So you have (or plan to remodel or build) a modern house that is open, beautiful and functional. What do you do with your landscape design? Our recommendation is to match the beauty, modern feel and functionality of the design of your home with the uncluttered appearance and clean lines of modern landscape design. Think minimalistic beauty on the inside and out! Here are the aspects of modern landscape design that you may want to consider:
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A small manicured lawn is often part of a modern design aesthetic. Keeping your small lawn properly cared for will help you maintain those clean lines you’re looking for. Proper fertilization, watering, and mowing will help you maintain a healthy turf. Another, maintenance- free option is artificial turf.
One material you’ll find frequently featured in modern landscaping is rock and concrete juxtaposed with ornamental grasses. Another option is to use concrete judiciously; leave spaces between concrete slabs and consider porous materials such as concrete paving stones.
Rock mulch can be used when placed around the foundation of your home, although it doesn’t really have a place in your planting beds. When used around the foundation of your home, rock mulch can lessen the impact of rainfall from your roof overhang and protect the soil from erosion without floating away or attracting pests.
At Dantor Martinez Construction, we specialize in modern new construction and remodeling projects and this includes completing your project with beautiful, modern landscape design. For more information, please contact us today at (760) 340-3503 or request a free consultation here.
So you are now at the planning stage of the remodel of your home......what will the exterior look like? What about the interior spaces? What will they be like? Chances are if you've watched an episode of Fixer Upper, Property Brothers or House Hunters, you may be considering a version of open-concept living for your remodeled home. Here are some pros and cons that may help you determine if an open floor plan is right for you:
Pro: Making a Small Space Feel Larger
This is probably the biggest challenge that open-concept living solves. Small spaces can feel so much smaller when they're cut up by walls that delineate one living space from another. Adding more square footage isn't always an option. Whether you're in a condo that can't be expanded or adding on a room is out of your budget, an open-concept can be a perfect solution. It's a not-so-tricky way to trick the eye into thinking that you've got more square footage than you really do is by tearing down walls and opening up your rooms to each other.
Con: A Large Space May Feel Too Big
On the flip side, if you've got square footage to spare, having an open-concept layout can make an already big space feel far too big. A warm, cozy home can be hard to achieve when there are no walls. The feeling of an echoey, warehouse-like living space is even more amplified if you've got high ceilings. And let's not forget that heating or cooling a huge space can be costly depending on the climate of your hometown.
Pro: Being a Part of the Family
If you're in charge of family mealtime, you may be quite familiar with the feeling of isolation that comes with that culinary responsibility. While the rest of your household is watching a show, or playing in the living room, or doing homework at the dining room table, you're toiling away in kitchen. You miss out on conversation and togetherness simply because living spaces are cut off from each other. An open concept is a very neat fix for that problem.
Con: A Messy Kitchen Is Always on Display
Real talk: kitchens can be the messiest part of your home. The work of making a meal is inherently chaotic: bowls cover the countertops; pots and pans in various states of use are out and about; veggies and meats need prepping. Unless you're a master of clean-as-you-go there invariably will be visual clutter in your kitchen at some point. You can't hide from a messy kitchen for a few glorious minutes or hours with an open-concept layout.
Pro: Entertaining Is More Social + Convenient
No matter how well planned-out a party is, a host knows that everyone always ends up in the kitchen. It makes sense! Your guests want to visit with you while they're in your home. An open layout makes this so much more sensible for hosts and guests alike. While you're setting up your crudites and concocting your signature drink, your guests can be at your buffet or on your couch and still take part in conversation with you. And you can maintain a feeling of togetherness without an army underfoot in your kitchen.
Con: Load-Bearing Walls
When you look at a compartmentalized house and imagine an open flow from space to space, your first thought should be: is that a load-bearing wall? Knocking down one of these key walls can come at a huge cost and requires a professional. In many cases, those load-bearing walls can be replaced with beams that displace the weight of your home, but they're not cheap. The cost can easily run into the thousands and thousands of dollars.
Pro: Gorgeous Open Sight Lines
With no walls to block your view, the beauty of your whole home is on full display. Frank Lloyd Wright originally began changing the way our homes were designed to highlight each space and to encourage indoor-outdoor living. His thoughtful plans allowed a continuity of design and flow from space to space to be the highlight of a home. Today's open floor plans are the beneficiaries of this change in concept and can be stunning visually.
Con: Lack of Privacy
If your kids are noisy when they're playing (congrats if yours aren't!); if you need some solitude to get work done; if your partner is bingeing a tv show that you haven't caught up on — too bad. Open-concept homes don't provide the privacy that is needed to accomodate any of those situations. Being together all the time means being together ALL the time. It's a big factor you need to consider.
Open concept living is a very popular trend in today's home design and many families have implemented 'open living' in their home remodeling projects. In the end, you should take all these factors into consideration and choose a home layout that's the best fit for you and your family.
At Dantor Martinez Construction, we specialize in home remodeling projects. If you are planning a home remodel now or in the future, we can help you create your dream home. Contact us today about scheduling a free consultation here.
2020 was the start of a new decade. One that will bring interesting and innovative advances in modern home design. The modern home and how people choose to live in it will constantly be changing, and this certainly is the case as we head into 2021 and beyond. Here are some home design trends that we think will excite homeowners in the coming year:
1. Three-tone kitchens
Two-tone kitchen cabinets — meaning the upper cabinets are one color and the lower cabinets another color, or the perimeter cabinets are one color and the island is a different color — dominated kitchens in the past couple of years. So it’s only natural that designers are building on the trend rather than doing away with it. In a three-tone kitchen, one more color or material is introduced to create an asymmetry in the palette that helps define zones or functions and keeps the eye moving.
2. Custom-colored appliances
Also earlier this year, Dacor launched its DacorMatch Color System, which allows homeowners to get the company’s Heritage ranges and wall ovens in any color they choose. That way the range can match a cabinet color or a color found in a backsplash tile mosaic, or even the color of a homeowner’s favorite sweater.
3. Mixed metal finishes on faucets
Moen’s Nio faucet, in matte black, comes with the option of a different handle finish, such as brushed gold (shown in this photo), chrome, stainless steel and black stainless steel.
4. Extra-large islands
Nearly a third of renovating homeowners who are upgrading their kitchen island are choosing to make it more than 7 feet. They are also doing away with kitchen tables and opting for super-large islands. That way family and guests can be close by or dine informally while still gathering together in the kitchen.
5. Tiled bathtub aprons
Tile is a great, affordable material that adds design points to a bathroom, and ordering a few extra square feet of tile likely won’t sink the budget. That’s why we’re seeing many homeowners and designers covering the tub apron in tile or another material, like wood. This results in a big payoff with a minimal investment.
6. Wet rooms
Putting a stand-alone tub in an enclosed shower area makes sense. Why not contain all the functions that cause splashing in one space? Cue the rise of the wet room. If you’ve got the space, consider this practical approach to laying out the bathroom.
7. Fully wrapped powder rooms
Going for bold style in a powder room is nothing new. Designers tend to like to go a little wild in these small spaces often used by guests. One way to go big or go home is by wrapping the entire powder room in a feature wallcovering.
8. Breezy, open and calming living rooms
Open concept living rooms have been used in modern home design for a while now, but now a new element is arriving on the scene - the sense of calm and wellness in open concept living. We’re now seeing that manifest in airy, soothing and relaxed living room designs. Soft colors, casual fabrics, minimal decor and lots of sunshine hit the note just right.
9. Warmer paint colors
While cool and neutral paints are still very popular in general, we’re starting to see people move toward somewhat warmer colors, from coral in all shades to ocher and beyond. Another popular color trend is bringing together warm and cool colors in unexpected combinations, such as hot pink with pistachio green or soft coral with a bright mint.
At Dantor Martinez Construction, we specialize in modern new construction and remodeling projects. If you are planning a project now or in the future, please contact us today at (760) 340-3503. We can help you create your modern dream home!