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.

   

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.

     

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.

     

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 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

   

  • 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.

      

  • 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

   

  • 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.

   

  • 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.

      

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.


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.

   

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.

 

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.

   

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.

     

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.


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.

 

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.

 

 Versatility 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.

 

Conclusion

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.


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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

    

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.


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.

  

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.

 

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

Using 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!


Large windows and hardwood floors maximize natural light in this Gordon James custom home.

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.

Skylights

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. 

Conclusion

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

 


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. 

A golden table surrounded by jewel-tone couches with natural decorations on top showcases home design trends of 2019.   A bathroom with a natural theme following home design trends for 2019.  A full living room with accent cushions and a dark chandelier showcasing home design trends for 2019.

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