What Does an As-Built Surveying Company Know about Home Design?
For most of Precision Property Measurement’s history, we’ve been working hard to help our clients design and build the home of their dreams. My team and I have worked with countless architects and homeowners to deliver them accurate and reliable As-Built surveying information they can rely on for their remodel. Because many of us at PPM got our start in architecture or design fields, we like to keep ourselves acquainted with the latest home design and remodeling trends. We want to be sure that whenever you hire us to be a part of your team, we’re up-to-date on how our expertise can best aid your project.
So, for this week’s blog post, we looked at the most current and intriguing home design styles we could find and compiled a list of 5 trends for 2019. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your home with a few high-impact updates, or are finally ready to tear it all out and start creating your forever home, take a look at these innovative design ideas that are sure to stay fashionable and inviting for decades to come.
1. Steel-Framed Windows
Probably the most iconic example of steel-framed windows is Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece Fallingwater (pictured below) in Mill Run, PA, which was designed in 1935. And it’s no surprise that this style is coming back into vogue. Wright’s concept of organic architecture seems perfectly tailored for the 21st century, a time when so many people are interested in a getting-back-to-nature approach to their home designs and lifestyles.
Steel windows are slim-lined, incredibly sturdy, low maintenance, and they work with a number of styles. For instance, you could have outward-swinging, inward-swinging, casement, awning, and many other variations to fit your needs. If you have a drab, solid partition that is making your home seem closed off, consider a steel-framed wall with glass door to free up some space. Large panes with thin frameworks are a classic look that will brighten up any home.
Also, your remodel doesn’t have to be nearly as hard as it was for Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1934, when he decided to remodel the Kauffman’s summer house over a waterfall on Bear Run (what would later become Fallingwater), he had to hire a survey team who probably took about ten times as long as it would today to get him the pertinent As-Built information. In 2018, PPM can complete your survey in an hour or 2 and have your deliverable back to you in around a week.
Not to say we’re better than Frank Lloyd Wright or his team. That, of course, would be blasphemous for architect lovers like us. He just didn’t have access to 3D laser scanners and CAD software like we do today.
2. Darker Cabinet Colors
Don’t be afraid of adding some darker colors to your kitchen cabinet palette. You might be thinking that dark = drab or way-too-serious, but the truth is that darker cabinets can add a lot of depth and calmness to your kitchen. If light colors are meant to invigorate, darker colors are meant to provide you with a serene peace-of-mind that you just can’t get from bright blues or yellows.
Black and gray are generally the go-to if you’re looking for traditional dark colors, and they do add a modern, sophisticated look to most kitchens, but consider dark greens, reds, or browns if you want something a little less conventional.
Just remember, when using darker colors, make sure you have some accents that add some contrasting color to your kitchen. Monochromatic dark colors can be extremely disinviting and gothic-looking, so find a brighter color that will compliment your cabinets and use it sparingly.
Trust us, there’s no more important room in your house to have the most precise As-Built measurements than your kitchen. If you’re looking for stylish, custom cabinets, you want to be absolutely sure they fit perfectly into your space. Our laser scanners measure down to 1/8” or even smaller, so you can be 100% confident in what you are working with.
3. Stylish Convertible Accommodations
Convertible and multipurpose pieces are very trendy right now and it’s no wonder. Everyone is looking for ways to make their house feel more open and comfortable and many of us don’t have a ton of space to work with. Consider investing in a stylish Murphy bed, collapsible furniture that can be stowed away, or walls and partitions that can be reconfigured to dramatically change your house’s shape.
This trend is all about practicality and ingenious design that’ll make your house into more than just a staid and rigid environment. With these functional accouterments, you can be active and engaged with your surroundings like never before.
We’re a born and bred Southern California company, so we understand how important (and expensive!) every square inch of your house is. There’s a reason hundreds of architects choose PPM as their As-Built partner. No matter how much square-footage you have, we can get you the information you need to maximize your space.
Check out the video below from faircompanies.com to get some ideas about convertible furniture!
4. Terrazzo Floors & Walls
Maybe one of the more controversial design trends of 2019 is terrazzo floors and walls. Some experts say they’ve run their course, others say they’re just getting going. We think they still look pretty amazing, so we decided to include them on this list. Terrazzo is a pattern, popular in the 1950s, that is created by pressing stone chips into concrete. This gives the floor or wall a lively, textured look that can be created in any number of colors.
These days, terrazzo is everywhere. You can buy terrazzo handbags, dishes, pillows, rugs. The design has become so popular that it’s transcended its original use. Regardless, its popularity has always relied on the fact that terrazzo can either compliment an organic, natural look, which would be perfect for both the steel-framed windows and darker cabinets we mentioned before, or you can seek out brighter colors that have a more playful vibe perfect for a kid’s room or a light-filled bathroom.
If you’re looking to remodel your walls or floors, our precision As-Built surveys will help you and your architect figure out exactly how your design ideas will best fit your layout. If you have a large or non-traditional floor plan, don’t worry. We can complete your As-Built plans without you ever having to lift a finger.
5. Rustic Brass Fixtures
Back in the day, around the mid-90s, to be precise, brass was a popular material for faucets, knobs, frames, etc. And it’s come back into style over the last couple of years, but not in exactly the same way. 90’s brass was much shinier than the variety used today. Just like the steel windows and more organic-looking terrazzo floors, the brass that’s all the rage these days is warmer and antique-looking. It’s not made to stand-out, but to have an old-world charm that compliments pretty much any décor. Also, if you’re thinking of going with darker cabinets, just imagine what a great contrast brass would make against a black or dark green color palette.
Remember, our As-Built surveys include the locations of all your plumbing fixtures so your architect or interior designer can get an incredibly accurate idea of what they’ll need for your remodel. Our technology along with our meticulously detailed drafting will save you tons of time and headaches!
Best of Luck on Your Project – We’d Love to Help!
As we get closer to another New Year, PPM is super excited to work with you on any home remodeling projects that you are ready to start. And remember, our #1 priority is working with your architect or designer to fulfill their and your vision as best we can. This means that we’re consistently keeping our ears to the ground to discover the newest and most unique design trends in the business. It’s this commitment to our customers’ satisfaction that inspires us to be the best As-Built surveying company we can be. Our purpose is to help you achieve a “Worry Free Renovation”.
So, thanks for keeping us on our toes and thank you, as always, for reading!