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How To Create a Functional and Striking Home Office

With roughly 30 million Americans working from home at least once a week, home offices are on the rise. But working from home isn’t as simple as rolling out of bed: you need a space in your home dedicated to your work that’s breathable, comfortable, and made just for you. So how can you create the ultimate home office and become a wizard at working from home? Here is our guide for creating a home office that’s a haven.

Sliding door in home office in custom home built in Wayzata, MN   Home office in custom home built in Wayzata, MN


Location is everything. Don’t make the mistake of setting up desk space in your bedroom. You need to keep your responsibilities and relaxation times separate. Choose a part of the house that’s quiet or more private, ideally a room with a door. Transforming a guest bedroom into an office is a great opportunity. Perhaps you want your office adjoined to your bedroom so it’s more private, secluded, and accessible. Wherever you decide to put your office, make sure it’s a place you can remain focused.


Supplies and Technology

One of the benefits of designing a home office is the level of personalization that’s available. Whether you design a custom stand up desk or install two wall-mounted projection screens, you can tailor the office to fit your vision. After you install your technology, plug everything into a power strip behind your desk so the cords are hidden for a safer and cleaner and look. Invest in an elegant ergonomic-friendly chair so your eyes and body are protected while you work. Consider acquiring a colorful mini-fridge, coffee maker, or Keurig for beverages during the day so you don’t have to break your focus. These items create a space that’s functional and stylish.

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Embrace natural light. Choosing a bright space with several windows is recommended to keep you alert and your space open. A window not only opens up your space but also gives your eyes and mind a break when you need it. However, if you have a windowless room there are many options for artificially lighting your workspace. Try lamps that have a soft glow and choose an interesting design to accent the space. You can also install custom LED lights that simulate the feeling of natural sunlight throughout the day.


Control the Clutter

Nothing kills productivity more than sorting through a pile of papers to find your work. Filing cabinets aren’t exactly stylish; instead try creative storage solutions like floating shelves, magazine racks, or tree bookshelves. If your office is in the “guest bedroom” you can use the closet to design a unique storage solution that saves space. Custom storage designs will make your office look polished, as well as uncluttered.

Guest room home office in custom home built in Wayzata, MN   Home office in custom home built in Wayzata, MN

Color and Decor

A great home office should be functional and beautiful. Choose overall neutral colors like white, grey, tan, and ivory. These neutrals don’t distract the eye and can be easily paired with your favorite accent color (think yellow, red, or blue) to add in some energy. For more inspiration and ideas take a look at Architecture Digest’s list of luxury home offices.

Surround yourself with images and ideas that motivate you. Whether it’s a picture of the Grand Canyon or Van Halen, hang up something that inspires you. Be intentional and have decorations that encourage you instead of distracting you. Plants make you happy, so why not include them in your home office decor for a midday mood boost?

Your desk is for active work, but you also need a place to read, think, or review work. Create the coziest thinking corner by adding in a comfy chair or sofa, an accent table, lamp, colorful accent pillows, and a throw.

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It’s All Yours

Make the space your own. Creating a home office is an opportunity to connect with yourself and your work. It should be a place for focus, not distraction, that enhances the work you do. Find your focus, and partner with the professionals at Gordon James to create a custom home office. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.

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Matching Materials To Your Custom Home's Aesthetic

After creating a unique home that represents the lifestyle and priorities of your family, it is important to consider the specific materials needed in order to enhance the aura of your home. Each item - big or small - can either detract from or add value to the presence and strength of your house. In order to select the perfect materials for your home, you need to ensure that they have a clear purpose, add significant meaning to your home as a whole, and can highlight your home’s aesthetic in every season. Read on for advice on coordinating materials within your home to create visually-appealing spaces.


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Purposeful Materials

Why are you choosing certain materials? Do each of them have a specific purpose, or are you just filling empty space? Make sure your intent for each piece is clear, and that every item is necessary and meaningful to your home. Evaluate the design of each room and only consider materials that will enhance your house's aesthetic. In addition to adding physical appeal, ensure that the materials chosen are consistent with the ambiance and personality of each room. The mood your items exude is just as essential as their attractiveness..



Consistently Adding Value

How do you ensure your materials add value to your home? You want materials that are unique, high-quality, and suit your home’s personality. In other words, it is important to make sure your materials are distinct from other pieces, have proven durability, and are relevant to your home’s style. Adding consistent value in this way will raise your home’s significance because your thought and care will be evident within each material.


 Kitchen and dining room built in custom home in Twin Cities, MNVersatility that Accentuates Your Home

Materials should stand strong throughout the different seasons of life - both physical and familial. That is, you should choose materials that enhance the beauty and warmth of your home year-round, as well as comfort throughout your family’s highs and lows. Items that are functional and simultaneously accentuate the most important features of your home are clear winners. Aspects such as complementary colors, consistent shapes and structures, and pieces that communicate quality as well as family values are all essential considerations. Ensure that the chosen materials can play many different roles and suit your home’s specific personality.


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A material’s intangible elements are just as important as its visual components; the feelings an item evokes determines its value to the home just as much as the physical features. Every item contributes something - positive or negative - to the room’s intended ambiance. Remember: when evaluating materials to place in your home, consider whether the materials enhance or devalue the mood of a room. Choose items that stand the test of time, offer a charming presence throughout life changes, add value to your home, and serve their intended purpose. If you would like more advice on matching materials, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call (763) 479-3117.

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The Open Flow of a Single-Story Rambler

Although a single-story rambler, also known as “ranch homes,” were superseded in popularity by more grandiose homes after the 1990s, this style is increasing in demand today. A single-story rambler offers homeowners a number of advantages compared to larger houses. Despite their one-story feature, ramblers offer accessibility and seamlessness that bigger homes cannot. In addition, the structure of the rambler creates a unique aesthetic that brings beauty to even a small and humble abode. Lastly, the single floor plan of ramblers is perfect for future upgrades, remodels, and additions.

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Smooth Navigation

Though not immediately obvious, a one-floor home can provide several important benefits. These ranch homes offer ease of navigation and accessibility. This can be especially helpful for those with impaired mobility or people with small children or pets. Additionally, ramblers are optimal for outdoor patios, pools, and large backyards. The transition from interior to exterior is seamless with a one-floor house and results in a more unified home.


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Spacious and Bright

The rambler layout incentivizes large windows in its open spaces. As a result, single-story ramblers often facilitate substantial natural light, giving the home an airy and organic atmosphere. Similarly, rambler ceilings are usually high and vaulted, creating a sense of space and openness. Therefore, although single-story ramblers have a reputation for being smaller and more compact than multi-floor homes, in reality, they offer lots of access to sunlight and space, establishing an energetic and freeing home environment.

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Flexible Design

Ramblers offer yet another benefit despite their size. The foundation of a typical rambler is simple yet stable; the one-floor plan offers significant room for growth. Remodeling, restructuring, and renovating are all relatively easy procedures for a rambler homeowner. The setup of a rambler allows for effortless additions and upgrades.

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Increase Complexity with Simplicity

Ramblers are relatively straightforward with similar structures across the board. However, there is significant room for improvements and increased design details. These homes allow for easy accessibility to various home features and create a desirable flow inside and out. In addition, space and light are key features of ramblers because of their unique structures. Finally, ramblers allow for extensive homeowner creativity. With a simple foundation, these homes are extremely malleable regarding size, structure, and atmosphere. If you would like to learn more about ramblers, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call (763) 479-3117.

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How To Cozy Up Your Home For The Holidays

As winter approaches, the feel and functionality of your home become more integral to scaring off the winter blues. Here are some easy ways to cozy up your space for the holidays as you prepare to entertain, relax, and hibernate.

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Keep It Light

Playing with illumination can imbue any space with a festive, cozy aura. As the days darken, artificial light plays a larger role in your home. Adjust the ambiance of any space by adding dimmers on existing lamps and light fixtures to create different levels of light. This provides versatility to the room, allowing for festive parties at full brightness and cozy movies at a lower setting.

Mixing and matching your light sources creates warm, comforting layers. A reading lamp or a well-placed accent fixture provide pools of focused light, while the dimmer controls the aesthetic of the rest of the room. But don’t simply run out for new lamps this winter: three-way bulbs provide multiple illumination options and adding the warm glow of tea lights, you can turn a 3-story into a storybook.


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Festive Fabrics

Winter is the perfect time to showcase custom needlework and hand-made quilts. Throw one over the back of your couch to give it a festive, yet functional, flair. As the snow piles up to the windows outside, ditch the airy cotton drapes for heavy velvet or flannels. This gives depth and tone while providing inherent warmth and a snugger feeling.

Rugs, throw pillows and bedding are other areas that enhance your aesthetic in the winter. Fiber arts are especially stylish, and thick, shaggy carpet in your bathroom warms the space, physically and aesthetically. Rich velvets and thick comforters transform your guest bedrooms from summer home to private chalet in minutes.


Holiday Hearth

Christmas decorations in custom home built in Orono, MNUsing your wood-burning fireplace warms your home while inviting those in it to draw near. The roaring flames in the hearth and the faint smell of woodsmoke add a north-woods note to any gathering space. If you don’t have a functioning fireplace, decorating with clean split logs or pine boughs creates a centered, hearty feeling.

Arranging your furniture so your guests can gather together, giving a more centralized focus on the fireplace, creates an idyllic winter-lodge tone. A cozy atmosphere for guests and family to spend time interacting, or to observe the falling snow, is the most important decoration this holiday season.


Happy Holidays From GJ

From the obvious decorations that surround the holidays to the subtlety of changing your color scheme, Gordon James is here to help. Our luxury home building team knows a thing or two about how to design the inside and outside of a house. For any questions you have about making your home cozy for the holidays, contact us at 763.479.3117. Gordon James wishes you and your family a very happy holiday season!

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Building Your Custom Home Design Around Family

When building your home, you are creating a place that will fulfill basic necessities. You are also establishing the foundation of your family’s lifestyle for several years. Keep your family in mind when planning your custom home design to make sure they can thrive there. A home built with intent and passion for the process will communicate what your home means to you. There are a few ways custom home design can help tell your family’s story. 

Understand Your Intentions

Before laying out a plan for construction and modeling, think about the custom home design you and your family are seeking. What kind of presence do you want your home to have in the community? How can the details of your home create the best space for living for your family? If you desire to have a home that offers warmth, comfort, and simplicity to your family, understand what that means for all interior rooms and exterior spaces. Using a consistent style throughout the house can communicate your family's values and what's important to you. 


Plan Wisely

Keeping your goals in mind when designing your dream home can help you communicate what your desires are more clearly. By organizing the design process according to how you want your home to look, you can be more specific. Additionally, the more detail you include, the closer home designers can get to the image in your head. The importance of planning cannot be underscored enough, as this procedure allows you to effectively communicate your needs and wants. As a result, you will construct a home that accurately exhibits your family’s lifestyle and priorities. 


Passion Through Custom Home Design 

Whatever you do, do it with your whole heart -- even when building your dream home. The process of constructing a home, interior, and exterior, can be long, arduous, and unforgiving. However, if you bring passion to the construction process with a clear image of your dream home, the result will be much more rewarding. In addition, if you continually seek a high-quality custom home design that delivers on your desires, you will be able to create the distinct home that you had dreamed of in the beginning. Maintain a positive mindset and stay engaged in the building process; consequently, you will be able to build a home that best tells your family story!



Custom home design not only creates spaces where your family can feel comfort and unity, but they also help communicate your values to the world. Style, structure, decor, ambiance -- all of these play a role in shaping unique family experiences. If you acknowledge the needs of each family member and understand why you have certain demands, you will be able to plan intentionally. In addition, by bringing positive energy and enthusiasm to the building process, you will stay energized about the process. Do your best to create a home that continually inspires you and draws your family together in both the good and the bad times. Contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call (763) 479-3117 today for help with custom home design.

Large windows and hardwood floors maximize natural light in this Gordon James custom home in Orono, MN

How To Maximize Natural Light In Your Home

Do you wish you had larger windows, bigger rooms, or more opportunities in your home to let the sunlight in? There are simple tricks to maximize natural light in your home. Continue reading to learn about how you can transform your home from gloom and doom to bright and light!

Large windows in a modern luxury home bedroom maximizes natural light with large windows.  Hardwood floors maximize natural light in the main room of this luxury custom home.

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

Limited to one or two small windows per room? Have no fear, mirrors are here to maximize natural light! Not only can mirrors imitate the appearance of a window, but they also can reflect sunlight and create a brighter environment. Besides, if you have a beautiful view from your window, you can place the mirrors to reflect the aesthetically-pleasing perspective into your home. For instance, if your window overlooks a lovely flower garden, position a mirror so it consistently displays the vibrant floral colors into the room. 

Light fabrics in this master bedroom maximize natural light from the large windows on the wall.  

Bright Ceilings

Another simple solution to opening up the space in your home is to use brighter paints for the room ceilings. If you have mostly dark walls within your home, opt for lighter colors on the ceiling, as this can reflect light and make the room feel less tight and claustrophobic. 

Large windows and reflective ceilings maximize natural light in this bedroom.  This light-colored room with reflective surfaces is maximizing natural light.

Light Fabrics

Aside from colors, fabric materials can make all the difference in setting the mood of any room. For example, instead of using heavy fabrics, like velvet or dark wool, consider linen and cotton to give your home a more summery vibe. This is the perfect solution if you don’t have many windows and you still want to create a bright atmosphere.

This skylight can tilt to maximize natural light that it lets in.  A 3-story luxury custom home from Gordon James that maximizes natural light.


If your walls are covered in all rooms and you don’t have space to install extra windows, look up! The ceiling could be the optimal space to place a window, especially if you want to maximize natural light in your home. Although skylights can be expensive, if you have the funds and you can’t afford to add more windows to every room, consider installing a skylight in the most important room of your house. 

Large windows over a reading bench maximize natural light in this bedroom.

Keep It Clean

Although this may go without saying, maintaining a pristine home can aid in maximize natural light within your home. Regularly dust your light bulbs, fixtures, and windows. By keeping your space clean, natural light will be reflected off clean surfaces and your home will feel bright and well-kept. 


Even if you don’t have the opportunity to install extra windows in your home, there are several easy methods by which you can create a brighter and more open home interior. No matter if it’s a few mirrors here and there or simply upgrading your decor fabrics to lighter materials, there are countless ways to maximize natural lighting in your home. For more information,  Contact us today at 763-479-3117, or email us at info@gordon-james.com


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2019 Fall Home Design Trends

Whether you are going for a full remodel or just looking for something different this fall, it's important to know this year’s home design trends. Fall is an exciting time to switch from airy summer tones to cozy winter vibes. Here are some trends this fall to make your house feel warm and look fantastic. 

A living room utilizing the home design trends for the fall in a Gordon James custom home.   A bed showing the home design trends of using natural accents and pops of jew-toned color in a Gordon James home.

Velvets, Plaids, and Leather, Oh My!

Texture is everything when it comes to designing and decorating your home. Heavier-looking fabrics add a touch of warmth and coziness to your home, which is perfect for the transition of summer into fall. The simple addition of a velvet, plaid, or leather pillow can be just the right amount of chic fall decor.

Home design trends being used in a bathroom in a custom luxury home.  Home design trends being used in the kitchen of a custom luxury home.

Back in Black

While black hasn’t necessarily gone anywhere, for the past couple years a brighter and shinier tone has dominated. This minimalist, Hygge-inspired trend has run its course, and more homeowners and designers are making statements with dark colors. 

This trend is especially prevalent in bathrooms and kitchens. Choosing a darker color for the bathroom promotes a luxurious tone. Matte black or dark finishes on fixtures and appliances are what gives a space a new feel without having to renovate the whole room. 

Back splash taking advice from home design trends for 2019 in a luxury custom home.

Backlash on Backsplash

Backsplash tile has been a wallflower for so long, you barely notice it’s there. Why waste an opportunity with boring tile? Designers are going with bold, patterned backsplash to give the stove area character. Drawing the eye to where food is prepared brings home the warm, family-style feeling of the kitchen, and with dark accents, patterned tile makes a statement. This has been one of the hot home design trends of fall 2019. 

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Jewel Tones and Doing the Most

Although autumn is full of orange and yellow, the trend in 2019 moves towards bold colors. Jewel tones such as emerald, sapphire, and amethyst have seen a comeback, especially on white or black backgrounds. Accent pieces and bold artwork can bring an otherwise droll room to life. 

Another trend that is on the rise is maximalism. The “more is more” philosophy is the pendulum swinging back from minimalism. Colorful wallpapers and mixing fabrics and patterns are now accepted and encouraged. Be bold! Hang more wild paintings on your walls, you will be in style this fall. 

A bouquet of natural plants following home design trends for 2019.   A basket of colorful gourds, accenting home design trends for 2019 with a natural touch.  Natural elements adorning a ladder following home design trends for 2019.

Home Design Trends that Act Natural

Incorporating nature into the home has been gaining momentum. This can look like opening up a kitchen to your yard, having a window wall, or focusing on plants as accents. Regardless, natural elements like wood beams, plant-based materials, and areas inspired by nature are on the rise. Accent the room with houseplants to add a wild feel to the room while also giving it a comforting familiarity. Succulents are a thing of the past. Now, full-fledged foliage, fig plants, and olive stems replace their small brethren to help set the tone in your home. 

  A luxury custom home with a patio, showcasing home design trends for 2019.

Pumpkin Spice Up Your Home

Last but not least, decorate your home with pumpkins, gourds, and squash! These are perfect elements of nature that are the easiest way to bring in the fall spirit.  The best part about it is that they transition perfectly into November and will never go out of style in the fall season.

Styles come and go, but choosing something you enjoy that matches what you are looking for is important. Gordon James can help you sit down and pick what styles you are interested in, and what ones you can live without. Contact us today at 763-479-3117, or email us at info@gordon-james.com

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Mudroom Must-haves

When it comes to the most important rooms in your house, mudrooms may be an unusual pick. But think about it: what other room serves as an ample storage area, an introduction to your home, a transition from dirty to clean spaces, a place to get ready for the day, and a representation of your personality -- all at the same time? With all this responsibility it’s crucial to have a mudroom that works for you and your family. Continue reading to learn about mudroom must-haves and tips for a crucial room in your house.

A custom mudroom in a Gordon James luxury home that has a blue theme.    Mudroom storage cabinets can help decrease clutter in Gordon James custom homes.

Functionality & Open Storage Solutions

Mudrooms shine because of their ability to store a plethora of clothes, shoes, sports gear, school supplies, etc., without becoming a full-time closet. And if you’re living in Minnesota, chances are you could fill an entire garage with just your family’s winter stuff. Mudroom storage is part of the solution. Open-air cubbies and lockers can stow snow pants, backpacks, or winter hats and gloves. Similarly, utilizing sleek, sturdy wall hooks for each family member is a great way to increase storage space. You can also incorporate a long, comfortable storage bench that can hold lots of family gear. 


A picture of an organized mudroom with backpacks hanging from hooks and shoes underneath a wooden bench in a Gordon James custom home.    A mudroom with a checkered floor and cabinets in a Gordon James custom home.

Mudroom Aesthetics

Your mudroom should be designed to complement your family’s lifestyle. For example, consider using neutral-colored tile floors if you have small children or multiple pets. Tile is durable against knicks and scratches, it’s easy to clean, and neutral color helps conceal excess mud and dirt. The same can be said for choosing your wall paint. Tie the room together by adding a large area rug and overhead light fixture that grabs your guests’ attention. 

A mudroom with a cork board for organization in a Gordon James custom luxury home.    A mudroom wit ha counter, stools and a sink in a Gordon James custom home.

Personalize Your Space

There are countless ways to customize a mudroom to match your family’s unique values and personality. If you need closed-off storage space, consider installing modern lockers or storage cabinets against one of the walls. A stacked washer and dryer can further increase your mudroom's efficiency. Benches around the mudroom can offer seating for guests to rest while adding a personal touch. You can even attach chalk or cork boards to the walls for your family reminders, grocery checklists, or encouraging messages. 

A mudroom style wall with shirts hanging in the entry way in a Gordon James custom home.    A mudroom with blue stone floors in a Gordon James custom home.  


The number of ways you can customize a mudroom is only limited by your imagination. So if you can think it, chances are someone can help you create it. Mudrooms are training grounds. Teach children to hang up their coats as soon as they come in. Designate a place for snowy boots and wet mittens to dry. Celebrate every time you find something on the first try and every time you get out the door on schedule. If your mudroom gets muddy, celebrate that, too -- after all, that just means the rest of your house stays clean. Contact Gordon James today to find out how they can help create the mudroom your family always wanted.

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Why is Interior Home Design Important?

The home design process isn't finished when you have identified the distinct rooms in your house and their purposes. Don't simply throw together details for each room, put effort into the details. These details can make all the difference in the effectiveness of each room’s presence in your home design. Gordon James looks at how to get those details just right to make the perfect space below. 

A living room in a custom Gordon James home featuring exquisite interior home design.

Physical appeal

The physical elements of any room are important in creating a mood and establishing comfort within the living quarters. Aspects such as size, texture, color, and the feelings that they evoke should be carefully considered. For example, the colors of small items should be complementary to the room. In addition, items with shapes and sizes that contribute to the intended structure of the room can add value to the room. Physical components should offer high quality and endurance. Examples of these are throw pillows with bright colors or picture frames with geometric patterns. They should also strike a balance of being contrasting and complimentary. This all adds to the overall home design. 

An excellent example of interior home design in a bedroom of a Gordon James home.


Deliberate interior home design

In order to bring out the best, each detail should be a deliberate decision. Aspects chosen should not be uniform across all rooms. Rather, each room’s minute features should be specific and authentic, highlighting a unique aesthetic. Additionally, the details should acknowledge and emphasize the personality of each room.

Atmospheric balance 

The details of a room should not only balance well with each other, but they should also balance with the other features within the home as a whole. Instead of trying to establish strong focal points within each room, it is important to make sure the details flow well together and don’t detract from the intended purpose of the room. Overall, the elements should contribute to the particular rhythm of the room and allow a person to feel at ease and at comfort. 

Interior home design pulling a space together in a Gordon James custom home kitchen.     


The reason behind a detail is just as essential as its physical features. In order to create a room that communicates its purpose well, it is necessary to consider how space will be used within the home and to ensure a consistent flow from room to room. Remember: the small details can make the biggest difference! For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call (763) 479-3117 today.


A finished basement in a Gordon James custom home with walk-out patio.

Functional, Fashionable Basement Designs

Not too long ago, basements were a closed-off part of the home. They consisted of concrete floors, unfinished walls, and laundry machines. Today, basements are an integral part of the in-home experience. They offer a unique addition to the primary activity areas. There are a variety of ways to create functional and fashionable basement designs. And, all of these design ideas can add significant value to your home as a whole.

A Gordon James custom home with a finished basement.

Productivity and Inspiration

An increasingly popular use of the basement space is for physical and mental exercise. Basements represent an optimal opportunity to transform space into a fitness center or an in-home workspace. In this manner, you can maintain a comforting and relaxing atmosphere of the home on the first and second floors, while assigning the basement as a space with alternative yet admirable functions. You can create a “work hard” environment in the basement while maintaining a “play hard” atmosphere in the rest of the house.


A entertainment center in the basement of a Gordon James luxury custom home.

Entertainment and Activity

Another option for the basement is to transform it into an area of high activity and interaction between individuals. Homeowners are increasingly incorporating “party” elements into homes, meaning items such as pool tables, ping pong tables, large televisions, minibars, and small musical stages. These elements can contrast significantly from the rest of the home yet not detract from comfort and warmth your home provides. An entertainment center can offer a sense of versatility, fun, and freedom of expression to a space, as well as act as an invitation to others to spend more time in their neighbor’s home. 

Basements: Extension of Upstairs Living

On the other hand, the basement can simply serve as an area that seamlessly flows from the upper-level floors. Basements can provide guest bedrooms, homey kitchens and lounging areas, and a walkout to a patio or a pool. You can opt to establish a basement that feels like an extension of an upstairs area to create a continuous theme throughout. This can make the house seem larger, more unified, and more comfortable. 

A finished basement in a Gordon James custom home with a pool table.   A Gordon James luxury custom home with a finished basement and entertainment center.   The view of an artisan luxury custom home from Gordon James with a finished basement.


Working with Gordon James, you will be able to create a space that serves as functional, fashionable, or both. The decision depends on what is important to you and your family. With an open basement, the sky is the limit. Understand the needs and wants of your family, and go make use of the space! For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call (763) 479-3117 today.