Design Tips

Decisions that Impact

When embarking upon any project, remodel or design & build, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of decisions to be made. The list of decisions marches through the homeowner's mind. What kind of windows should I choose?  What kind of handles do I want on this sink? What kind of shutter dogs should I choose? How about the style of siding? 

Luxe Bathroom

This fall, Benjamin Andrew Construction was busy taking blueprints and making realities -- renovated bathrooms, kitchens, additions, and outdoor living space. These projects give a great showcase of what we're all about -- custom solutions to all sorts of renovation needs. We can take out, add on, take off, go up, and go out, and we do it all with a craftsman sense of preserving the good, refreshing the tired, and renewing with tried and true materials that will last. The next few weeks, we'll bring you tours of our finished projects. Can't wait to share them all!

Gone Farmhouse Yet?

This decorating, design, and even architectural style is in full swing -- a fresh take on a old idea. A fresh look at a traditional, nostalgic, yet simplified version of country. It's an update on the Craftsman look with a more neutral color palette, lots more grays, not so much the greens, and lots and lots of shiplap. Move over bead board. 

Charleston Facelift

Where can the eclectic soul who prefers to have and hold rather than click and swipe find inspiration? If web research is too one-dimensional for you, perhaps a visit to a city steeped in history and a true sense of place can be just the springboard you need to pull together a cohesive, rooted, yet vibrant design for your room, your addition, or your new home. 

Happily for the modern-day homeowner there are many ways to be steeped in history and on trend, rooted in story yet livable and current.

 Going behind the marketing niche called southern and unearthing the style's roots takes you to areas such as historic downtown Charleston. Street after street boasts 18th and 19th architecture, each containing gems of Southern charm, historical significance topped with elegance and whimsy. According to William H. Bates III, architect and professor at the American College of Building Arts in Charleston, Southern style has true longevity. 

When it comes to new construction, today’s buyers often insist on a high level of authenticity, Bates says. “I am approached more and more by clients who insist on period details and not the knock-off classicism often seen in the colonial-style Ranch of the 1950s and ‘60s,” he says.
— Southern Style in Any Home, Realtor.com

Happily for the modern homeowner there are many ways to be both steeped in history and on trend, rooted in story yet livable and current. If you are looking for authentic Southern style, not "knock-off" details, consider these three changes to the front of your house -- the Charleston face-lift. 

DOORS

INSPIRATION

These Charleston entrances welcome you off the street and proudly show individuality and style. Transoms, arches, and show-stopping colors bring a warm charm. Whether your facelift means grabbing a can of paint or replacing your existing door, check out these selections from Simpson Door that are all about southern charm. 

ON TREND

SHUTTERS

As you walk through the city, you notice that there are lots of shutters, on every, single house. Not only are there a variety of styles and colors, though black shutters are by far the most prevalent, the tiny detailing of the shutter hardware is where history comes to life.

Inspiration

What's not to love? Everyone knows that Southern facades use shutters, but if you look closely you may note a detail that roots this style more authentically in the southern tradition -- shutter dogs. The shutter dogs (the hardware holding the shutters open against the exterior) are gently varied--from the classic scroll, to the propeller or rat tail.  Who can resist hardware with such colorful names? 

On Trend

 

MILLWORK

Our final step in the Charleston facelift is another small detail that has a big effect. Millwork is a large category that can include everything from doors and windows to kitchen cabinets; we are going to focus on those decorative wood elements used on the exterior of the home. These finishing touches take an ordinary entryway or roofline to another level. 

Inspiration

Everywhere you go in Charleston, you see old wood. Gable brackets and corbels add definitive style and elegance to your exterior. Today, other materials are also used to create the same looks with greater resistance to rot and moisture. Some of these outdoor trim pieces can also make their way inside your home (consider adding corbels under your mantel or under your kitchen cabinetry.)

On Trend

Be inspired by this short journey through the streets of Charleston. Consider incorporating the details to give your home an authentic Southern style along with a fresh, updated look. Give your home a Charleston face-lift--paint a door or replace it, add authentic hardware to your windows and shutters, or use trim to accent porches, gables, and rooflines on your home. 

Ready to get started on a project? Let us contact you to start the conversation. 

Check out the vendors highlighted in this post: 

Doors: Simpson Door

Millwork: Pro-Wood Market, Pierce & Pierce

Barn Door Boom

What makes the trend in barn doors so hot right now? Are you afraid to jump on this trend because it may fade and be yesterday's brass fixture all too soon? The overall trend of incorporating rural design with city life is not new (remember those country style living rooms from the 90's?); it has merely changed and grown with time. 

Barn doors aren’t just for the farm anymore—they’re one of the most sought-after features for homes of all styles.
— Karen Ziga, This Old House

The good news is that barn doors have come a long way since people ripped them off of old barns and brought them into their houses. There are now a variety of finishes, colors, and styles to select from. Worried it won't blend in with your home?  Unsure of just where you might use such a bold design element? Take a sliding barn-door tour through the home for a few ideas and a better idea of the scope of today's barn door trend. 

Living Rooms

This door replaces a more traditional French door but carries a few advantages over it -- when open it is out of the way, when closed, it provides more privacy and sound barrier. Perhaps the biggest difference between them is that the barn door has any number of positions between open and closed that allow you to customize your needs for privacy, openness, and sound. Want to host a tapas party -- throw open the doors! Want to be in earshot while your daughter does her homework but give her enough quiet -- crack the doors halfway. Want your son to practice the piano -- slide those doors shut. 

Master Bath

In a master suite, the balance between privacy and connection are different than the public areas of the home. 

Again, this provides privacy when the occasion arises, but allows the master suite to be more connected to the room, making the frequent in and out of the morning rush easier.  No more swinging doors. This horizontal plank style is more rustic and the darker stain really pops in this neutral room. 

As a Pantry door

 Via John Hummel and Associates

Via John Hummel and Associates

What a statement in an overlooked (though useful) corner of the house! If your pantry is in a tight spot, a sliding door may even be helpful in eliminating that open door problem. 

In a hallway laundry room

This totally transforms the hallway. Gone are the tight fits with the laundry baskets or the constant squeeze around the open laundry room doors.

Vendor Highlight

At Benjamin Andrew Construction, we pride ourselves on choosing vendors that supply quality products and variety for our clients. We want you to have the ability to choose both quality, function, durability, and beauty in everything from fixtures to windows and even down to a small detail like hardware pulls. Artisan Hardware is one of our purveyors of Barn Doors along with the hardware and slides that make this style so unique.  Check out the Artisan Hardware site for more information about the barn doors they carry. 

Interested in our other vendors? Find a listing of our Vendors here

Can we install a barn door for you? Let us contact you today!

6 Ways to Make Any Room into a "Living" Room

How can you infuse that same sense of gathering and relaxation into other rooms in your home? 

Natural light, comfortable seating, and thoughtful spaces for family life to unfold, that make each room into a living room.

6 WAYS TO MAKE ANY ROOM

A LIVING ROOM

1. RAISE THE ROOF

2. INCORPORATE PLANTS (SUCCULENTS ARE A PERFECT FIT IN A BRIGHTLY LIT BEDROOM)

3. USE UNIQUE LIGHT FIXTURES -- A CHANDELIER ADDS JUST THE RIGHT TOUCH TO THIS FARMHOUSE BATH

6. INCLUDE MEDIA OUTSIDE YOUR MEDIA ROOM -- MUSIC AND MOVIES IN THE BATH, ANYONE?

Natural light, comfortable seating, and thoughtful spaces for family life to unfold — that makes every room into a living room.

4. LAYER A RUG TO DEFINE A HANGOUT SPOT

5. MAKE SPACE FOR READING AND BOOKS

There is no frigate like a book.
— Emily Dicksinon
 

6. USE COMFORTABLE SEATING (AND DITCH THE OFFICE CHAIRS!)

Want to make some changes in your home? Let us Contact You to start planning your project soon. 

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