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Trendy VS Timeless

I am asked this one single question ALL the time…”is this Trendy or Timeless?”  Now before I dive in and give you “my opinions”, let me be clear.  I’m no expert, I am only going to give you ideas and suggestions based on what I’ve seen in my 12+ years in the industry!  So, buckle up…cause I have plenty of suggestions (aka: Opinions).  :)

Not so long ago, we had a very nice couple reach out to us hoping we would take over their custom build.  Let’s just say they were NOT pleased with their current builder (see my previous blog re: choosing the right builder).  Annnyyyway…unfortunately, it was in an area we were not interested in building so it was not a good fit, etc, etc.  Here is what I learned from this couple.  Their main complaint was, “he wouldn’t listen to what WE wanted.  I love arches, and he wouldn’t do it because in his opinion they were “out dated”.  Hmm…. here’s my opinion, DO WHAT YOU WANT!!  Some may say that arches are outdated/trendy, but they’ve sure been around for a long time, and we still do them for our clients (and in some high end homes, I might add).  If you tend to lean more towards clean, straight lines, then I would probably guide you in a direction other than arches.  But in the end, it’s YOUR home.  If your vibe is more French Country, then arch away those openings my friends!

Here’s an example of a home we just completed, the exterior has a beautiful combination of straight lines AND arches!

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As we all know, Gray is THE THING right now!  Do I think it’s trendy?  Nope.  Grays are not just for modern theme’d homes.  See the pictures above for proof!

One item that I think will ALWAYS be Timeless, BEAMS!  These suckers have been around forever and show no signs of being trendy!  Below is a little glance back at some beauties we’ve helped create over the past few years

Now, on to the Trendy side of things.  Several years ago, the linear fireplaces came on the scene with a BANG…however, they seem to have fizzled out a bit.  One reason may be the fact that they are super expensive!  If you’re wanting to achieve a certain look, there’s a good chance you can accomplish that and stay in budget!  I personally love the look and feel of a more traditional fireplace.  AND, who says you can’t give a traditional look a bit of a modern vibe?  Below are pictures of very similar/traditional looking fireplace units, but all have a different “flavor”~

(There is 1 linear fireplace in the bunch for comparison, and yes, it’s GORGEOUS too!)

Lastly, hardwood floors.  This is a tough one in the “Trendy VS Traditional” scheme of things.  For years, we installed Oak floors, then it was on to Rustic Hickory (which is still pretty popular), then back to Oak (white oak to be specific) and now it’s being mixed in with pre-finished coming in 2nd place in popularity.  Why you may ask?  I blame it on ONE THING…Pinterest!

If you love the random look of a true hardwood, then that’s they way to proceed.  However, if you’ve fallen in love with a very specific look that you’ve found on Pinterest…I’m going to tell you to go towards a Pre-Finished product.  As much as I LOVE the look of true hardwood, you can never truly achieve a certain look OR color combination.  Below is a look at Pre-Finished, Red Oak, White Oak and Rustic Hickory~

Thank you so much for taking the time to go down the “Trendy VS Traditional” road with me!  We didn’t cover Ship Lap, but I think we need a little more time to see how this one holds up!  :)  Ask me my opinion now…I’m IN LOVE with Ship Lap!

Contact us today and let’s get started on YOUR Dream Home!  CHEERS!

Our Latest Custom Built Home

Here it is!  Our latest Custom Built Home in the Woodland Trails Subdivision~

This is Stewart Builders Reverse Ranch plan…the Mackenzie II.  This beautiful home includes 4 bedrooms (2 on the main level & 2 additional on the lower level) and 3 1/2 baths.  Open concept in the living room, kitchen and breakfast nook.

Our clients customized the painted and gel stained hood to accent red furniture, and the finished product looks GREAT!

As you enter the home, the grand entry leads you towards the large, open living room full of natural light…but first, take a look at the beautiful ship-lap surrounded mirror at the staircase landing!

The mudroom is a perfect “drop zone” off the garage for backpacks, coats, dirty cleats, etc!  The barn door offers privacy when needed (unexpected guests have a way of popping in when you have a beautiful new custom built home!)~

Personally, I couldn’t love this Master Bathroom any more… an absolute Show Stopper!!  Free standing tub, HUGE shower…and that master vanity, WOW!

Now we’ll visit the lower level…more natural light thanks to large windows.  Nothing about this level feels like a basement!  Another full bathroom and 2 more bedrooms.  Plenty of space for family, friends and kiddos!

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Custom Built Home in Lee’s Summit, MO

custom home entry dome

Here is just one of our most recent custom built homes!  Our clients had a vision of what they wanted in their forever dream home, and Stewart Builders delivered…from the custom designed staircase & entry dome (and that chandelier, WOW), to the slide for their kiddos to enjoy on the decent to the basement.  This custom home has it all!

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