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Design Trends – Design Practicality

Posted on February 13th, by Michael Menn in Architecture, Change, Trends. Comments Off on Design Trends – Design Practicality

I recently attended the International Builders Show in Las Vegas.

This was my twentieth consecutive year and I walked away with a new sense of reinvigoration and design practicality. If you are planning to build or remodel a kitchen, you will be right on trend if you choose white cabinets – no wait, make that dark brown!  White cabinetry will always be in style, but there has been a rise in dark brown kitchens winning award after award.

Some of the trends that are selling houses today are: the inclusion of large walk-in pantries and the reduction in the actual number of cabinets being used in the Kitchen, more sensible bathrooms and comfy doggy digs.

Practical floor plans were the subject of a seminar I took. Where the 1990s and early 2000s were all about excess in home building (bigger is better syndrome), a new sobriety has settled in and focused on maximizing the utility of every square inch of the floor plan. Consumers have spoken and the Dining Room and Living Room have been ditched in lieu of an open area that encompasses the Kitchen, Family Room and a single Dining Area.

One of the things that many homebuilders have noticed is that … Read More »

Make Your Home Renovation Resolutions a Reality!

Posted on December 31st, by Michael Menn in Architecture, New Year, Reflection. Comments Off on Make Your Home Renovation Resolutions a Reality!

Here are 5 great ways to make your home renovation resolutions a reality!


1. Hire a skilled architect/builder to help you realize your dreams and organize your entire project from design to overseeing all of the trades involved.


2. Set a reasonable and realistic budget for your project. Don’t be surprised by costs in the end. Things cost more then you expect! Do some research and set a realistic budget that you can be comfortable with.


3. Consider eco-friendly/sustainable options. Going energy-efficient will save you money in the long term.


4. Create more value for your home. Consider remodeling the bathrooms or the kitchen. Not only will updating your kitchen or bath give you a more pleasant space to be in, but it will add value to your home.


5. Start with the right team (architect/builder). Get people involved in the project whom you trust. Using a team you can trust will give you peace of mind.

Happy New Year!