Homes by Tradition is recognized as one of the leading of Minnesota custom home builders. Building award-winning luxury homes in the Twin Cities, MN area. Here you will find updates about custom homes, new home communities, home design, interior decorating, Twin Cities living, and more.
Spring is almost here, and that means it’s time to freshen up your home and get ready for what the rest of the year has in store! While you start making your list of things to do, why not incorporate some fresh new design trends? There are a variety of ways you can incorporate new trends in your home whether it’s updating your existing home or building new construction. From finishes to furnishings, your options are endless! Our in-house designer, Danielle Matthies, has put together five 2018 design trends to watch for as the year continues.
MATTE BLACK FINISHES – Last year, satin brass took over the industry. Although satin brass is still very popular, we see an increase use in matte black finishes. Matte black gives a statement-making look that can complement multiple materials and styles. A quick update to your cabinet hardware or lighting can be an easy way to incorporate this trend in your home.
PATTERNED TILE – We embrace all tile shapes and sizes, but are really excited about cement tiles this year. Cement tiles offer elaborate colors, while a porcelain look may be a bit more limited. In 2018, we plan to see more use of patterned tiles as opposed to solid options. Whether used for a kitchen backsplash or flooring in bathrooms, resource areas, or laundry rooms, keep your eyes peeled for some really cool options! You can even change the look by selecting tiles in different materials like ceramic, stone, metal, or glass. Check out our recent tile trend blog for more information.
WALL COVERINGS – Accent walls are a great way to add flare to your home. A common wall accent is splashing a different paint color on one of the walls in your space, but industry trends are showing us all sorts of additional wall covering options! We’ve seen wallpaper make a come-back the past few years with decorative patterns and floral prints. We are also seeing an increased popularity in millwork feature walls and details like wainscot, paneling, ceiling designs, reclaimed wood, and yes…still shiplap!
COLORFUL KITCHENS – The clean, bright look of an all-white kitchen will always be a popular trend; but this year, we anticipate seeing bolder color choices in kitchen cabinetry with grays, stains, distressing, black and even BLUE. Sometimes the hardest part about designing your kitchen isn’t finding a look you like, but rather choosing just one! In that case, we are seeing some two-toned kitchens with cabinet frame one color and the inside box/panel another or accenting the island or side buffet in a different color cabinet than the rest of the kitchen!
APPEALING APPLIANCES – We anticipate an increased use of paneled/invisible appliances or more discreet finishes like matte black or charcoal! Appliance manufacturers have come out with touch appliances that don’t require hardware pulls or knobs to open the doors of the appliance! Not only can paneling or upgrading your color/finish make your kitchen look larger, but it will make the space look more appealing as well!
Although we see these trends making a big impact in 2018, there are plenty of other trends from past years that will continue to hold strong throughout the year. See past trends here: 2017 | 2016
Are you building a new home or looking to update one of your existing spaces? Tile is a great material to look into! Tile has been around for centuries and comes in all shapes, sizes and designs. You can even change your look by selecting tiles in different materials like ceramic, stone, metal, or even glass. We’ve asked our friends at Ceramic Tileworks to put together a few tile trends they anticipate seeing throughout 2018. Here are four trends to keep an eye out for this year!
Encaustic (cement-based) tiles have really hit the Twin Cities market the past year. The patterns and colors are endless and vibrant; they are indeed beautiful. There are also lots of porcelain tiles that mimic the look without the maintenance.
LARGE FORMAT TILES
The Italian factories are continuing to make larger and larger tiles. The standard size is still a 12×24 but don’t be surprised if you see a 24×24 or 24×48 becoming the next go to size.
This tile is more than a trend! Many people ask if wood-look tile is still ‘in’; the answer is YES. We consider it an addition to our collections of stone, concrete, metal, slate/quartzite & transitional tiles. The technology in replicating the authentic look of wood continues to get better and just as natural hardwood is a timeless classic, wood-look tile is quickly becoming the same.
Our commercial clients have been raving over the limitless possibilities in custom mosaics. We have also seen the beginnings of it moving into our Residential projects. We have the ability to create anything your heart desires…as long as you can wait for it. Once the design has been approved it takes about 10-12 weeks to order.
Keep an eye out this year to see some of these trends in our upcoming homes! To see more tile inspiration from our homes, check out our photo gallery or houzz page.
We are excited to announce that Homes by Tradition has won “Best of Houzz” 2018 for Customer Service for the third year in a row! This award is chosen by more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
We are so pleased to be awarded “Best of Houzz” amongst an incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals. Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. The Customer Service award is based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews we received. This couldn’t be possible without our amazing homeowners!
“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”
Homes by Tradition’s custom home building process is as unique as our homes. Known for creating the highest quality, architecturally rich homes, on the most desired properties in the Twin Cities south metro area, we pride ourselves in making the process fun and rewarding for each of our customers. The end result? A custom built home that truly reflects your style.
For more information on our homes, stop by our Model Home or check out our Photo Gallery for more photos of our custom homes.
Houzz® is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.
The New Year has us reminiscing on the custom homes we built in 2017. Spread throughout the south metro of the Twin Cities, each home built was truly a custom design with unique finishes! Here are photos from a few of our favorite 2017 custom homes. Stay tuned for some amazing homes coming up in 2018. We are looking forward to making it our best year yet!
The investment in a new home typically ranks as one of the largest in a lifetime. If you’re looking at master planned communities, whether it’s the purchase of your first home or forever home, choosing to build a custom home is often a better deal versus buying a pre-designed home.
Most planned communities vary depending on the location and they can include single family homes, townhomes, or condominiums in some cases. Some are expansive neighborhoods complete with their own recreational facilities like pools, tennis courts, paved walking trails, and a community building with a kitchen and meeting area. Most have common areas shared by the homeowners and maintained via the HOA (homeowner’s association).
Where this all starts is in the fact that the average master planned community with single family residences features pre-designed homes with similar floor plans and finishes.
CUSTOM VERSUS PRE-DESIGNED HOME
With a custom home, buyers have the opportunity to make decisions regarding the design, construction, and finishes for their home. Customization equals personalization and flexibility in design. In many master planned communities, buyers will see the option of pre-designed construction without any chance for input other than choosing a set floor plan. Pre-designed homes in any type of community often are referred to as “cookie cutter” homes. And, while a “cookie cutter” home isn’t something awful as far as choosing a residence goes, there are some downsides to fitting in too much as far as home value over time is concerned.
BENEFITS OF BUILDING A CUSTOM HOME IN A MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITY
Involvement in the process is one of the key benefits to building a custom home versus purchasing a pre-designed home within a master planned community. Custom home building provides buyers with the ability to make choices from start to finish based on their priorities. Working with the builder and/or architect, you may be able to commission a set of floor plans or supply a set. With a custom construction, the home buyer usually is in the loop from the beginning.
Other benefits include but are not limited to:
Bespoke home: unique to suit your preferences and lifestyle.
Less unnecessary maintenance: everything is new and picked by you. It’s easy to keep track of the maintenance records and even plan for upgrades later.
Addresses special needs: a custom home build makes it easier to address special needs like wider hallways and in-home ramps for multi-generational living.
It’s possible to create a one-of-a-kind master en suite with custom walk-in closet and spa-like bath when you have a voice in the design process. From an original outdoor kitchen to a guest bath with antique features, the custom home allows for individuality to take center stage.
CUSTOM HOME VALUE IN A MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITY
Home buyers often wonder: can a custom home be built in a master planned community alongside pre-designed homes? In many communities, the answer is yes. While master planned communities do have architectural guidelines that must be followed, custom homes are welcome. The home builder works within the community’s set guidelines, adhering to any exterior regulations or restrictions and the buyer gets the home of their dreams.
On average, a custom home built in a master planned community holds its value and can be listed at a higher resale price than a pre-designed home in the same neighborhood. If buying existing, buyers often prefer a pre-owned custom home because:
Specialty spaces like customized media room or outdoor kitchen
Universal design features in a multi-generational home
Opting for a custom built home in a master planned community versus an open neighborhood also adds to the home’s value. Master planned communities have their HOAs that work for the upkeep of the neighborhood. This significantly can help maintain higher home values throughout the community.
Overall, the decision to build a custom home versus purchasing a pre-designed construction in a master planned community has numerous benefits and value for the home buyer, and looking at the purchase through the lens of an investor can help customers understand the long-term implications.
Whether you are updating your existing furniture pieces or are moving into a new home and starting from scratch, having the right resources is key to making furnishing your home a fun and rewarding task. Some of the most common stores for home décor include: West Elm, Pottery Barn, Arhous, CB2 and Restoration Hardware. Our Designer, Danielle Matthies, has let us in on seven other unique home décor resources you may not know of that are worth checking out!
ARTICLE | Offering beautifully designed modern furniture, with outstanding attention to detail, at fair prices. This is a great resource if you a looking to have a blend of aesthetics and want neat options for bringing modern into a transitional space.
RYPEN | A local, MN based company with a showroom in NorthEast Minneapolis. Bringing designers and makers together to make modern pieces more accessible to you. They also offer 3 different ways to shop based on your price, style and look.
WIT & DELIGHT | Another great local resource in MN. This is a lifestyle blog that discusses all things design and is a great source of inspiration. She offers information and links to products in other stores that you can access from this site. They also recently launched a line in Target stores!
ONE KINGS LANE | Offering products from all different styles. This site has a unique approach to shopping with vignette shopping! They pre-pull things together for various spaces to help you see things pulled together. It is easy to use and great at breaking everything down and categorizing pieces.
REJUVENATION | They are a sister company to Pottery Barn, West Elm, etc. selling all types of furniture and styles from lighting, to art, to rugs and even hardware. They also have a fun vintage and antique finds section!
NADEAU | Furniture with a soul as they like to say with a local location open in Edina. All items they sell are handmade and not mass produced so you truly get unique pieces for your home.
LAYLA GRAYCE | A great resource for high end designer brands of home décor and gifts that the public can buy. They offer their own line of furniture pieces, as well as multiple other designer brands. Their pieces celebrate relaxed and easy living with sophistication.
As you start looking at these sites and are trying to figure out what to get for your home, check out our Mood Boards: Pulling it all Together blog for inspiration on where to start and how to get the look you are going for.
If you had to choose one spot in your home to spend your time, where would it be? Your home is filled with spaces you use on a daily basis, but which one is your favorite? Check out how each member of our team answered below!
Dean Nelson | President – “A sunroom offers tons of natural light with floor to ceiling windows that you can enjoy year round. The perfect place to relax and take in the surrounding landscape all four seasons!”
Tom Sand | Construction Manager – “My home has an open concept floor plan that combines the great room, dining room and kitchen together. When we have people over to our house, it is perfect for everyone to be together yet still have space to move around, prepare food or watch the big game.”
Danielle Matthies | Interior Designer – “Having a screen porch with a fireplace allows you to take advantage of our Minnesota weather almost year round. This type of outdoor living space can keep mosquitos out in the Spring and Summer and can keep you warm in the Fall. You can even set up a TV to watch your favorite sports or movies too!”
Matt Mazanec | Project Manager – “My wife and I love to entertain. No matter who is over, or whether it is meant to be an indoor or outdoor event, everyone always ends up in the kitchen. I love a spacious kitchen with a large unique two level island to socialize around.”
Mac McGaffey | Project Manager – “Since family is the heart of the home, it is important to build an attractive and functional space to gather and entertain. Our family room for us is just that! A space that our family gets together to spend time in and catch up on our day-to-day lives.”
Nina Lemke | Marketing Manager – “One of the best things we did in our home was including a finished basement. It is so nice to have a second living/entertainment space when having our families, neighbors and/or friends over. It also helps keep our main level more clean!”
After hearing what we had to say, which space is your favorite? We’d love to hear from you! When you are ready to start designing your new home, call or email us at 952-322-8700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While mapping out your Fall Parade of Homes route, you do not want to miss our Artisan Dream Home Entry #127! Nestled on a beautiful 2.6-acre property in the newly opened Reverence neighborhood in Lakeville, MN, this classic-meets-modern design will leave you inspired. Your eyes will be treated to a smart combination of bold, architecturally rich details with modern conveniences, all while taking full advantage of the beautiful landscape. Learn more about this custom home below.
Entering the foyer will instantly set the tone for the home’s aesthetic; modern-meets-traditional-meets-glam! With buttery, wire brushed white oak flooring, white trim and walls, bold trim profiles, combined with a subdued color palette and dramatic contrasts of black throughout, this home is sure to impress.
Custom designed glass hutches, panel molding accent wall and a chandelier dripping with mixed metal chains graces the formal dining room
The library makes a statement with barrel vault entry and floor to ceiling bookcase wall painted black with contrasting satin brass finish hardware
The two-story great room is detailed with rustic reclaimed beams and a blend of natural alder built-ins and enameled fireplace trim surround
A large chef’s kitchen is one of many centerpieces of the home featuring Marquina marble countertops, a distinctive walk-in pantry, oversized patterned marble backsplash with painted and stained custom cabinetry and robust appliance package that make it the perfect space for entertaining
Further highlighting French inspiration, the powder bath is a memorable space with a vintage glass accent wall mirror, flowing waterfall front countertop and wall mount satin brass faucet
The main floor master is truly an oasis with lush Masland carpet, box vault ceiling and edgy playful lighting. Spa-like master bathroom features a stunning vanity design, heated marble floors, free-standing soaking tub and large walk-in shower
Exposed wood treads and risers lead you to the second floor where a casual loft space overlooks the great room and filters an abundance of natural light. A built-in resource desk makes for the perfect homework hub. Upper level also includes two bedrooms with jack and jill bath
The finished lower level is perfect for entertaining. With an open design concept, you’ll find a dramatic wet bar connected to outdoor living spaces, large media room, game, exercise and two large bedrooms with soft arch applications throughout.
The features, flow, and livability of this professionally designed custom home will leave you inspired. Be sure to stop by and tour Thursdays – Sundays from noon-6pm! For more details on this Dream Home, CLICK HERE.
Decorating a space in your home can be challenging. Where do you begin? How do you make everything look good together? Our Designer, Danielle Matthies, has let us in on her creative process and how to use mood boards to help pull it all together. To help inspire you, we’ve put together three different mood boards for an industrial styled space. Each mood board takes a twist on industrial with features leaning more toward urban, modern, or rustic industrial.
START WITH THE BIG THINGS
The most common way to start designing a space is to start with the big things. By BIG, we don’t just mean size, but also price. Find that staple piece for your space that you can build around. You may already own it or may be in search of it. This is typically going to be your sofa/sectional, media console, table, etc. On our mood boards, we started with selecting the sofas. You can see that each sofa has a different look even though they are all “industrial”.
PULLING YOUR ACCENTS
Once you have the big things selected, it is time to start pulling together the rest of the space. Look for accent furniture pieces like chairs, coffee tables, end tables, rugs and curtains. Collage photos of any inspiration pieces you find to help slowly bring everything together.
Once you’ve collected staple piece and accents, it is time to put the finishing touches on the space. This would be where you look into hardware, paint and lighting. Hardware has multiple finishes you can determine based on the rest of your furniture. Lighting gives you a lot of freedom to play with different looks depending on how subtle or bold you want your fixture to be. Paint is also a great way to liven up the space. See Danielle’s go-to neutral paint colors HERE.
If you are looking to freshen up a space in your home or moving into a new home, start by making a mood board to help visualize everything together. You may have an amazing headboard that you want to use in a guest room, or perhaps you have an incredible light fixture you want to showcase. Start with those pieces and work from there. Remember these mood boards are just one example for one particular style. Depending on the space, mood boards can start at different points. We’d love to hear what you think – Which of these three mood boards is your favorite?
REVERENCE is the south metro’s newest high-end custom home development featuring 23 premier acreage lots. Properties range from 2.5 to 5.88 acres with a combination of lake, wooded, wetland and golf course views. Showcasing two exclusive custom home builders, this community promotes luxury living.
YOUR PERFECT PROPERTY | Reverence is a true oasis for private living with a home and property customized to your vision. Flexible home placement on each property allows you to maximize the true potential and beauty of the natural landscape. Enjoy a walk on the trails and paths throughout the neighborhood, complete with robust landscaping and carefully planned open spaces. This amenity rich neighborhood provides association maintained common areas.
IMAGINE YOUR LIFESTYLE | Located in the Independent School District (ISD) 194 – Lakeville South schools and just minutes away from a variety of shopping, grocery, recreation and entertainment needs.
Lake Marion Elementary School | McQuire Middle School | Lakeville South High School
DIRECTIONS TO NEIGHBORHOOD: I-35 W. to 210th Street/County Rd 8 exit; west on 210th Street to Dakota Avenue; south to neighborhood