8.29.2013

What Your Style of Home Says About Your Personality

 

Each will weave a client’s individual interests into the home in a unique and deeply personal way. Because let’s face it, people’s personalities are one-of-a-kind so naturally their style of home should be as well.
So what does your home style say about you? Read on to find out!

Home Style and Your Personality

Bungalow

Bungalows, an adorably small single-story home popped up across the United States around the time of WWI. Originating in India, this style of home known to be simple and easy to maintain became an instant hit through mail-order catalogs.
With styles ranging from the Craftsman to the California bungalow, owners that wish to maintain a carefree and easy lifestyle find these incredibly appealing. Bungalow owners are liberated in personality and eager to keep their expenses low and their lifestyle trouble-free.
bungalow house

Cape Cod

The Cape Cod originated in the early 18th century and was originally brought over as half-timbered English houses. It was then remodeled to meet the colder weather found in New England.
Typically a one-and-a-half story dormered home, the Cape Cod features pretty side gables, a small overhang and sloped roof. Such a home has a strong owner who loves to relax and enjoy a structured home after a long and busy day. The Cape Cod owner is warm-hearted in nature and tries to create an atmosphere that’s in commune with the beautiful scenery around them.
cape cod house

Craftsman

The Craftsman style is simple and honest in design, thought to be a true expression of American architecture. A home that emerged towards the end of the late 19th century, the Craftsman was part of the British design and art movement that made its way to Boston in 1890.
The elegant design incorporating hand crafted objects makes it both unique and artistically appealing. An owner living in a Craftsman is whimsical and deeply immersed in the small details of life, paying close attention to the quality rather than quantity of life.
craftsman house

Tudor

A Tudor style creates the link between ancient and modern architecture. Owners of these homes appreciate history, but are very aware of the conveniences that modern advances offer.
A Tudor homeowner considers upgrades such as a modern kitchen and energy-efficient features a necessity. They also appreciate the unique and rich aspects of a Tudor home finding themselves drawn to the finer details of life.
tudor house

Victorian

A person with a Victorian home style is extravagant. The building and all its applications tell a story of the person’s sentimental personality.
Victorian designs are beautiful and tend to create fantasy and dreams around them.
victorian house

So which type of home fits your personality? Understanding your personality type and the style of home that makes you happy will make your homebuying experience easier and your life as a homeowner much more enjoyable!

8.22.2013

15 Great Midwest Bike Trails

Enjoy scenic views of bluffs, beaches and river valleys on these beautiful bike trails. Click on the link to see more. http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/around-the-region/14-great-midwest-bike-trails/
Writers: Belle DuChene and Maria Duryee

8.16.2013

Remodel your Small Bathroom to be Attractive, Efficient and Luxurious

The National Kitchen and Bath Association's best small bath 2013, by <a href="http://bit.ly/16XSXIA" target="_blank">TRG Architects</a>.
 
Bob Vila - The National Kitchen and Bath Association's best small bath 2013, by TRG Architects.
By Elzy Kolb | Bob Vila – Tue, Jul 23, 2013 7:03 PM EDT

 
 
When it comes to bathroom remodeling, small can be beautiful. With smart planning, a petite bath can be attractive, efficient, and luxurious. And here's another beauty point: Working within your current bathroom's footprint rather than bumping out a wall or adding on will help keep your budget under control, even if you opt for luxe materials—a real plus in these financially uncertain times. 
Designer Leslie Lamarre, co-owner and principal of interiors at TRG Architects in Burlingame, Calif., and winner of the first place award for Best Small Bath in the 2013 design competition sponsored by the National Kitchen & Bath Association, enjoys the challenge of making the most of a small space. Working around size constraints requires "creative solutions to make the design outstanding and unique," she says. "It makes things more interesting and less predictable. Take advantage of every square inch: A little gap in the wall can become a storage niche; an awkward jog in the floor plan might make room for a built-in bench or window seat." (Related from BobVila.com: 7 easy ways to boost bathroom storage.)

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A creative approach to picking out fixtures is key to making the most of a tight space. The size and shape of the room, your willingness to move plumbing connections, and personal style preferences are among the factors that will influence your fixture choices.
Neptune WIND 60-inch customizable corner bathtub.Neptune WIND 60-inch customizable corner bathtub.Lamarre recommends sticking with an average-size bathtub. "A too-big tub is a real space waster. Most people sit upright in the tub, so a five-foot tub is sufficient for practically everyone. There are all kinds of ways to use the space that you save with a smaller tub," such as adding a mini storage unit. Consider custom pieces to best utilize small or oddly shaped spaces: "The more you can build in, the better."

If the average 5-foot-long rectangular tub doesn't appeal—or won't fit—some readily available options are 48-inch tubs (including some extra-deep, claw-footed Victorian-style models), corner tubs, and square or oval Japanese soaking tubs. (Related from BobVila.com: Soak up the luxury in freestanding tubs.)

Or consider getting rid of the tub entirely. "It's actually more comfortable to take a shower if you're not standing in the tub," Lamarre says, "and a frameless glass shower makes the space look bigger." A clear glass shower enclosure visually expands the space more than etched or frosted finishes will. Using the same wall and floor covering throughout the whole bathroom, including the shower area, lends an open, spa-like ambience. (Related from BobVila.com: How to create a spa bath at home.)

Older homeowners or those with mobility issues will find it convenient to enter a shower without climbing over the side of a tub. But think twice about eliminating the tub if you don't have one in another bathroom; if you decide to sell later on, a totally tub-free house may be a turnoff to some buyers.

Whether you want—or have room for—a vanity will influence bathroom sink choices. Lamarre says a vanity has to be at least 24 inches wide to accommodate a full-size sink and provide some functional counter space. But the hidden storage even a petite vanity offers is still a plus if you can make do with a smaller sink and don't need much counter. 
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Vessel sink by Columbia CabinetWorks.Vessel sink by Columbia CabinetWorks.If you're pro vanity, a vessel or above-surface sink maximizes below-counter storage—a flush or undermount unit can take up as much as a third of the vanity's internal area. And a vessel sink "doesn't need a deck around it," according to Lamarre, yielding more usable counter space.

The standard depth for a vanity is 21 inches, but you can go shallower if you choose a semi-recessed sink installation. These sinks are designed to be positioned about halfway into the vanity, and protrude several inches beyond the counter's front edge. Besides being space-savers, they look great.

Corner sinks, with or without vanities, are another way to make the most of limited space. "When you're remodeling, you're handed the space that you've got," Lamarre says. "Once I had a jog in the vanity wall, so I carried the countertop across the space. It feels cohesive, and created a dynamic design aspect."

If you don't have room for a vanity, or just don't want one, check out a pedestal or wall-mounted sink. These styles have a lighter, less solid look than a vanity, and may be ideal for truly tiny spaces. "There are some really cool options; some wall-mounted sinks are only 11 inches deep," Lamarre says. Some have broad, integrated ledges or shelf-like surfaces at the side; some come with built-in towel bars.

There are lots of ways to incorporate storage into the open space below pedestal and wall-mounted sinks: open shelves, prefab or custom cubbies, even decorative baskets and bins.

Lamarre advises that wall-hung toilets or those with round rather than elongated bowls are the best picks for compact spaces. But keep in mind, "Your choices have to fit the design aesthetic," she says. A wall-hung unit "has a contemporary aesthetic; a round bowl works better with a traditional interior."

Don't overlook the storage potential above the toilet—there's plenty of wall space for open shelves or shallow cabinets. And there are lots of over-toilet storage units available at big-box stores and storage specialty shops.
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(Photo credit: wallsfloorsandmore.com)(Photo credit: wallsfloorsandmore.com)Once you've picked your major fixtures, focus on the smaller but still important details, such as the medicine cabinet. You can stash more items in a deep cabinet, but one that's flush with the wall might be a better pick. A protruding cabinet "will make the space feel smaller," Lamarre says. Depending on the room and your cabinet choice, it may be possible to install two identical cabinets side by side. Besides doubling the storage, the expanse of mirrors can make the room look larger.

Last but far from least: lighting. A light, bright space is always more attractive and inviting, and in the bathroom in particular, light improves functionality. Recessed ceiling lights are a good starting place, but be sure to provide task lighting—Lamarre recommends sconces—around the mirror. If you like to shave in the shower, good-quality lighting will make the job easier and safer. She also recommends installing motion-activated accent lighting in the toe-kick area. It provides a gentle glow and can increase safety when someone enters the room in the middle of the night.

With careful shopping and planning, it's possible to have the bath of your dreams in a compact space—without breaking the bank.

8.10.2013

There's Just Over 1 Week Left to Enjoy the Indiana State Fair!

Here are some events coming up this week at the Indiana State Fair.  Click the link at the bottom for additional information!
Freestyle Madness
August 11 & 12
2pm & 6:30pm
MHS Presents FREESTYLE MADNESS
 
Horse Pulls
August 13
4pm & 8pm
HORSE PULLS
 
Harness Racing
August 14 &15
11am FREE
August 15 6pm FREE
HARNESS RACING/FOX STAKE
 
August 17
INDY MILE AMA PRO FLAT TRACK GRAND NATIONAL
2 pm - 10 pm; 3pm Practice & Qualifying; 7pm Opening Ceremonies
Visit indymile.com for details
 
Demolition Derby
August 18
4:30pm
LUCAS OIL DEMOLITION DERBY
presented by Pic-A-Part