Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) in a Custom Home?

While “vinyl” and “custom home” seem to be a contradiction, more custom home owners are considering installing luxury vinyl tile when they build their new home.  Luxury Vinyl Tile, also known as LVT, mimics the look of wood planks and stone tile.  It was introduced in 2006 and is one of the fastest growing flooring products in the residential market.

Why are some custom home owners choosing LVT for their new homes?

  1. LVT differs from traditional sheet vinyl in that it is thicker, with deeper embossing, and comes in individual plank or tile-shaped pieces. It has very realistic photo-imaging that makes it hard to distinguish from natural wood and stone flooring.
  2. While several times more expensive than sheet vinyl, LVT is usually less expensive than hardwood and tile, making it an appealing alternative to the natural materials.
  3. LVT planks can be installed in a standard hardwood pattern, or laid out in herringbone or parquet arrangement.
  4. LVT is a resilient, easy to maintain flooring, generally requiring only sweeping, vacuuming, or light mopping.
  5. LVT is softer to walk-on than hardwood, porcelain, or stone.
  6. LVT is not affected by water like hardwoods.
  7. LVT is hardwearing and durable flooring, good for high-traffic areas, children, and pets.
  8. LVT is great for sub-grade applications like basements where hardwood cannot be installed.

There are two kinds of LVT.

Glue-down LVT requires a special vinyl adhesive to glue it to the sub-floor.  Once installed, it requires several hours for the glue to harden before it can be walked on.  While, water-resistant, it is not waterproof as moisture can seep between the seams of the tile.  Because it is glued down, it requires more effort to remove it if needed.

Floating LVT does not require an adhesive.  Each piece has a tongue and groove edge that fits together with other pieces.  It can be walked on immediately after installation.  This type of LVT seems to be gaining popularity, especially in the higher-priced products.  Some of these products are advertised as water-proof.  They are also easier to remove if a plank if necessary.  However, because of the interlocking pieces, surrounding pieces can be damaged in the process.  Also, because the pieces are floating, you may notice a hollow sound when you walk on it.  If this bothers you, consider installing a thin pad on the subfloor first.  This does add to the cost, however.

As with any flooring choice for your custom home, there are pros and cons with luxury vinyl tile.  However, if this is a product that is new to you, it may be worth the time to check it out.  And if you are thinking of building new custom home in the Salt Lake City area, check out DaVinci Homes.

8 Great Ceiling Ideas

Often overlooked and unnoticed, ceilings offer a great opportunity to add beauty, express your personality, and create a unique look for your new custom home.  So if you are ready for something other than a boring, flat, white surface overhead, check out these great ideas and use them as a spring-board to design your own great ceiling.

ONE:  Paint Your Ceiling

Simply painting your ceiling a color other than white can change the whole feel of a room.  It can add drama, warmth, and interest.  For more ideas on painting your ceiling check out



TWO:  Add Patterns to Your Ceiling

Patterns can be created with paint, fabric, wallpaper, or stencils.  The options are limitless and create a unique feel for your room.


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THREE:  Build a Tray Ceiling

A tray ceiling is an inverted or recessed ceiling, which breaks up a flat ceiling line.  It creates an interesting architectural feature in your home and creates a feeling of spaciousness.  Leave it plain or pump up the impact with moldings, recessed lights, or contracting paint colors.

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FOUR:  Coffer Your Ceiling

Sometimes confused with a tray ceiling, a coffered ceiling is made up of a series of recessed or sunken panels.  Most often square, they can also be other shapes including rectangles and octagons.  It is an excellent way to add character and dimension to a room.

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FIVE:  Decorate with Trim

Adding pieces of trim to the surface of a flat ceiling can mimic the look of a coffered ceiling without the cost.  Or you can create your own unique design.

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SIX:  Add Beams and Panels

A popular option is to add ceiling beams (faux or real wood), v-groove paneling, or a combination of the two.




SEVEN:  Create a Wood Ceiling

Use real wood, either by itself, or in combination with arched, coffered, or tray ceilings, to create a rich look for your ceiling.



NINE:  Design an Arched or Barrel Ceiling

Adding a barrel or arched ceiling during the design phase adds a distinctive and decidedly high-end look to a home.  Check out the beautiful barrel vaults on



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DaVinci Homes Mission Statement

Our mission is to be Utah’s premier custom and semi-custom home builder through superior customer satisfaction and exceptional building practices.  We strive to make the home building process clear and enjoyable.  We believe in helping our clients enhance their lives by helping create the home of their dreams.

Architect or Home Designer?

When my in-laws built their home, she drew the plan on a napkin and he built the home.  Apparently things were simpler in Sugar City, Idaho 40 years ago.  Today, most individuals don’t have the knowledge, skills, or confidence to tackle such a large and complicated job.  For this reason, home owners almost always have a new custom home designed by an architect or home designer.

As one of Utah’s premier custom home builders, DaVinci Homes has the opportunity to work with several of Utah’s leading home designers and architects to provide their clients with the new home of their dreams.  But what is the difference?  And is one better than the other?

A home designer:

  • Is not required to have specialized education or to be licensed, although they may have some of the same training as an architect.
  • Specializes in designing residential homes.
  • Typically has an inventory of pre-designed homes that you can choose and then customize. These plans are usually less costly to purchase.
  • Can custom design a home from scratch based on your lot and exact requirements.
  • Usually charges less than an architect for a custom-designed home.
  • Works with an engineer to ensure that your home is structurally sound.
  • Provides complete plans for building permit requirements.

An architect:

  • Must have specialized education and be licensed.
  • May design not only homes, but also offices, multi-family, and commercial buildings.
  • Commonly charges several times the fees of a home designer.
  • Will create a one-of-a-kind home just for you based on your chosen lot, needs, and desires. They do not provide pre-designed home plans for purchase.
  • May provide additional services that a home designer does not. This may include construction supervision through-out the building process, detailed design of certain architectural elements, and coordination with builders and interior designers.
  • Typically charges more for a custom-designed home than a home designer.
  • Works with an engineer to ensure your home is structurally sound.
  • Provides complete plans for building permit requirements.

While both an architect or home designer can create a beautiful, well-designed home, the higher fees eliminate the option of using an architect for some home-owners.  While charges vary from one firm to another, I recently checked with both a local architectural firm and a residential home designer about their charges for creating a 2,500 square foot rambler-style home with an additional 2,500 finished basement.  The home designer charges $1.75 for above grade square footage, and an additional $.35 per square foot of finished basement space.  That would bring his bill to $5250. The architect on the other hand, charges $8.00 per square foot of finished space.  In this case that would be a total bill of $40,000, or seven and a half times that of the home designer.  But, keep in mind, that there are certain municipalities or subdivisions that may require you to have your home designed by a licensed architect.  Check your local building codes and CCRs.   Also, if you are building a large, luxury home or a home on a difficult site, using a licensed architect may be the right choice for you.

Whether you choose to use an architect or  home designer, make sure you meet with them personally.  Ask about their experience designing homes and try to get a feel for the style of homes they have created in the past.  Do their plans represent work that feels compatible with the vision you have of your new home?  The design stage is critical so choose someone you are comfortable working with and will really listen to what you want.  Ask about their fees and what they include, their time schedule, and how the design process works if you choose to use them to design your home.  And don’t be afraid to ask for references from past clients.


And if you are ready to build your new custom home, check out DaVinci Homes at or call Dave at 801-971-6650.

DaVinci Homes Mission Statement

Our mission is to be Utah’s premier custom and semi-custom home builder through superior customer satisfaction and exceptional building practices.  We strive to make the home building process clear and enjoyable.  We believe in helping our clients enhance their lives by helping create the home of their dreams.

10 Things You Should Know When Building a New Custom Home

Building a new custom home is much different than buying an existing house.  And if a cookie-cutter new house doesn’t fit your needs, a custom home gives you the ability to build a home exactly the way you want it.  It can be an enjoyable and exciting experience to build the home of your dreams.  But unless you have been through the experience before, you may not even be aware of some of the decisions you will need to make or the factors that can influence the final cost of your new home.  Here is a quick summary of things you should know (or do) if you are considering building a new custom home.


The key to successfully building a new home is to know what you can afford to spend, devising a budget, and then sticking with it. shutterstock_185600852


Unless you are paying cash for your new home, there are two options for financing your custom home:  builder financing and owner financing.


Whether you buy a lot and then have your home built or you build on a lot owned by your builder, the location, size, and physical properties of the lot will affect the final cost of your new home.


It is important to know the difference between a Production builder and a Custom Home builder.  Choosing a builder might be the single most important decision you make in the building process.


If you are building a custom home, you have the opportunity to either find or create a home plan that will best meet your individual needs and personal style. Bianca Main Floor-Black Line


What is the difference between a fixed price contract versus a cost plus contract? Both methods can be used to price your new home and both ways have advantages and disadvantages for you as a buyer.


When you build a new home you will be making a lot of decisions about the design elements that you include in your home.  These include plumbing fixtures, floor coverings, paint and stain colors, cabinets, and a lot more.  Each builder will have their own process and menu of items to choose from.


No matter how well you plan ahead, changes will almost always occur after you’ve begun construction.  Knowing how the change process works before you sign a contract can avoid disappointment and frustration.


Reputable builders take pride in their workmanship and realize that their success depends on building a quality home for you.  However, it is common for builders to offer a limited warranty to help protect your investment. shutterstock_163924949


It is helpful to understand the home-building process before you begin construction so that you what to expect as your home is being built.


DaVinci Homes is committed to helping you have a clear and enjoyable experience while building a home you can be proud of.  Email to receive more information about each of these topics.  Or call owner Dave Holman at 801-971-6650 if you would like to see how we can help you build the home of your dreams.

Visit DaVinci Homes at the Home Show

DaVinci Homes will be exhibiting at the Salt Lake Home Show being held at the South Town Expo Center this Friday through Sunday, January 8-10.  Whether you are ready to build or just thinking about building a custom home, come check us out at both 1305!  Order tickets on line and use the promo code DAVINCI for a $3.00 per ticket discount!  See you there!

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Turkey Trivia

Thanksgiving is here and many of us will sit down to a roasted turkey.  But how much do we really know about our turkey guest of honor?  Here is a short turkey trivia quiz to help you get to know all things turkey a little bit better!

  1. How many feathers does a mature turkey have?

(a) 750  (b) 1500  (c)  3500  (d) 2750


2.  How fast can wild turkeys run?

(a) 15 mph  (b) 55 mph  (c) 5 mph  (d) 25 mph


3.  According to the US Census bureau, which state produces the most turkeys annually?

(a) Minnesota  (b) North Carolina  (c) Arkansas  (d) Missouri


4.  While nearly 50 million turkeys are served up each Thanksgiving, 2 lucky turkeys are given to the White House each year for an official presidential pardon.  Which president was the first to start the presidential turkey pardon?

(a)  Harry S. Truman  (b) George H. W. Bush  (c) Abraham Lincoln  (d)  John F. Kennedy


5.  A male turkey is called a

(a) Poult  (b) Hen  (c) Gallo  (d) Gobbler


6.  According to Time Magazine, how many towns in the United States have the work “turkey” in their name?

(a) 4  (b) 5  (c) 8  (d) 3


7.  Which President opposed Benjamin Franklin’s proposal for the turkey to become the national symbol for the United States?

(a) John Adams  (b) Thomas Jefferson  (c) James Madison  (d) James Monroe


8.  Approximately how fast can a wild turkey fly?

(a) 55 mph  (b) 35 mph  (c)  45 mph  (d) 25 mph


9.  A turkey’s gender can be determined from its . . .

(a) wattle  (b) droppings  (c) breast feathers  (d) snood


10.  According to the US Department of Agriculture, which country consumes the most turkeys per capita per year?

(a) Israel  (b) United States  (c) Mexico  (d) Germany


All of us here at DaVinci Homes are thankful for those of you who put their trust and confidence in us.   Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

DaVinci Homes Mission Statement

Our mission is to be Utah’s premier custom and semi-custom home builder through superior customer satisfaction and exceptional building practices.  We strive to make the home building process clear and enjoyable.  We believe in helping our clients enhance their lives by helping create the home of their dreams.

Quiz Answers:

  1.  c. 3500
  2. d.  25 mph
  3. a. Minnesota
  4. b.  George H. W. bush
  5. d.  Gobbler
  6. d. 3 –Turkey, Texas; Turkey Creek, Louisiana; Turkey, North Carolina
  7. b.  Thomas Jefferson
  8. a.  55 mph
  9. b.  droppings
  10. a.  Israel

DaVinci Homes’ Moving Checklist

Moving has been on my mind the last few weeks.  DaVinci Homes recently moved to a brand new office and we’ve experienced first hand how much work it is.  Moving to a new home is no different.  So here is our moving checklist to help make your move to a brand new custom home a little easier.

  1. Hire a moving company.  Unless you are planning on moving yourself, plan early to hire a moving company.  Always get at least 3 estimates and compare what each estimate includes.  And be sure to check references.  A google search of the company you are considering using will usually bring up helpful reviews from previous customers.
  2. Create a “Moving” binder. This is a place to keep all of your estimates, inventories, receipts, notes, and other documents in one place.  Keep this binder with you during the actual move so you can refer to it as needed.  There are lots of ideas online.

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  3. Collect important records. Make sure you get school records, medical and dental records, pharmacy prescriptions, and other information that you will need once you get to your new location.
  4. Send change of address notifications. It is helpful if you start making a list (for a couple of months prior to your move) of everyone you need to notify as you collect your mail.  These may include:
  • Family and Friends
  • Subscriptions including magazines and newspapers
  • Place(s) of employment
  • Post Office
  • Insurance Companies
  • Banks, Credit Unions, Lenders, and Investment Companies
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Professional Organizations
  • Government Institutions such as the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, and Division of Motor Vehicles
  • Doctors and Dentists
  • Memberships including religious organizations and social clubs

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  1. Notify utility companies.  Let your existing utility services know of your your upcoming move.  Set up service in your new home.  Don’t forget:
  • Electric Company
  • Gas Company
  • Phone Service, Land and/or Mobile
  • Cable/Satellite Services
  • Internet Services
  • Trash and Recycling Services
  • Water
  1. Sort.   Go through your belongings.  Sell or donate those you don’t want to move. Throw away items of no value.
  2. Use up.  Plan to use up perishables and items like toilet paper and cleaning supplies.
  3. Plan for pets, plants and hazardous materials. Most moving companies will not transport your pets, plants, or hazardous items.  If you plan on taking them with you to your new home, you will need transport them yourselves.  Be aware that you may not be able to take some plants across state lines.  Hazardous materials include paint, flammable items like lighter fluid and charcoal, and anything explosive like ammunition. shutterstock_112951720
  4. Plan for valuables. Important documents, cash, jewelry and other valuables should be separated out and moved to your new home personally. Gold ingots and coins
  5. Pack and label. Mark each box with the contents and the room they will end up in.  It’s also a helpful idea to number your boxes and keep an inventory of the boxes and their contents. Moving_Boxes___Packing_Material

Whether you are planning on moving across town or across the country, Utah custom home builder DaVinci Homes would like to help you create the perfect home for you. shutterstock_61718704

DaVinci Homes Mission Statement

Our mission is to be Utah’s premier custom and semi-custom home builder through superior customer satisfaction and exceptional building practices.  We strive to make the home building process clear and enjoyable.  We believe in helping our clients enhance their lives by helping create the home of their dreams.


Home Automation for Your New Home

When it comes to home automation for your new custom home, I’ll admit that I am a novice.  Aware that technology has passed me by, I’ve noticed ads in design and building magazines for products like programmable window coverings, smart appliances, and learning thermostats.  So I decided to do a little research to see what’s available in smart home automation.  While I’m not endorsing any product or company, here’s a portion of what I found.

  1. HVAC—Products like the Nest Learning Thermostat claim they will save on energy costs by learning your usage habits and then automatically programming itself to adjust for your lifestyle and the seasons.  (My husband and I have an on-going battle over the right temperature.  Would the Nest be able to pick a winner and set the ideal temperature?)  The Ecobee3 smart thermostat has smart phone compatibility and small wireless sensors that can be placed in different rooms to ensure all rooms get to the right temperature.

    Nest Learning Thermostat

    EcoBee3 smart thermostat

    EcoBee3 Smart Thermostat


  2. Security—Security systems have been around for years. Major security providers like Vivant, Honeywell, and ADT offer multi-device systems that you can monitor remotely.  They also offer other home automation products that can be added on to their security services.
  3. Safety—Nest Smoke + CO Alarm combines both detectors into one and tells you audibly when something is wrong. Smart water alarms and shut-off can alert you when you have a leaking pipe or appliance and shut off water to prevent major flooding damage.
  4. Nest Smoke + CO detector

    Nest Smoke + CO detector


    Everspring Z Wave Water Flood Sensor


  5. Doors and Locks—Smart home locks and garage door openers offer keyless entry, easy access, and control even when you are away from home. Lock manufacturers, like Kwikset and Schlage offer smart technology to give you keyless entry to your home either by touch or using your smartphone.  No more hiding, losing keys, or wondering if you locked the doors.  And smart locks can be integrated with other home automation features.
    Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock

    Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock

    Chamberlain MYQ smart garage door opener

    Chamberlain MYQ smart garage door opener


  6. Lighting -Makers of smart LED light bulbs claim they use less energy and last longer than traditional light bulbs.  They can be connected to smart lighting systems and controlled remotely by your smart phone or control screen. Now you can schedule both interior and exterior lights to come on at certain times or turn them off if you forget when leave home.  Some smart lighting features different colors that can be used for mood lighting or can be synced with your entertainment centers or theater rooms.
    Belkin WeMo Light Switch

    Belkin WeMo Light Switch


    Programmable mood light strips

    Programmable mood light strips


  7. Window Coverings—Manufacturers of window blinds and shades, like Lutron and Hunter Douglas, are offering motorized and programmable products that automatically adjust when you want them to.  You can set the schedule from you smart phone or tablet.  (An especially good idea for window coverings in difficult to reach places.)
    Lutron Intelligent Shades

    Lutron Intelligent Shades


  8. Appliances—Appliance manufacturers are incorporating smart technology in their products. Samsung is introducing an App Fridge that allows owners, among other things, to keep grocery lists, search recipes, check the weather, and control the refrigerator temperature. Jenn-Air’s new wall-conncected oven has a mobile app that allows you to control it remotely.  And LG has introduced their THINQ line of products that can be controlled from a central network and self-adjusts for peak energy times.
    Samsung App Fridge

    Samsung App Fridge



    Jenn Air Connected Wall Ovens

    LG Dryer with Thinq technology

    LG Dryer with THINQ technology


  9. Whole Home Integration—Home automation companies can install and integrate multiple systems and allow you to control them with a smart phone, tablet, or computer. For example, Big Fish Automation, located in Draper, Utah, offers multiple modes for vacation, coming home, waking up, and nights that can set and control lights, locks, security systems, temperature, and blinds all at the same time.

    Photo via Big Fish Automation

    Photo via Big Fish Automation

If this sounds like a dream come true for you, you need to be aware that all of this comes at a cost.  It is easy to break the budget with luxury, whole home automation systems.  In addition, as Consumer Reports points out, there are various internet security and privacy risks that are associated with smart technology.

If you are excited to learn more about the smart technology available, there are plenty of websites, including and, that give you reviews and information about products available.  And remember that the best time to plan for home automation is when you design and build a new home.  Work with your home designer, home automation company, and your builder to create the smart home that meets your lifestyle and budget needs.  And if you are excited to learn more about Utah-based DaVinci Homes, call Dave at 801-971-6650.  DaVinci Homes specializes in helping you build a custom home that is designed and created especially for you!

DaVinci Homes Mission Statement

Our mission is to be Utah’s premier custom and semi-custom home builder through superior customer satisfaction and exceptional building practices.  We strive to make the home building process clear and enjoyable.  We believe in helping our clients enhance their lives by helping create the home of their dreams.

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Pet-Friendly Home Design

If Fido and Kitty are important parts of your family, you are not alone.  According to the Wall Street Journal, 68% of American households had at least one pet and spending on pets is at all time high.  So it is no surprise that there is an increasing demand for pet-friendly home design in custom homes.   Check out these suggestions to help make your pet comfortable and safe, and your home easier to maintain.

  1. Dedicated Pet Space. If you can afford the space, some luxury home buyers are designing their new homes with dedicated rooms or spaces for their pets.

    Photo via Pinterest

    Photo via Pinterest

  2. Pet Spas and Wash Stations. Specially designed washing and grooming stations, often located in a mud room or by an exterior entrance, are convenient features for pet owners.  A sink can accommodate small to medium pets, while larger dogs may require a washing stall.  Remember to include storage designed for pet leashes and other supplies.
    Outdoor Dog Shower Photo Credit: Phil Kean Design Group

    Outdoor Dog Shower
    Photo Credit: Phil Kean Design Group

    Photo via Pinterest

    Photo via Pinterest

  3. Feeding Areas. A well-placed feeding area for food and water bowls is important in a pet-friendly home design.  Locate it in an area there they won’t get knocked over and you can also store bags of pet food.
    Photo Credit: Michael N. Shively Architect via Remodelista

    Photo Credit: Michael N. Shively Architect via Remodelista

    Photo via Remodelista

    Photo via Remodelista

  4. Convenient Ways In and Out. Some pet owners like the convenience of a pet door.  But remember that if your pet can come back in, so can unwanted pests like rats and raccoons that are attracted by pet food.
    Photo: KUU Architects via Remodelista

    Photo: KUU Architects via Remodelista

    Built in dog house with doggie door, Photo via Remodelista

    Built in dog house with doggie door, Photo via Remodelista

  5. Pet Friendly Flooring. Resilient flooring like tile, concrete (with an epoxy coating to help prevent slipping), laminate, and luxury vinyl tile are all good choices because they are easy to clean and non-porous.  If you choose wood flooring, select harder woods.  Soft woods, like pine, are easily scratched by pet nails.  Remember urine accidents need to be cleaned up immediately to prevent damage to the wood.  Carpets should low pile and stain resistant.
  6. Washable Paint.  Because your pet will likely bring in dirt or rub body oils again walls, make sure you use a washable interior paint that is washable.  Choose an eggshell, satin, or semi-gloss sheen.
  7. Interior Pet Gates. Even though you love your pet, sometimes there are spaces that are off-limits.  Custom designed interior doors, like a dutch door, or built-in pet gates offer a great solution.

    Photo Credit: Palmetto Cabinet Studio

    Photo Credit: Palmetto Cabinet Studio

Building a custom home allows you to easily incorporate some or all of these pet-friendly home design features.  DaVinci Homes realizes that each home buyer is unique and that your home should be also.  If you are ready to get more information on a great Utah custom home builder call Dave at 801-971-6650.

DaVinci Homes Mission Statement

Our mission is to be Utah’s premier custom and semi-custom home builder through superior customer satisfaction and exceptional building practices.  We strive to make the home building process clear and enjoyable.  We believe in helping our clients enhance their lives by helping create the home of their dreams.

Designing a New Home Theater–5 Things You Should Consider

Home theaters, whose popularity declined during the recession, have been making a come-back since 2013.  Today, a home theater can be anything from a large flat screen TV with surround sound speakers to an over-the-top, themed movie theater experience. However, it requires careful planning and can add a significant cost to your new custom home budget.  So before you begin planning, consider what kind of experience you want, how you will use the room, and how many people you want to accommodate.  Look through photos of theater rooms on Houzz, Pinterest, and Zillow Digs and note what things you like about them.  A little advance thought and planning will help an architect or designer and Utah custom home builder DaVinci Homes create the perfect home theater for you.

Media room or dedicated home theater

Armed with the information above, your first decision is whether to create a media room or build a dedicated home theater. A media room is usually a multi-purpose space that includes a large, flat screen TV, audio-visual equipment, and flexible seating for socializing.  In contrast, a dedicated home theater is a room that duplicates a cinematic experience.  Your choice will help make the decisions about other design considerations.  The following suggestions are specific to home theaters but can also apply to media rooms.

Photo Credit:  Big Fish Automation

Photo Credit: Big Fish Automation

Room Requirements

In a new home, you have the opportunity to create a room custom-made for watching movies and other content.  Ideally, your home theater should be located in an area that doesn’t disturb others in the house.  In addition it should:

  • Be large enough for the desired amount of seating at an appropriate distance from the screen
  • Be narrower in the front of the room where the screen is and wider towards the back of the room
  • Have few doors
  • Be free from outside light
  • Have a ceiling high enough that an overhead projector does not cause problems
  • Have tiered flooring to allow viewing from the back of the room
  • Be framed correctly to support screens, projectors and speakers

Soundproofing and Sound Absorption

A home theater should have enough insulation and soundproofing to keep sound from leaking outside the room that would disturb neighbors or others in the house.   Consider using drywall specially designed to reduce noise transmission.  And sound absorption materials, like carpet, sound-absorbing panels, and soft upholstery, help create a better sound experience by decreasing the amount of sound that bounces around a room.

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Audio and video equipment are the most obvious parts of designing a home theater.  Selections of screens (single or multiple), speakers, and internet-connected media devices like blu-ray disc players should all be included early in the planning process.  With the wide range of equipment options available, look for an audio/visual expert who can help you decide what best meets your needs.  Generally, the size of a single screen depends on the size of the room.  And five speakers and one subwoofer and usually enough to complete a home theater surround sound experience.   Some home owners focus on the quality of the picture.  But experts advise that the sound experience in a home theater is just as important.

Electrical and Lighting

Proper planning and installation of electrical outlets, lighting, and wiring is critical in creating a home theater.  Based on the equipment selected, wires and cables should be planned and installed to not only connect all devices, but also to be accessed easily or changed in the future.  Ambient lighting that is low-profile and integrated with the room’s walls is best.  Traditional lamps or hanging lights can reflect on TV screens or interfere with projected images.  Dimmable wall sconces, mini LED ceiling lights, and floor lights are all good choices.  A professional lighting contractor or home theater specialty store can provide options and advice on choosing  correct lighting.

Photo Credit:  Houzz,  Joshua Lawrence Studios INC

Photo Credit: Houzz, Joshua Lawrence Studios INC

A home theater that is well-planned and reflects your lifestyle can add value and enjoyment to your new custom home.  DaVinci Homes knows that a new home is one of the largest investments you will make and strives to help you create a home that not only provides value, but complements and enhances your lifestyle so you can enjoy it for years.

DaVinci Homes Mission Statement

Our mission is to be Utah’s premier custom and semi-custom home builder through superior customer satisfaction and exceptional building practices.  We strive to make the home building process clear and enjoyable.  We believe in helping our clients enhance their lives by helping create the home of their dreams.

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