Tips on Building a House,
Plan, Plan, Plan
Work out as many details before turning the first shovel of soil. Everything will go so much faster.
Get It Done Off-Site
Kitchen cabinet makers can build shelving for other rooms, and they’ll make it in their workshop.
Invest in Storage
Closet organizing systems are worth every penny. Otherwise, you have a rod, shelf, and wasted space up top.
Buy “New and Improved”
Look for stainless steel appliances treated to minimize smudges and stain-resistant countertops like CaesarStone.
You’re supposed to order 10% extra tile to cover breakage, but I suggest 15% for breaks down the road.
Ceiling height is as important as the square footage of a room.
Break It Up
Two smaller coffee tables offer greater flexibility than a single large one | It’s an option, if you the idea.
Know What You Need
Good decorating starts with a good floor plan.
Keep It Clean
Line up tops of windows and doors. It gives you a clean line around the room.
Use Visual Tricks
Painting door panels 50% lighter than the full door gives them greater definition.
Mix It Up
I like using a loveseat at the dining table. It makes it look less like a conference room.
Keep Outlets Low
Have electrical outlets installed low and horizontal for a cleaner, more discreet look.
Find Your Style
Collecting and sorting magazine pages helped me focus my taste.
Think Outside the Box
Children’s mail-order catalogs are a surprising place for great lighting and accessories.
When planning the house, find unused nooks and use them for storage.