Luxury Custom Home Kitchen Trends

The benefit of building a custom home is the ability to build the home of our clients’ dreams---a home with all the features they wished they had over the years.  Needless to say, one of the most exciting rooms to design is the kitchen.  As trends come and go we find it somewhat challenging and yet fulfilling to blend personal preferences with current design trends.  The kitchen is still the hub of the home and a space family and friends frequently enjoy.  A few of the top personal preferences in luxury kitchen design among our clients in Paradise Valley and Scottsdale, Arizona are the following:

Modern Traditional Style    While contemporary design is trending, most homeowners still want a “homey” inviting kitchen.  Therefore cabinets are often classic in style and we incorporate a lot of mixed materials in the kitchen.   Stainless steel appliances, wood flooring, and natural marble countertops is a stunning example of mixed materials.

Double Islands   A double island creates more space to work and sit around which is appealing to many homeowners.  In particularly large homes, space allows for two islands.  If entertaining frequently in the kitchen, the additional counter space for placing trays of food is a real benefit.  And of course, if two people are preparing food simultaneously it makes for a great cooking duo space!

Open Shelving    Not a good choice for the messy, disorganized homeowner, but open shelving personalizes the kitchen.  It makes for a very functional kitchen and a great way to display special collections and artifacts.

Luxe Metallics   Warm metals like gold, copper and bronze have been trending and will continue to do so.  Copper and bronze are a stunning accent to many color palettes.

Our advice is to design a kitchen with all your required amenities and a focus on enduring design trends. Create a room that exudes warmth and conviviality.

Building Luxury Mid-Century Modern in Paradise Valley

Modern is trending in Arizona and we are incredibly excited about our collaboration with BedBrock Developers in building and designing a fabulous Mid-Century Modern home nearing completion in Paradise Valley.  The pool and exterior landscaping is currently underway.

The homeowners were a joy to work with in designing their home. With a deep desire for exterior living, pool, and mountain views, the home is formed around the exterior space. The home will boast our first re-entrant corner multi-slide pocket door which will unveil virtually the entire primary living spaces to the exterior!  The homeowners love to entertain and celebrate with friends; therefore, we provided them with “The Hitching Post,” also known as the wet bar. The exterior will have a unique layup of Cantera veneer which will provide organic texture. Finally, there is an upper covered view terrace which will provide 360 degree views of Paradise Valley’s beautiful landforms.  

I’m always honored to have the opportunity to design a new home, even more so a retirement home. We look forward to the first cookout in the beautiful outdoor space!

By CP Drewett
Drewett Works, Architecture

How Home Automation Is Now a Much Friendlier User Experience

How Home Automation Is Now a Much Friendlier User Experience

It was only a couple of years ago that home automation systems required programming knowledge to change or alter preset settings. Don’t get me wrong, home automation is still a complex system, especially when dealing with large-scale homes. While the design and installation of any sophisticated smart home technology will always require a team of professionals, industry leaders have recently made the user experience much more flexible and intuitive. Crestron and Savant have made huge strides to improving the way homeowners interact with their system by placing the control and customization into the homeowners hands.

Available now on both iOS and Android applications, Crestron and Savant now offer single application interfaces. Homeowners can now program their home automation system, post-installation, without the help of a programmer.

Have full control and access to climate, entertainment, lighting, security in one touch.  

Crestron and Savant both offer custom experiences and one touch interfaces that are tailored to your living style and needs.

Here are the top features you can control with either app. Wi-Fi or cellular signal is required.  

•Climate control – Setup morning, afternoon, or evening temperature is to warm or cool your home.

•Create your scene – Whether you are calm, excited, happy or feeling a little romantic, you can personalize music or lighting to capture and re-create a moment. Full capabilities of setting up personal environments for the perfect date or movie night.   
 
•Lighting Control – Dim, brighten or save energy in any room.  

•24/7 Security – Full access to monitor every room in your home. Head to work or go on vacation knowing you will be notified if something is out of place.   
 
•Schedule Events – The possibilities are endless with full control to create events.  Setup shade positions at sunrise or adjust lighting control at sunset.
 
•Parental control – Modify privileges based on age group. Complete control to monitor what your kids are watching.  

Prepare your home to fit your needs.  Full customization with Crestron or Savant is a touch away.  

Creative Sound and Integration
www.creativesound.info

How To Reduce The Risk Of A Fire In Your Home

Dryer Vents are seldom seen and rarely worried about, but they are a very important part of maintaining a healthy, happy, and safe home. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission there are over 15,000 home fires a year caused by dirty dryer vents. Eighty percent of these fires start with clogged dryer vents, and result in 15 deaths and 400 injuries on average annually.  Lint and debris gets backed up in the vent, reducing air flow. This can decrease dryer efficiency and cause fires. While a lot of homeowners are aware of the risks associated with dirty dryer vents not everyone has the time, proper equipment, or know how to keep their dryer vent adequately cleaned. Cleaning the lint trap in your dryer is a good start, and should be done regularly, but it is not enough to prevent a fire from sparking in your dryer vent.  Fortunately, there is a simple solution for such an important home maintenance task.  

Joe Filter, a healthy home services company in Phoenix, Arizona offers a full dryer vent cleaning service for your home.  The service utilizes a heavy duty HEPA vacuum and rotating brush system to clean the entire length of your dryer vent and dryer exhaust. The dryer vent cleaning system simultaneously brushes while vacuuming in order to remove built up lint and debris as opposed to packing it further up your dryer vent. The HEPA filters in the high powered vacuum prevent all the loosened debris removed from the dryer vent from getting into the air of your home. This process keeps your dryer running efficiently and most importantly, keeps your home safe for you and your loved ones. To learn more about dryer vent cleaning call Joe Filter at (480) 813-9494 or visit online at JoeFilter.com.

By Thomas Tenkely
Joe Filter

Mid-Century Modern - Simplicity, Elegance and Efficiency

The Mid-Century Modern style uses horizontal architectural elements often meant to nestle into its surroundings and extends this outdoor living to the interior. This is accomplished by creating structures with ample access points, open floor plans and extending the use of organic materials.  The overall design can be interpreted into an individualized environment taking on elements of its specific surroundings and working cohesively with other styles.  

Key architectural elements seen in mid-century modern design:

• Sloping ceilings, wood paneling and large windows.
• Multiple windows and doors to access the outside.
• Flat horizontal planes with simple lines and the use of glass, wood, metal and concrete throughout.
• Elevation changes - open and split floor plans and cabinets of varying heights.
• Open spaces – contiguous kitchen, dining and living spaces.
• Interior use of exterior materials and exposed brickwork.

Mid-Century Modern interiors focus on effortless simplicity, clean lines and allow for functionality.  The modern take on this style encourages designs to incorporate something old with something new and works well with each unique style while incorporating theclassic elements you love from that era.  

Key interior elements seen in mid-century modern design:

• Bold pattern white or neutral interiors with pops of classic hues such as green, blue, orange or yellow.
• Features at least one key iconic piece of mid-century modern furniture in each room; such as an Eames lounge chair or Arne Jacobson Egg Chair.
• Functional Scandinavian design elements – simple lines, teak or walnut wood.
• The use of natural resources and sleek, modern accessories.
• Brass accents and retro patterns.
• Horizontal low profile furniture, including upholstered pieces with wood detail and tapered legs.
• Smooth tabletops made of wood or glass featuring tapered legs.
• Wood sideboard with sliding doors, marble round tables, and fiberglass chairs.
• Bright statement lighting – such as classic geometric-shapes or drum shades.
• Retro geometric-style wall art and vintage accessories, such as a George Nelson starburst clock or retro metal lettering.
• Sustainable accessories remain minimal to maintain the clean and uncluttered feel.

Mara Green
Interior Designer
Allied ASID
Est Est Incorporated

Top 5 Questions Bedbrock Developers' Clients Ask...

Top 5 Questions BedBrock Developers’ Clients Ask When Building a Luxury Custom Home

The questions to ask your luxury custom home builder in Paradise Valley, Arizona or Scottsdale, Arizona are similar to building in any other luxury community in the United States.  In 20+ years of custom building, BedBrock Developers typically addresses five key questions and highly recommends anyone looking to build a luxury custom home ask their builder these questions.

1. How long has BedBrock Developers been building?
     We have been building and remodeling for over 20 years.
 
2. What sets BedBrock Developers apart from other builders?
Rich Brock, the owner of BedBrock Developers has a degree in engineering with a “right brain” for              design and eye for detail.  He has studied different home styles in Europe and implements those styles and building techniques in Arizona.  The BedBrock quality is unsurpassed.

3. Who manages BedBrock Developers projects and how is communication handled?
Every project has a project manager and project superintendent assigned.  Scheduling and budgeting is the responsibility of the project manager.  The superintendent manages the day to day field operations and interacts with the clients on a daily basis.   Rich Brock, as General Contractor, is involved in every project and interacts with all clients.

4. What is the timeline for building a BedBrock luxury custom home?
Most of the BedBrock Developers custom homes in Paradise Valley and Scottsdale are 4000-6000 square feet.  The average completion time is twelve months.

5. Is it permissible to speak with other clients about their experience with BedBrock Developers?
It is not only permissible, we recommend it!  We will gladly provide referrals and our website has video testimonials from many of our clients.