5 Practical Reasons Why Building New Is Better

May 17, 2019 in Building Materials, Design, Tips and Ideas

There are many exciting possibilities when building new.  It gives you the ability to choose the perfect location and design your home your way.  The journey of home ownership should be an enjoyable one, which is why we’ve found the 5 most practical reasons why building new is the way to go.          

  1. You can have exactly what you want and need.  The biggest benefit of building a new home is being able to create a house that’s tailor made for you and your family.  From the moment you walk in the door it’s easy to see your personal style stamped on everything, so it will really feel like home.  Unlike an older house, there is no need to do renovation projects to make it feel more “like you”.  Having a blank canvas means you can personalize the design of your home to your lifestyle and needs.
  2. Your home will be built to the latest building standards.  Investing in a new-build is a sure-fire way to make sure that your home is built to a high standard.  Regulations continue to evolve to ensure homes are warmer and healthier thanks to better insulation and materials.  Lower heating costs could also help you to save money in the long run.  Building new can give you peace of mind by knowing that your home was built using quality materials to today’s higher standards.  Partnering with a building company is a simple way to take the hassle and stress out of the process.  The design, construction and budgeting is managed by a dedicated team who are responsible for ensuring your home checks all the building-quality boxes.  With access to cutting edge design and the best building materials, your new home will stand the test of time and have lower maintenance costs.
  3. It’s more energy efficient and less maintenance.  New homes with good insulation are warmer, drier and less expensive to heat.  This is good for both your wallet and the environment.  By building new, you can also ensure that eco-friendly appliances and water-conserving plumbing fixtures are fitted throughout, which will help to reduce your utility bills.  An efficient home built from the latest hard-wearing materials is the ultimate combination.  Compared to an older home that often has hidden costs, your new home will require less time and money to maintain.
  4. Your new home will be under warranty.  When purchasing an older home, typically there is no warranty option so when something breaks you are responsible to fix (and pay for) it.  If you choose to build with Maplewood Homes, we provide a home warranty.  For one year from your move in date you’ll be covered for any maintenance or structural issues of the home.  This is great news to know that you are covered should any problems arise.
  5. You can include modern design and technology.  Constructing a new home gives you the opportunity to personalize it with modern design and cutting edge technology. Whether it’s as simple as a walk in closet or as special as a media room, you can customize the layout and design of your home to reflect the way you want to live. With practical design solutions from experts, you can add both style and functionality to your home – and even maximize sun exposure and your privacy.  A great first step is to set up a meeting with our sales consultant who will be able to give you advice on your vision and how you can achieve it.

A Guide to Gray Paint

April 25, 2019 in Design, Tips and Ideas

Gray paint has become a staple in home design over the years, but with so many options it can be difficult to choose the right color.  From cool grays with stormy blueish undertones to warmer ones with just a hint or taupe or brown, there is a wide variety of shades.  Well, we understand how hard it can be and are here to help!  Here is a narrowed down list of the Top 10 best gray paint colors from Sherwin Williams that we love.

As you can see no two colors are the same, but all can be beautiful in their own right.  One thing to keep in mind when selecting paint colors is what other colors will be in the room you’re painting such as flooring, furniture and décor.  If you like decorating with blue accents, go with a cooler tone such as Collonade Gray.  Or if you’re drawn to warmer hues, Amazing Gray is a great complementary wall color.  Another factor when choosing a shade of paint is the size of the room.  Typically lighter colors can make a room feel bigger.  Going with a shade like Repose Gray or Worldly Gray will make a room feel more open and airy.

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Decorating your table for Easter

April 17, 2019 in Tips and Ideas

Hosting for Easter Sunday this weekend?  If you’re like most of us then you’re probably searching for last minute decoration ideas and scrambling for where to find the perfect pieces to create your Easter table masterpiece.  We came up with a list of helpful tips to guide you in the making your table a beautiful gathering space for your guests.

When it comes to decorating a space there are a few design principles that you can apply to make and area feel balanced and appealing to the eye.  These principles revolve around color, height, texture and spacing.  Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll be amazed at how beautiful your table will be!

  1. Choose your color palate.  Up to three colors is preferred to keep the theme consistent and not look too busy.  Complimentary colors are typically adjacent or opposite to each other on a color wheel.
  2. Create a focal point with a centerpiece.  The highest point on the table should be at the center.  Choose a centerpiece that coordinates with your color palate as it will be the focal point and tie all of the elements together.  A few ideas for themed centerpieces would be a clear vase filled with Easter eggs or Tulips, or a bunny figurine.
  3. Match the place settings back to your centerpiece.  Choose an element from your centerpiece to repeat in your place setting display.  Whether its a color, a shape or material, the repetition is pleasing to the eye and makes the space cohesive.
  4. Layer with multiple textures.  A place setting should have at least two textures including a plate with a napkin on top.  An easy additional layer to add would be a charger underneath the plate.  A nice way to add a rustic, natural element to your table would be to use a wood slice charger.
  5. Make room for all necessary utensils and glasses.  The biggest downfall of an over decorated table can be losing adequate space to eat!  Make sure there is enough room for each guests flat wear, plates and glasses.
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