When we were building our home, I told my builder that I was all about the details.
What I meant about the details was that I wanted a great amount of trim work,
architectural details . . . without breaking the bank . . . was that possible?
What makes a house shine with its own piece of jewelry, is the details. . .
that scarf around your neck, the earrings that frame your face . . .
It’s all in the details.
Each door, doorway and french door has wonderful trim
that enhances the doors and also the view beyond.
Like a artist’s frame around a painting.
I really wanted large beams to adorn the ceiling;
however, it was too cost prohibitive at the time,
so we settled for a low profile coffered ceiling treatment and love it.
While we are on the subject of windows,
you may have noticed the arched window beside the foyer area in the above image.
Every window with an arch is fully trimmed out
again, so that the window can stand alone as its own architectural focal point.
Only blinds or plantation shutters are used for privacy.
The guest room has simple drapes pulled tightly to each side of the doors/windows
so that you can focus on the french doors/windows and what is beyond.
Every room has substantial crown molding.
Speaking of crown molding. . . .
When they installed the vanity and linen cabinets in the master bathroom
it looked a little disjointed to me. I had to stand back and figure out
just what was bothering me. It was the blank space between the linen cabinets
and the vanity. I needed something to tie it all together.
So I had the cabinet maker add crown molding above the vanity to make it more cohesive
and it worked. My builder also gave it the thumbs up!
Back on the subject of windows …. when you have dormer windows,
window seats are a must. These window seats are hinged for great storage.
The best detail in the room would have to be the wainscoting to match the pool table.
My builder is known for his ceiling details…as in the master bedroom . . .
and here in the media room . . .
We knew that there would be a TV over the fireplace.
It is tucked into the wall above the mantel and was framed out.
I think the next TV will have that mirror effect when it is not in use.
Have you seen those? They had one in the HGTV Smart Home that I toured a couple of years ago.
I love having various window designs in my home . . .
like this oval window. There are 4 of them in this house.
One in my “pot-tay” room in the master bathroom, one in the laundry room (below)
one in the bonus room and one believe it or not, in the garage.
One concern of mine when we were building this house,
was that I planned for the sconces for each room and hallway.
I so remembered in past homes how pricey it could be
to have an electrician come in after the fact to install wiring for a sconce.
This is the hallway that leads to the master bedroom from the master bathroom.
If you looked the other way you would see these sconces
and the sconces in the bathroom in one view.
Now lets talk columns.
I am not a fan of corners . . . plain dry wall corners.
I told my builder that I wanted every corner in the main living area wrapped with fluted columns.
This view from the dining room into the kitchen area shows the many columns
that wrap each corner of the room.
I was very nervous during the days that all the trim work was being done,
as we were out of town and I was not there to “supervise” it.
My builder said, trust me, you will love it.
When we came back we immediately went to the house and he was right . . . we loved it.
He did all the things I wanted and more!
We met our builder over 13 years ago. We were impressed by the homes that he
built and loved his personality and wit. He will build our next home ~ ~ one day soon I hope!
My hubby is also very much into details . . .
All of the garden beds are bordered with either stone or brick.
And let’s not even talk about his garage!
The floors of the porches all have brick paver floors.
I have started a new “house plan book” filled with torn out pages from magazines,
and lots of notes!! For example, place all electrical outlets in the baseboard!
Minimize dry wall . . . outdoor fireplace . . . a greenhouse . . . want much?!! . . . Nah!
I think that no matter what the size of home, very small to very large,
it’s the beautiful details that count.
While on the subject of details . . . I have started “detailing” the house for the Holidays.
Have to get a head start for many reasons.
One tree down, two to go.
Have a beautiful day filled with the pretty details of life!