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Bonus Rooms: The Ultimate Flex Space?

Categories: Design | Posted: September 21, 2015

 

Who can’t use a little extra space in their home? The bonus room has become a desirable feature for new homebuyers. With one room that’s not designated for a particular purpose, you can create the functional space that best suits your lifestyle.

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How many ways can you use a bonus room?


Family/game room. If you’re tired of having toys, books, DVDs, and video game system controllers kicking around your living room, you might be ready for a family room or game room, where you can centralize the more active entertainment. Accent the space with storage spaces, like cabinetry and cubbies, to store the games and toys.


Home theater. A home theater allows you, your family, and your guests to kick back and enjoy a movie in the comfort of your home—without the high cost of tickets and concessions. Convert the bonus room by adding a large tv screen, a home theater system to deliver the audio quality, comfortable seating, and the right lighting (with dimmers, of course).


Craft space. Any crafter knows that the supplies somehow pile up and clutter makes it hard to be creative and productive. A craft room, art studio, or other creative space will have all the equipment, tools, and supplies where you can readily access and use them. Hang racks and build storage for paper, ribbons, fabrics, and yarn, or whatever your passion requires.


Man cave. The two words that can send a man into a euphoric daydreaming state. The man cave provides a private haven, where the man of the house can hide from the “Honey Do” list, enjoy a book or magazine without interruption, play poker, have the remote control all to himself, and just revel in his thoughts. A great use for a bonus room, the man cave might feature comfortable furniture (e.g., reclining sofa with cup holders), a poker or pool table, gaming system, music system, small fridge, and bar.


Home office. More people are working from home, either occasionally or full-time. A bonus room enables you to designate a home office space where you can either close yourself away to get work done, or close that work off from your personal life. The dividing line between work and living is essential to thriving in both. Make sure you can readily access the Internet from this room. And don’t forget the home office deduction on your income tax return!


Exercise room. When you have an exercise room or fitness center—as opposed to a treadmill tucked in a corner where it doubles as a clothes dryer—you’re more likely to utilize the value of the equipment. Install a television screen so you can entertain yourself or watch workout videos. Include a small fridge or a water dispenser to keep hydrated. Choose flooring that is both durable and easy to clean. Foam and rubber tiles provide the cushioning you need and are easily replaced when damaged.


Homework station. Avoid “The dog ate my homework” excuse when your students can organize their books and assignments in a homework station. In addition to a desk, computer, Internet access (with parental controls) and bookshelves, include bulletin boards for posting calendars, notes, and reminders. You can also use dry erase, chalkboard, or magnetic primer right on the walls to turn them into functional space. With dry erase and magnetic primer, you apply one coat and then cover with your choice of wall paint.


Guest room. A bonus room generally doesn’t include a closet, but for a guest room, you don’t need one. Just furnish the space with an armoire to allow them to hang up and store clothing. You can also use a day bed with underbed storage or a trundle bed to accommodate an extra guest.

3 Pillar Homes is a custom home-builder in Columbus, Ohio. For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659

Treating Guests Like Royalty

Categories: Build Process | Posted: September 11, 2015

We see it every day…

No sooner do clients take ownership of their new home, out-of-town friends and relatives are anxious to visit and share in the excitement. In today’s higher-end homes, these guests may also be pleasantly surprised by their accommodations. Guest rooms are no longer limited to a den with a sleeper-sofa, a spare kids room upstairs, or a nearly finished attic or basement.

The boom of bounce-back children, in-laws, and out-of-town guests has created a generation of visitors who are more likely to stay longer and require ample space in the home for a comfortable visit. As a result, guest suites – complete with a full bath and other amenities – are moving into the mainstream of new-home design. In these homes, guests receive the royal treatment.

The latest (and greatest) version of the guest bedroom is a private suite. Luxury suites can come complete with a separate bathroom, away from the family’s bedrooms and in close proximity to public spaces, such as the kitchen. Many are accessed by a vestibule or short hallway to create privacy. Private courtyards or balconies, or at least exclusive access to a pool or outdoor eating area, are fast becoming expected (and appreciated) features, as well.

In addition, the guest suite may also have its own heating and cooling system, or at least a branch of the home’s main system controlled by guests on a separate thermostat. This provides maximum personal comfort without affecting the rest of the house.

In some cases, guest suites offer separate, private entrances. For guests or an adult-child living at home, a separate entry allows them to come and go without disturbing the rest of the family in the main living areas. Concealed from view and located on a side or rear elevation to maintain security, private entrances are a convenient perk for guests, live-in caretakers, or family members occupying the suite.

Today’s guest suites can be designed to rival the master suite in luxurious finishes, if not in square footage. For many of our clients, a regular, year-round flow of short-term guests is commonplace. Homebuyers in need of dedicated guest quarters appreciate the accommodation of space, comfort, and privacy afforded by guest suites in today’s upscale new homes.

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3 Pillar Homes is a custom home-builder in Columbus, Ohio.  For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035.  You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659

Decorating Your Home!

Categories: Design | Posted: August 27, 2015

BlogDo you feel like there is so much to decorate and no time to brainstorm? Do not fear, we have all the decorating techniques you need right here!

Unfortunately you cannot have your master bedroom having the same layout as your child’s room so it seems you’ll have to come up with something different. This short piece will highlight ways to differentiate the rooms in your home with reducing how much you rack your brain about it.

Master Bedroom

Since this is the room where you’ll recharge after a long day; it needs to have the perfect balance. A small room can be expanded with    lighter  colors and light curtains. If you have a large room that seems to be overbearing, you can use warm colors and patterns to make it   cozier. A nice antique find can dress up a boring nightstand set.

Lining up furniture to be parallel with the wall maximizes floor space and gives a nice flow to the room.

Have smaller nightstands that are as tall as the mattress so you won’t have to struggle with the alarm clock in the morning.

Children’s Bedrooms

The most important thing is to have as little clutter as possible, and to have versatile furniture that you won’t have to replace every two years.

From the initial paint job, try to pick a neutral color that kids won’t outgrow.

Instead of having floor lamps all around, try wall sconces that they won’t be able to pull down in their early years.

A simple chest can be used to store toys now, and then store game systems later.

Teen Rooms

The room of the teenager is their sanction; you might as well make it something they are comfortable with to avoid endless hassle.

A simple duvet cover can go a long way for a teen, especially if they think it’s comfortable.

No matter how good decorative pillows look, they can become a horror to the resistant bed makers.

Try to make use of installed shelves to increase storage space and easy use of their favorite things.

Guest Rooms

It’s crucial that you have a comfortable room, whether it is stationed or temporary. Try including entertainment for the guest, such as a small TV and magazines.

Multi-purpose furniture can be a great asset to your guest bedroom, such as a futon that makes a reliable couch in the daytime.

Those that have an enclosed porch could easily make that into a temporary room for a guest by hanging light sheets over the windows to maintain the outdoor feel but still giving them their privacy.

 

3 Pillar Homes is a custom home-builder in Columbus, Ohio.  For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035.  You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659.

Friday’s FAQ | Zoning & Deed Restrictions

Categories: Friday FAQ | Posted: July 10, 2015

Q: How will zoning and deed restrictions affect the project?

A: Zoning and deed restrictions can cause major headaches for people who don’t take the time to understand them beforehand. Restrictions can be imposed by local government agencies (zoning boards and design committees, for instance) or by homeowner associations. They can include setbacks – how far the home must be from the property line – height restrictions and even what finishes can be used on the house or when workers can be on the site. A professional home builder should be familiar with the local restrictions and be able to successfully navigate this mass of red tape.


3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio.  For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035.  You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659.

The Connected Home

Categories: Design, Newsletter | Posted: July 8, 2015

Connected home technology in the early 2000s was a costly proposition. In most cases, high-priced “structured wiring” linked a central server to the devices it managed and also to proprietary, hardwired keypads and control screens.

Wired Speaker

Fast-forward more than a decade. Things are simpler and more affordable, with everything from security sensors to speakers to lighting controls available in wireless models controlled by a tablet or smart phone. The price of fully connecting a home is one-tenth what it used to be.

Few are taking advantage of this new affordability. A survey of 6500 households published in early 2015 by technology research firm Gartner, Inc. found only a handful using this powerful technology to do more than simply stream movies.

A new home is the perfect opportunity to join that select, modern few.

Ed Webb of Koncerted, a Boston-area home electronics integrator, says that most of the homeowners he talks with are familiar with remote control of temperature and security, but they seldom know what other automation is available. Once they learn about and try it, they want more. “My lighting control business is up 250 percent over last year, and my automated shade business is up 200 percent,” he says. That’s because the benefits are grand and the price is right. In just one example, wireless technology has cut the cost of automated shades by more than half when compared to hardwired versions.

Other affordable wireless products finding a ready market include Ring, a doorbell with a camera that displays on a cell phone; Nest, a self-programming thermostat; Hue, an LED bulb that can be dimmed or changed in color via a handheld app; and Sonos, a wireless speaker system.

One thing that stops people from wanting such devices is worry about getting them to work together. A good electronics integrator can set up an iPad app that controls the TV, the heating and cooling system, the lighting, and everything else.

When deciding between devices it’s best to focus on benefits. For some, being able to remotely control the thermostat sounds interesting. For others, being able to use a phone app to adjust the home’s heating and cooling system so it’s comfortable on arrival lights up the imagination.

The Nest

One common question is whether the home still needs a wiring infrastructure. The answer is yes, but the wiring is simpler than in the past. The basic requirement is to run data and TV cable to every room for bandwidth-hungry video services like Netflix or iTunes: streaming these services through a wire is a lot more reliable than streaming them wirelessly.

For sending data to all those new wireless devices, Webb recommends an enterprise-grade wireless router with 5 gigabytes of RAM instead of the typical 56K consumer model. Costs for the upgraded router are higher, ranging from $400 to $1000, but it can keep up when people are streaming movies on two or more screens. Video devices like the Ring doorbell can also eat up bandwidth. For remote areas of the house, consider wireless access points rather than repeaters.

The bottom line is that with a few affordable devices and a little integration work, homeowners today can easily set up automated systems to conserve energy, manage home security, provide a world of entertainment, and generally make their home more responsive and comfortable.

 


 

3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio.  For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035.  You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659.

Does My Home-site Affect My Plans?

Categories: Build On Your Lot, Build Process | Posted: June 25, 2015

When considering a custom build, there are many questions you must ask yourself that will drastically affect the final result of your home.  The size and shape of your home-site will dictate what you can and cannot do in relation to your floor plan.

How wide a home-site is for example, to some it may just be an inconsequential detail.  To others it will decide if their home can accommodate a side-load garage or if a traditionally wider ranch plan will fit.

Ranch Home

If your chosen home-site in not in a community setting, there are a whole host of other aspects to consider.  Generally, when a home-site is not in a community setting, there is more acreage.  With more acreage you have more options as to where your house will sit on the lot, but there could also be areas within the home-site that cannot accommodate the home.  How will you orient the house?  Most homeowners will orient their home so as to take advantage of the views that their property offers.  Others will choose their home’s orientation based on the sun, and regulating their home’s temperature.  Not to mention, how the sun would affect them enjoying the outdoor spaces.

Rear Patio

Does your chosen home-site require a walk-out scenario?  If so, you may choose to utilize the basement space, instead of building “up”.  Many times homeowners will favor a ranch plan on a walk-out home-site, but that is not always the case.  Budget and lifestyle goals usually drive that decision.

As you can see, the home-site and the floor plan go hand-in-hand.  You can design a home to fit your needs, but if it does not fit the home-site you’ve chosen then complicated choices can arise.  It is always important to remember that while not every situation will necessitate a compromise, you should keep an open mind.

 


 

3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio.  For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035.  You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659

Bath Trends: Enjoying the Royal Treatment

Categories: Build Process, Design, Newsletter | Posted: June 17, 2015

How far the bathroom has come in housing history! In a few decades it has transformed from an unheated outside shack to a treasured private retreat. Sure, the basic functions of a bathroom are the same, but in today’s master suites the space has evolved to include a variety of spa-like amenities and luxury features.

Matina Bath

As in the kitchen, design professionals and product manufacturers have focused their efforts on the bathroom with an increasing variety of styles, finishes, and features. Consider these current bath trends:

Shower Power: Forget about a single showerhead hung from the wall. Today’s showers offer multiple, adjustable heads that can be set up on any wall, featuring control pads to manipulate spray patterns, intensity, and temperature. Some heads, called shower tiles, are set flush to the wall or ceiling to provide a gentle spray, while handheld shower wands allow users the ultimate in water control.

Paik Master Shower

Tub Time: Bathtubs are not only getting longer and deeper, and with requisite whirlpool jets, but also can include mood lighting and spillover troughs to create a more relaxing experience. Called “chromatherapy” by one plumbing manufacturer, these tubs feature underwater LED lights that gently change color and include effervescent bubbling action from multiple underwater ports to enhance the soothing effect. Meanwhile, overflow tubs enable a deeper soaking experience without the worry of making a mess.

Wellness Centers: In addition to featuring luxury items, bathrooms (especially master baths) are getting larger—large enough, in some cases, to include in-home spa amenities including massage tables and yoga or dance areas that offer more convenience, privacy, and cleanliness.

Clothes Care: Along the same lines as the in-home spa and studio concept is the idea of a home-based laundry center.  Here you may find personal dry-cleaners, closet-like clothes fresheners and flat-rack dryers in addition to traditional laundry equipment. If the bathroom has the footage, why not install such products that make life easier and cut down on errands while attaining a higher level of quality care for your clothes?

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Personal Service: Master bathrooms have become destinations. As such, additional conveniences can include laundry and clothes storage as well as a place to prepare snacks and refreshments. Often called “morning kitchens,” these mini-service areas offer built-in coffee and espresso makers, compact refrigerators, bar skinks, microwave ovens, and perhaps under-counter dishwasher drawers to privately serve the owners as they get ready for work in the morning or wind down at the end of the day.

Universal Access: Whether to accommodate a temporary injury, a more chronic disability, a young child, or an elderly relative or guest, the concept of universal or accessible design can be easily and affordably achieved in any bathroom without sacrificing style or luxury. Multiple-height vanities, lever-handled faucets, D-shaped cabinet pulls, and zero-threshold showers with built-in seating and handheld heads are just a few design and product ideas that can support any family member.

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3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio.  For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035.  You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659.

Friday’s FAQ | Flooring

Categories: Design, Newsletter | Posted: June 12, 2015

Q: What’s the difference between engineered wood flooring and solid wood flooring?

Example of Flooring

A: Unlike solid wood planks, engineered wood flooring features a main section or substrate made from thin sections of solid wood that are set in a cross-hatched pattern and laminated together. A thin veneer of solid oak, maple, or other wood on top of this base provides the appearance of a solid wood floor. Engineered wood flooring does not react as dramatically to changes in temperature or humidity and requires less maintenance than solid wood.

 

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3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio.  For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035.  You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659

Managing Your Family’s Future: The Customizable New Home

Categories: Build Process, Design, Newsletter | Posted: June 10, 2015

You may have heard the term ‘customization’ in your research for your new home. It typically means the process of making alterations to the floor plan or exterior appearance of a home to reflect your particular taste, lifestyle, and location.

But a subtle yet equally important variation on that term is emerging within the home design and building communities. Put simply, this newer usage of ‘customization’ expresses that new homes today are—by design—better able to adapt to the changing needs of their owners after they’ve moved in and for years to come.

This kind of customization has its roots in architectural features like the great rooms and so-called ‘flex’ spaces that many builders now offer. But true customization requires a more thoughtful approach to the floor plan, materials choices, and future lifestyle changes than simply including a room that allows flexibility in its use.

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Obviously, rooms like the kitchen and bathrooms are spaces dedicated to a particular use. But there’s no reason that a dining room can’t eventually become a home office, then switch back or become something else down the road, depending on what the family wants and needs.

More dramatically, consider a back room—properly designed—that could evolve from a simple bedroom into a den, home office, or studio apartment, and eventually into a first-floor master suite as the owners age and tire of climbing stairs to their bedroom.

Similarly, a storage area next to a second-floor master suite could, over time and if properly designed, become another bedroom or swap with the master bedroom, which could turn into an upstairs family room or office, private sitting room, or home gym.

These examples are practical and can also be cost-effective… if your builder has the forethought to ‘rough in’ plumbing and other mechanical systems. This level of customization could set the stage for a future rental apartment with a small kitchen and a private entry. Another smart option: leave sufficient room for a staircase or design the roof frame to accommodate dormer windows to finish an upstairs area adjacent to the master suite.

The possibilities of being able to ‘customize’ a home you already live in are inspiring. As much as we want to build new homes (it is our business, after all), we also like the idea of creating long-lasting communities of people who can build tight neighborhood bonds—which proper home design and planning allows.

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We also like providing homes that serve our clients now and in the future, reducing ongoing maintenance needs and extensive remodeling costs. The built-in flexibility also helps make the house easier to sell when the owners are ready to move on to another new home.

This newer kind of customization works best in new homes. As professional builders, we specialize in working with you to design the floor plan and construction process from the beginning to accommodate your family’s changing lifestyle needs.

 

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3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio.  For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035.  You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659

Team Member Highlight | Emily

Categories: Events | Posted: May 27, 2015

Here at 3 Pillar Homes, we are a small family.  So this week on our blog, we have decided to take some time to recognize one of our team members!  We asked our office manager, Emily, about her time working with 3 Pillar.  Emily is the backbone of our team, always keeping things on track.

Emily Chapin

How long have you worked at 3 Pillar Homes? 

This July marks my 13th anniversary.  3 Pillar was my first job right out of college.

 

What is you favorite aspect of working here? 

I enjoy the numbers, and have always enjoyed math in general.  Interacting with the homeowners is fun, as well.

 

How did you get on this career path? 

By luck.  I wasn’t really knowledgeable in the construction and home-building world at the time.  I was applying to anything when I left college (at that point I still didn’t know what I wanted to really “do or be”).  But I ended up loving this industry so it stuck.

 

Do you have a favorite memory since working at 3 Pillar? 

The people I have met along the way: great homeowners, coworkers, and subcontractors.

 

What is your favorite floor plan? 

The Emily Rose for obvious reasons 😉  I don’t have a favorite really, I like all of them!

 

Any advice for prospective homeowners? 

Make this your dream home!  If there is something you are considering but then think maybe you will do after you close, do it now. That way, when you move in there’s less work to do.  Just enjoy!

 

Thank you, Emily, for your time and all the work you do here at 3 Pillar!

 


 

3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio.  For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035.  You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659.