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  1. 3D Renderings in Architecture: How We Craft Luxury Home Visualizations

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    3D Renderings in Architecture: How We Craft Luxury Home Visualizations

    Creating 3D renderings in architectural projects, like the one below, allow our clients to take a realistic step into the luxury home of their dreams.

    It is an essential part of the Phil Kean Design Group’s architectural design process.

    In our previous blog, we provided our readers with insight into how these renderings offer our clients a stunning, tailor-made 3D view of their luxury home design before breaking ground.

    Now we are taking a closer look at this behind-the-scenes process, explaining how we take the home design we created for our client, and use cutting-edge technology and our in-house rendering expertise to create a detailed 3D rendering of both the outside and inside of the home.

    The First 3D Rendering Steps

    Once our architect and client are happy with the schematic design they’ve developed consisting of elevations and floor plans, the architect provides the project’s CAD file to our in-house rendering expert. With this information, our renderer creates an initial 3D model of the exterior of the home with our high-tech software.

    The architect can use this model to further discuss the details of the home.  They can open this model, rotate it and show the client their design from every angle, every perspective to ensure they’re not just satisfied with the concept, but feel exhilarated to see their residence come to fruition.

    Crafting the 3D Rendering

    Once the client signs off on the conceptual design, our design team gives our renderer everything they need to begin accurately developing the home 3D rendering—site photos, Google Earth data, exterior materials, etc.  They add intricate details to the concept model, such as textures, colors, exterior lighting, hardscape, and even topographic landscape.

    Finally, our interior design team develops the interiors of the 3D rendered model, creating luxury spaces with flooring materials, paint colors, ceiling details, plumbing fixtures, cabinetry, countertops and more. They lay out furniture placement and other décor throughout the home’s interiors and outdoor living areas.  Every detail is modeled to represent the house exactly as it will be built.

    When the design has been fully detailed, our render imports the model into our cutting-edge rendering program, Lumion, which is software that specializes in adding realism to the images and allows our architects to give our clients comprehensive views of their luxury home.

    This unique program gives us the freedom to create an authentic experience for our clients—we can adjust sunlight to mimic the position of the sun at any given time of day, add realistic lighting that emits from sconces and pendants, and even create night views that provide our clients an in-depth look at the dramatic landscape lighting that’s possible.

    Our Final Steps for Creating Luxury Home 3D Renderings

    As our design team begins to finalize the details of our client’s home, our rendering expert spends time finely tuning each environment in the 3D rendering by adding realistic effects to make the experience look and feel even more lifelike.

    For example, the renderer adds in reflective surfaces or translucent materials to create a sense of depth and texture. Water movement is added to water features and pools. Lighting and shadows are adjusted to reflect the time of day and weather used in the rendering (the rendering can include snow, fall foliage, sunsets, etc.).

    When all the nuances have been incorporated, the render creates a 3D “fly around”.

    Using this fly around technique, they create a video that will circle the house so our clients can see every angle of the design through a realistic experience that makes them feel like they’re truly standing in front of their home.

    Then it gets even better!

    The renderer can use Lumion to create a “fly thru” of the floor plan as well.  The fly thru video gives our clients the experience of walking through their luxury home, as if they’re stepping into their home for the first time.

    With this process, we’re able to grant our clients a realistic experience that allows them to get an authentic first look at what their luxury dream home will soon be.

    If you enjoyed diving into our 3D rendering process, we encourage you to browse through our portfolio of modern architecture, state-of-the-art living spaces, timeless kitchens, and our other unique design details. Further, explore our archive of blog articles that focus on luxury design and modern luxury residences.

     

  2. How We Accentuate Modern Luxury Residences

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    Modern luxury residences rely on aesthetic and seamless functionality.

    Oftentimes, crafting the perfect luxury residence has less to do with the big picture and grandeur, and actually has more to do with the smaller, more intricate details that piece the modern home together.

    In other words, the smallest touches make the biggest differences.

    While notable additions like integrated outdoor/indoor spaces, fitness centers, and bright, functional kitchens surely have their place in modern luxury residences, the attention to detail distinguishes a well thought-out modern home that works.

    Here are the top four places we accentuate our modern luxury residences:

    1. Foyers & Entranceways

    2. Custom Doors

    3. Glass Walls & Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

    4. Multi-Textured Exteriors

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    Foyers & Entranceways

     

    Firstly, a well-designed foyer commands attention–it sets the tone for a home’s design.

    This vital detail of a home acts as the elegant transition from the outside of a home to the inside of it. Foyers that are intentionally designed with modern aesthetic and functionality in mind may feature elements such as high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, sculptural staircases that draw the eye upward, extraordinary finishes, and state-of-the-art lighting that provide an elegant finish that grants grace to the rest of your home.

    Custom Doors

     

    Next, our modern luxury residences incorporate custom doors. This seemingly small detail can enhance a home’s aesthetic immediately by acting as luxury focal point before you step inside of your home.

    Modern double-front doors with specific uses of glass and unique doors made from uniquely sourced or handcrafted materials can create a clean and efficient statement that offers an impressive, luxury aesthetic. Front doors with custom designs act as more than just entranceways. They also act as a key integral element of the home’s complete design.

     

    Glass Walls & Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

     

    Additionally, floor-to-ceiling windows and glass walls offer a modern, clean aesthetic that integrates functionality by providing your luxury home with ample natural lighting. Floor-to-ceiling windows, especially when integrated throughout specific key areas of the home, can virtually eliminate the border between your indoor living space and nature outside. Wall-style windows create a spacious, open living area warmed with sunlight.

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    Multi-Textured Exteriors

     

    Lastly, the exterior textures of modern luxury residences aren’t always considered as the focal points of a luxury home.

    However, understanding small details like the thoughtful layering of modern textures transform a home from the appearance of something standard into a something luxury or modern. From white-washed brick and rich wood to multi-colored stone and neutral paint, a well-designed, intentional home exterior featuring richly-contrasting textures can dramatically improve the luxurious look and feel of a home.

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    If you’ve enjoyed this article, we anticipate you’ll enjoy reading through our archive of interior design and luxury home articles available here. Additionally, please enjoy exploring our ever-growing residential portfolio here, which is filled with our inspiring interiors and examples of our unique, modern luxury residential design.

  3. Modern Residential Architects’ Top Design Trends 2020

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    Modern Residential Architects’ Top Design Trends of 2020

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    A luxury home in 2020 offers more than lavish finishes and large floor plans.

    Modern residential architects emphasize blending form and function by designing products that merge convenience, proper lighting, & unique touches to elevate the home.

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    In fact, a truly modern, luxury home in 2020 focuses on a timeless layout with features that offer modern technology as well as high-end finishes and amenities by implementing a few, key design details.

    Blending Indoor & Outdoor Space

    One of the top trends in luxury design is blurring the line between indoor and outdoor space. This can be achieved in several unique ways.

    Deploying floor-to-ceiling windows enhances the offering of natural light. Another option is to use walls of glass that pocket to literally open the interior space to the outdoors. In either case, mimicking the look of lavish indoor spaces in outdoor spaces by integrating similar furnishings and flooring help to blur the line between the inside and outside.

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    Featuring State-of-the-Art Technology

    Modern residential architects focus on creating a functional home that balances aesthetics and logistics.

    By designing and integrating current technology features, a luxury home can be smoothly transformed into a modern smart home. With elements such as smart thermostats, motion sensor lighting, cloud-based security systems, and network-connected appliances and equipment that integrate with your smart phones and watch, your modern home can be a lavish, aesthetically pleasing home that incorporates convenience and accommodation for your every impulse.

     

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    Lavish Kitchens

    Adding unique features to your kitchen design such as floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, beautifully-layered textures, seamlessly integrated appliances can transform your space into a luxury, modern kitchen focusing on convenience as well as warmth and allure will make your residence feel like home.

    Dressing Rooms and Walk-In Wardrobes

    A modern closet is about more than having more space. A modern residential architects in 2020 will feature design elements that transform your closet into a luxury dressing room. With floor-to-ceiling mirrors, balanced lighting, and built-in shelving units that showcase your collection of shoes, purses and clothing, a simple closet morphs into a decadent dressing room.

    If you enjoyed reading about the most relevant trends that modern residential architects are using in 2020, we anticipate that our archive of blog articles focusing on luxury design and modern residences will appeal to you. Please view our portfolio of modern architecture as well to get a glimpse of our custom homes featuring indoor/outdoor living, state-of-the-art kitchen design, and our many unique design details.

  4. Why Luxury Homeowners Choose Design Build Firms

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    Design-build—the home project delivery method in which your architect is the designer and contractor for your project— is certainly not a new concept and has been reported as being in use for over four millennia. It has been the prime way architectural projects have historically come to life throughout history.

    What is ‘design-build’?

    What design-build means to you and your project is that the​ ​gap is removed​ ​between your luxury home design and construction in the real world.  This is achieved by allowing the architect to act as both the visionary and the ​implementer​ of your project.  As our ideas of luxury residential design continue to evolve, for many luxury homeowners, design-build is once again becoming the only logical choice.

    In contrast, the traditional building method — ​the design-bid-build method​ — oftentimes, homeowners and architects are unsatisfied with the end result because the design has been misinterpreted or incorrectly implemented by the contractor and subcontractors, which ultimately means the loss of the home’s original architectural design.

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    But that’s not the only reason. In fact, there are several benefits behind working with a design-build firm and several reasons that guide owners toward this decision—we’ve laid out a few of the most important below.

    How design-build projects orient home projects for success

    1. Design-build provides continuity

    Firstly, when working on a multi-company home project, there’s a higher risk of design features getting lost in translation between companies.

    What the designer and yourself as the homeowner have worked on and decided is best might not be what the builder prefers (or understands) from a design standpoint — and ultimately, the end result can be compromised. Cohesion and continuity can be problematic when working with a traditional delivery method.

    Watching a design-build firm in action is the definition of a streamlined process.  From the initial design sketches to the final walkthrough of the completed residence, the design integrity is meticulously monitored and managed.

    2. Designer Involvement Is Priority

    As mentioned, though it’s certainly not the case with ​every​ building or construction company, builders tend to stray from design plans without consulting the designer.

    This can happen on large features or material choices or on smaller details, however, with a design-build firm, the designers you chose to create your home plans are ​guiding​ the process and ​leading​ the in-house builders through that vision in a hands-on, involved way. This helps to maintain the design integrity all the way through to the finish line.

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    3. Design-Build Takes Total Responsibility

    Additionally, there are great advantages as a homeowner to having a singular company manage every piece of your luxury home project.

    With a traditional design-bid-build project, responsibility is split across design and construction companies and all aspects of the project are divided amongst the groups, leaving room for potential blame shifting or misallocation of responsibilities and resources.  Having a single point of accountability in your luxury home project means more clarity for you and peace of mind coming from knowing that every detail will be attended to.

    4. Design-Build Expedites Projects

    Lastly, in recent research released by the ​Construction Industry Institute (CII), it was reported that design-build​ projects continue to ​deliver on a faster scale, ​while providing ​greater​ ​reliability​ in​ ​cost​ when compared to traditional building methods.

    In fact, it was noted that design-build projects see about 3.9 percent less schedule growth and are delivered ​much faster​ on average than design-bid-build projects. When you separate the design and build process by opting out of choosing a design-build firm, you run the risk of your project taking nearly twice as long to complete, costing more, and dealing with reliability and design congruence.

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    At Phil Kean Design Group, it is our mission to provide our clients with the complete solution for award-winning design ​and​ construction in their luxury residential projects. If you would like to speak with a Phil Kean Design Group representative about how our firm can bring your luxury home design to fruition, please fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch.

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  5. The New American Remodel 2020 – Architecture by Phil Kean Design Group

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    Phil Kean Design Group Takes On The New American Remodel at the 2020 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Jan 21-23

     

    From Classic Ranch to Green Luxury

     

    Sometimes a home seems to arise naturally from its surroundings and environment to strike a perfect balance between complementing the world around it and making a statement that is wholly its own. When such a precise equilibrium is found, it almost feels as though it always existed and it becomes difficult to imagine anything else ever being in its place.

    Phil Kean Design Group recently had the opportunity to design the remodel of a ranch-style home from the mid-1970’s and the result is nothing short of breathtaking.

    The 2020 New American Remodel – Architecture by Phil Kean Design Group from Phil Kean Design Group on Vimeo.

    The visual design is pristine, appealing to even the most discerning aesthetic eye while also tugging at the heartstrings. Clear, modern lines are given an airiness thanks to their beautiful light hues, then give way to floor-to-ceiling windows that accentuate the open, luxurious look and feel. It is this blending of the indoors and outdoors that truly give this remodel its life.

    The vision of a home that belongs to and enhances the surrounding area in concert with its fundamental design is part of what makes Phil Kean Design Group projects so distinct. Placing, for example, an open-air balcony on the second floor to provide an uninterrupted view of the Las Vegas strip showcases a creativity and attention to detail that underscores the masterful nuance of the design. Yet another illustration is shown in the design of a home that centers around an established tree demonstrating appreciation of natural features and a commitment to accentuating their beauty.

    The transformation of this 40-year-old house is not limited to improving the aesthetics or creating a stunning echo of Nevada’s unique landscape. The melding of man-made structure and the earth it rises from is more than lip service, it is a monument to a brighter future.

    Through the use of alternative energy sources, primarily solar panels, this classic ranch house evolved into a green luxury residence. In fact, Phil Kean Design Group has specifically designed this home to achieve the National Green Building Standard’s “Emerald” certification, Energy Star certification, and a net-zero status.

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    Phil Kean Design Group is synonymous with cutting-edge architectural design, unabashed creativity and exquisite balance between the trifecta of elegance, functionality and sustainability. The indoor-outdoor of this project includes a lovely central courtyard and features an alluring pool and summer kitchen. Also found are five gorgeous fireplaces, an impressive wine room and every other luxurious modern home feature you’d find in your dreams.

    The flawless blend between convenience and class with a clear emphasis on a green future is a hallmark of Phil Kean Design Group. The value placed on usable luxury is obvious, and so too, is the dedication to innovation within sustainability. The New American Remodel 2020 is undoubtedly one more example of what happens when an award-winning group of talented architects is dedicated to creating something beautiful, but also something far more inspiring—a beacon of a bright, more sustainable future of luxury.

    If you are attending NAHB’s 2020 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas January 21-23, be sure to tour the home by picking up your complimentary shuttle bus tickets at the TNAH/TNAR ticket booths in the northwest entrance of the grand lobby. If you aren’t attending, you can view photos here https://philkeandesigns.com/portfolio/the-new-american-remodeled-home-2020-remodel/.

    If you are interested in speaking with Phil Kean Design Group about designing your luxury residence or remodel, please complete the form below and a representative we will be in touch.

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  6. 4 Luxury Home Design Trends You Will See In 2020

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    The new year is just around the corner and close behind it are 2020’s newest home design trends that will take luxury homes by storm. Here are four of our favorite up-and-coming home design trends that you will see in 2020:

    1. Prioritizing Personalization
    2. State-of-the-Art Home Fitness Centers
    3. Thoughtful Outdoor Spaces
    4. Unbelievable Kitchens

    Prioritizing Personalization

     

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    One of the hardest parts about designing a modern residence is standing out from the crowd of typical luxury home designs.

    However, with so many cues devolving from fresh to standard in the luxury space, once unique elements have become commonplace and some have lost their luster.

    In 2020, we’ll see them get back being designed as one-of-a-kind, truly bespoke residences.

    Personalization is key – your home design should satisfy your needs, desires and the functions you will need in your home. Your version of luxury, function and dĂ©cor should vary from others’ – we all have our own style, tastes, and lifestyle goals in and from our homes.

    However, one thing is certain–including the most current amenities and technology will increase your home’s comfort and enhance its livability.

    Working with a world class designer ensures your home’s amenities, layout, furniture, and flow will reflect your personal style and work in harmony with your daily routine, entertainment and lifestyle needs.

    State-of-the-Art Home Fitness Centers

     

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    Health and wellness are always in style–Americans are exercising more than ever. In 2020, that won’t change at all.

    However, in 2020, home gyms will increasingly and conveniently be moving inside your home! There are many reasons for this trend, and taking advantage of this opportunity to build your dream home gym is just a stone’s throw away. Incorporating fitness facilities into your luxury design can take many forms, further pushing the personalized aspect of custom residences. The options you choose will ultimately depends on your fitness preferences and what you enjoy.

    A home fitness center with the latest machines and innovations elevates your home design by integrating custom sound features and by giving you a tremendous view into nature or the ocean from a full wall of windows. If you enjoy breathing fresh air while you workout, giving our gym indoor/outdoor versatility can make it even more functional and unique.

    From mini yoga and pilates studios to swim spas and plunge pools–these are many of the fantastic additions to health-conscious residence. Including an onsite spa complete with showers, a sauna, a massage room, a hot tub, and any other type of recovery equipment can complete your luxury fitness experience and keep you achieving your daily health goals.

    Thoughtful Outdoor Spaces

     

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    High-end homes differentiate themselves in many. Those with thoughtfully-designed outdoor spaces stand out amongst the crowd.

    Thoughtfully designed outdoor spaces function as an extension of your home as an additional living area, which allows you and your guests to enjoy the outdoors in comfort.

    The top home amenities to your outdoor space in 2020 will include spacious lanais, built-in retractable screens, misters, fully-loaded outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, TV’s specialty lighting, and custom furniture.

    Of course, customized pools with spas and tanning shelves make our luxury home design wish list too.

    Lavish pools with features such as waterfalls and infinity edges will speckle the most dazzling homes you’ll see heading into 2020. The leisurely life is moving outdoors and those residences that have this al fresco flair will rank high in luxury home design.

    Unbelievable Kitchens

     

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    Gourmet kitchens will never go out of style, but the design and functionality of them do change.

    Luxury kitchens in 2020 could contain warming drawers, wine cabinets, smart cooking appliances and hidden walk-in pantries. They can be designed to provide all the tools necessary to prepare and present gourmet meals as well as serve as part of the home’s living and entertainment areas.

    As guests tend to gravitate toward the kitchen, creating spaces for collaboration or conversation over meal preparation will be a trend continuing in the coming year.

    This means we’ll see more counter space than ever, open layouts that facilitate flow and unobstructed sightlines, and expertly-placed lighting.

    There’s no doubt that you want to have your finger on the pulse of the latest home design trends when designing your custom home. Phil Kean Design Group prioritizes setting the latest home trends and collaborating with you to create a dream home that will satisfy your distinctive requirements and unique lifestyle! If you’re building or renovating a luxury home and would like to speak with Phil Kean Design Group, please fill in the form below and we will be in touch.

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    “Americans Are Exercising More, but the Obesity Rate Is Growing.” Atlas, Quartz, 15 Mar. 2018, www.theatlas.com/charts/SJlAdbOFG.

    Eugenio, Sheila. “4 Reasons Fitness Is Moving From the Gym to the Home.” Entrepreneur, 23 Mar. 2017, www.entrepreneur.com/article/290579.

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  7. 4 Home Designs Sweeping Florida Luxury Neighborhoods in 2020

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    From an architectural standpoint, luxury home design trends in Florida are especially unique and interesting compared to in the rest of the nation. You’ll see designs and architecture expressing unique and beautiful styles and tastes set in a backdrop of architectural influences, one-of-a-kind landscaping and dĂ©cor inspired by the modern artists of our day.

    And when you consider the most posh and awe-inspiring homes in Florida today, you might be fascinated to see what we’ve revealed here as the four invisible trends that you might not notice, unless you’re looking out for them.

    1. Sustainable Home Design

     

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    As awareness of the delicate nature of our planet becomes more prevalent, so do the home design trends and building techniques that continue to preserve it.

    One of the core reasons you don’t see much green design outside luxury neighborhoods is the fact that locally-sourced building materials are often more expensive and harder to come by than their less-sustainably sourced counterparts.

    Other eco-conscious building resources, such as green energy and sustainable materials, are also gaining popularity in the world of luxury, but do come at a price. This is gaining serious traction in eco-sensitive suburbs, especially near the coasts of Florida.

    2. Smart Home Design

    In the most exclusive areas of Florida, the infusion of technology in the designing and building of luxury homes is not as peculiar as one might think. From biometric door knobs, reading your thumbprint to unlock your door – to intelligent climate control and lighting, a significant number of the mundane day-to-day tasks are being controlled and enhanced through the use of integrated home technologies that make daily life easier, your home more modern, and your lifestyle more streamlined and automated than ever.

    Smartphones seem to be in our hands for most of the day. Smart televisions make unwinding after a long day easier than ever. Surround sound and music apps can fill your entire house with your favorite song at the touch of a button. Home devices, such as Amazon’s Alexa, take all of the above and control them with just the sound of your voice.

    3. Open Views

    Whether you’re building on the coast or want to watch the sunset over ancient oak trees, letting a little more of the outside in is trending in 2020. This means more (and larger) windows, natural spaces for enjoying nature in comfort, and even scenic views from the bathroom.

    Natural light is not only beautiful, but it’s also good for you. Designing a luxury home in an intuitive manner that takes build location, the direction of sunlight, and layout all into consideration is key to maximizing this desirable openness. From waking ith the morning rays to relaxing in the warm glow of evening, Florida is the perfect place to enjoy the outside, insight – year-round.

    4. Homes Designed with Privacy

    While this may seem like a counterintuitive point to coexist alongside open views and scenic bathrooms, you’ll notice that more home designs in luxury neighborhoods are being built with privacy in mind. Whether or not strategic landscaping plays a part in choosing a more isolated location, privacy is key to a home feeling comfortable, peaceful and truly luxurious.

    In Florida, this sometimes means that creativity is necessary. Utilizing the natural features of the land, constructing subtle and subdued fencing from locally-sourced materials, and embracing the privacy that fantastic landscaping can give you all  of the options that we see trending in Florida’s most luxurious neighborhoods in 2020.

    If you’d like to speak with the Phil Kean Design Group regarding your luxury home design, please fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch!

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  8. Interior Design Projects Affect Your Life in These 5 Fascinating Ways

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    Interior Design Projects Affect Your Life in These 5 Fascinating Ways

    Your interior design project allows your personality to truly shine through your home at a significant level. It is, after all, where you spend the majority of your time. You might be hosting a social get-together or enjoying a relaxing evening with your loved ones, and you know well that the environment surrounding you plays a major role in your experience. It could be said that your interior design affects you just as much as you affect it.

    As such, understanding how the aspects of your interior design project can influence you is vital to you, your guests, and the overall ambiance of your home.

    1. The Power of Paint

    The color of a room can directly affect your moods and feelings, making walls, ceilings and paint one of the most interesting–and important–interior design project choices. For example, studies have shown that blue tones are linked to feelings of calmness and serenity. Brighter, warmer colors, on the other hand, lend themselves to enthusiasm and energy.

    The correct shades and color palette can make each room in your home come to life. Calming hues like blue can be great for bedrooms. Colors like orange work well for areas where you will be entertaining. Choosing the right colors could prove to be just as beneficial to your life as it is to your home’s design.

    2. An Uptick in Value

    While the overall styling and structure of your home are integral in establishing its value, interior design can build upon and increase that value dramatically. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint, high-quality fixtures, or even functional modifications–think about how much an upscale kitchen changes someone’s perception of a house–every adjustment you make is an investment in the future of your home!

    As with any interior design investment, tasteful, high-end choices are bound to lead to positive returns. When selecting anything from flooring to appliances and beyond, remember that your home value will be positively affected by these changes.

    3. Inspiring Entertainment

    Whether you’re someone who enjoys large parties or someone who favors smaller, more intimate gatherings, the space you use for hosting needs to fit your preferred style of entertaining.

    Making sure you choose the right seating arrangements, the correct lighting, the perfect shade of paint, and a myriad of other factors can not only facilitate your social gatherings, but also inspire friends and family. In the end, it all comes down to great interior design!

    4. Naturally Healthy

    While colors certainly have mood-altering properties, the presence of plants can actually purify air, increase focus, and even help you relax and unwind. In other words, no matter what color scheme you choose for your home’s interior design, make sure you throw a little green–and maybe some florals into the mix!

    5. Positive DĂ©cor

    Furniture, floor coverings, and even wall art often depict a challenging dilemma–do you lean toward functionality or obsess over style? The answer typically resides somewhere in the middle. By striking this balance, you can best embrace your aesthetic preferences while still creating a welcoming, livable space.

    In fact, everything from the texture of upholstery to the seating arrangement can influence how you feel in a space. Be sure to focus on flow and day-to-day functionality, even if that means finding a balance between a luxurious design and comfort-oriented selections.

    If you would like to speak with Phil Kean Designs Group about your upcoming interior design project, please fill out the form below and we’ll  be in touch shortly.

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  9. Every Luxury Home Needs These 6 Amazing Rooms

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    Building your luxury home design is exhilarating – the possibilities are simply endless! If you are looking for specialty rooms that elevate your home to the upper echelons of design, you’ve come to the right place. Here are six amazing rooms you should consider adding to your luxury home design:

    1. Game Room

    A well-appointed game room can be the perfect place to unwind, embrace your competitive side, and even host guests. Consider the possibilities–a billiards match, energizing light emanating from your state-of-the-art video game setup, and a cozy, modern sofa to watch your favorite movies.

    No longer are game rooms limited to the old image of concrete basements and mini-fridges. Things have changed. In many luxury estates, you can find a much different room – well-appointed with luxurious materials, custom furniture and creative modern takes on what play and relaxation can look like.

    2. Home Library

    Rich wood floorings, the classic look of antique books, the comfortable embrace of leather–the home library can be your quiet nook for the next rainy day. Your impressive collection of books and art allow you to escape into your own world within the pages of your next read.

    3. Home Office

    Having a comfortable home office space to work, research or handle business activities is important, especially if you want to take that early morning conference call without heading into work. A dedicated space allows you to focus and be more productive in your very own environment.

    Switch on your favorite music and don’t forget, if you need a coffee or snack, your kitchen is only steps away. A home office grants you the versatility to conduct business, host and enjoy a produce space without leaving the house.

    4. Theater

    The biggest game of the season is inching closer; you and your loved one just enjoyed an indulgent home-cooked meal for date night. You have had friends and family over to stream the latest blockbuster…what do all of these scenarios have in common? They’re enhanced by a home theater, of course!

    Plush chairs and ambient lighting with awe-inspiring audiovisual systems. Your home theater can give you and your guests the perfect place to reconnect and recharge.

    5. Wine Room

    Like most things, wine should be properly stored. If you have an extensive collection, rather than relying on a few underperforming wine racks, many luxury homes are incorporating their very own wine rooms.

    For the connoisseur, you can take precise control over the temperature, humidity, and other environmental factors in which your wine will be stored, ensuring optimal conditions for long-term aging. We can even incorporate a tasting area and impressive display to enjoy with company.

    6. Home Bar

    Each amenity mentioned thus far would arguably be more enjoyable with a drink in hand, so why not include a home bar in your new luxury home design? Whether you prefer the minimalist décor of modernism or the richness of traditional design, your home bar can add that special touch that can bring an extra sparkle into your evening.

    If you are interested in discussing your new luxury home design with Phil Kean Design Group, please fill in the form below and we’ll reach out to you!

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  10. 7 Things You Need to Know About the Interior Design of Your New Home

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    Building a new luxury home can be exciting – and overwhelming! The possibilities are endless and the ability to customize is limited only by your imagination. So, what do you need to know about interior design as you embark on one of life’s most exhilarating journeys? Here are our top seven tips to get you started!

    1. Entertainment

    Your desire to entertain will hold sway over the interior design of your home. Rather than having smaller, separate rooms and limited seating, for example, you will want to have a more open-concept layout that is conducive to gatherings. Allowing and encouraging people to mingle in various open spaces–whether it be around the kitchen or outdoors–is key to hosting memorable social events.

    2.  Iconic Pieces

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    DĂ©cor is all-important to the interior design of your home. From tying rooms together conceptually to standing out as eye-catching conversation starters, the right iconic pieces are excellent for adding that “pop” to any space. Best of all, they can either conform to or diverge from the rest of your styling, giving you the flexibility to choose something that speaks to you.

    3.  Natural Light

    Lighting can make or break a space, so it is vital to consider it when designing your home. Even the direction that windows face can drastically change the feeling of openness a particular room may have. Remember, natural light is softer than artificial lighting and makes your space feel larger and more inviting.

    4.  Lighting Plan

    A well thought-out lighting plan can be a magical factor that transforms your home into a true luxury dwelling. From setting a particular mood or highlighting a featured piece in your home, the advantages of strategic lighting are worth looking at with a professorial eye when considering the interior design of your new space.

    5.  Furniture Pieces

    While there is a multitude of retailers with collections of furniture, a truly luxurious home will have custom furniture pieces that not only fit the needs of its owner but also blend seamlessly into the design of the structure and the concept of the design. These custom touches can be the difference between an extraordinary, award-winning interior design and one that feels nondescript.

    6.  Concepts

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    Whether you want each room to flow naturally into the next, or you want distinct styles for each, determining and deciding on which concepts to use is integral to making your dream come to life. A beach house, for example, may have a single, cohesive house-wide theme, while a home for a family with young children may want a distinct theme for each of the children’s bedrooms.

    7.  Comfort

    Homes serve many purposes–from hosting friends and family to entertaining–but at the end of the day, they are just that: a home. It’s where you live, where you spend the majority of your time, and where your most treasured memories are made. So, no matter how breathtaking you want your designs or how elaborate your dĂ©cor may be, be sure to fuse the beauty of your design with comfort that facilitates deep rest and relaxation. Don’t let this key aspect of your home get lost in the excitement of building something incredible!

    Our final thoughts…

    Creating a piece of art is exciting, and that excitement is only compounded when your artistic creation is your own home! No matter what direction you decide to take when deciding on the interior design of  your dream home, be sure to partner with designers and builders that will dream with you and help guide you toward making your imagination come to life. Look for accolades and a portfolio that represents the vision you have in mind.

    If you are interested in speaking to the design team at Phil Kean Designs Group, please fill in the form below and our staff will reach out to you. Thank you for reading!

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