I get so much of my inspiration from Instagram now. There is always something new and fresh that keeps my design mind continually going.
I'm currently designing around 130 spec homes each year for Alturas Homes, a new home builder here in Boise, ID. When I start a project, I like to think of how I want the end product to feel. Do I want it to be light and airy and monochromatic, or warm and moody with lots of contrast? Then I work off a few key pieces to pull the whole house together, mixing styles and colors that are approachable.
The most challenging spaces were the common areas. I knew I wanted focal points, but they were all so open to one another, making flow and balance important. The double barn doors on the bonus room helped balance the kitchen area with the hot rolled steel fireplace in the living room.
I needed something that felt modern with an industrial element. There's a lot of metalwork, black and reclaimed wood in the house, so I didn't want anything that looked too precious when it came to hardware. Rugged yet clean, modern yet industrial, the Ageless Iron Barn Door Track nailed it on the look that I was going for.
Definitely! I love barn doors in new construction homes because they add an architectural element to walls and areas that may otherwise be blank. Ageless Iron Hardware's style is simple enough that it fits great with all the homes I design.
Be sure to leave plenty of room for the door(s) so they stand out as a feature and don't feel too cramped on a wall. Barn doors want to be the focal point in a space, so layer them into your home wisely.
When working with remodeling clients, I like to make sure they are aware of the undertaking ahead. The unknowns and curveballs that remodels can throw your way is always a surprise, even in what may seem to be the most simple or straight forward situation. People should be reasonable and know that projects aren't often as easy as getting from point A to point B.
Large or small, I think it is essential to know that the budgets ebb and flow from one category to another. What may have been in the budget for finishes may have to get moved over to a new water heater. Either way, many companies make products with a high-end look at budget-friendly prices, so getting the look you want can be done at just about any price point now.
What sets Alturas Homes apart from the rest is the willingness not to cut corners when it comes to finishes. We know home buyers are discerning and perceptive to things like how the weight of a door handle feels, how products function and are installed, and the overall look of a piece. Does it feel layered and finished, or does it feel like it was cheapened to make a few extra bucks? I make sure there is attention to detail and unmatched style in all of our homes, whether it's a $300k house or a million-dollar home.
I am currently working on two homes for our Spring Parade. One will be starting at the million-dollar price point, and the other will be around the mid $400's; I love both of them so much. A budget does not have to mean boring or bland! I'm also planning on playing with a lot of colors and patterns next year. After a year like 2020, I think everyone is craving some fun!
Thanks to Lauren for sharing her story and one of her beautiful home projects with us! We can't wait to see what is next!