Blog Archive for December, 2014

2015 New Home Must Haves

Categories: Design Tips, New Home | Posted: December 30, 2014
  1. Quartz CountertopsDurable Products – At Cedar Knoll, we strive to offer the most up-to date, durable and functional new home products available, while keeping good design in the forefront of your selection process. When selecting flooring for example, consider what your space will be used for and what foot traffic levels will be. Purchase flooring based on durability levels and resistance to dirt and wear, and remember to consider how your usage of an area might change over the lifetime of the floor. With low maintenance, high durability and endless color choices, engineered quartz offers a tempting alternative to natural stone countertops. The new-engineered material is actually created through a manufacturing process that mixes approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins. The result is a super-hard, low-maintenance, natural stone-look countertop available in a dazzling array of colors. And for many of the homeowner choosing quartz, those virtually unlimited color options are what sold them.
  2. Walk_In_ClosetSpaces that function for your family – Storage spaces are at a premium in most homes. Have you ever heard someone complain, “I just have too many closets?” At Cedar Knoll we understand that you need a “place for things” therefore, when designing your space, we make sure we understand how you live. Maybe you need a docking station because you have several electronics to plug in. Maybe your lifestyle requires more closet space, or a mudroom with a bench and hooks for bags and kids sporting equipment. If there were one rule of thumb for build a new home, it would be: “You can never have too much storage space.” It’s true. Most of us have a lot of “stuff” and we need a place to put it. This is one area where, if possible, you won’t want to skimp. Remember, you’ll never have too much space for your “stuff.”
  3. lightingLighting can make a huge difference – Filling your home with light can be accomplish in a variety of ways a like anything else, can be done well or poorly. If you’re ever been in a space with a poor lighting design you’ll understand the difference. Sticking a few lamps in a room might keep you from bumping into things but there’s a whole lot more that you can do with lighting. One of the keys is understanding the kinds of lighting sources that are available and how they’re put to best use. New technologies like LED lighting offer great ways to “go green” with your home by saving energy and saving you some money on utility bills. With every Cedar Knoll new home, we’ll help you understand the basic principles of lighting and how it’s used effectively to get you off on the right foot.
  4. kitchen spaceKitchens that function – A kitchen might have the most beautiful cabinets, technologically advanced appliances and high-end finishes, but if the layout doesn’t meet the needs of a homeowner’s lifestyle, it will not be the heart of the home like most kitchens today function. When planning a kitchen remodel, it’s important to give careful consideration to how the space will be used. During the design process, we’ll talk about a client’s cooking style and the appliances that they are going to want. We’ll talk about whether they want people in the kitchen with them, or do they want people sitting on the other side of the bar, talking while they cook. These and many more questions help us better understand how your kitchen should function, from there we can customize your kitchen space to best reflect your own individual and personal lifestyle needs.
  5. BasementPlanning for the future – Today more than ever people are building living space in their basements to increase the available living space and value of their home. Having a basement bathroom is a huge bonus for the long-term functionality of finished basements in today’s economy. We suggest to all of our customers that they rough in plumbing for a vanity, toilet and shower. This will certainly save you some money in the future. The last thing you want to do is jackhammer out concrete in the future to install the drain lines. While there are plenty of uses for a finished basement in your home, by adding a full bathroom installation, you add value to your home and make it a truly livable space. Once you’ve made the commitment to add plumbing for a bathroom, you can also consider a kitchenette or bar area. Roughing in the plumbing allows you the flexibility to plan for your families.

Provided by Cedar Knoll Design Coordinator, Barbara Berkowich