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The Right Ceiling Panels Can Add New Dimension to a Home

Posted on September 19th, 2013 by

An ongoing challenge in Kansas City home design is discovering new ways to make a room stand out without being overbearing. One area that is often overlook but can take a room tastefully over the top is the ceiling. Stretch your eyes up beyond the painted walls and crown moulding to explore the full potential of the sunken ceiling panels known as coffers.

Function to Fashion
Coffers date back to Roman times and perhaps before. Their grid design was originally part of the building structure and served as vital support beams. Today they have evolved into a stylish and fashionable way to dress up a room.

Grand Entrance
A rich, warm entryway overflowing with natural wood details receives greater dimension with the addition of coffers. A step beyond exposed wooden beams, coffers give the entry a natural and inviting elegance.

Exterior Style
Extending the boundaries outside your walls to exterior decks, porches and patios is a growing trend in home design. Incorporate coffers in your porch design and their recessed panels increase the opulent feel of your outdoor oasis.

To discover additional ways to include coffered ceilings in your Kansas City home design, contact our experts at Design Build Team today!

Merge Indoor and Outdoor Life With the Right Patio Design

Posted on September 16th, 2013 by

A deck or patio provides a visual extension to the house and creates a functional space that’s perfect for relaxing and outdoor entertaining. With proper planning and details, the exterior space will feel like part of the original home design.

Create a transition from indoors to outdoors that feels natural and effortless. Focus on several important architectural details:

  • Doors — Select wide, tall doors with large panes of glass to create maximum transparency with minimal obstructions in the view. When weather permits, the doors can be fully opened to achieve a visual extension of the interior space.
  • Ceilings — Provide a deep, full-length overhang above the doors to protect the entrance from inclement weather. If the patio is at ground level, a gravel bed with a drainage channel is an attractive and effective way to keep water from entering the house.
  • Floors — For the most natural transition, keep the interior and exterior floor at the same height. Floors at different heights create a visual separation between the areas. Keep the threshold as low and nondescript as possible, or use a recessed one for lift-slide glass doors.

Design Build Team can create the perfect outdoor extension for your home design, so be sure to contact us today!

Radiant Heating: The Invisible Heating System

Posted on July 7th, 2013 by

example of a radiant heating system

Homeowners who are currently in the process of designing their custom home should not forget to put careful thought into their heating system. There are a number of different heating systems available. One of the most common heating systems is the forced air heating system, which uses a system of ducts to carry air throughout the home. However, homeowners looking to build a green home design should consider a radiant heating system instead.

Radiant heating systems have a number of benefits over more traditional heating systems. First of all, the radiant heating system is hidden out of sight, beneath the home’s floors. This means that homeowners will not be bothered by the noise created by radiators, vents or any other heating system component. Because it’s hidden out of sight, it also means that it’s not taking up space the way a boiler or furnace would.

A radiant heating system makes use of a number of hot water tubes or electric wires that run beneath the floors, releasing waves of thermal radiation up into the home. The heat warms up anything it touches. Those objects then radiate the heat in turn. Because heat rises, the home will stay consistently warm. This is a much more green home design than a more typical heating system because it heats the home more consistently. Forced air heating systems often lose heated air through the ducts, and often heats the home unevenly.

Contact the Design Build Team online today for more information on green home design!

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