Who is Pantone and why should you care?
Well, they are actually the international color authority on trends and color messages. Their research has been guiding the colors we see in fashion, architecture and home décor for over 40 years. Now that this earthy hue has been identified as the emerging “it” color, companies can refer to the Pantone system to be sure they are speaking a consistent color language. This helps in the development of new products so colors will be complimentary across industries.
At Lowell we often use this full bodied hue to ground neutral color schemes without overwhelming them. It also has the ability to add warmth to cooler schemes that feature blues and greens.
Watch for Marsala to act as a unifying element in 2015. It is a sophisticated and confident shade able to mix well with the existing colors you love. The nurturing aspect of this color makes it an ideal addition for kitchen and dining areas. We will see it featured prominently in new fabrics and tabletop items especially when floral patterns are featured. As new products are introduced the draw of Marsala is sure to intensify.
Luxury isn’t about necessity; it’s about indulgence. It’s about the wonderful privilege of making a choice between everyday and extraordinary. For some this indulgence can be as simple as chocolate, for other it is a special place created for their personal pleasure. Part of the fun is the secret status. As custom builders we create beautiful homes with delightful secrets.
To the casual observer, this is just an incredibly beautiful transition with finely detailed woodworking, gently curved bookcases, paneling, coffered ceiling and accent sconces. But wait, there’s more! A touch of the bookcase reveals the secret access to a private den to be shared only with a chosen few.
The beauty of luxury is that you define it for yourself. However, what women isn’t captivated with the idea of her very own Carrie Bradshaw closet?
An under stair alcove presents the perfect opportunity for storage that displays a coveted collection.
Pay not attention to the gourmet kitchen behind the retractable stainless steel door! Only revealed when culinary inspiration strikes, this outdoor kitchen will impress and entertain when its secret is shared.
We cater to fantasies for all ages. This imaginative child’s play space brings new meaning to the term “Man Cave”.
While luxury is often defined in economic terms, we feel luxury is an emotional state as well. Loft spaces have inherent intrigue. Here we add a bit of romance with a rustic and intimate bedroom suggesting a tree house view.
Your “Happy Place” does not have to be limited to your imagination. Our expertise and creative ideas help you add a little mystery and fun to your home by tucking secretly indulgent spaces into the forgotten nooks and crannies.
True luxury is building a home that holds a few secrets. . . just for you!
Curb appeal is that “wow factor” that begins with the design of every home. One of the secrets to our success is the attention we give to details during every phase of design and construction. We want to share some of those details we consider so you too can elevate your home to neighborhood celebrity status.
You will have them at “hello” with a stunning drive that paves the way to your entry. The driveway material and configuration should compliment the overall character of your home. Straight drives support formality while curved hardscaping encourages a relaxed atmosphere. Pavers, stone and decorative concrete can all elevate an imposing necessity to captivating pathway.
After that initial Ahhh moment, your homes details will come into focus. We are especially fond of interesting roof lines that engage the eye. Doors, windows, and woodworking must all be true to a homes overall style. While function is a priority, there is no need to ignore good principles of balance and proportion when placing architectural features. The exterior material selections offer an opportunity to further your stunning impression with a tasteful blends of color and texture.
The walkway should also support the general style of your home. The same formality rules apply, along with an additional opportunity to include new statement materials. Natural stone at this point will create a gentle transition for the eye as it moves from nature to the built environment.
The planted softscaping of shrubbery, lawn and flowers will strengthen that lasting impression. The layout should help identify the path for visitors and lead them to your entry or entertainment destinations on the property. Plantings can intrigue as they allow the view to slowly unfold or present an instant Ta-DA moment. Hearty plants are a wise choice near driveways to withstand winter clearing activities.
Features like columns, canopies, and porches all create points of reference and more opportunity to carry through on your homes period style. Copulas, trellis and window boxes can be added in accordance with modern or traditional architecture. When canopies or awnings are used to cover windows and doors there can be an energy saving bonus as they buffer sun and wind.
Curb appeal is enhanced at night with the tasteful illumination of architecture and landscape features. Defining pathways and entry points with lighting is a safe and considerate way to welcome friends. The added security is a noteworthy benefit for the entire neighborhood.
Finally we saved the most adaptable feature of every home for last. The front door is the personality point to tell the world a little bit about who you are. It can be a sneak peek at your homes interior style or a charming landmark for neighbors out on an evening stroll.
If you have a difficult time deciding on a door color, try this fun quiz for some guidance.
Here at Lowell we are known for building beautiful homes that make memorable first impressions. Our key to captivating curb appeal is a consistent vision and we are here to share that expertise with you when you are ready to build or remodel.
Details do count; they define a home and speak a subtle language that everyone understands as quality. The most significant addition is often in the form of millwork. Molding, casing, beams and wood paneling all play an influential role in the feel of a room. These are the details that Lowell takes the time to craft specifically for the character and integrity of every home built.
Ceilings are an often missed opportunity to bring warmth and style to a room. Attention to the space above will bring a room into livable proportions. The addition of beams can be modern, rustic or refined. This room uses natural timbers to contrast with the elegant furnishings, increasing the comfort level and working to balance the rooms spacious proportions.
A stepped ceiling updates the classic tray and increases interest by introducing a variety of heights that can be further defined with inner moldings. This beautiful detail can be configured to enhance the rooms shape, add a spacious feel create a centering focal point for lighting.
The coffered ceiling adds even more dimension and introduces an element of geometry to a room. A coffered layout can be as intricate or simplified as desired, and will be appreciated for its architectural contribution.
Your windows to the world are an often overlooked opportunity to enhance your homes quality. Attention to their structure is a must in order to enhance the overall impression of a home. Artfully arranged muttons will define a homes period styling and further communicate the message of quality.
Hallways and stairwells are transitional spaces neglected in too many homes. Ultimately these spaces are seen more often than any one room. We like to detail these areas with well crafted wood panels and substantial moldings. Not only will this attention add to the beauty, it will reduce wear and tear on high traffic areas.
We firmly believe that when planning construction or remodeling, attention to the architectural details will enhance the value.
The process of remodeling or building your home is exciting, but can be stressful at times. Your best strategy is to educate yourself and select a builder with experience and a stellar reputation. The right builder will guide you through the process seamlessly and run interference before you are even aware of any problems.
A great place to become familiar with the homebuilding process is the “Current Construction” section of our Portfolio where you will see our daily behind-the-scenes activities. Here you can follow along as stunning custom homes take shape from the ground up.
Here to illustrate the earlier stages of building, is the stunning home featured in last month blog.
Having a builder with the patience to walk you through the building process is essential to your peace of mind. Every design and construction detail must be worked out in advance. The design process can take six months or more depending on the style and amenities you choose. There will be multiple meetings between you, your builder, designer, and architect with everyone focused on creating your unique space. Some builders even have a complete team in-house for you. Creating a stress-free experience for his homeowners is the main reason Scott Lowell assembled his team of experts at Lowell Management. You can be certain that everyone is pulling together. Their goal is to listen to homeowners and say yes to as many requests as possible.
What does going home look like to you? The home site will influence the design of your home. Equally important, your home’s architecture must be appropriate for the site and surrounding areas. The right location will validate your investment and provide years of happiness. An experienced builder will ensure the best combination suitable for your home site and style. Major considerations when selecting a lot include:
- Level of activity or seclusion you desired
- Views from multiple perspectives
- How the home will be oriented on the lot to maximize natural light and protective barriers
- Technical considerations such as elevation, slope, soil type, depth of soil, water table, etc.
In addition to the expertise required to evaluate a lot you are considering, Lowell has secured a number of beautiful home sites in the most desirable areas of Lake Geneva.
This is the reason you decide to build or remodel. The opportunity to have the exact home you’re dreaming of without compromise. Every detail, interior to exterior, will be designed just for you. Each nuance will set your home apart from the ordinary. Your preferences will come into play as your home design evolves. Major decisions will include:
- open vs divided spaces
- flow and adjacency of rooms
- plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems
- insulation and energy efficient systems
- window and door options
- interior and exterior materials
- cabinetry, lighting and plumbing fixtures
An experienced builder will guide you through all options and help you evaluate the cost/benefit of each.
Do your best to include everything you want at the very beginning. Once construction is underway it may becomes difficult or costly to add to the plan. An experienced builder will be tuned into all possibilities during the planning stages. Keep an open mind and you are sure to benefit from a professionals experience.
You want a builder with the ability to maintain ongoing open communication with you throughout the process. A contract detailing cost and possible contingencies will be agreed to by all parties along with a timeline compatible with the size and features of your home. You want a builder who understands what it takes to deliver your home on time and within budget. You will play a major role by making selections according to a timeline created to keep construction on schedule. Lowell maintains long term relationships with the most talented craftsmen and reliable suppliers who work together to avoid and efficiently resolve problems with the least amount of delay.
You simply can not find the type of materials and finishes you see in dream homes at a big box home improvement store. Access to statement making material is a result of continuous research over time. Many exclusive sources will only work with the most reputable and established builders. Many specialty products take longer to receive, so professional planning and scheduling is vital to timely availability on site when needed.
Supervision during the construction of you home is essential to quality. Building codes and architectural specifications are fundamental to your health, safety and welfare at home. The permit process and scheduled inspections are calculated into your timeline. A professional builder respects the codes and will oversee every aspect of construction to make certain your well-being and investment are protected.
The perfect partner for your building or remodeling will have your best interests at heart. You want to select a builder who develops lasting relationships with customers. Reading what our customers say is a valuable lesson in the importance of trust and confidence.
We wish you the best as you explore your options for building a new home or remodeling your space. Your questions and inquiries are always welcome, please let us know if there is any way we can help.
The freshest ideas for your new home or remodeling project are inspired by classics and designed with ease. Enjoy and be inspired as you create your personal vision of home.
Architectural features rather than walls define spaces today. An open feel prevails with rooms radiating from an internal landmark feature like this dramatic stone fireplace.
Classic style with graceful lines emerges as the favorite when enhanced by a selection of authentic materials with integrity. The time to splurge is during construction so your home has permanence with quality that will last for generations.
New homes have the advantage of building in the very latest technology with innovations that will maximize energy efficiency. High performance windows and household systems all contribute to the effective operation of a home. The proper orientation of a home to its site will contribute by taking advantage of natural light and protection from the elements.
Style statements are not born from overly matched materials and finishes in the home. The most stunning results emerge from a combination of contrasting colors and textures. Salvaged, reclaimed and recycled materials compliment the newly manufactured to expand your opportunity for a unique look.
Not just the heart of the home, the kitchen has become the core of all activity. The size is not as significant as the layout. The commonplace island has evolved and now acts as a pivot point for operations as well as a style directive.
In order to add balance to everyday demands, a cozy gathering place ranks high on the list of “must haves”. Comfortable furniture, technology and entertainment systems complete this haven for families to reconnect.
The Master Bedroom Suite is becoming even more luxurious as the demand for in home retreats intensifies. Multiple shower heads, free standing tubs, and dedicated grooming areas all contribute to the spa-like character of these personal sanctuaries.
Your homes entry points accumulate daily necessities that can evolve into chaos. Point of use storage will assist in the organization and recovery of on-the-go essentials
You can take it with you. Homeowners are holding on to significant pieces they love from previous homes. The beautiful antique doors in this entry were incorporated into their new home along with cherished memories.
The desire for outdoor living is stronger than ever. Moving beyond relaxation and entertainment, outdoor kitchens, showers and sleeping spaces are inviting us to spend more time in the fresh air. Visit last month’s blog post for important considerations when planning your outdoor space.
“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!'” Robin Williams
Longer days and calmer temperatures signal a return to outdoor living. Using nature as a backdrop, the open-air space surrounding your home can provide hours of delight and relaxation. Multiple studies have shown that just looking outdoors will activate the part of the brain related to thoughts of balance and happiness. Take advantage of natures feel-good with the creation of al fresco spaces that will also enhance the square footage and value of your home.
The most successful outdoor space will be an extension of your homes interior style while blending with the surroundings. A perfect plan will provide appealing and useful outdoor “rooms” as well as beautiful scenes when you look out the window.
Where do you start?
- Our recommendation is to first make a list of any daily activities that would be pleasurable if moved outdoors. Often relaxation tops the list, with entertainment, cooking and play space following closely.
- Take inventory of your property and the available options to create outdoor rooms. Consider exposure to the elements, the direction of sunlight and your desire for privacy vs. neighborhood interaction. This will guide the placement of your outdoor living space to the front, side or back yard of your home.
- Next evaluate your floor plan and the most logical points for moving from indoors out. The more convenient this transition, the more you will use your outdoor areas. When building or remodeling, we like to feature specialty Nano (folding) or French Doors to visually diminish the indoor/outdoor line and encourage fluid movement.
- An informal sketch of your property showing home placement will allow you to designate logical active and calm areas. Allow for entertaining and family fun as well quiet activities like reading, napping and gardening.
- Consider ways to lengthen the time you can enjoy spring and summer months by including the protection of a covered porch or three season room.
- Connect your outdoor living areas with landscaping, walkways and privacy screening than integrates the outdoor space with the overall architecture of your home.
- Finally, remember that there are experts, like those at Lowell Management, with the expertise and ability to guide you in the planning and execution of your new home and remodeling projects.
Valentine’s Day is about love and romance, but we like the idea of sharing the love more than one day a year. It’s easy when you have special areas of your home that are created for togetherness.
Take a look at some of our favorite romantic spaces and get inspired!
Whether you share it with a special someone or the entire family, your home should be the backdrop where loving memories will be made. Our Number One mission when we are building a new home or remodeling, is to create spaces where you can celebrate and make every day a special one.
In talking with home appraisers and sellers there is a consistent theme I’ve heard time and time again . . . the condition of your home needs to be updated! Friends of mine have homes with amazing bones, on a prime piece of property, with spectacular views, yet the interior of the house dated! Appraisers are now grading homes on how well maintained they are. They are asking about when the renovation took place or if a renovation has taken place. Many are recommending that the home owners look at upgrading their kitchens and bathrooms to give the house a more appealing look inside.
This is a true buyers’ market, people don’t want to spend that extra money on the “potential” of the house. They want a home that is move in ready and the home of their dreams! It’s time to invest into your home. Patching those cracks, painting the walls, updating the bathrooms and kitchen are all things that can help you in the long run. I don’t mean spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, but find a key designer that can help give you tips and tricks on giving your home an updated look. A little lipstick will go a long way! Don’t wait until you move, now is the time for you to enjoy your home. Invest in your lifestyle, fall in love with your home once again!
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