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With the huge variety of materials available to home builders these days, we are rather spoiled for choice. But we can narrow down those choices when we takes into consideration the site we have chosen to put the home on, and the weather conditions that exist in the chosen area. More and more people are choosing steel framed homes because of its versatility, its strength, and the fact that when combined with other materials it is incredibly energy efficient.
Steel framed homes are extremely durable and, as they are preconstructed at a manufacturing plant, they can be put together on site so much more quickly than traditional building methods. The durability of steel means that it requires much less maintenance of your home over the years, and steel can easily be recycled so there is hardly any construction waste attached to a steel framed building. The prevalence of steel use in building construction means that the cost of using steel is less than in traditional wood framed homes and and so is insurance on steel framed homes.
Another big advantage to using steel frame construction is its resistance to termites, high winds, and snow loads. This is not only a safety issue and makes your home more protected, but is also a great money saver. The repairs on a steel frame constructed home are so much less than on any other type of construction. The variations of style with steel framed homes are many. Really, anything goes with steel. It is very pliant in manufacturing and can take any shape, so if you long for a bay window, you can have it.
So, if you are considering a new home, give some serious thought to using steel frames. They are cost effective, and can be erected on your site in a short time.
All images, including the featured image are courtesy of Pinterest and can be enlarged.
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When the wish for an added room in your home grabs you, but you have neither the resources nor the time, think about creating a patio as an outdoor oasis and your extra room. Whether you like to sun yourself. or relax under the stars, a patio is your home’s ideal extension. And the beauty of a patio is that you can create one on a budget, as a DIY project, or hire a contractor. Patio floors can be wood, natural stone, pavers, Mexican tiles or painted concrete.
Furniture can be flea market finds or store-bought sofas. Plants are a cost-saving way to add color and texture to a patio without breaking the bank. Small all-weather rugs create added interest. You can feature a home-made fountain or a fire pit for your pleasure and relaxation. The options are endless, and creating this outdoor room can be simple and fun.
If you enjoy entertaining, patios are a wonderful way for guests to spill out of living rooms and dens, and get a breath of fresh air. For shade build a roof over your patio, or put up an awning that can be used or not for added comfort during the daytime. You don’t need an in-ground pool to cool off. Hang curtains for privacy and beauty. No matter your budget, you can create a luxury oasis in your backyard just by adding a patio. It is the extra room you could not add to your house, and provides additional space for parties, and social gatherings. This is something you, your friends, and family can all enjoy.
The images below and resources are all courtesy of Pinterest and can be enlarged.
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Modern style decor is the epitome of clean lines, monochromatic color palettes, and an uncluttered look. Not everyone goes for this style of decor because they believe it to be too cold and impersonal. But the modern style is far from cold and impersonal. With the occasional splash of color and warm neutral tones, this can be very inviting and cozy. Modern style furniture is not hard nor is it uncomfortable. A variety of textures and hues can be very welcoming for you and your guests and family. A soft throw tossed on a sleek sofa, begs you to sit down.
That touch of red on a pillow in a grey room, adds excitement and drama. The stainless steel kitchen appliances do not say “industrial”, but that it is a clean and efficient work space. A platform bed can be as comfy as a four-poster bed.
Neutral, and monochromatic color palettes are the hallmark of the modern style. They keep rooms from looking messy and cluttered, and have a calming effect on people. The simple lines, and the clean feel to modern style rooms create a peaceful ambiance that most folks enjoy. There is also a lightness to modern style decor that other styles don’t have. The heavy quality that more traditional styles possess, can sometimes be oppressive. Too many knick-knacks, too many colors and patterns in fabrics can often be overwhelming.
The images below are meant to be inspirational and to help you in finding your particular modern style. All images and resource material are courtesy of Pinterest and the pics can be enlarged.
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When you are decorating your living room, no matter what style decor you may choose, you want furnishings and accessories to compliment your furniture. The coffee table is an important furnishing in all living rooms. And it serves a variety of purposes for you and your guests. Trunk coffee tables can be storage for blankets and throws for the cold weather. Coffee tables with drawers can hold stationary, pens, and other sundries. Double shelved coffee tables can provide space for beautiful accessories as well as magazines and books. Or coffee tables can be more than utilitarian, and more decorative with candles, vases, small sculptures and art books. You can put plants and flowers on coffee tables for color and interest.
Of course the coffee table is also used for food and beverages. The size and shape of your coffee table should not only compliment the chairs and sofas in your living room, but it should also be large enough for comestibles. Coffee tables are made from many different materials like wood, glass, metal, cushions with trays for stability, and ottomans with fabric.
They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. When choosing your coffee table you should take into consideration your decor style, your needs regarding extra storage, and whether or not you want it to also be a decorative piece of furniture.
The images below are a variety of suggestions to help you make some informed choices about your coffee table and the type of accessories you might like to put on it. All images and resources are courtesy of Pinterest and the images are expandable.
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Whatever your decor style, the furniture you choose for your home says more about who you are than anything else you own. And regardless of your style, what you want from your furniture is for it to be inviting and welcoming. Sofas are the most important piece of furniture in your living room.
Usually, they are also the biggest piece of furniture in your living room. The rest of your living room’s decor revolves around your sofa choice. The ambiance you create in your living room is dictated by your sofa choice. Whether your decor style is modern, traditional, French Provincial, Craftsman style, mid-century, your sofa is the piece of furniture that creates the feel of your home. The materials used for the frame, the fabrics on the cushions, whether or not you have pillows or throws as accent pieces, all go together to make your living room particular to you.
When you create seating groupings, you are creating a flow of conversation for your guests. Sofas can be sectional, which somewhat directs that flow in the direction of the sections. Some sectionals have ottomans for putting your feet up, for a more casual feel. Velvet and chenille sofas give you a feeling of luxury in their textures. Even more formally designed sofas can be warm and inviting and create a good conversational flow. It doesn’t matter if your sofa choice is an angular one, or one with rounded curves. They all say, “Sit on me”.
The sofas shown below are intended to be used as inspiration for you as you decide what style of sofa is right for you. All images and resource material are courtesy of Pinterest and the pics can be enlarged.
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If your bathroom is your at-home spa, your bedroom is your haven, your sanctuary – the place you go to unwind and become renewed. Sleep is something we all need to function in this world and getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of your day. Bedrooms need to be soothing so monochromatic color palettes are often used to provide that atmosphere. Neutral tones are a great canvas for bedroom accessories and easy splashes of color.
Your bed is, of course, the most important piece of furniture in the bedroom. But the choice of what kind of bed to get is dependent upon your particular needs and tastes. Whether your mattress is soft or firm, whether you sleep on a futon or in a four-poster, your bed must be inviting. The addition of lots of fluffy pillows, throws, and cozy blankets, adds to your bed’s invitation to get in it.
It is so important that your bedroom has no distraction, nothing that can disturb your mind and sleep rhythm. Many people put televisions in their bedrooms for late night viewing, but a minimum of electronics is often advised by sleep experts. Also a dark room is in keeping with your evening circadian rhythm, so be sure to turn that television off before retiring. Keep your computer in your office. Your bedroom can be formal or casual and still provide the peaceful quality you need for a sound night’s sleep. The 9 bedrooms featured below are all illustrations of the comfy bedroom. Even the unique hanging bed is an example of an inviting piece of furniture.
The images below and resource material here are all courtesy of Pinterest and the pics can be enlarged. They are also intended as inspirations for your style and choices.
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The Craftsman style home grew out of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, which began at the end of the 19th Century and lasted into the 1930’s. Recently it has had a renaissance of sorts and become popular and desirable once again.
The Craftsman style home is characterized by natural materials like wood and stone, and typically has gables and porches, and wooden shingles on the exterior. With great attention to detail, with mouldings and beautiful staircases, this style of living has stood the test of time. Clean lines and simplicity of design, with lots of natural wood are the hallmark of the Craftsman style home. And there is a beautiful and easy flow from room to room in the Craftsman home.
The Arts and Crafts Movement prided itself on hand work rather than mass production, so each Craftsman style home is unique. Some of the most typical features of the Craftsman home are exposed rafters, square columns supporting the main roof, the motifs of Frank Lloyd Wright in the homes interior, a front porch, a mixture of natural materials, and hand crafted wood and stone elements.
Fireplaces are also very common to the Craftsman home, and add to the warmth of the materials used in its design. Interestingly, when the Craftsman style home was introduced it found its place among the wealthy and upper middle class. Nowadays this style home is highly prized, and you can find it all through the country, not just in the American west where it was first built.
Most of the homes illustrated below are more modern versions of the Craftsman style home. These images are intended to inspire your creativity and give you an idea of what the Craftsman home was all about. The images and some of the resource material are courtesy of Pinterest, and all pics can be enlarged.
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When I lived in a tiny studio apartment in New York City my favorite piece of furniture was my futon sofa. By day my little room was a living room with as much space as I could have possibly gotten out of it. And by night it was a cozy bedroom. My futon made it possible for me to have people over for dinner. It was very comfortable as both a sofa and a bed. It was easy to open and close and Made me feel like a lived in a bigger apartment. It made what could have been a claustrophobic life, not so. I loved my futon.
Futons are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture you can own and they can be used in just about any room. If you enjoy having sleep over guests but don’t have a guest room, a futon sofa can turn your office or living room into a bedroom in the blink of an eye. They can be built as a twin, full size, queen or king size bed. They are available not only as sofa beds but also as convertible chairs for a child or small adult. There is some science that purports that futons are better for your back than the more traditional sleeper sofa. They come in different thicknesses, and can be constructed from natural or synthetic materials. There is a myriad of futon covers to match your home decor and color palettes. And they can offer splashes of color in more neutral settings. The frames are usually made of wood or metal, and both offer comfort and style and also drawers for storage.
The images and resource material are courtesy of Pinterest and all images can be enlarged. If you need some versatility in your home, a futon may be just the piece of furniture for you.
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All rooms in your home require some kind of seating. Living rooms and family rooms need seating that provides for good conversational flow, and usually there is a sofa and chairs as well to make sure that people are both comfortable and can easily converse. Sofas are generally the first piece of furniture that a home owner chooses for a room, but it is the armchair that caps the seating arrangement. Armchairs are great for curling up to watch television, or reading a good book. And they come in all sizes and shapes and create a room that is a complete picture. Some sofas are sold with matching armchairs, but many people like to get a bit more creative and look for armchairs that are more of a compliment to the existing sofa than something that is matchy-matchy. Many armchairs come with their own ottomans for additional relaxation. And their is such a thing as an over sized armchair, one that can actually seat two people, and provide additional leg room for curling up.
Like sofas, the armchair comes in a wide variety of styles and are made from many different materials. Frames are made of metal, wood, fiberglass, and plastic, and seats are often soft fabrics like velvet and chenille. But there are also plenty of leather armchairs in different styles, and they offer a unique texture and comfort. Many decorators and home owners like to keep rooms in neutral palettes so that accessories, like pillows, cushions, and throws can provide splashes of color. Armchairs in various prints and colors also do that for a neutral setting.
The images below are intended as inspiration for you, and to peak your creativity. All images and resource material are courtesy of Pinterest, and the pics can be enlarged for you.
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These days homes are made from of wide variety of materials, constructed in many unique and creative ways, and people are living both on and off the grid. From the tiny house, to metal framed homes, there is so much to choose from it could make your head spin when it’s time to make a decision on what’s best for you and your family. We are indeed spoiled for choice. Many people still prefer that traditional, but more and more are taking advantage of the untried. Barn homes offer just the customized and rustic feel than that so many folks are looking for, and they also get the satisfaction of recycling an old building and creating something very special.
High and beamed ceilings are the hallmark of the barn home, and wood is the most used material in the interior. For those who enjoy a bit of country and rustic elements, the barn home is the most ideal structure they could choose. Most barn homes have open floor plans , with one “room” area of the home flowing beautifully into the next. This feeling of open flow is often unique to the barn home. The barn home usually has more than one story, and a feeling of spaciousness is a very happy consequence. It is a perfect place for a growing family, with plenty of space for entertaining if you enjoy guests coming over. The gallery below offers images of both exterior and interior barns homes. These images are from a variety of sources and the research material here is courtesy of Pinterest. The gallery is intended to help percolate your creativity and to give you ideas of how a barn home might be a good fit for you.
Images are courtesy of (reading from left to right in each row) :Sand Creek Post and Barn; Houzz; Hobby; Sand Creek Post and Barn; Pinterest; idenbarnhomes.com; Pinterest; Pinterest; homedesignee.us; vagabomber; Pinterest; Pinterest.
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