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Design is in the Details

No detail is too small. In fact, home construction, design, and décor are all about the details. Details are what gives a home its feel and soul. Details are part of what makes a home, “home.” From ceilings to the floors, no detail should be overlooked!

If you’re thinking of building or renovating your home, there are a lot of choices and decisions to make from the sizes of room and types of windows to the layout concept to the flooring. However, you will also have the opportunity to put your own flair into the home. Whether its choosing the lighting fixtures or adding built-in features, these small details truly will make your home stand out and be uniquely yours. The details are what make your guests say, “wow!”

At Luxury Home Solutions, we take pride in listening to our clients’ wants, and we specialize in home customization, so details are our thing! Details can truly make an impact on a room. For this article, we wanted to share with you a few ideas for your home that really express beauty being in the details.

  • Moldings/artwork on the fireplace.
  • Opt for decorative vent plates and switch plate covers.
  • Add crown moldings throughout the home.
  • In an open concept home, install decorative columns in the room; these columns can make the room look taller. They can either be purely decorative or load-bearing.
  • Build shelves into the walls in different rooms. This not only gives you storage space, but it adds character to the room.
  • Instead of square/rectangular doorways and entrances, choose round archways.
  • Install stained glass into cabinets or windows as an accent throughout the home.
  • Build in window seats or breakfast nooks.
  • Paint doors with a high gloss finish for a dramatic effect.
  • Use something unique as ceiling décor (build it into the ceiling) like a canoe.
  • Choose a thick rope for a railing on a staircase instead of a rail for a truly unique look.
  • Extend wallpaper onto the ceiling.
  • To add visual interest, install a striped wooden floor.

Ideas for details are endless. Since details are so personal, you probably have a completely different list of ideas in your head of details you want to add to your home to make your space truly unique. Custom is the way to go to bring your home to the next level!

If you’re looking to build a home full of personalized details or renovate your current home, let our team at Luxury Home Solutions help you make it happen. Luxury Home Solutions is a custom home builder building homes in Naples, Fort Myers, Marco Island, and other SWFL cities.  Click here to view some of our home designs for more ideas. Give us a call at 239-728-2143 to get started today.

 

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Home Décor Ideas for the Holiday Season

It’s the holidays! No matter what holiday you celebrate this season, the holidays are a festive time. Besides the wonderful food and precious family time, this is the season where people go all out to decorate their homes to fill each room (inside and out) with the spirit of the season.

Just like picking out doorknobs or lighting fixtures, a person’s holiday decorations are a form of self-expression – your interpretation of the holidays. Not only do you choose decorations that reflect your tastes, but you also have to choose décor that works with your home. For example, you can’t buy a 20-foot holiday tree if you have low ceilings.

With the seemingly endless stores and magazines selling holiday décor, your options to decorate are vast. For this article, we wanted to share some beautiful ideas on how to make your home festive this year.

  • Use a combo of baby cypress trees and glass/porcelain trees on the dining room table for a different kind of centerpiece.
  • Fill bowls around the home with ornament balls.
  • Wrap garland around all bannisters, railings, and mirrors. Wrap a giant and ornate garland around the fireplace.
  • Hang glass snowflakes in the windows.
  • Used wrapped gifts (just use boxes, not real gifts) as decorations around the holiday tree or other places in the home.
  • Put a holiday tree in an outdoor space, porch, or lanai.
  • Place wreaths on doors and over fireplaces.
  • Spread ornaments, greens, berries, pinecones and other small holiday trinkets across shelves.
  • Use red roses and red fabric as design elements throughout all your decorations to add a pop and dramatic feel to the holiday decorations.
  • Hang bells from red ribbon from the fireplace.
  • Adorn the house with red, pink, and white poinsettias.
  • Place standing window baskets with evergreens, red berries, pinecones, ornaments and more on the porch, lanai, or outdoor living space.
  • Burn wintery-scented candles around the home. Also, you can use candles of different colors, widths, and heights, to use merely for décor and not lighting.
  • Display a candelabra prominently on a sill. You don’t want it hidden away or cluttered with too many other things.

These are just a few holiday decoration ideas. Let your imagination go wild. Remember, decorate to accentuate. And sometimes, simple is better.

Looking for a custom home builder? Or, a contractor to do a remodel of a room or rooms inside your home? Luxury Home Solutions is a custom home builder who builds and renovates homes in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and other Southwest Florida cities. To get started with our design team, click here or call 239-728-2143.

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Got a Spare? Ideas for that Extra Room in Your Home

A spare room or bedroom in your home is a gateway to possibilities. Whether you plan to use this room as a guest room or a home gym, there’s a lot of design and architectural elements and ideas you can play with to truly have fun with this room. Unlike other rooms in the home (kitchen, bathroom), a spare room doesn’t have a “set” purpose, which means this room can become anything you want it to be. The possibilities are endless. Let your imagination go wild!

If you’re building a new home, plan for a spare room or rooms. Why?  Well, your family might grow, or you realize you entertain a lot, or you have a lot of overnight guests, or you need more space for work or a hobby. If you aren’t building a new home, maybe your children have moved out and now you want to renovate a room, whether it’s to be a spare bedroom or a fun specialty room.

At Luxury Home Solutions, we specialize in creating specialty rooms. If you need a place to relax, have fun, or enjoy a hobby, we’ve got you covered! From man caves to wine cellars, we will learn all about your special preferences to deliver you a unique specialty room that will become your (or your guests’) new favorite place to spend time in the house.

Below, we just wanted to share with you a few ideas for spare rooms in your home.

  • A room-sized closet for all your clothing, shoe, and accessories needs.
  • A kids-only play room that features chalk-board walls, so you don’t have to worry!
  • A reading room equipped with built-in bookshelves and a reading nook built into a window.
  • An art studio with built in cabinets and tables to store all your art supplies.
  • A private bar. With a bar in its own room, you can either retreat away in here to gather with some friends or make your drinks in here and carry them out to serve guests in the living or dining areas.
  • A music room. If you’re a musician (or if there is more than one in the house), instruments and equipment pile up and can take up space. So, this room is dedicated to housing all these parts, and it gives you a space to play.
  • Make it a spare bedroom for guests. Decorate it however you want. Pick a theme and have fun with it!
  • A home theater equipped with reclining, comfy chairs and a big TV (or projector).
  • A pet room. If you have plenty of pets, why not dedicate a room to them, so their belongings aren’t all over the house? This will be a good spot for your pets, as well, in case you have guests with pet allergies.

Looking to create or update a spare room? Let us help you! Luxury Home Solutions is a custom home builder who builds and remodels homes in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Marco Island, and other Southwest Florida cities. To see some of the specialty rooms that we’ve created, click here. To get started with us today, call 239-728-2143.

 

 

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Design Ideas to Revamp Your Bedroom

Your bedroom is more than just a place to sleep. It can be a place to relax with a book or cup of tea, a venue for you socialize with a loved one, a spot for you watch your favorite show or music, or just a space where you unwind from the stresses of the day. It’s a room that nourishes your soul – your own personal sanctuary. With that said, it is crucial that you pay attention to the way you design and decorate your bedroom to optimize your wants, needs, and feelings.

At Luxury Home Solutions, our design team will work with you every step of the way building or remodeling your home. Whether you’re designing a whole new bedroom or want to remodel your current bedroom, we will work with you to help make your ideas come to life. No idea is too big!

For this article, we wanted to share with you some great and fun bedroom ideas that you may want to consider when building or remodeling this room.

  • If you want your room to look bigger or simplistic in style, limit the pieces of furniture in the room. Don’t add unnecessary tables or chairs if you aren’t even using them.
  • Like stated above, a bedroom is where you relax and unwind, so you want the colors in your bedroom to be soothing and peaceful. Generally, whites, grays, off-whites, and pale, light colors make for good calming bedroom colors. However, you know best as to what colors calm you, so choose whatever color works for you!
  • Add texture to the room for personality and to keep the room from being and feeling too cold. Whether it’s a patterned wall paper, wooden beams, ceiling moldings or printed pillows, find ways to keep the room interesting and welcoming.
  • Although it’s warm in Florida year-round, throw rugs in bedrooms add character and can keep your feet warm when the tile floor feels too cold in the morning.
  • Invest in a bed bench. They are a great decorative piece to add to a room, while also providing a spot for you to lay out clothing or sit on.
  • If you’re looking to save floor or table space, opt for wall sconces to light up your room.
  • Add pieces of artwork and/or plants to your bedroom to make it feel “homey.”
  • To add storage space in your bedroom without losing floor space, build shelving and cabinets in the wall. These shelves could be decorative in nature and hold books, knick-knacks, boxes, and other items. Or, these shelves can house clothing or shoes and you can hide them behind curtains, so no one even knows there are shelves behind there!
  • Wood planks and skylights can add dimension, space, and character to a bedroom.

The design ideas you can have for your bedroom are endless! The ideas we’ve listed are just a few ideas to prompt you during your creative design process for the room. If you’re looking to build a new home or remodel your bedroom, our team at LHS can make it happen. We are a custom home builder who builds homes in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and other cities in Southwest Florida. To start the process with us, click here or call 239-728-2143.

 

 

 

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Bon Appetite: Ideas for Designing the Dining Room

It’s November – it’s the start of the holiday season. This month is when family and friends begin to gather to stuff their faces full of big meals and delicious desserts. During this time, people spend a lot of time together in the dining room. Dining rooms are an ideal space to bring together a larger group of people to enjoy each other’s company. Since many people will be in and out of this room throughout the holiday season, it’s essential this room is built and decorated to fit your needs and tastes.

Lots of memories and special moments occur in dining rooms as loved ones gather around the table, so it’s essential to have this room for you to bond with the closest people to you. If you like hosting Thanksgiving or throwing holiday parties throughout the season, it’s even more important to have a good dining space to entertain people.

Whether you’re looking to build a new home or just want to renovate your dining room, Luxury Home Solutions (LHS) will work side-by-side with you every step of the way to design you a custom luxury dining room. Our design team has years of experience and will work to make your dream dining room a reality.

When you work with a custom home builder, you can throw us any concept at all, and we will work with you to make that idea happen. Below, we’ve listed some creative dining room ideas and tips that can really create a stunning space for you and your loved ones to enjoy during this holiday season.

  • Purchase a round or oval table. Conversation is easier around these shapes, because everyone can see everyone without having to move much.
  • Built-in seats (banquettes) are popular right now. They are a great space saver, and can be used for extra storage.
  • Since you’ll most likely be popping open a bottle during dinner, install a recessed built-in wine rack into one of the walls. Not only is it convenient, but it’s also aesthetically pleasing.
  • Build your dining room in a place with a view. Whether it’s overlooking water, a wooded area, your garden, or your pool, it’s nice to have a great view while eating. Install large or bay windows for an ideal viewing spot.
  • Open-space floor plans are more popular these days. With this type of floor plan, your dining room easily flows into the kitchen so you can converse with loved ones as you finish cooking up the meal.
  • A mirrored-wall can bring a lot of drama into the dining room, while making the room appear bigger.
  • Purchase large wall art (2D and 3D) that will really pop and enhance the room.
  • Be creative with your lighting and chandelier choices. This is your opportunity to choose something unique that can be a conversation piece in the room. For example: pendant lighting at different heights is a very bold, fun look.
  • Since you’re gathering in the room to sit at the table, choose a material that really stands out. Why not have your table be the center of attention? Marble is a great material to use to draw people’s attention.

Dining rooms can be fun to decorate. Use this room like a black canvas. Your options for colors, materials, table shape, windows, doorways, rugs, decorations are endless! Have fun with this room!

If you’re looking to build a new home or remodel your dining room, our designers at LHS will work with you to create the best room for you based on your needs and personal tastes.

Luxury Home Solutions builds custom luxury homes and home renovations in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Marco Island, and other cities in Southwest Florida. Looking to create a beautiful custom dining room? Get started with LHS today. Call us at 239-728-2143 or click here.

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Color, decor trends to watch for in 2018

It’s never too early to start thinking about your next home remodeling project, and with the new year approaching fast, Luxury Home Solutions is keeping a watchful eye on color and decor trends forecast for 2018.

Here are a few trends to watch for in the coming year:

–Hand-carved stone sinks are already starting to make a splash over classic porcelain, and there seems to be a renewed interest in polished brass faucets and knobs for bathroom fixtures. In the kitchen, you’ll see more two-toned cabinets (e.g., dark natural wood finishes atop stainless steel). Quartz will continue its rein over granite for countertops, and we expect to see the color blue in everything from cabinets to appliances.

–Expect to see home décor that plays up themes of travel, culture, and authenticity: Found art and upcycled books or magazines turned into folded works of art. Hand-drawn patterns on textiles, pillows, and wallpaper. And old, interesting, or eclectic accent pieces with an artisan edge, such as brass lamps, globally inspired throws and area rugs, and pillows with neutral, tribal patters. Don’t be surprised to see geometric patterns in accent walls and decor, or the use of metallics to anchor a room.

–Nautical themes will continue to cast a strong wave of influence. When it comes to coastal chic, it’s about way more than coral, weathered wood, and shells: Morrocan Fish Scales tiling from Mercury Mosaics create new possibilities in kitchens and bathrooms, while glass bubble lighting in blues and iridescent hues offer a playful approach to illumination.

–Color sets the tone for the furniture and décor we buy, so what’s in store for our walls in 2018? The latest Colormix Forecast from Sherwin-Williams dishes out three distinct interior/exterior paint palettes that capture collisions of influence from our modern lives. “Sincerity” offers a range of hushed tones, including sand, complex grays, and hazy botanicals, while “Unity” plays up global influences and bold pairings (think bright pops of peacock coloring). Bold is definitely back!

Looking to revitalize your home or condo and incorporate some of today’s most exciting design aesthetics? We can help! Contact us at 239-728-2143 or click here to get started with members of our highly qualified team. We specialize in custom homebuilding and remodeling in southwest Florida, including Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Sanibel, Estero, and Marco Island. We look forward to working with you!

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Six must-haves for the modern man cave

Personal space is a requisite in today’s modern life, but the “man cave” is something more than just a room above the garage to get away from it all. It’s a place to celebrate life’s accomplishments, show off hobbies and collectibles, and serves as a retreat for relaxation, entertainment, and enjoying the finer things in life – either alone or with friends.

At Luxury Home Solutions, we know specialty rooms. We’ll work with you to create the man cave of your dreams, with sophisticated personal touches and unique showpieces that celebrate your whims and passions.

Below are just a few must-haves for the modern man cave:

A leather recliner tops the list, because let’s face it: When it’s time to kick back, there’s nothing more comfortable than a top-grain chair you can fall asleep in. They’re elegant and durable, and today’s top models have power reclining systems, cup holders, and dual USB ports and charging stations to power your mobile devices. When it comes time to purchase one, skip the online deals and head to a furniture showroom.

You’ll probably need extra seating, so it makes sense to invest in a matching sofa or a few well-designed bar stools.

A man cave isn’t complete without a big-screen television for game days or movie nights – or better yet, a home theater system with wall-to-wall sound. Today’s 4K Ultra High Definition OLED televisions offer exquisite color accuracy, wide viewing angles, and a host of built-in features. With technology changing so fast, it makes sense to invest in something that will last for years to come.

Dartboards, poker tables, or pool tables all provide opportunities for socializing, and you’ll want more than a few entertainment options for when it comes time to host friends and family.

You’ve spent good money collecting bottles of vintage wine for the right occasion. But are you storing them correctly? Wine refrigerators will keep your reds cool (between 60° and 65° F) and your whites cold (between 50° and 60° F). You’ll want to select a model with the right capacity, temperature zones, and design style to fit your space. Wine Enthusiast can help narrow the search.

You’ll also want a wet bar with running water and a sink to serve and rinse drinks. It’s an ideal space to store beer and wine glasses, bottle openers, decanters, and coffee makers. Check out Pinterest for tasteful ways to incorporate a bar area into your retreat space.

For fine tobacco enthusiasts, a desktop or cabinet humidor is the best way to keep your cigars fresh and flavorful.

Specialty rooms are our passion! Contact us at 239-728-2143 or click here to start building the man cave of your dreams. We specialize in custom homebuilding and remodeling in southwest Florida, including Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Sanibel, Estero, and Marco Island. We look forward to working with you!

 

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Avoid common mistakes when building your dream home

Getting the opportunity to build your own home from the ground-up may be the most exciting investment you ever make. You’ve been dreaming about it for years, and now it’s time to turn that dream into reality!

There’s a lot to consider – everything from floor plans to architectural features to finishing touches. Unfortunately, that means there’s a lot of room for errors, and taking shortcuts or deciding to take a do-it-yourself approach could end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars.

At Luxury Home Solutions, our team of seasoned professionals knows exactly what to avoid when it comes to designing and building custom luxury homes. From start to finish, we make sound decisions based on the best industry practices, while keeping our clients informed and engaged at every step of the process.

Here are a few tips for avoiding common mistakes that people make when building a home:

Location, location, location. Your floor plan might be flawless on paper, but the physical location of your dream house might not be ideal, especially when it comes to sunlight, shade, views, topography, proximity to neighbors, and other intangibles tied to surroundings. Think bigger than just what’s inside the four main walls.

Never be your own builder. Unless you’re a licensed professional, let builders, general contractors, roofers, plumbers, electricians, and sub-contractors do their jobs. They know what’s required when it comes to building codes and the cost and quality of materials, and each step of the homebuilding process requires a level of certainty. Taking a do-it-yourself approach to homebuilding could create unnecessary delays, cost overruns, and even result in structural issues that put you and your family at risk.

Stick to your budget. Sticking to your budget takes discipline, and opting to add-on expensive upgrades during construction will push back deadlines, and potentially trim other aspects of the project. (Delays could even postpone critical inspection dates.) Yes, there’s a contingency budget, but it’s for covering the unexpected – not the unplanned. Think about what’s essential, and what can be added-on later. You’ll maintain a good relationship with your builder that way.

Use professional, well-designed floors plans, even if it costs more upfront. It’s easy to draw out designs on paper or create them using a computer app, but there’s a lot more to floor planning than you might think. DIY planning can lead to poorly lit rooms, off-center windows, stairways that don’t meet code, plumbing that doesn’t connect to appliances, and issues related to heating and cooling. Some building professionals estimate that design mistakes can cost five to ten times more than what you might spend on floor plans. That can add up!

Think about the future. If you’re planning to build a forever home, then consider the things you’ll need five, ten, and twenty years down the road. Will those elegant front stairs become burdensome to climb over time? Are there areas of the home you might expand later on to accommodate a growing family, a space-consuming hobby, or additional storage? Will that breezy patio eventually become an inviting sunroom? Considering the future now will eliminate potential headaches in years to come.

Let Luxury Home Solutions help you stay worry-free and handle all aspects of your next homebuilding or remodeling project. Contact us at 239-728-2143 or click here to get started. We specialize in custom homebuilding and remodeling in southwest Florida, including Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Sanibel, Estero, and Marco Island. We look forward to working with you!

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Ways to Make a Smart Home

It isn’t just our phones, TVs, and cars that are smart these days, you can also have a smart home. More and more companies are starting to enter the smart home world by creating technology that homeowners will find extremely useful in their everyday lives. Although most of these gadgets aren’t essential to any home, they can make your life a lot easier and raise the value of your home.

When building a new home with Luxury Home Solutions, we will work with you to create a plan to make your home as “smart” as you want it. From temperature and lighting controls to security and sound systems, we will suggest the best solutions to features you desire in your home. With a new build, it’s much easier to integrate these tech add-ons throughout the home.

Forgot to turn the lights off when you left for work? No worries. Want to change the volume of a song playing in the house no matter what room you’re in? You got it!

Below are some great “smart” tech devices to possibly add in your home. You and your home will be super connected!

Nest Learning Thermostat – This thermostat adjusts to the temperature based on your preferences and schedule; it learns from you in around a week’s time. It will turn itself down when nobody’s home to save energy. You can connect this to your phone so you can control the temperature from your computer or phone. If it senses you in the room, it will light up and display the time, temperature, and weather.

August Smart Lock – This device allows you to remotely control a door lock. The door can open and lock for you without you having to enter a code or search for your keys. If you connect this device to Logitech’s Harmony Home Hub, you can let it know who is allowed in your home when you’re not there.

Sonos – Sonos has created a bunch of different devices that allow you to stream music in every space inside and outside your home by using an application. Sonos offers different speakers for you to choose from to install throughout the home.

Logitech Harmony Home Control – Want a way to connect all your devices? Similar to a universal remote? This home control can connect the above-mentioned devices, as well as TVs, cable boxes, game consoles. Actually, it works with more than 270,000 devices. You can use an app on your phone to control everything.

Other tech devices to add in your home: Amazon Echo, Nest Cam, ceiling fan controllers, self-watering planters, Samsung oven.

Looking to create a smart home? We can help! Contact us at 239-728-2143 or click here to get started on your dream home today. We are a custom home builder in Southwest Florida building homes and condos in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Sanibel, Estero, and Marco Island. We look forward to working with you!

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Things to Think About When Building a New Home

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to build your own home! Now what? Building a new home is a huge undertaking; there’s a lot to think about, plan, decide on, and execute. But when you work with a reliable, trusted custom home builder, they can make the process a lot more fun and less stressful for you.

At Luxury Home Solutions, we take pride in building relationships with our clients while building and designing the luxury, custom homes full of quality craftsmanship, detail, and impressive value.  Like stated before, there’s a lot to think about and remember when designing your own home, so our team wanted to provide you with a list of things to consider when building a new home.

  • Think about the purpose of this house. How many people will live here? How many people will visit? Do you entertain a lot?
  • Decide if you like open-concept or smaller rooms.
  • Try to imagine furniture, cabinet, and appliances placement early in the design/build.
  • Plan as much as you can before the build starts, so you won’t be overwhelmed later.
  • Early on, research countertops, lighting, tiles, carpeting, colors, appliances, and more, so the design team and you can have everything purchased and installed on time.
  • Be extremely specific with your ideas to the builder and design team. You don’t want there to be a miscommunication. The builder and designers can’t read your mind to know it is what you want, you must show them.
  • Speak up is something isn’t quite like how you want it early on, so more similar mistakes will not occur and money won’t be wasted.
  • Don’t be shy to voice your opinions, needs, and wants. You and the designer may not agree on the look of something, but If it’s something you truly want, you should have it. It’s your money, and it’s the home you will be living in. Sure, there are things designers and builders know more than you about (building codes, measurements, wiring, materials, etc.). On these topics, you should listen to them, but when it comes to making choices on the styles within your home, you should express your mind.
  • Think about major things you want installed throughout the home such as security systems, temperature controls, lighting controls, and sound systems.

This list is just a brief look at some of the things you should think about and consider when building a new home. Come back to our blog for even more ideas on things to think about when building a home in a future post!

If you’re ready to build and looking for a custom home builder, Luxury Home Solutions can help your dreams come true. We are a custom home builder in Southwest Florida building homes in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Marco Island, Estero, and Sanibel. To get started with us, click here or call 239-728-2143.