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Embrace a Modern Backyard Design

Posted on July 17th, 2014 by

The perfect backyard design can be difficult. While designers want to embrace nature, they don’t want the backyard to underwhelm or appear ignored. A modern backyard design offers a great way to bridge that gap. Here are some aspects of a modern backyard design that will work beautifully in any space:

  • Natural materials: Modern design uses materials that already belong outside — wooden floors, bodies of water and neatly groomed plants are all great additions to a modern backyard.
  • Open spaces: Yes, the backyard is already in the most open of spaces. However, a modern design won’t try to interfere with the ambiance. Large decks, open patios, and and see-through fencing (around a pool for example) all embrace and enhance the outdoor feeling.
  • Bodies of water: Rectangular sunken pools fit perfectly into the modern aesthetic, as do sunken spas (using a deck made of natural materials). Waterfalls and ponds are also possible as long as they look simple and are designed with natural materials.
  • Trees: Large trees can be worked into a modern design and lit for a dramatic yet strikingly natural effect.
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For more information about modern backyard design, or any other design questions, contact us at Design Build Team.

Choose the Perfect Bay Window Design

Posted on July 9th, 2014 by

Bay windows are a fantastic addition to any room. From the outside they add geometric interest and from the inside they provide lots of light, seating, air circulation and storage options. They also create a cozy atmosphere, perfect for relaxing or entertaining.

There are lots of bay window design choices to make. Below are two contrasting styles we at Design Build Team love, as well as some specific aspects of each.

Traditional – A traditional bay window is inviting, comfortable and pretty. The windows can be detailed if they match the rest of the home. The cushions should be comfortable, made of pretty fabric with lots of matching pillows. Usually these windows have hidden bench storage and are framed by long curtains and valances.

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Modern – While not as classically beautiful as traditionally designed bay windows (no floral patterns here!), a modern design can be just as inviting and comfortable. Windows should be as large and open feeling as possible and the cushions should be comfortable, but made of solid colored fabrics. Built-in shelves are a fantastic and useful option for modern design. Also, instead of curtains, look for simple blinds made of natural materials.

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Source: Home Design Lover

For more design tips and suggestions, contact the professionals at Design Build Team.

Choose the Perfect Wine Rack for Your Home

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by

Choosing a wine rack may seem simple enough, but there are a number of factors to consider as you weigh different options. You want to make an informed decision so you get a wine rack that you can use for many years to come.

  • Location. Install a wine rack in the coolest part of the home. Unless you plan to drink a bottle of wine within a couple months, you should store it away from sunlight and vibration in a wine fridge or cellar with temperature and humidity controls.

  • Capacity. You must calculate how much wine you drink and think about which types of wine you prefer. Certain types of wine do not fit in standard wine rack openings such as champagne and magnum bottles.

  • Construction and materials. Most wine racks are made of wood or metal. Make sure that the rack is situated on level ground. If it is tall, it should be bolted to the wall.

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