Bonus tip? I need a home on a lake! Can you image looking out your kitchen window and seeing this?
Tip 1: Two front doors are better than one.
Tip 2: If you can see the ceiling of the covered patio, it needs to be done in the same style as the ceiling inside.
Tip 3: Sliding barn doors are in. Almost every house had at least one. Some were small...
...and some were huge. I really had to muster my strength to push this one open!
Tip 4: You can never have too many natural materials.
Tip 5: Your dog washing station should be raised up off the floor. Your back will thank you.
(Also, you should tidy up your garbage when your home is featured in a fancy tour. You never know what will end up displayed on someone's blog!)
Tip 6: When using glass doors in the bathroom, gain extra 'wow' factor by continuing your wall tile all the way into the shower.
Tip 7: Stained red cabinets actually look really nice in person. I never would have considered them for our new home before, but these had so much charm. They seemed more like a quality piece of furniture than everyday cabinets.
Tip 8: Placing a countertop above your washer/dryer is old news, but have you ever considered including drawers?
Tip 9: If you love a tree and can't bear to lose it when building your dream home, just incorporate it into your plans.
(And hope it lives forever!)
Tip 10: Backsplash tile with a slight sparkle is in. We saw this same tile featured recently during the Denver Parade, Colorado Springs Parade, Summit County Parade, Angel Fire Parade, and Albuquerque Parade.
Tip 11: No dream home is complete without an elevator. Almost every Summit County home had one! Can you imagine?
When we build, I'd actually like to include an elevator button next to a closed door as a joke, as our home is going to be a single story.
Tip 12: When trying to bring the outdoors in, every detail counts.
Tip 13: Applied with restraint, wood paneling can add great character to a room.
Tip 14: Every home needs a window seat. This rustic one is like your own, personal log cabin.
Tip 15: Rather than rely on a closet in your guest bedroom, which most guests will never open, why not borrow an idea from the mudroom? This provides a handy place to sit and tie shoes, hang coats and purses, and store a suitcase out of the way.