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Pros and Cons of One-Story and Two-Story Homes

You have a lot of decisions to make when building a new home. First, and possibly most basically, you’ll need to start by deciding between a single-level home and one with multiple stories. How can you decide what’s right for you?

Here are the pros and cons of both options to help you find the perfect match.

Privacy and Noise

Both types of houses have pluses and minuses when it comes to privacy and noise. If you live in a busy neighborhood or are on a major road, a two-story layout provides more privacy for bedrooms and family spaces that are on the second floor. Two-story homes also increase interior privacy too. With everyone spending time on a single level, families in a tight floor plan might find that they are always in each other’s way.

Lighting Made Beautiful

Lighting not only sets the mood and the tone of a home, but also is another necessary decision future homeowners need to make. David James homes offers four distinct lighting packages in two popular finishes, including antique bronze and brushed nickel. The light packages have been carefully selected to work in harmony with other fixtures throughout your home such as faucets and door hardware.

  • The Joy collection is simple, yet whimsical with its fanciful design that emulates the stylized lily,  fleur-de-lis. The arcing forms of metal and white–etched, fluted glass shades complete the look of this exceptional fixture.

  • The Laird collection lends a contemporary element to complement any space. Glass shades provide even illumination, while scrolling arms create an airy effect.

  • The key features of the Clifton Heights collection is its architectural elements. Inspired by Craftsman styling, this collection features elegant etched square glass shades and distinctive clean lines.

  • The Madison collection is a simplified vintage style with transitional elements. Its dome–shaped, etched white glass provides consistent illumination in any area of the home.

Come by one of our Design Centers to see these beautiful lighting packages by Progress Lighting and also experience hundreds of other products that are on your must-have list. Visit www.davidjamescustomhomes.com/locations to find a location near you.

Hinged Shower Doors versus Sliding Shower Doors

When judging home builders, it pays to look at the details. Take shower doors, for example. It may seem  small, but when it comes down to convenience, maintenance and ease of use, it can make a difference. All stand-up showers, offered by David James Homes, come standard with framed hinged doors standard in three different finishes and four separate glass styles. The finishes include oil-rubbed bronze, polished chrome and satin nickel. The four glass styles feature different opacities to complement all privacy preferences.

Advantages of Hinged Shower Doors

  • Easy to clean and maintain. The tracks in sliding shower doors catch soap scum and grime at the bottom of the shower opening. With hinged shower doors, there is  no scrubbing to get the gunk out. Cleaning and maintaining your shower and a hinged door is easier.

  • A larger opening provides for better safety. Hinged doors open wide, as well as provide more space in the enclosure. This allows for a safer entry into and exit from the shower, which is especially important to those who have mobility challenges.

  • Provide a better look. Hinged shower doors are more appealing than sliding shower doors and offer a higher-end look to a home’s bathroom, providing a cleaner, more seamless appearance.

Come and see our hinged doors and stand-up showers at one of our Design Centers today.  While there you can see firsthand, hundreds of other products that could be included in your new home. Go to www.davidjamescustomhomes.com/locations to find a location near you.

Four Beautiful Faucets All Standard

David James Homes understands that selecting bath faucets is a personal decision. To help you, we offer four standard faucet selections that are available in three separate finishes: chrome, brushed nickel and oil -rubbed bronze. Each faucet has subtle differences in their spouts and handle designs, but all come with Moen’s excellent quality and a limited lifetime warranty.

The Dartmoor collection of bath faucets has a classic look and combines both beauty and function with its gently flaired, spout-sculpted handles. Simple contours dictate the modern design of the Glyde faucet collection. The lines of the spout, imitates the flow of the faucet’s water stream. The Moen Eva two-handle faucet has an organic sensibility with flowing curves and petal-like handles. The graceful curve of the spout brings a comforting feeling to the bath. Architectural features denote the traditional style of the Brantford faucets. A tapered spout and globe give this collection universal appeal.

Faucet features include: • Two-handle lever makes it easy to adjust water temperature • Built on the Moen M-PACT common valve system, so you can update the faucet style in the future without replacing any plumbing • Complies with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifications • Aerated flow is ideal for everyday bathroom tasks, like brushing teeth and washing hands • Meets EPA WaterSense® criteria to conserve water without sacrificing performance • 7 inch shower heads are standard in all master showers.

Stop by one of our Design Centers to see these Moen faucets, as well as hundreds of other products that are on your must-have list. Visit www.davidjamescustomhomes.com/locations to find a location near you.

Comfort Height Toilets

To most, a toilet may seem like an afterthought, but at David James Homes, it is a featured option. Your toilet is probably one of the most used items in your home, and if you are planning to build your forever home, it should be a priority. Comfort height toilets that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, have become increasingly popular, and from an Aging in Place perspective they are a necessity.

A comfort height toilet, which measures 17 to 19 inches from floor to seat, is considered chair level. Standard toilet measurements are, on average, about 15 inches from floor to seat. Those extra inches make a considerable difference when sitting and standing or transferring from a wheelchair onto a toilet seat. Regardless, many prefer these toilets over standard height toilets because of their comfort and ease of use. When planning to build a new home, consider the selection of toilets that are available.

Comfort height toilets are another example of the Aging in Place optional product offerings by David James Homes. Stop by one of our conveniently located Design Centers to see them and other products you might like to choose for your new home. Visit www.davidjamescustomhomes.com/locations to find Design Center near you.

Wash your Hands Easier

Sometimes it’s the little things in a home that can make it more livable. David James Homes offers eight comfort vanities that come standard in all bathrooms. While other builders might not bother worry with them, comfort height vanities are taller than conventional vanities and reduce the aggravation of bending and stooping to reach the sink. No matter whether you are tall or shorter in stature most everyone agrees that once you become accustomed to a comfort height vanity, you’ll find it more comfortable and instantly be able to tell the difference between standard vanities that can be up to 6 inches shorter.

Comfort height vanities are one of numerous offerings that you can come and experience while visiting a David James Homes Design Center. To find one near you, visit www.davidjamescustomhomes.com/#location.

Fun Rooms to Add to Your Custom Home

When you build a custom home, the biggest benefit is that you are completely in control of the overall design and the construction process. This means that you can truly create the home of your dreams. Even if it means adding in extreme rooms or rooms that cater just to your interests, you have the option to do it with a custom home.

So with that in mind, here are some fun ideas for unique rooms you can add to your custom home.

A Home Movie Theater

One great option you can add to your home is a home theater. This room is a perfect addition for any movie lover.

Zero Threshold Showers

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines Aging in Place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.”

People who choose to build their forever home are selecting products and conveniences that will aid them as they age. An example of this is zero-threshold showers.

Every year more than 235,000 people are hurt while in the bathroom, and more than a third of those injuries happen while entering or exiting the bath or shower, according to a report in the New York Times. Zero-threshold showers are one solution to help prevent these injuries and are offered as an option in homes built by David James Homes.

Zero-threshold means there are no barriers between your bathroom floor and your shower and won’t require you to lift your leg to step into the shower or tub. Whether or not you have mobility problems as you age, this feature adds simplicity and ease of use to an everyday routine.  As we age even stepping over a 4-inch threshold, which is the height of most thresholds, can become problematic, if not dangerous.

Zero-threshold showers are just one of many optional Aging in Place offerings by David James Homes. Stop by one of our conveniently located Design Centers to see the products you would like to include in your new home. Visit www.davidjamescustomhomes.com/locations to find one near you.

No Leak Tubs and Showers

All of the tub, shower and combinations in David James Homes are made of one-piece fiberglass manufactured in the US by industry leader Oasis Lifestyle LLC. The fact that they are one-piece  means there are no seams to caulk, which eliminates the potential for leaking and mildew damage.

Oasis also constructs their tubs and showers with a hidden support structure behind their fiberglass exteriors, which is critical to their long-term durability and longevity. The key difference in Oasis’ products is that a higher concentration of resin and fiberglass are used for  increased composite strength.

In addition, the composite strength is enhanced with a core of ½-inch thick, end-cut Balsawood, encased in a resin and fiberglass composite. Balsawood is fused to the fiberglass, which results in a solid mating with the structure. The combination of materials creates a strong floor structure, which puts you on firm footing.

To see Oasis tubs for yourself, visit a David James Homes Design Center near you. To find one simply go to www.davidjamescustomhomes.com/#location.

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It’s a never dull moment at David James Homes. In addition to building more than 70 homes a year, between five locations in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Culpeper and Winchester, Virginia and Clarksburg, West Virginia, we keep pretty busy. New projects, home plan designs, products, in addition to the great people that we meet along the way, are all part of the daily happenings at David James Homes. While there’s always something going on, that’s doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear from you. Besides our blog, there are numerous ways you can stay connected  with us.  If you haven’t already, check us out on these platforms:
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