Designing a Backsplash

A backsplash is the material added onto a wall behind a sink or counters in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.   Traditionally it is used to protect a painted wall from cooking splatters and moisture.  But a backsplash also often serves as an additional design element that adds interest, beauty, and a chance to express your personal style.  Keeping this in mind, here are some questions to consider when designing a backsplash,

Where do you want a backsplash and how high do you want it to be?

While it may not be required by code (check with your general contractor or local building department) it is recommended that a backsplash be installed in any wet or cooking areas to protect the surrounding walls and to keep moisture from getting between your cabinets and the walls.  So deciding on the location is your first consideration.  Next you need to decide how high up the wall you want it to go.  Do you want a 4” tall backsplash that is usually a continuation of the countertop material, something that covers the entire wall between the counters and the cabinets, or, in some cases, do you want it to go all the way to the ceiling?

Do you want your backsplash to blend in with your cabinets or countertops or do you want it to stand out visually?

Backsplashes should coordinate with the style of the kitchen or bathroom they are in.  And it is generally best to select your cabinets and countertops before you decide on your backsplash.  Depending on the materials you choose, it can either focus your eye on beautiful cabinets and countertops or take center stage.   Or, you can design it to focus visual attention on certain areas of your kitchen, like a cooktop or sink.

What materials will you use?

While tile is the most popular material, choosing the actual material is where the fun begins.  Here is a few common and not so common materials used for backsplashes.  In making your selection, keep in mind the look of each type of material, along with the maintenance required and your budget.  Also remember that heavily textured materials, while beautiful, are difficult to clean.

  • Natural stone, like travertine or granite, can be installed as slabs or in tile.
    Marble backsplash, photo credit bhg.com

    Marble, photo credit bhg.com

    Limestone backsplash, photo credit bhg.com

    Limestone, photo credit: bhg.com

  • Ceramic and porcelain tile is generally easy to clean (remember the purpose of a backsplash!) which makes it is a natural choice.  Many different types of tile are available from Daltile, Marazzi Tile and other suppliers.  You can use them alone or in combination with each other or other materials.  Traditional subway tile, in the 3” x 6” size or in the popular larger formats, can be laid in a variety of patterns and is very popular right now.
    Daltile Artigiano Backsplash

    Daltile Artigiano beveled subway tile

    photo credit: Marazzi.com

    Marazzi Tile Catwalk mosaic tile

  • Glass can be used in the form of mosaics or glass subway tiles. It can also be used in a solid slab to create a clean, minimalist look.  And sea glass and recycled glass are green options for a backsplash.
    Daltile Crystal Shores glass mosaic backsplash

    Daltile Crystal Shores glass mosaic

    Glass subway backsplash, photo credit: southernliving.com

    Glass subway tile, photo credit: southernliving.com

  • Metal can be used to create a clean, industrial backsplash or one that has a traditional feel. Stainless steel is the most common metal used, but copper and other metals are also available.  Metal is beautiful, but can be challenging to maintain.
    Copper Backsplash, photo credit backsplashideas.com

    Copper, photo credit backsplashideas.com

    SS backsplash from HGTV

    Stainless Steel, photo credit: HGTV.com

  • Using wood planks  or beadboard for a backsplash is a non-traditional use for a traditional kitchen material. It may present maintenance challenges.
    Wood backsplash, photo credit: southernliving.com

    Wood, photo credit: southernliving.com

    Beadboard backsplash, photo credit: bhg.com

    Beadboard, photo credit: bhg.com

  • Using chalkboard paint creates a fun, affordable and casual backsplash.
    Chalkboard backsplash, photo credit: naturalhandyman.com

    Chalkboard paint, photo credit: naturalhandyman.com

     

    There also many websites showing a variety of backsplash design ideas, like HGTV, Southern Living, Houzz, and Pinterest.  With so many options available, designing a backsplash is another way that you can create a new home that combines functionality with beauty, and truly reflects your style and personality.   If this is your goal, Utah home-builder DaVinci Homes would love to help you make your dream a reality.

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.

Mudroom Ideas

Kathy Grover, Re/Max Overland agent and part of the DaVinci Homes team, recently sent out a newsletter featuring some great mudroom photos.  Check out her ideas and then give her a call for more information about Utah home-builder DaVinci Homes!

“This is one of the best uses of chalkboard paint I have seen. Paint the back of each child’s stall and you can add reminders, like don’t forget dance practice at 3:30 or turn in your field trip form.”

photo source: Parkwood Homes

photo source: Parkwood Homes

“Ingenious to put a mirror in the mudroom. Generally mirrors are reserved for bathrooms but a mirror in a mudroom allows you to take a quick look before heading out the door. Use the drawer below for combs, brushes and bobby pins.”

photo source: balzer + tuck architecture

photo source: balzer + tuck architecture

“Not all mudrooms are white. A dark built in cabinet with pops of color can be a great way to liven up space. Also notice the drawers beneath, this is a great place to hide each person’s shoes and gloves.”

photo source: pursuingvintage.com

photo source: pursuingvintage.com

“Not every home has a great hidden hallway for a mudroom, so if you still need the functionality of a mudroom but don’t have a back hallway try out this more decorative version that is organized and pleasing to the eye.”

photo source: stylemeprettyliving.com

photo source: stylemeprettyliving.com

“Inside the garage can be a great place to stash a mudroom. Adding a little bench and few shoe cubbies and hooks before you go inside can save you from the mess creeping in.”

photo source: curbly.com

photo source: curbly.com

“Using wood planks on the back wall really makes this cubby set stand out as a focal point in this entry way. Mudrooms store a lot of coats and bags, so don’t be afraid to try something bold on the back wall.”

photo source:chicdesigninvestments.com

photo source:chicdesigninvestments.com

“Transform a hall closet into a mudroom nook. Its a great way to reuse a space that may usually just get filled with junk we don’t even remember we have. Don’t be afraid to use the space you have already.”

photo source: hgtv.com

photo source: hgtv.com

“A few hooks and a space under a bench can be enough to corral the clutter as people come and go. A simple mudroom is often better then no mudroom.”

photo source: freckleschick.com

photo source: freckleschick.com

Kathy Grover and the DaVinci Team
kathy@builddavinci.com  801-946-4261
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Beautiful Fall Color in Utah

While we generally focus on home-building-related topics in this blog, sometimes we’ve just got to take a break and enjoy the beauty that is around us.  For those of us lucky enough to live in Utah, and for those considering moving here, fall offers some pretty spectacular fall color throughout the state.  Here is a list of suggested scenic fall drives.

  1. Sardine and Logan Canyons

Follow US-89 from Brigham City to Logan through Sardine Canyon for some of the most beautiful fall colors in Northern Utah, and then continue through Logan Canyon (a National Scenic Byway) to Bear Lake.

  1. US-40 through Strawberry and Starvation Reservoirs

Beginning south of Heber and continuing east to Vernal, yellow aspen and red oak colors can be seen along this route in the fall.

  1. Big Cottonwood Canyon , Guardsman Pass, and Heber Valley

Take I-215 in Salt Lake City to Exit 6 and take U-190.  At the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, turn left and follow U-190 to continue up the canyon.  Just before Brighton Village, take the Guardsman Pass road over the mountain to Heber City.

  1. The Alpine Loop

The Alpine Loop through American Fork Canyon can be accessed from U-92 in Highland from Orem (U-52 east to US 189 to U-92).  The canyon, home to Timpanogos Cave National Monument, goes through dramatic, mountain terrain and is considered one of Utah’s most beautiful scenic drives.  American Fork Canyon is a fee area.

  1. Nebo Loop

Going through the Uintah National Forest, the Mt. Nebo Loop can be accessed either from Payson or Nephi.  This road is not suitable for large trailers, motorhomes, or RVs.

  1. Highway 12

Also known as the All American Road, Highway 12 follows a spectacular route through Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument, Capitol Reef National Monument, and the Dixie National forest. An autumn drive takes you through a variety of terrain and sites, and red and gold foliage.

  1. Utah’s Patchwork Parkway

Beginning in Parowan, take U-143 to Mammoth Creek Rd. and then follow U-14 to the Kolob Reservoir Scenic Backway.  Massive groves of gold to red aspens can be found between Panguitch and Cedar Breaks.  For more details about the drive and an update on fall colors,  check out the Scenic Southern Utah website .

  1. Cedar Mountain

Highway 14, known by locals as Cedar Mountain, is a 41 mile route between Cedar City and US-89 known for its beautiful cliffs and black rock that contrasts with the yellow foliage of aspens in the fall.

  1. Indian Creek Scenic Byway

Highway U- 211, beginning with US 191 14 miles north of Monticello, to Canyonlands National Park, offers golden aspen color surrounded by red sandstone cliffs, along with a variety of scenic views.

For more information about scenic drives that offer beautiful fall color in Utah, visit Utah.com or you can call Forest Service automated foliage hotline at 800-354-4505. So take a break and enjoy some beauty.

But nature is not the only place that you can enjoy the beauty that Utah offers.  Custom home builder, DaVinci Homes, believes that your home should be a beautiful place also.  So if you are ready to take the next step to build a new home that is beautiful, functional, and your masterpiece, give us a call and let us help you make your dream of a new custom home come true.

 

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.

Beautiful Wood Cabinets

Beautiful wood cabinets can add value and personality to your new custom home.  And cabinets represent a large investment that you will most likely live with for many years. But with so many choices and options available to homeowners, it can be confusing to decide which cabinets are right for you.  To choose wood cabinets that will complement your personal tastes and budget, it’s helpful to be aware of the different species of wood cabinets available, along with their common characteristics.

Cherry  

Cherry

Cherry

  • Natural color varies from tan to deep brown with red undertones
  • Sensitive to light and darkens naturally as it ages
  • Smooth and even grain pattern with uniform texture
  • Allows uniform finishes to be easily applied
  • Commonly used for traditional styling, but may also used for more contemporary wood cabinets
  • Hard and durable

Maple  

Maple

Maple

 

  • Fine, uniform grain pattern
  • Natural color ranges from creamy-white to pale brown
  • Possible bird’s eye dots and mineral streaks that may darken when stained
  • Popular, versatile wood
  • May be stained, but commonly used with clear or natural finishes for a contemporary look or with paint finishes

Oak, Red and White  

Red Oak

Red Oak

  • Strong, open grain pattern with prominent straight lines, arches, and points
  • Depending on variety, natural color ranges from white to red
  • Durable hardwood
  • Used for traditional, casual, or rustic styles
  • Red oak is relatively inexpensive
  • White oak is slightly stronger than red oak, with a more subtle grain pattern, often used for quarter-sawn custom cabinets
White Oak image

White Oak

 

Alder 

Alder

Alder

 

  • Straight and even textured grain
  • Ranges from clear and unmarked to rustic versions with includes streaks, pin holes, and open knots
  • Softer than maple or cherry and may dent more easily
  • Stable surface for finishes and stains

Walnut 

Walnut

Walnut

  • Smooth, fine, generally straight wood grain
  • Natural color ranges from light to deep chocolate with large variations usually apparent in wood cabinets
  • Relatively expensive wood

Hickory 

Hickory

Hickory

  • Large variations in color, ranging from blonde to brown
  • Dramatic grain pattern
  • Random wormholes and knots, open knots possible
  • May be stained or finished with clear or natural finish
  • Lends itself to a rustic style

Birch 

Birch

Birch

  • Sometimes called “poor man’s maple,” relatively inexpensive wood used in stock or semi-custom cabinets
  • Durable and fine-grained, though softer than Maple
  • Smooth surface texture
  • Natural color ranges from white to creamy yellow to brown
  • Takes stain well

Ash 

Ash

Ash

  • Similar in strength and durability to oak
  • Pronounced graining
  • Most often seen in custom work
  • Clear or natural finishes used for contemporary styling

Pine 

Pine

Pine

  • The only softwood used for cabinetry
  • Dents more easily than hardwoods
  • Natural pale yellow wood often features knots
  • Can be stained
  • More commonly used for traditional or country styling

Armed with a basic knowledge of the different wood species available for cabinets, you are better equipped to choose the wood cabinets for your new custom home.  Your cabinet maker can give you further insight about the wood that will best meet your needs.  And when you choose to build your next home with Utah-based DaVinci Homes, we will also provide you with our Client Custom Home Workbook, a tool to help you make all of the design decisions for your new home.   This workbook, designed with input from actual home buyers, will help guide you through each step of the design selection process.  For more information about DaVinci Homes, check out our website 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.

Choosing Quality Cabinets

Because cabinets represent a major investment, choosing quality cabinets is an important consideration in planning and building a new home.  As you look at the range of pricing, materials, construction methods, and features available in cabinets, keep in mind the following guidelines.

  1. Cabinet Materials. Materials used in constructing the cabinets are key to choosing quality cabinets and ensuring durability.
  • Other than solid hardwood, plywood is the considered the premium material for cabinet construction and is usually offered on more expensive lines of cabinets.
  • Particle board is also widely used.
  • Face frames (on frame style cabinets) should be ¾” solid wood.
  • Quality cabinet doors have solid wood frames surrounding solid wood or plywood panels.
  • Each wood species offers its own set of characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages—a topic we will discuss in more detail in another blog.
  1. Cabinet Box Reinforcement and Shelving
  • Look for cabinet boxes that have corner braces or I-beam braces.
  • Plywood and solid wood offer the best quality for shelving materials.
  • Shelving is usually available in ½”, 5/8”, and ¾” thickness. Thicker shelving material is preferable to thinner.
  • Adjustable shelving offers greater flexibility than fixed shelving. However, make sure the shelving supports are study enough to carry heavy loads of dishes, canned foods, etc.
  1. Drawer Construction and Hardware. Drawers should be well-built in order to handle the large amount of use they receive.
  • Dovetail joints offer the sturdiest drawer box construction, with doweled or rabbet joints also providing sufficient durability. Avoid glued or stapled drawer box joints, if possible.
  • Standard drawer bottoms range from 1/8” to ½” in thickness. As with cabinet materials, thicker materials offer greater  strength and durability.
  • Drawer bottoms that are dadoed (fixed in a cut groove) into four sides of the drawer box are preferable to glued and stapled attachments.
  • Metal slides are better than plastic or nylon.
  • The location and extension of the drawer slides do not affect the quality of cabinets.   However, they do affect the functionality and ease of access. Under-mount slides allow for larger drawers than side-mounts.  And full extension slides allow easier access to the insides of drawers.  Both of these features are usually offered in higher-end cabinets, but can usually be added to more moderately-priced cabinets as upgrades.
  1. Hanging Rails. Cabinets should have substantial hanging rails, preferably solid hardwood or metal, for attaching them to the wall.
  2. Finishes.  Even if construction is sound, a poor quality finish can affect the look and quality of cabinets.  A good finish will also protect your cabinet investment.    Watch for more information on cabinet finishes in a future blog.
  3. Availability of Custom Features. While not strictly a matter of quality, check the availability of trash pull-outs, spice organizers, pull out shelves, or other customizable features.
  4. Installation.  Make sure that your cabinets will be installed by knowledgeable and experienced technicians.
  5. Warranty.  Made sure that the cabinet manufacturer or distributer offers a warranty on materials and installation of their cabinets.
  6. KCMA Certification. Is the cabinet manufacturer certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association?  The KCMA has established criteria that give buyers assurance of a baseline level of quality and durability in cabinets.  However, be aware that certification is elective and the lack of it does not imply poor quality.

Choosing quality cabinets begins with doing a little research to educate yourself about the basics of cabinet construction and the options available.  At that point, you can go to showrooms and physically inspect sample cabinets.  Do all the pieces fit together well?  Are corners square? Do they feel sturdy enough to support heavy usage?  Do drawers open and close smoothly and quietly?  Does the wood grain and/or finish color match from one piece to another?  Then it is up to you to decide what level of quality works best for your needs and budget.

The same thing holds true when looking for a quality custom home builder.  Doing a little research and interviewing prospective builders can help you determine which home builder is right for you.  If you are ready to build a new home, or are just wondering what the process is for building a custom home, Dave Holman, owner and general contractor for Utah-based DaVinci Homes, would love to talk to you and answer your questions.  You can reach him at 801-971-6650 or email him at davidh@builddavinci.com.

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.

 

Reasons to Build a New Home

If you are debating whether to build a new custom home or purchase an existing home, here is DaVinci Homes list of ten reasons to build a new home.

  1. Get what you want. Building a new custom home allows you to create a home that meets your needs, lifestyle, and tastes.  Within your budget, you become the designer and can build exactly what you wantWhen buying an existing home, you almost always make compromises on what you want.
  2. Custom floor plans. When you build a new home, you can either create a custom floor plan that meets your needs or you can take advantage of available floor plans with popular, updated features like open concept great rooms, 12 foot ceilings, or spacious master bathrooms.  Many existing homes do not offer these designs without expensive remodeling.
  3. Warranties.  A new home usually offers a Builder Warranty for a specified period of time.  In addition, the all-new products included in your new home, like water heater, appliances, and roofing, offer manufacturer warranties.  If something fails in an existing home soon after you buy it, you most likely will have to come out-of-pocket for its repair or replacement.
  4. Lower maintenance and fewer repairs. It makes sense that a new home usually requires lower maintenance and fewer repairs than an existing home.  Newer building materials, like fiber-cement siding and engineered wood deck products, require less care, and brand new appliances and plumbing fixtures are at the beginning of their warranty period.
  5. Safety.  New homes are less likely to have health concerns or contain toxic materials like asbestos, lead paint, poor air quality, or mold.  A new home is built with state of the art circuit breakers, hard wired smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and other safety features.
  6. More energy efficient. Compared to even 10 years ago, a new home is more energy efficient than an older home.  More stringent standards and improvements in heating, air conditioning, insulation, energy efficient appliances, low-e windows, and other features found in a new home can translate into energy savings for you.
  7. Advanced technology. Building a new home allows you to take advantage of advanced technology that is difficult or impossible to retrofit to older homes.  From entertainment systems to home automation, high tech features make life easier in a new home.
  8. Location.  A new custom home means that you choose the location and community that you want to live in.  Whether you build in an area of brand new homes, or within an established neighborhood, the choice is yours.
  9. Investment.  Some real estate professionals suggest that a new home appreciates the most during the first few years after construction.  Additionally, selling a new home may be easier than selling an older one, making it easier to recoup your investment.
  10. Brand New.  For most of us, there’s nothing like new.  Building your custom home means you are living in your dream, not someone else’s hand-me-down house.

If this makes sense to you and you would like more information about building a new home with Utah custom home builder, DaVinci Homes, talk to owner and general contractor Dave Holman at 801-971-6650.  We would love to help make your dream of a new home come true.

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.

Choosing a Kitchen Sink

I recently toured some high end homes in the Salt Lake Parade of Homes and saw some awesome gourmet kitchens.  While it’s fun to see what’s new and trendy in products and plumbing fixtures, here are some of the considerations you must take into account when choosing a kitchen sink that right for you.

Style

  1. An Undermount sink is the most popular style of kitchen sink with DaVinci Homes’ buyers.  With this style of sink, the countertop sits on top of the edge of the sink.   It offers convenience of cleanup, a sleek look, and is available in a variety of materials and prices.

    Source:  Build.com

    Source: Build.com

  2. A Farmhouse sink is also called an apron front sink and was traditionally a deep, single-bowl sink used in country homes.  It sits on top of the cabinetry with the face exposed. They are increasing in popularity because of their vintage charm, but can also offer a modern look, depending on the material used.  These sinks are relatively expensive and may be more difficult to install properly.

    Source:  Build.com

    Source: Build.com

  3. A Top-mount kitchen sink is also available and overlaps the top of the counter. These easy-to-install sinks can be a good choice for home owners on a budget. The kitchen faucet installs on the sink, so make sure you purchase a sink with the correct number of holes for your faucet.

    Source:  Build.com

    Source: Build.com

Configuration

Kitchen sinks generally come in multiple or single bowl configurations.  Double bowl sinks can be 50/50 models where both bowls are equal or they may be 2 unequal sized bowls.

Size

While the length and depth of a sink are obvious consideration and are dictated to some extent by your kitchen layout, the depth of a sink is also an important consideration.  Most kitchen sinks range from 6 to 12 inches deep.  A deeper sink (generally more expensive) will provide more room and reduce splashes.  However, a 10 to 12 inch sink may be uncomfortable for some owners to reach the bottom.   Eight to ten inches is the most common depth of kitchen sinks.

Material

While many homeowners today choose stainless steel, kitchen sinks come in a variety of materials, each providing a look, advantages, and disadvantages.  Following is a performance rating of sink materials, according to “Stylish Sinks,” Consumer Reports:  Your New Home, published May 2015.

Consumer Reports Sink Ratings

Price

At one of the local suppliers, kitchen sink prices ranged from less than $100 to over $5,000.  But according to that same Consumer Reports article, price has little to do with performance and brand was not as important as material.   One interesting conclusion of their research was that thicker gauge metal didn’t hold up any better than the less expensive, thinner versions when it came to stainless steel.

With so many options available to a new home owner, the choices can soon feel overwhelming.  For more information, contact DaVinci Homes or your local plumbing supplier.  Utah home builder DaVinci Homes specializes in custom homes that are built according to your needs and tastes.  We understand the numerous decisions a home owner must make.  Our Client Custom Home Workbook is designed specifically to help you through this process.  The information included in it will give you tools, options, information, and direction for each design selection you make, from kitchen sinks to exterior stone, to make your new house a home you will love 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.

 

Using an Interior Designer

Anyone who has built a new custom home can tell you that it requires a lot of decisions to be made, from the architectural design and layout to the finishing touches.  While not for everyone, using an interior designer to help with these decisions can save you time and stress.  You can draw upon a designer’s expertise, education, experience, and exclusive resources to help you make some or all of the design decisions you will be required to make.  The amount of responsibility that you give them depends on your interests, time, and budget.  But here are a few reasons why using an interior designer, like Lisman Studio Interior Design or other design professionals,  may be a good idea for you.

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Source:  http://www.lismanstudio.com/residential-portfolio

  1. An interior designer can work with your architect or home designer and coordinate throughout the entire project. They can help space plan prospective home plans to ensure that there is a place for your furniture and that the home flows properly.
  2. Researching design options for your new home can be a lengthy and exhausting process.  Using an interior design professional will save you time by doing much of the research for you and recommending possible finishes and products for your new home.
  3. Choosing color schemes and paint colors is another area that many buyers struggle with. A designer can help you find and coordinate colors that you love.
  4. While the services of interior designers are an additional cost, they may actually save you money by avoiding expensive mistakes and helping you stay within your budget.
  5. When design challenges arise during the construction of your new home, design professionals can help come up with solutions that work.
  6. Designers have contacts with many suppliers, including some exclusive ones that are not available to the public.
  7. A good interior designer will not tell you what to do (unless that is what you want), but will enhance and expand on your ideas, style, and tastes, so your new home reflects who you are.
  8. Finally, using an interior designer can add that “WOW” factor that many owners are looking for in a custom home.
Source:  http://www.lismanstudio.com/residential-portfolio

Source: http://www.lismanstudio.com/residential-portfolio

If you decide using an interior designer is right for you, get referrals from friends and people you trust, and interview prospective designers to get a feel for the kinds of projects they have done, and how they work with their clients.  Ask to see a portfolio of their work.  See what services they provide and how they price those services.   Most importantly, find a design professional that you feel comfortable working with and understands what you want.

As I said in the beginning, there are many decisions to be made when building a new custom home.  That is why Utah home builder, DaVinci Homes, has created a Client Custom Home Workbook.  This workbook, based on our Pre-Construction discussions with you, breaks down all the design decisions that need to be made when building a custom home into manageable parts.  Once you have decided to build your new home with DaVinci Homes, this workbook will give you information and budget amounts for each design area, offers ideas and list suppliers, and gives you a place to record all of your final design selections.  Additionally, we will give you a schedule of selection deadlines so you will know when each decision is to be completed.  So if you’re ready, give DaVinci Homes a call at 801-355-1111 and find out how we can help you build your dream home.

New Custom Home in St. George

While I normally try to give our readers a bit of useful information, today I would like to introduce you to DaVinci Homes’ new custom home in St. George Utah.  This one level home, The Elena Plan, is under construction and due to be completed around the first of September.  It has 2,596 finished square feet, a private Master Suite that opens onto the covered back patio, two other bedrooms (or bedroom and study) plus a Casita or second Master Bedroom.    Before construction began, the pre-construction phase was completed, including finalizing plans, design selection to determine the finishes and products to be included in the home, and obtaining permits.  One that was done, actual construction began.

The Elena Plan Floor Plan

The Elena Plan Floor Plan

To date, the home has been framed, windows and doors are in the process of being installed, and the mechanical systems (rough plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling) are going in.  Once those are completed, the home will be ready for what is called a 4-Way Inspection.  Building inspectors check four main construction areas of the home (rough framing, plumbing, electrical and heating/cooling systems) before they are covered by drywall.   So enjoy the photos and check our posts for further updates so you can see the actual home building process from beginning to end.

The Elena Front View

The Elena Front View

Decorative Ceilings in Great Room and Master Bedroom

Decorative Ceilings in Great Room and Master Bedroom

Views of Pine Mountain from the great room, casita and front courtyard

Views of Pine Mountain from the great room, casita and front courtyard

Large soaking tub in Master bath

Large soaking tub to go in Master bath

Fireplace in great room

Fireplace in great room

If you are interested in learning more about this home, located at 3034 E. Seegmiller in the Little Valley area of St. George, or a custom home built for you by DaVinci Homes, contact The Ames Team, Re/Max First Realty in St. George, Utah at 435-634-5499 or 1-800-206-1003 or Re/Max Overland in Salt Lake City at 801-355-1111.

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.

Customize with Tile Patterns

I’ve said before that I love to look at all of the beautiful materials, colors, and textures that you can choose from when you use tile to create walls and floors in your new custom home.    But did you know that you can also create a custom look by using a variety of tile patterns when your tile is installed? The feature photo above, from Marazzi Tile, shows how a floor tile pattern can change the look of your home.

Much of the tile that you see is laid in one of two standard patterns:  1.   A square (or stacked) pattern, where the corners of the tile line up with each other, or 2.  A staggered (or brick) pattern, where the corners of the tile are offset from neighboring tiles.

Square or Stacked Pattern

Square or Stacked Pattern

 

Brick or Staggered Pattern

Brick or Staggered Pattern

 

But in addition to these standard patterns, there are many other beautiful and interesting patterns, using one or more sizes of tile.    To help you get inspired, here are some examples of tile patterns from Daltile, one of the tile suppliers for Utah custom home builder, DaVinci Homes:

One Tile Patterns, (Using a single shape and size tile):

Herringbone Pattern

 

Basketweave Pattern

Basketweave Pattern

Two Tile Patterns:

Windmill Pattern

Windmill Pattern

 

Stepping Stone Pattern

Stepping Stone Pattern

 

Hopscotch Pattern

Hopscotch Pattern

Three Tile Patterns:

3T_Trellis

Trellis Pattern

 

Staggered Vertical Brickwork

Staggered Vertical Brickwork

 

Checkered Diamond Pattern

Checkered Diamond Pattern

 

There are also multiple tile patterns, such as the Versailles.  Not all tile lines can be laid in this pattern, however, since it requires specific sizes to complete the pattern.

Versailles Pattern

Versailles Pattern

In addition, patterns on walls, backsplashes, and shower surrounds can create distinctive looks for your new home.

Lacework Pattern

Lacework Pattern

Brick Pattern with Border

Brick Pattern with Border

Diamond Pattern with Liner and Border

Diamond Pattern with Liner and Border

These are just a few of the possible tile patterns that can turn your custom home into a showplace that truly reflects you.  For more pattern options,  go to the Daltile website, talk to your tile installer, or consult with an interior design company, such as Lisman Studios, who designed this beautiful room.Lisman Studio snip

And if you are considering building a new home, Utah home builder DaVinci Homes specializes in custom and semi-custom homes that are created by you and for your lifestyle and needs.  We can help you take your dream home from concept to reality.  If you’d like more information, call 801-355-1111.

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.