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Prepare Yourself Before Attending Homerama in Rochester NY this August

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, May 9, 2018 @ 16:05 PM

Prepare Yourself Before Attending Homerama in Rochester NY this AugustAnybody considering building a new home in the Rochester area will want to arm themselves with as many ideas and inspirations as possible before jumping into the homebuilding process. Attending Homerama in Rochester, NY is a great way to gather that information and inspiration. And while perusing the properties for ideas may be great, the more prepared you are, the more you’ll benefit from the experience.

Here are a few tips to ensure you maximize your time and come away with knowledge that will help you find the perfect Rochester home for your family.

Do a Little Homework

It’s important that your new home fits your lifestyle. Before you begin to look at homes, take some time to think about how you’ll use your home. You’ll want to consider what size home fits your family’s needs. How many bedrooms will you need? How do you entertain? Will you need a larger family room in which to interact with guests? What about your kitchen? Will you use your kitchen for entertaining? Or do you hope to use it for gourmet cooking? Here’s a post that helps you match your new Rochester kitchen to your specific personality.

Think About Floor Plans

Reviewing some potential floor plans before you look at a finished model home can be helpful. Do you prefer an open style floor plan? Are you looking for a plan that has bedrooms on one level and common spaces on a separate level? Or are you considering something that offers single-level living? Take a look at the floor plans Gerber offers to see what appeals to you. Then you can head over to Homerama and see what a plan like that looks and feels like in real life.

First-time Buyers

If you’re looking to build/buy your first home it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options. You’ll want to focus on what’s really important for you and your family at this point in time. That being said, you’ll also want to keep in mind what your family’s needs may look like down the road a few years. Here’s a helpful post that highlights some of the essentials that first-time homebuyers look for.

Establish the Essentials

It’s not just first-time buyers who should consider the essentials. Before you get too far into the process, you may want to establish what’s essential in your new home so that you’ll be happy with it for years to come. Consider making a list that’s divided into three categories: “Must-Have” features; “Nice-to-Have” features; and “Splurge” features.

Consider Your Budget

Thinking about your budget ahead of time is really smart. You’ll want to have a realistic budget in mind before you begin choosing plans. It really doesn’t make sense to look at a $400,000 home if what you really need is a $250,000 home. Here’s a look at how to create a realistic budget for your Rochester-area home. You may also want to visit a reputable lender to see what kind of a loan you qualify for. That can help you set realistic parameters before you get into the details of floor plans, finishes, and upgrades.

Educate Yourself About the Basics

As builders, we’re often asked a lot of basic questions about home design. We think that’s a good thing! That’s why we created a free Home Design Guide eBook that you can download for free. It provides basic information about how to design key rooms in your home such as your kitchen, bathroom, living room, and master bedroom. This guide goes beyond style and talks about the importance of function in good design.



Topics: Homerama Rochester NY 2018

Farmhouse Chic for Your Rochester-Area Home

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, May 8, 2018 @ 17:05 PM

Farmhouse Chic For Your Rochester-Area HomeWhether you’re planning to build a new custom home or remodel your existing Rochester-area home, you’ll want a home that reflects your own sense of style, comfort, and personality. If relaxed, casual comfort is high on your list you might want to take a closer look at Farmhouse Chic for your Rochester-Area home.

Not New But Still Trending

The style has been around for at least 10 years or more, but it continues to grow in popularity—thanks, no doubt to HGTV’s Joanna Gaines who has been somewhat of an evangelist for the style. Part of the appeal of Farmhouse Chic is that it has so many different sub-categories. You can find examples of Classic, Western, Cottage, French, or Bohemian Farmhouse Chic all over and Pinterest.

Common Farmhouse Chic Elements

Despite their different nuances, the various versions of Farmhouse Chic share some common elements. Almost all of them feature some (if not all) of the following things:

  • Use of reclaimed wood, leather, or metal
  • Wide plank floors (often with a distressed look)
  • An emphasis on pine furniture (or other woods)
  • Comfortable, casual furniture that tends to be larger (clean lines are important)
  • Wrought iron accents
  • Accessories with a vintage look and feel (including weathered accents such as shutters, barn doors, and windows)

Let’s Take a Peek at Chic

Perhaps the best way to describe Farmhouse Chic is to take a look at a few examples. Your particular sense of taste and style will vary of course, but here are some images that illustrate the beauty and feel of this popular style.

You can see some of the elements of Farmhouse Chic in this master bedroom with the wide-open space, the use of stonework, and the clean, comfortable look of the furniture.

The kitchen in this Farmhouse home highlight the wood accents; from the wide plank wood floors to the tables, cabinets and paneled walls. You’ll also note the neutral color scheme.

This rustic kitchen/dining area really emphasizes the distressed wood look—from the floors to the ceiling and even the barn doors handing on the outside walls. You can also see the metal accents in the barn door railings, and in the chandelier.

Here’s one more look at a Farmhouse Chic kitchen that is a blend of rustic and modern. The wide plank flooring is much lighter. The kitchen table is very rustic—but matched beautifully with more modern chairs and a modern chandelier that brings in a dark metal color. Even the glassware on the table fits: It’s a subtle accent color that adds interest without dominating the room. This homeowner used the hanging barn door as a nice accent to separate the pantry from the kitchen and dining area.

A Few Words of Caution

While there may not be hard and fast rules about how to incorporate Farmhouse Chic into your home, here are a few suggestions that can help guide you.

Keep it Uncluttered

One of the keys to successfully pulling off the Farmhouse Chic style is to keep things uncluttered. The clean, airy look is a huge part of the appeal. This is one of the subtle differences between Farmhouse and Country styles. It’s a bit more sophisticated and sleek. It doesn’t need to be austere, but it should be a bit more open

Don’t Overdo It

Because accessories are an important element in the style, it can be tempting to go a bit overboard. Don’t overload rooms with accessories (that goes back to the uncluttered idea). You’ll also want to use some restraint with the reclaimed woods and metals. If you use too many varieties (or either wood or metal) the elements can start to compete with one another. Farmhouse Chic is a bit subtler.

Be Sparing with Accent Colors

Because Farmhouse style tends toward more neutral colors, it begs for some accent color. The key here is to make sure the accents are truly accents and don’t dominate the room.

Trends come and go. That’s why, as a general rule, it’s a good idea to go for classic design and staying power rather than what’s “hot.”  Still, when tastefully done, Farmhouse Chic looks like it may still be popular years from now.



Topics: Homerama Rochester NY 2018, Rochester Home Builder

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