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.
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.
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.
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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You’ll be able to see the latest pictures and learn what we are up to behind-the-scenes. And, if you have questions, feel free to post them. We want to connect with you and for you to learn more about David James Homes. That’s one of the reasons why we build your home like it’s our home.
Kitchens are, and remain, the centerpiece of every home. It isn’t just the place to prepare food. It is also where family and friends congregate and celebrate. Cabinets are what essentially make a kitchen and at David James Homes, we are known for our custom cabinetry. When potential buyers see the standard cabinetry in our homes, they almost always are impressed. In the next series of blogs, we’ll tackle the various aspects of our kitchens. In case you weren’t aware, Full Overlay Cabinet doors come standard in all upper cabinets. The doors are flush to the bottom of the cabinet, as well as close together snug for an overall, cleaner look. Upon opening one, you may not notice it at first, but something is missing–the center style. Most cabinets use particle board shelving and need a support on the back of the center style to help support the shelf so it doesn’t sag. David James Homes’ cabinet shelving is made from ½’ thick plywood and will not bow. Additional support is not needed, so no center style. This allows larger dishes to be easily stored with no obstructions. Hidden hinges, adjustable shelving and an option to upgrade to mullion glass doors are other advantages that come with these upper cabinets. Come to one of Design Centers to see for yourself. Visit www.davidjamescustomhomes.com/locations/ to find a location near you.
David James Homes’ hand crafted custom cabinetry has been the topic of the last several blogs. One of the most recognized signs of quality not yet mentioned is the fact that that dovetail drawers are standard and do not require a cabinet upgrade. Cabinet drawers are some of the most used items in your home. Kitchen cabinet drawers are opened and closed around 7 to 10 times a day or up to 3,500 times a year.
Dovetail joints are wedge-shaped cuts at the end of a wooden frame that fit into each other from each side, forming a box. Like a jigsaw puzzle, the dovetail joint interlocks, thus securing the sides of the drawer with its front. These joints are considered the strongest you can use in cabinet making and make for a sturdy kitchen cabinet drawer. Lower quality cabinets use joints that are stapled and glued. In addition, all David James Homes drawer compartments are made of solid wood. When selecting cabinets, make sure you’re picking a drawer joint that will be able to withstand everyday use.
Come and see all the possibilities with your next kitchen. Stop by one of our conveniently located Design Centers. Visit www.davidjamescustomhomes.com/locations to find one near you.
The topic of the last blog was that David James Homes offers only custom cabinetry in their homes. An illustration of this is that you can choose where you want your doors and drawers to be placed within the lower cabinets in your kitchen. That means you can select whether you want a bank of drawers for table settings, for pots or pans or if you want a door for easy under-counter storage in specific locations. At David James Homes, you design your kitchen the way you want it to fit your natural work flow.
Another example of customization is picking your door style. In the David James Homes’ standard cabinet selection, you can choose from flat or raised panel in oak, or you may select a flat panel style in maple in any stained color combination. Also standard is a painted raised panel MDF cabinet. These are just a few of the customization opportunities that empower you to create the kitchen that is just right for you.
Start designing your dream kitchen today by stopping by one of our conveniently located design centers. Visit www.davidjamescustomhomes.com/locations/ to find a location near you.
Did you know that all David James Homes come standard with with custom kitchens? All kitchens in David James Homes are constructed to order, one at a time, through a trusted cabinet maker. Frequently other builders use what is called box cabinets. Box cabinets are usually ordered from large cabinet manufacturers and are remotely shipped to homebuilders where they are assembled and installed in a home. Typically the boxes are particle board with vinyl wood grain skins. David James Homes uses ¾ inch thick stained plywood boxes for superior strength and durability.
Because of this fact, most builders will limit the choices of colors or stains in their cabinet selections. But at David James Homes, there is virtually no limit to those choices. When you select a color or stain, you get to look at the entire swatch book from Sherwin Williams. The Sherwin paint section includes more than 1,500 colors alone. Not only that, there are six glazing choices that also come standard. To see for yourself, visit one of David James Homes’ design centers near you. Visit www.davidjamescustomhomes.com/locations/ to find a convenient location.
When you plan a custom home, you have a wide array of choices. Sometimes, though, all the choices can feel overwhelming. Many of these choices come as you plan your kitchen. You may know how you want it to look and feel, but the most useful upgrades may not immediately present themselves.
The following kitchen upgrades are aesthetic or utilitarian upgrades that are worth the cost.