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I have a new client who recently had his home leveled and now has cracks throughout his drywall walls and ceilings.  He has a quote to repair the cracks, texture the drywall, and paint the ceiling, but he was wondering if covering his ceiling in a new material instead of fixing the drywall would be a more attractive option for about the same amount of money (or maybe just a little bit more).  Of coarse, he would have to consider whether the additional weight of the new ceiling would affect the structure of his home.  Here are a few options that we considered.

unique ceiling material optionsphoto courtesy of bfick flickr.com/photos/ficken/2150665161

Tuscan style decorating was extremely popular between the years of 2005 and 2010.  Tuscan decor was dominated by the colors dark red, chocolate brown, and gold, the metal finishes wrought iron and oil rubbed bronze, travertine floor tile, and ornately carved oversized furniture.  For those who do not know, that ship has sailed.  Most any decorating style that is very popular will become just as unpopular in the near future.  We are now 4+ years past the Tuscan decorating trend, so you should start phasing those elements out of your home, if you haven't already.  Most of us can't afford to get rid of every item in our homes with a Tuscan reference, but we can make little changes to freshen our homes and make them more stylish and up to date. 

How to Transition Your Home Away From the Tuscan Stylephoto courtesy of Nancy Hugo flickr.com/photos/nancyhugo/2528045489

I have some friends who sold their home and are planning on building a new home in a rural area.  The husband wants a large shop for his tools and toys, and the wife wants to be in the new home before the kids start school.  They came up with a brilliant idea - to build a barndominium.  That was a new word for me.  They basically want to build a barn that will be half shop and half living quarters where they can live while their main house is being constructed.  That seemed like a great plan to me!  Here are some of the advantages to building a barndominium:

What is a Barndominium?photo courtesy of Elizabeth Anderson flickr.com/photos/steelmastersteelbuildings/4194453789

My project for today is to create architectural plans for a client of mine.  Her father moved into her home and she now wants to remodel her hall bathroom to make it handicap accessible (even though he is not currently handicapped).  Per her direction, my plans will be focused on removing the tub to create a wet room and some minor changes to update the bathroom aesthetically.  I will also add grab bars to the plans and widen the door to the bathroom to 36" wide to accommodate a wheelchair.  She is one of my smarter clients who wants to make changes now before they are necessary.

Handicap Accessible Showerphoto courtesy of Ken Doerr flickr.com/photos/kendoerr/5188616120

When I walk into a home for the first time, I can almost guarantee that the majority of walls and several furniture pieces will be beige.  Beige is boring, predictable, and unimaginative.  You know it and I know it.  But, the color beige still prevails as the most common color inside homes.  Beige is suffocating the life out of homes.  I blame the overuse of the color beige on production home builders who try to use the least offensive color available in their homes in hopes of appealing to the majority of buyers.  Beige does not offend, but neither does it evoke a feeling of joy, creativity, or warmth.  Many people select beige furniture since they feel it will stay in style longer.  Well, you will probably have the same boring feeling about beige furniture today as 10 years from now, but you will never love it.

Ban the beige in your homeInterior design by Fletcher Design Consultants