re more of a one game at a time person, dream big with the size of your television and don’t leave out custom seating and the best audio equipment on the market.

Made for Making Music

Sports aren’t for everyone, and man caves aren’t reserved for Sunday night football. If you’re more of the musically inclined, think of all the things you could do with a designated space to create and make music with friends. Instead of stowing guitars and music equipment in cases under the bed or shoved in the back of a closet, stake out space in your new custom home to put your prized instruments on display with plenty of room to create. Take it one step further and design the room for mixing and producing your own music from the comfort of your home.

A Theme Fit For You

Just because this room isn’t the hub of the house doesn’t mean it should be filled with the leftover furniture you’ve been moving with you since your college days. Design this room to be comfortable, enjoyable, and a reflection of your own tastes and styles. You can go rustic with vintage car signage, or go bright and new with lights, the latest technology, and sleek design. Whatever appeals to you, go with it and bring in all the design elements you love that might not fit elsewhere in the home. We’ve seen some pretty inspiring design themes. Take a look at the photos below to get some ideas and let the creativity inspire your design.

Great for Gaming

Video games, poker, vintage arcade games, whatever you like, you should put on display. If you want your home to be the place everyone comes together for your monthly poker tournament, give your table plenty of space, comfortable seating and a bar in the corner for mixing up drinks all night long. If video games are your thing, comfortable seating, plenty of storage for your consoles and your best gaming memorabilia creates a superior gaming lair.

Home Brewed Hangout

We already talked about adding a bar in your man cave, but really any of these ideas should have a bar or small kitchen feature for serving drinks, soda, snacks, whatever you prefer. For those more serious about their brews, a spot just for your brewing kit keeps it out of the kitchen and in the perfect controlled environment for making your own homebrew. Be sure to include a washing station, storage, and cleaning supplies.

The options are endless for this room in your home! Remember, it doesn’t just have to be a place for the guys, maybe you and your spouse need a place for hobbies away from the kids. This should be a place you can come to relax and enjoy your favorite things you’ve collected over the years. Make sure you have everything you need for a space you can enjoy year after year as the kids grow and your tastes change. If you need help planning a space to get away and enjoy your hobby or passion, get in touch with our design team and we will help you create a space that feels like home, but an escape from the day to day grind.



Adding More Design To Your Home With Unique Ceiling Material

Penny Siml - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Unless the ceiling is beautifully vaulted or horribly covered in the dreaded popcorn texture, we don’t usually pay much mind to the ceiling of a room. We’ll talk at length about the beautiful, original hardwood floor, or the intricate design of the hand-crafted tile in the kitchen, but the ceiling hardly ever gets any love. Why? Because it typically goes un- or under-designed when planning a home. Most people stick to whites and creams. If someone gets really adventurous, they might add some wood beams to give that rustic charm look. Of one of five walls in a room, we thought it was time to offer some design inspiration to take ceilings from bland to bold. Why not make a statement where no one is expecting one?

Woven Bamboo

Are you looking to build a beach-inspired island getaway? Woven bamboo is the perfect ceiling feature to solidify this look while adding texture and drama to the room. Not only a good fit for island life, but this feature has also been used in modern homes because of their eco-friendly and sustainable nature. This style is also great for meditation rooms, spa rooms or a bathroom designed to be a sanctuary for peace and seclusion. Consider using this design style to add a ‘wow’ feature and enjoy the benefits of reduced toxins in the air, improved health, and wellbeing for those in the space.

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood looks beautiful, rustic, and adds character when applied as a floor treatment, but a lot of people don’t think to use this as a ceiling feature. Much life using this material as flooring, it adds a dash of cozy character to any room. We’ve seen a resurgence of reclaimed wood in new, custom homes in recent years, and the ceiling could be the new frontier. Short and tall ceilings alike can support this design style. It does add depth and contrast to rooms, and depending on the stain or color of the wood, can go well with wood treatments for the flooring as well. Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles and colors. With the right design team helping you along the way, restored wood can fit with almost any home design style when applied in the right way with the right design details.

Living Features

If you have a passion for plants and a green thumb, a green ceiling might be the perfect addition to make your home come alive. These green ceilings are popping up all over trendy restaurants in L.A. and New York and you can have one too. Caring for these plants isn’t as difficult as one might think, but you do need to provide plenty of light and regular watering. If you and your family travel a lot, think about using artificial plants instead. High-quality artificial plants are almost impossible to distinguish from the real thing. There are a variety of types of plants, arrangements, structures, and more to make your ceiling truly one of a kind.

Pop of Color

Color isn’t just for walls and design accents. A colorful ceiling directs focus around the room to punctuate the design style. Color can be applied to the ceiling in a variety of ways. Don’t be intimidated by bold design choices. It’s your home and your style! So try something new and create a place where you like spending time. Patterns are another great way to elongate rooms and create visual cues that make the room look larger and taller, depending on which pattern you choose. If you do opt for a busy pattern on the ceiling, try to keep other patterns in the room at a minimum. You can use the design style applied to the ceiling to artfully tie everything together within the room.

Rustic Beams

High wood beams add warmth and a comfortable cottage or lodge feel to a home and you don’t have to stop there. Great for gathering spaces like the kitchen or family room, they add height and design aesthetic to the home without drawing attention away from your favorite rug or rare painting. Available in a variety of colors, wood types, and stains, wood beams add character to the home and work well with features like open glass cabinets or a luxurious dark leather couch. They fit in almost any design style in any home. You also have options when adding light features in your beamed ceilings. Tiered lights, pendant lights or track lighting all work well with this design and accent the high ceiling appearance. Consider adding a window to let light flow through the room.

Silver Leaf

Hollywood glam and luxury looks are easily achieved with silver or gold leaf ceiling finishing. Similar to the high gloss look, this style creates warmth and light with reflection from the ceiling. Perfect for a formal dining room with rich, warm colors, this technique works with pretty much any color or theme in the room. Take for example this Moroccan themed room with warm lanterns, deep colored furniture and bright blue paint. The entire room comes together with a silver leaf application on the ceiling giving a warm depth of color.


The fifth wall in any room shouldn’t be ignored. Just as important as the carpet on the floor or the paint on the walls, your ceiling is another opportunity to show your style, or add touches of personality throughout the home. When you start designing, take your ceilings into consideration and make sure every inch of your custom home is uniquely yours. Start with a consultation with our design experts to get more ideas for creating the home of your dreams!



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Eco-Friendly Custom Home Building Materials

Penny Siml - Monday, August 27, 2018

Modern living has made an enormous impact on the planet, prompting people to seek more sustainable building practices when designing custom homes. The use of recycled goods and environmentally sustainable building materials go a long way to create a better future. There are things you can do as you build your brand new custom home to reduce your environmental footprint as you design the house of your dreams.  Read More...

Secret Rooms and Spaces For Your New Custom Home

Penny Siml - Monday, August 20, 2018

Ever wanted to get away from it all and relax in a secret corner of your own home? Custom home builders can design your home to exact specifications, giving you the secret rooms and spaces you crave to take a break from the world and get some ‘me’ time.  Read More...

Custom Home Design Tips: Making Things Modern

Penny Siml - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Precise lines. Sleek storage. Bright bedrooms. Optimized space. These features make up a classic modern home.

​How to Stay On Schedule When Building Your Custom Home

Leisha Jenkins - Monday, July 23, 2018


            The selection process for your new custom home should be enjoyable and exciting! But this process quickly turns stressful when delays push back the move-in date. The good thing about designing a custom home is that the look of the home is completely in your hands. You select the shape, size, layout, color, and complete design that best suits you. In the end, the home is completely unique to your family. 

            While this level of customization is one of the reasons you chose to build a custom home in the first place, it quickly becomes overwhelming. You may be hesitant to make permanent decisions for your home, but to stick to the schedule, you have to stick to a schedule. Falling behind on selections puts your end date at risk. We want to help you understand the selection schedule and give you tools to move into your beautiful custom home on time.

            A selection schedule is developed depending on the construction schedule. Building your house is carefully scheduled based on the availability of each person involved. When this schedule has to be altered, it brings major delays to the construction process. Schedules must be reevaluated and completion dates may be pushed back. If you don’t select materials ahead of time, then the builders cannot proceed with construction. Here are some tips to help you stay on schedule when designing your custom home.


            Trust the Process

            One common misconception of many future homeowners is that you have to make all the selections before construction begins. You don’t! But you do have to keep up with decisions throughout the process.

            Certain selections, mostly regarding the interior of the home, can be made during construction. There will be time built into your selection schedule for pricing, packaging, and shipping if necessary, but there is no time for procrastination. Trust that your home builder has carefully developed a schedule to get your home completed as efficiently as possible. Make selections according to this schedule and don’t fall behind! If you’re overwhelmed with choices, ask your builder to help narrow down the options for you. It’s better to ask for help than ask when the new completion date will be. We have lots of experience and expertise we’d love to share!

            Look it up!

            We understand that life gets busy. We’re here to make the selection process as easy as possible.

            Researching ahead of time helps us understand how we can best tailor the home to your needs. It also helps you determine what kind of style you want in your new home. If you come to us with ideas, we can contact our vendors and find materials similar to those you’re looking for. Additionally, many vendors have online catalogs that you can peruse. Not only will this speed up selection, but allows you plenty of time to choose what you love. Here’s a list of selections you may want to start considering.

            Exterior Selections:

            Roof color

            Type of roofing

            Type of brick/siding

            Garage door styles

            Exterior doors



            Interior Selections:

            • Flooring
            • Paint
            • Hardware
            • Interior doors
            • Countertops
            • Trim
            • Finishes


            Plan Ahead

            When choosing selections, make sure you look ahead and make sure that it will be a lasting decision for your family.

            Do you have pets or plan on having pets? What about kids? What will you do when grandma visits? Will you be entertaining friends? Will friends be staying at the house?

            These questions may impact everything from the flooring to the number of bedrooms included in your house. Plan ahead now so that you don’t have to reevaluate your floor plan down the road.

            One for the Books

            Don’t lose track of the selections you’ve made. Keep a careful record of each decision along the way.

            The last thing we want to do is build you a home that you aren’t happy with. If you visit a showroom, take a photo of the material or appliance you choose. Photos are also great if you need a bit more time to ponder your decision. Also, keep track of the product’s name or number. Having an organized record of your selections will help you picture the outcome of your home and make sure you’ll be happy with it for many years to come.

            Overall, the selection process should be exciting and enjoyable. After all, you’re designing your own custom home from scratch! Use these tips to make sure you keep up with your selection schedule without falling behind. If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to let us know! Ready to get started! Don’t worry, our team at Carrington is here to help you every single step of the way!

            Ready to get started and stay on schedule? Let’s schedule a consultation to start your dream home project! Let’s talk



Vintage Inspiration for Your Custom Home Kitchen

Penny Siml - Thursday, July 05, 2018

Do you have a passion for vintage clothes? Maybe you love the look of antique furniture. A popular trend we’ve been seeing lately is a touch of vintage charm in the kitchen. It’s often a room most people think of for the latest and greatest appliances. But you can still get high-performance out of kitchen appliances with a unique and trendy look. To get inspired take a look at this untouched 1950’s kitchen.

Common Oversights When Designing a Custom Home

Penny Siml - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Designing a custom home is all about YOU. How many rooms YOU need, the style YOU desire, the space YOU want. Spend time planning each feature of your home to best suit your needs. Future homeowners sometimes overlook small details of their home that could make a huge difference in the long run. Here are some commonly overlooked features that should be considered when planning a custom home. YOU deserve to be satisfied in the long run.  Read More...


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Carrington Homes is your distinctive Indianapolis Custom Home Builder specializing in custom homes and remodeling throughout Central Indiana

Phone: (317) 336-8002

8250 N 600 W McCordsville IN 46055


Remodeling and Home Design



8250 N. 600 W. MCCORDSVILLE, IN 46055