4 Lot Characteristics to Value When Purchasing for a Custom Home

The lot on which your dream home is built is nearly as important as your home itself, and it’s the first step to making your dream home a reality. While planning for your dream home is an exciting process, it’s important to be deliberate as you make decisions prior to building. Here are four characteristics to consider as you search for the ideal location.

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1. Location

Make a wish list of everything you want in the ideal location of your new home.

  • Do you prefer a quiet suburban neighborhood or do you enjoy an urban setting?
  • What school district do you want to live in?
  • How long are you willing to commute?
  • How close are you to groceries and outlets?

Based on your criteria, research, and find areas you think would match your family’s lifestyle. Drive around those neighborhoods and towns to discover whether or not your family would enjoy living there.

  

2. Size and Style

Consider the style and size of the home you want and how it would blend into the neighborhood. In some neighborhoods, there are regulations that detail certain architectural guidelines, square footage, materials, and easements. It’s best to consider and understand these regulations before you purchase a lot so you end up with the custom home you envisioned.

 3. Budget

Your lot price should be about 35-40% of the total cost of your custom home. Examine the lot’s price and see if it fits into your budget. Always look at other options within the neighborhood to make sure you are paying a reasonable amount for the lot.

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 4. Partnerships

The best way to secure a new lot that will fit your family and your vision for a custom home is by working with a professional. A custom home builder, like those at Gordon James, can help you find the right lot in the right neighborhood.

Before you purchase a property, invite Gordon James to a walk-through with you. Involving your home builder from the start of your custom home project will save you lots of mistakes, disappointments, and headaches.

   

Partner with Gordon James and Discover Your Custom Home

Partner with the professional Minnesota home builders, Gordon James, to start searching for the perfect lot for your dream home. Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant interiors and refined exteriors. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce perfect results – your dream home! For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


3 Ways To Increase Your Home’s Value Through Custom Renovations

Many custom home renovations not only increase your home’s value but also improve your family’s quality of life. Whether you’re renovating your home to make it more functional, or simply more beautiful, here are three renovations for increasing your home’s value.

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 1. Renovate the Kitchen

For active families, devoted hosts, and seasoned cooks the kitchen is the heart of the home - a place where beauty and function intersect. Whether you’re planning a total kitchen makeover or simply a fresh paint job for the cabinets, kitchen renovations provide the highest return on investment. Some of the best renovations include cabinets, countertops, modern appliances, and removing a wall to create an open kitchen. Here are ten questions to ask yourself before you begin renovations so you can create the kitchen of your dreams.

   

2. Invest in Energy-Efficient Materials

Environmental impact is one of the top concerns for many luxury homeowners and buyers. Homes that haven’t been modified with energy efficiency in mind cost more to live in, maintain, and leave a larger carbon footprint. By investing in energy-efficient windows you can save up to 90% of your costs and receive a green energy tax credit of 10% for this upgrade. Another way to lower your home’s carbon footprint is through a smart thermostat. Half of the monthly energy costs are controlled by the thermostat, and a smart thermostat can reduce energy expenditure greatly.

If you make energy-efficient upgrades, make sure your realtor markets your home appropriately; consider providing copies of your bills to potential buyers to display the difference in an energy-efficient home.

   

3. Create a Relaxing Outdoor Oasis

Adding or renovating a terrace or deck is a way to increase your living space without increasing your home’s footprint. A beautifully furnished terrace is a basic build for an outdoor space. Some homeowners design a convenient outdoor kitchen or bar space with a countertop, grill, and sink for summer dinners and drinks with friends and family. For those with a green thumb, gardens on the deck provide a peaceful escape.

Whether you decide on a green balcony, complete with a garden, or lounge furniture, the outdoor space will become your favorite place for all the lounging, dining, and entertaining you can fit into a Minnesota summer. For those who enjoy hosting, outdoor spaces create a comfortable entertaining space while increasing the value of their home.

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 Partner with Gordon James and Renovate Your Dream Home

Partner with the professional Minnesota home builders, Gordon James, to start renovating your home and increasing its value. Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant interiors and refined exteriors. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce perfect results – your dream home! For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


How to Find Inspiration for Your Dream Home

All of us have a dream home. We all desire and dream of dwelling in a home that is more than just comfortable - it’s also well designed and beautiful. Our dream home allows us to do anything we want - from rest to recreation. But where do you start? While the process of designing a home is demanding and challenging, it’s the first step in turning your dream into a reality. Read some inspiration from Gordon James to start dreaming up your home:

   

1. A Grand Kitchen

You don’t have to be on Top-Chef to have a fabulous kitchen. Your kitchen can showcase the latest in finishes, design ideas, and amenities featuring marble countertops, detailed custom cabinets, double islands, and spacious floor plans. Pro-grade appliances, thoughtful layouts, gorgeous lighting, architectural elements, and other luxurious elements all elevate your kitchen. From the things that make a kitchen beautiful to the things that make it function beautifully, the attention to detail is what creates a gorgeous kitchen design. Be inspired to make your dream kitchen a reality with these beautiful kitchen designs.

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2. Stylish Laundry Room

While designing your dream house, it’s important not to forget the small details like your laundry room. Don’t be afraid to take style risks with colorful artwork, wallpaper, or furniture, and while designing the layout and place in your home, consider your family’s needs and lifestyle. Here are some tips from Gordon James so you can design a peaceful, stylish, and relaxing laundry room in your dream home.

   

3. An Outdoor Oasis

Let’s move away from the indoors to the great outdoors for a minute. Make your deck a destination this summer by defining different activity zones within the space. Consider multiple levels to carve out different spaces for amenities including; a stainless steel grill, pizza oven, and lounge seating. For long, relaxing soaks at the end of a hot summer day, a hot tub or spa on the deck is a must-have luxury. Your outdoor room will feel more like an oasis if it has a sense of privacy, use lattice, pergolas, and landscaping to define outdoor spaces and screen views of neighboring houses.

   

4. A Walk-In Closet or Dressing Room

Every dream home needs an elegant walk-in closet or dressing room that provides a relaxing and private escape for preparing for the day. An elegant custom closet begins with a thoughtful design and organization strategy. The design should serve your needs, maximize storage space, express your style, and showcase your wardrobe. Here’s the Gordon James guide to designing a walk-in closet or dressing room so you can experience joy whenever you open it.

        

5. Luxurious Bathroom

A great luxurious bathroom is a cheery and relaxing place start to your day and a soothing and serene place to end it. A single slipper chair, a spacious ottoman encourages you to treat the room like a luxurious day spa. Here, you can sit back and relax after the mundane routines of brushing your teeth or combing your hair. From large, show-stopping bathtubs, walk-in showers with seating, and sleek vanity units, your bathroom should be curated to your wants. If you’re looking for more inspiration, take a look at these beautiful bathrooms perfect for lounging.

     

6. A Custom Bar

From sleek to modern to traditional, a home bar is a perfect place for any gathering. If you really want to rival the coolest clubs, pubs, or lounges in your area add a pool table, darts, or arcade near your home bar. Now, the drinks are on the house! For a spacious home bar, design your basement with entertaining in mind, or if you have space, consider transforming a garage into a unique space. Find inspiration for your home bar in the most beautifully designed bars in each state.

     

7. Functional and Striking Home Office

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. 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.

        

Start Designing Your Dream Home with Gordon James

Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant interiors and refined exteriors. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce perfect results – your dream home!

Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to start designing and planning your dream home. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


Luxurious Outdoor Living, Year-Round

Outdoor living is a luxury, especially as the weather grows warmer. Whether you’re dreaming of a tiny terrace adjacent to your master bedroom, or large outdoor living room, you need a space that’ll serve your family year-round. Discover the latest trend in architecture blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living; so you can enjoy the outdoors, year-round. 

Indoor and Outdoor Sunrooms 

To elevate your open concept floor plan, redefine indoor and outdoor boundaries with sliding glass doors, which allow for a seamless transition between the spaces. Glass sliding doors are more than convenient, they give your home an open and immaculate view of your yard. Blend your outdoor spaces with your indoor spaces with thermal, solar-reflective glass walls, windows, and doors that can be opened or closed depending on the season. 

Nothing creates a brighter space than a large, floor-to-ceiling glass wall to the outdoors. If you want more privacy, an expansive glass skylight with stairs leading to your roof is a luxurious alternative. The more natural light you add into your home blends your outdoor and indoor spaces seamlessly throughout the seasons.  

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Balconies and Patios Are The New Backyards

Many hotels and restaurants have luxurious patios and balconies where guests can relax and take in the view; now, this trend is moving residential. While a large “yard” on the patio is a great idea for homes with small or uneven yards, many people choose to use their balconies or patios for the added luxury and privacy they bring.  

A beautifully furnished terrace is a basic build for an outdoor space. Some homeowners design an outdoor kitchen or bar space with a countertop, grill, and sink for summer dinners and drinks with friends and family. For those with a green thumb, gardens on the patio provide a peaceful escape while also increasing the value of your property.

Whether you decide on a green balcony, complete with a garden, or lounge furniture, the outdoor space will become your favorite place for all the lounging, dining, and entertaining you can fit into the summer.

  

Design Your Outdoor and Indoor Spaces with Gordon James 

To enjoy the outdoors in Minnesota year-round, create spaces that blur the boundaries between inside and out. This way, you can fully enjoy summer after a harsh winter, and when winter comes, you can still enjoy a view of the outdoors from the warmth of your dream home. 

Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant indoor spaces and refined exterior spaces. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce perfect results – your dream home!

Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to start designing and planning your dream home. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


Designing a Functional and Stylish Dining Room

Whether you tend toward hosting intimate dinner-parties or going all-out for the holidays, a well-designed dining room is needed to help best entertain your guests while also serving as a daily communal space for your family. We at Gordon James have compiled a list of ideas to help you design a functional and stylish dining room that’s ready to fit the way your gather and entertain:

  Open-floor plan kitchen in custom home by Gordon James in Twin Cities, MN

Consider the Location and Aesthetic 

Your dining room is more than just a place to enjoy a meal: it serves an a representation of how your family serves others. For this reason, it is important to consider the location and aesthetic of your dining room when designing to account for space, functionality, and aesthetic as an extension of your home:

  1. Traditional Formal Dining Room: The traditional dining room typically has limited access, with only one entrance into an alcoved area off of the kitchen or living room. The closed access of the room creates a formal, yet cozy, feel to the room. This dining room location is wonderful for large families, groups of friends, or hosting for the holidays.
  2. Four-Season Dining Room: Consider building your dining room in a four-season room, with floor-to-ceiling windows. The extra-lighting of the room helps to make it more inviting and less stuffy than a traditional dining room. Because of this, the design is perfect for families with small children or who enjoy ‘vacation home’ dining with a view.
  3. Pass-Through Dining Room: A pass-through dining room with two entryways on either wall. Perfect for hosting luncheons, dinners, or cocktail parties, this set-up allows guests to easily pass from room to room, typically offering a great flow in transitioning guests from a living room happy hour, and allowing you as hosts to sneak away to the kitchen without disruption.
  4. Great Room Dining: Even if you have a separate area allotted for your dining room, a large great room can be an impressive and accessible multipurpose space dining space. Having a second dining table in your living room allows for convenient and casual dining. If you have small children you want to keep an eye on or want your dinner parties to allow people to mix their seating options, this location is ideal.

    

Create a Tone with Colors

Your dining room paint color sets the atmosphere for family gatherings and parties, so consider what tone you wish to strike. If you host evening parties and you’re going for drama, try a deep and dark shade, like Frédéric Malle’s black dining room in New York. If you hold family dinners frequently and you’re going for serene, try a pastel or neutral shade, such as these rooms. Adding choice color to your dining room makes every meal memorable.

  

Set the Ambiance with Lights

An eye-catching light fixture always elevates a room. The best dining room lighting plans are carefully designed with your meal patterns and aesthetic in mind. If you have a long, large table, install a chandelier above to balance the room proportionally; if you have a shorter table, try an arc floor lamp. Coordinate with your construction team to ensure that your lighting fixture is installed with a dimmer function; then, with a simple press of a lever or turning of a knob, you can adjust the light. This way, your chandelier or lamp can achieve that warm, dim glow that mimics candlelight and sets the perfect mood.

    

Entertain in Style

With these design tips, your dining room will make every meal a memorable one. Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to create your custom dining room in your dream home, and design every room to best serve your family, style, and function. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.

 


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Finding Your Ideal Master Bedroom Location in Your Custom Home

As you build your dream home, finding the ideal location for your master bedroom is just as important as flooring, design, and upgrades. After all, you’ll spend over one third of your life in this room relaxing. Even though everyone has a different dream master bedroom in mind, keep these locations in mind as you design your home.

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Back Master Bedroom

One of the best locations for a master bedroom is in the back of the house. It’s hidden from the main traffic of the house and cocooned in a safe, private area for you to enjoy. As it’s far from the noise of the street and other rooms, it can be one of the quietest places in the house. You’ll have less visitors since you’re further from the other bedrooms in the house and you don’t have to worry about street lights or headlights disrupting your sleep.

    

Front Master Bedroom

A master bedroom in the front of the house is not only convenient but also provides a private view of your front yard. You can see visitors coming to your door and neighborhood activity, giving you peace of mind. In the front of your house you’ll be closer to your children, the kitchen, and great room.

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First Floor

Depending on your family’s current’s needs, a master bedroom on the first floor is a luxurious option that parents often appreciate.  If you have older kids, parents living with you, or frequently host overnight guests, a master bedroom on the first floor might be an attractive option. On the first floor as you won’t hear slamming doors, loud music, or conversations coming from the second floor.

Besides being quieter, a master suite on the first floor means you don’t have to climb the stairs each night. A bedroom on the first floor can also increase your home's resale value.

 

Second Floor

A master bedroom on the second floor not only allows more space for the common areas on the first floor but also gives you a relaxing refuge so you can escape the noise downstairs. A bedroom on the second floor shields you from noises from the great room and the kitchen. And if you’re still looking to maintain your privacy, place your master bedroom at one end of the hall on the second floor.

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Build You Dream Bedroom with Gordon James

Whether your master bedroom is small or large, your house design is modern or classic: your master bedroom should be your favorite space in your home. Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to create your dream master bedroom in your dream home. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


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Tips for Designing a Kid-Friendly Home

A beautiful, magazine-worthy, child-friendly home design is within your grasp with Gordon James. If your family home requires functionality without sacrificing style, here are a few tips for designing each common area to create a home that is both sophisticated and family-friendly.

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The Great Room 

Positioning your Great Room adjacent to your kitchen not only gives a communal feel to the gathering spaces in your home, but also offers a great vantage point. Consider this type of open floor plan; this way, if you’re making dinner, you can keep an eye on your children playing or doing homework. This flow and functionality brings your family together in unexpected ways that matter most.

Multi-functional, multi-generational gathering spaces don’t tidy themselves, however; unless you have a separate playroom, you’ll need some creative solutions to keep this space looking presentable while housing the kid’s toys. Find furniture that’s stylish and storage-friendly, like an ottoman or sofa with hidden storage. Set aside a few bookshelves or cupboards for all books and toys. Invest in furniture that is sleek and easy to clean, and style it with cushions and throws to show that the kids aren’t the only ones running the house.

Kitchen in custom home in Orono, Minnesota    Custom home built in Orono, Minnesota

The Kitchen

You will never regret investing in a kitchen island. A walk-around island adds flow and functionality to your kitchen space, allowing your kids to both buoy up to the counter or circulate the space as meals are being prepped or dishes are being washed. A double-entry galley is an alternative option that helps control the flow of foot-traffic in the kitchen while adding a unique showpiece to your kitchen’s design.

When selecting a countertop, consider investing in composite stone, such as Caesarstone, Smartstone or Essastone, as they are a mix of quartz and resin, and extremely durable. A new matt-finish laminate, AbsoluteMatte by Laminex, has a stylish, sleek look and a scratch-resistant, smudge proof finish. If you prefer a sleek, marble finish, which easily hides spills, you’ll need to practice proper maintenance.

A mid-mount wall oven is a safe option to protect your children from hot surfaces and provides convenience by saving your back when checking on dinner. And consider installing push-to-open drawers and cupboards in your cabinets to keep any curious young children out of select areas.

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The Bathroom

A smart bathroom layout is crucial for safety and convenience; designing a “wet zone” can contain all the water-based activities and prevent your feet getting wet. To achieve this, consider installing a separate shower and bath, as opposed to a combination of the two. Factor in a landing area to dry off after exiting either, to help encourage the water to remain confined to one area.

For flooring, large-format tiles do away with excessive dirt-attracting grout, and are easy to maintain. There are designs, both modern and classic, to choose from, so you won’t feel like you are sacrificing style

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A Home Designed For Your Family

Designing a kid-friendly house is all about planning your choices based on function, and staying specific to your aesthetic when it comes to form. Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to create your custom dream home, and design every room to best serve your family. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


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How to Create the Perfect Home Gym in your Dream Home

It’s easy to stick to your daily workouts if your gym is just down the hall. In the colder winter months in Minnesota, staying in your warm home is the perfect excuse for missing a workout. When you have a custom view and privacy, working out doesn’t seem as daunting. Transforming or creating the perfect home gym completes your dream home and transforms your lifestyle. Here are some tips from Gordon James that will inspire you to create the perfect home gym in your dream home, and work out in style.

 

 

Basement

Try converting your basement into a space for the whole family: parents can get their workout in while their children play in open view. A basement gym is also commonly preferred due to sound being one of the top considerations before designing; treadmills, bikes, and weights may produce vibrations in other areas of the house. Basements are also typically usually cooler than the rest of the house, an added bonus after a solid workout.

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Backyard

Perhaps the best option is a home gym in the backyard. If you have a spacious backyard, consider installing an accessory dwelling space that can give you extra room for your equipment and added privacy. Why not have all the amenities of a high-quality facility? Install a shower and sauna for the full luxury home gym experience. You’ll be especially happy you installed a sauna during the cold Minnesota winters.

 

Extra Space

If you don’t want to create a new space or addition, transform part of your master bedroom, guest bedroom, laundry room, or unused nook in your home into a home gym. Having a designated workout space makes all the difference when it comes to motivation. Try hanging up a curtain room divider to chisel out space for your sweat session and keep your workout gear organized by hanging up custom shelves or a small storage unit.

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Flooring Options

High impact activity requires a durable, high-impact, resilient floor to keep your joints and subfloor safe. A proper flooring solution is critical for your home gym: sheet vinyl, tile, or hardwood flooring with a polyurethane finish are great for a low-maintenance option. Another great option is carpet or rubber tiles, which are resilient, sound-absorbing, and easily replaced. These floors make for great interior basketball, lacrosse, floor hockey, or multi-purpose sport courts.

 

Motivational Tools

Today, TVs and stereo systems are almost a prerequisite for a home gym. To keep your workout space clutter-free and sleek, mount audio-visual equipment on a swiveling ceiling bracket or recess it into a niche on the wall. Make sure your TV is at a height that’s at a comfortable view while you’re on a piece of equipment.

  Home gym in custom home in Twin Cities, MN   Home gym in custom home in Twin Cities, MN

Work Out with Gordon James

The most crucial aspect of designing your home gym is that it’s an integral part of how you use your home. The aesthetics are important, and if you improve the finishes it’ll encourage you to use the gym and transform your workout from a chore to a healthy habit.

Designing your home gym is an opportunity to create an escape. Find your motivation, and partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to create the perfect home gym in your dream house or backyard. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.

 

 


Laundry room in custom home in Minnetonka, MN by Gordon James

Laundry Room Dos and Don’ts

While designing your dream house, it’s important not to forget the small details; your laundry room is the perfect example. Doing laundry is a daily routine, so you may as well wash and dry your clothes in a stylish space. Here are some dos and don’ts from Gordon James so you can create a peaceful, stylish, and relaxing oasis in your home.

 

Designing

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  • DO think about how you’ll use the space each day. For example, you may want a laundry room that functions as a mudroom as well or has a doggy shower for your furry friend. There are many custom options available for your family needs or wants.

 

  • DON’T place your laundry room too close to bedrooms, the noise will keep you awake. Placing your laundry room on the main floor adjacent to the kitchen, mudroom, or garage is excellent for convenience.

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  • DO decide if you want a top or front loader. Top loaders are more common, but front loaders are more efficient, easier to clean and offer flexibility in placement. Especially if you’re trying to maximize your space, you should install a front loader.

 

  • DON’T think you have to have a traditional “laundry room” dedicated only to laundry. The laundry room is not just a space for cleaning, but also for purification and peace, so your design is important. If you enjoy minimalistic interior design, maybe you’d prefer to hide your dryer in a closet or cabinet for a streamlined look. If you want a space to relax while waiting for your laundry, maybe you’d like to create a reading nook or install a wall-mounted TV.

 

Decorating

Laundry room in custom home in Wayzata, MN   Laundry room in custom home in Wayzata, MN

  • DO decorate with intention. Laundry rooms deserve design love too, no matter how big or small. You need a space that’s stylish and functional. Shelves, hooks, hangers can all be practical and decorative pieces. Organize your detergent, hampers, and cleaning supplies in labeled, fancy, baskets or boxes so everything is at your fingertips.

 

  • DON’T forget about lighting. Your laundry room may have a large, bright window, but you’ll want to add more lighting options. Too often laundry rooms have dim lighting, or worse, fluorescent lighting. Whether it’s a stylish pendant light, unique overhead lights, a retro mounted light, wall sconces, or chandelier, your lights can be functional and beautiful. Install a dimmer so you can adjust the lighting whenever you’re in the room to make it comfortable.

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  • DO choose a durable type of flooring that makes a statement. Laundry rooms need flooring similar to a bathroom to protect from moisture, but that doesn’t mean the floor can’t be fashionable. Custom tiling or patterns offer a functional and stylish option, it’s a great way to liven up your laundry room and make a design statement.

 

  • DON’T be afraid to be creative. Your laundry room can be an elegant space bursting with personality. Consider adding colorful wallpaper, favorite artwork, painting your laundry room door a bright color, or adding a stylish chair for folding.

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A Peaceful Oasis

Even though the laundry room is a small part of your dream home, it’s still important. So why not make it a peaceful escape? Partner with the professionals at Gordon James to create your custom dream home, and have every room in your house fit your personal aesthetic. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


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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

Space

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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Light

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.