Designing and building a home involves thousands of decisions, each one layered upon the decision made before it. Which ones should you spend the most time and money on? Which ones make the biggest impact for resale value and for your neighborhood? Here’s what we think:
Why go to all the trouble of building a home if it’s not going to make a statement? Exterior detailing gives your home the custom beauty that makes it a one-of-a kind! Consider accentuating your windows with beautifully-styled iron balconies or adding architectural interest with corbels, arches, and front-entryway lighting that immediately coveys the heart of your home.
Cabinetry / Millwork
Your cabinetry and millwork, whether they’re a part of built-in features in a study or in other areas of the home, should have a specialty feel. But beware of the term “custom” when it comes to cabinetry. While many “so-called” custom cabinet makers will create to your taste, the quality of work is far too often below even off-the-shelf cabinetry standards. What your home needs is high quality cabinetry that is as artisan as the pieces you’ll put in it. We offer cabinetry in several different wood species with baked on finishes.
Additionally, don’t neglect the need for detailed built-in features in the kitchen area. Including pieces that appear like purchased furniture, but that are built specifically for the space, takes all of the complicated guesswork out of finding the right furniture for the room later and becomes part of the triumph of the home.
When weighing wood floor options you’ll need to consider not only the wood species you want to use, but also the floor board width and any special design work you might want. The finish of the wood can make all the difference in the appeal of a room, so spend a lot of time visualizing different finishes with your designer. The wide range of tile and carpet options also mean you’ll want to ensure you select a material and style that will stand the test of time.
What might seem like one of the most simplistic decisions to be made, can actually have a huge affect on the overall ambiance of your new home. Though recessed lights are ever-popular, their placement and utilization is a key factor. Ideally, each room should feature a mix of lighting options, from can-lights to pendants to lamps, to coordinate intricately with the layout of the room.
With these features in mind, the specific rooms that you want to bring the most attention to are:
- The Kitchen
- Master Bedroom and Bath
- The Great Room
Pour more of your resources into these inviting spaces rather than try to spread them out evenly amongst every room. Not only are these rooms where you’ll spend most of your time enjoying your home, they’re also the spaces that guests are more likely to appreciate, as well.
With that said, a well-designed home with exquisite features is nothing without quality bones. Selecting a builder that values structure and high-quality building materials is always the key start.
Decisions must be made, but with the right designer at-hand and a list of priorities, you’ll be well on your way to creating a one-of-a-kind home that suits your lifestyle and exemplifies long withstanding beauty and strength.
Christopher Lee & Company Fine Homes is a design-build company in Oklahoma City that focuses on home building with customization and detail. With personal care and collaboration, we are with each client throughout the entire process, from initial design plans to finish details, and we remain a resource to our clients for years to come. Contact us today!