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Tile Style: 6 Stylish Tiles To Use In Your Home Makeover

If you want to get creative with your home renovation, tile is a great place to start. Tile has the potential to make or break a design. Read on for our complete guide to choosing stylish tiles for your home makeover


The Future of Design: Trending Towards Sustainability

What Does the Future of Design Look Like? Fully-immersive, hands-on experiences like Virtual Reality and 3D-printing are making design much more accessible. As the general public becomes more sophisticated in their aesthetic preferences and understanding of the necessity for quality products, there is a trend towards sustainability and customization. And with more millennials entering the workforce, cities are booming and telecommuting is on the rise, which has many wondering if workspaces and offices will eventually disappear entirely.   SohoWorks Coworking Space in London Having recently spoken on a panel about the Future of the Workplace at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, we'll argue that office spaces aren't going to cease to exist just yet. But one thing is for sure: the line between work and personal life continues to blur and the future of design is going to be dependent upon our ability to adapt accordingly. So what creates structure in a structure-less environment? What does the future look like? Enter more multi-disciplinary home offices, coworking spaces, multi-use and modular, community-centric environments--spaces that are economically and environmentally conscious. These are the design trends shaping the future of a brighter, more sustainable future: The Future is Bright! Sustainability, modern design, and minimalism all share an aesthetic connection. The materials we use and the colors we source them in are often dependent upon environmental necessity. And when predicting design trends, it’s often a good idea to look towards the automobile industry. Take popular color trends, for example: the car industry is worlds ahead of many others in color technology, in creating colors that can withstand weather and last a long time, which is why you might have noticed an increase in bright green cars (outer-borough New York taxis, or on zippy sports cars, for example); or perhaps you’ve noticed more crimson-red colored vehicles that don’t fade into a tomato-red in the sun like older models would (And both Greenery and Marsala-Red were recent selections for Pantone’s Color of the Year).    Brighter colors are also historically used in traffic control, in and around cars for safety purposes (Think Stop signs and car blinkers, crossing guard vests, etc.)  Don’t be surprised if you start seeing a lot of bright blue! YInMN (Yes, you read that jumble of letters correctly)-- the most recent shade of blue to be discovered in 200 years has been synthetically crafted in a lab and has recently become available for commercial use. The Future is Vertical! As a response to advancements in medicine and globalisation, populations are increasing and living longer, which means more vertical building to account for everyone. We’re losing horizontal outdoor spaces: less backyards, less gardens, but as a response we’re seeing a movement towards lots of plants indoors, and vertical wall gardens Lagranja Design Coworking Space in Spain Vertical wall gardens are a wonderful way in which people can grow their own produce or just improve the air quality in congested cities.  As the line between indoors and out is blurred, vertical gardens seamlessly bring the outdoors in. Tesla's solar roof panels have recently become available as well, making it easier than ever to harness solar energy in a sustainable fashion. With a focus on the aesthetic design, Tesla's tiles also make it more incentivizing for home owners to harness the power of the sun. The Future is Flexible! As a culture we’ve become accustomed to fast-fashion and instant-delivery; knock-off products that may look great initially, but are ultimately unsustainable. As a response; however, the general public becomes more aware of the process of creating products and services, we’re beginning to see more of a push back and demand for authenticity. The compromise of the cultural demand for instantaneous delivery, customization, and quality that is economical sound cultivates in the form of technologies like 3D-printing. Take a look at the time lapse below of an entire home that was printed in 24 hours:         Right now there are still limitations: manufacturing 3D-printed products with multiple materials at a time is still being developed, which does mean mixed materials will be out as a trend for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, this will result in more monochromatic, "futuristic," minimalist aesthetics overall, and will generate less waste by using only the exact amount of a material necessary. This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader #DesignForFuture


Why is My Home Renovation Taking So Long?!

The Design Process: How Much Time Do I Need to Renovate My Home?

The Design Process: How much Time Do I Need to Renovate My Home? The time required to renovate your home is contingent upon a lot of different factors:  the size of the space, how long of a time you take to feel comfortable with the design, and how intensive is your renovation (is it just a "pull and replace" project where things are just getting updated, or is the space/ floor plan being rearranged to increase functionality, are things being custom designed and made-to-order?) There are a lot of components that have to come together perfectly to allow for a project to go just as expected and that rarely ever happens. You can expect to spend on average, 2-6 months on a medium-sized home renovation, but we always suggest anticipating your project to take longer than originally planned. Here, Lori shares the 2 biggest reasons your home renovation is taking SO long:   Permits, Materials, and Lead Times, Oh my! Building permits take about a month to get after the design phase and before any building can really get going. Particular materials and specialty products with long lead times can add on months to your renovation. Custom cabinetry, for example, can take 3-4 months. Semi-custom cabinetry generally takes 4-8 weeks, stone or tile products often have long lead times. But a lot of delays come from the "unknowns" - Unlike the products and materials with predictably long lead times, these are the things we can't anticipate. Finding things you don't want to find once the process has started is always a bummer, but that's what we're here for! These issues can range from structural issues requiring additional permits, to plumbing & electric issues. Sometimes, during construction we find old infrastructure has to be upgraded or replaced. According to Houzz, here are the average amounts of time you can expect a project to take (Keep reading: We’ll break this down into a bit more detail below):   Kitchen Renovations Kitchens can take 3-6 months to complete, dependent upon what upgrades you want to make. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the appliances, and the harder and more surface area there is, the longer you can expect a project to take. From new ovens, sinks, and refrigerators, to counter tops and custom cabinetry, kitchens are entirely large appliances and hard surfaces. Bathroom Renovations If you’re overhauling a large master bathroom, complete with shower and/or bath features, and multiple sinks and counters, expect your renovation to take no less than 3 months. Smaller powder rooms may take slightly less time, but choosing, ordering, and installing the perfect sink, tiles, and toilets can still take about 3 months.   Laundry Room Renovations Similarly, laundry rooms require ordering large appliances with longer lead times, and can take upwards of 3 months to complete. Closet Renovations Building your dream closet means designing, building, and installing custom storage for all your clothing and accessories. While not as taxing as a bath or laundry room, the custom built-in’s are to blame for you closet renovation taking about 2-3 months. Bedrooms, Living Rooms, Home Offices Dependent upon the size of the room, designing a bedroom, living or family room, or home office can take 3-4 months. If you want custom furniture or if your project if more traditional and requires a lot of details, you can expect it to be even longer. But even without, furniture lead times can sometimes be unpredictable. Ready To Get Started? Get in touch with us and let's see what we can do together.