Creating the Perfect Yard: What Kind of Fence Should I Build?

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Sep 4, 2018 5:42:41 AM

Topics: Custom Home Design, Design

Although you might spend a lot of time inside your house, your outdoor spaces are an important component of the overall look and feel of your home. Hardscaping, plantings, and other exterior features say a lot about who you are, so you want to get them right. If you decide to install a fence, it might be the first thing people see when they approach your home, so there’s a lot to consider when deciding what type of fence to build.

For many people, fences are both practical necessities and opportunities to show a little style. If you’re trying to create the perfect yard, think about how these types of fences would contribute to the look you’re trying to design.

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Landscaping a Custom Home: DIY or Hire a Contractor?

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 13, 2018 1:11:16 PM

Topics: Homebuilding Tips, Homebuilding Process, Design

Although it might not be the first thing you think of when building a new home, the landscaping is one of the first things people notice. It also takes time for newly planted flowers, shrubs, and trees to fill out and look natural in their new setting. Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor, you need to plan the landscaping early in the process so that you’re not stuck with barren soil surrounding your beautiful new home.   

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Home Design Ideas: Find Inspiration Using Pinboards on Pinterest

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 6, 2018 6:39:06 AM

Topics: Custom Home Design, Homebuilding Tips, Design

If you’re planning to build a new custom home, you’re about to make a lot of design decisions. Many people find this part of the process to be the most fun, but even if you enjoy it, making so many choices can feel overwhelming. Using Pinterest is a great way to find inspiration, generate new ideas, and keep your thoughts organized. With millions of images at your fingertips, you can find the design details that resonate most with your style and customize them for your own home.  

Whether you’re a new Pinterest user or a seasoned pinning veteran, there are a few tips you can try to get the most from your boards when looking for home design ideas.

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Storing Your Outdoor Gear: 5 Creative Ideas You Can Do Yourself

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jun 28, 2018 9:40:42 AM

Topics: Custom Home Design, Homebuilding Tips, Design

One of the biggest perks of calling the Pacific Northwest home is the nearly endless array of outdoor fun we can enjoy throughout the year. From kayaking and mountain biking to surfing, snow skiing, and camping, our landscape offers a bit of everything. But for true outdoor enthusiasts, this variety of hobbies can lead to a big problem: lack of storage space.

It’s a common dilemma for those who love the outdoors. If your interior storage space is spoken for, you might have a bit of room in your attic or garage. But even those with larger homes may not want to stow muddy boots and dripping kayaks in their attics, garages, or closets. The ideal solution is to store outdoor gear where it belongs: outdoors.

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Adding Beauty to Your Home with a Sustainable Garden

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jun 4, 2018 11:55:46 AM

Topics: Homebuilding Tips, Design

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful garden to make a house feel like a home—especially when it’s done in an environmentally friendly way. In the Pacific Northwest and around the globe, sustainable gardens are becoming increasingly common, which is a trend that homeowners, neighbors, and the environment itself can all appreciate.

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Home Solar Panels That You Can Install Yourself

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on May 24, 2018 6:38:30 AM

Topics: Homebuilding Tips, Design

Installing solar panels on your roof or on the ground near your home is a great way to reduce both your environmental footprint and your utility bill. Solar panels can also increase the resale value of your home because future owners will enjoy lower energy costs. Many solar panel systems have a lifespan of 20-30 years or more, which means you continue to enjoy savings long after the cost has been paid off. By saving on installation costs, you can reach that point even faster.

While many companies provide solar panel installation, it is possible to install some systems on your own. Whether you are an avid DIYer or just want to save a little cash, these home solar panels are designed to be installed by people with basic construction skills.

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Designing The Perfect Home for the Outdoor Enthusiast

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Apr 30, 2018 7:50:14 AM

Topics: Custom Home Design, Design

For those who consider themselves outdoor enthusiasts, their love of nature is part of nearly every aspect of their lives. Even when planning for their next home, they keep the outdoors as a top-of-mind priority. Luckily, there are several exciting home design trends happening right now that will help any outdoor enthusiast to feel right at home.

Below, we explore some of the top home design features that are perfect for nature lovers:

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2018 Paint Color Trends To Spice Up Your Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Apr 24, 2018 8:33:00 AM

Topics: Homebuilding Tips, Design

Spring is the time of year when homeowners get the urge to freshen up the look of their home. As the weather warms up, it’s natural to want to do a deep clean, get rid of some of the clutter, and maybe even spice up the look of your home. Luckily, each of these tasks is relatively cheap and easy—and there’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to completely change the feeling of a home!

It is fascinating to watch how paint color trends evolve over the years. Just like fashion and home design, our collective tastes gradually change, and it can be fun to incorporate a new color into your home. You might be surprised how a fresh palette in your living room or kitchen, throughout your bathroom, or on your home’s exterior can make the house feel brand new.

Let’s take a look at some of the top paint color trends for 2018:

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DIY Custom Home Features for Your Furry Friends

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Apr 17, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Topics: Custom Home Design, Homebuilding Tips, Design

There’s no denying that people love their pets—and can you blame them? Dogs, cats, fish, birds, lizards, and the many creatures in between have the power to bring joy and companionship to any home. It’s no wonder we often treat our furry friends like people. In fact, Americans spend nearly $70 billion a year on their pets.

But you don’t have to be extravagant to show your pets that you love them. With a few simple DIY tricks, you can make your home a lot more pet friendly.

Here, we highlight some of the top DIY custom home features to try for your furry (or feathery) friends:

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Making a House a Home: Interior Design and Finishing Touches

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Mar 7, 2018 8:33:03 AM

Topics: Custom Home Design, Design

The custom homebuilding process includes so many exciting moments, from finding the perfect piece of land to choosing the floorplan that you’ve always wanted. But for many of our clients, the best part of the entire process is getting to select their interior design elements and decide on finishing touches. That, they say, is what really starts to make a house a home.  

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