Sustainable Design

A few weeks ago, Moore & Moore Garden Center in Nashville hosted a day of Science & Art workshops and invited Beth to speak about sustainable interior design. As a designer specializing in sustainable renovations and new development, Beth was honored to share some insights for fostering a sustainable future for Nashville and top tips for green design. Here are some of the highlights from her presentation!
 
 
In the next 20 years, Nashville is expected to grow by 1 million people. What will that mean for Nashville? Will it become the next Atlanta? Perhaps the answer falls somewhere between urban sprawl / low density development and concentrated communities / high density developments. The picture below illustrates the point perfectly. Imagine dense, downtown urban developments (like the Gulch) that are walkable and developed with residential conveniences.
 
BHD focuses on sustainable design as a part of every project. We work with clients and their properties to understand the function of their current space and develop a sustainable solution. This can mean anything from incorporating green design practices to aging-in place principles, to aesthetics, materials, and selections.  Below is a list of our top techniques:
 
 
Here are a few examples of our work that highlight great use of utilizing sustainable materials and techniques. The existing bath in this Brentwood home was dated and needed a complete overhaul. We worked with the client to re-imagine their space and ended up delivering a bright, high functioning bathroom that is both visually stunning and deeply rooted in sustainable design practices.
 
 
The next kitchen remodel is an excellent example of reworking a space to fit the modern needs of a growing family. The remodel is gorgeous and sustainable. Here are a couple of before pictures and a whole slew of after pictures!
The last example highlights great design that prolongs the usability of a home. Aging-in-place helps guarantee homeowners can enjoy their property despite future physical limitations. Renovating with the foresight of aging-in-place not only reducing the number of future remodels needed, it adds value to the project as well. 
 
 
 
 
 Hope you enjoyed the before and after pictures and foray into sustainable design. As always, if you have any questions, give us a call and we are happy to discuss! Big shout out to Moore & Moore Garden Center for hosting the event and bringing sustainable design to the forefront of Nashville design!
 

The Beauty of Custom New Construction

Upon arriving at this home in a wooded neighborhood near Radnor Lake in Nashville, guests might be surprised by the interiors unless they knew our client. In that case, friends would likely recognize the aesthetic and personality from a mile away and be able to match up the interiors with the homeowners immediately. From the hand-painted Mexican tiles inspired by an old magazine clipping our clients saved, to the playroom tucked under the over-sized kitchen island, friends would be able to pinpoint  the client’s Hispanic heritage, love of color and love of family. Everything has a reason, a function, and most importantly, a story. 

Front entry way complete with custom door and a melange of custom colors inspired by travels to Mexico.

One thing everyone comments on when they walk into the home is the strong, unabashed use of color. Even we have to admit they are gutsy and unique! Some might be surprised to see a brand new construction home infused with so much personality, intrigue, heart and soul, but that is the magic of a custom home, isn’t it? In a custom home, the clients, the design team, and the contractor come together to not only create a space that reflects the client’s personality, but also to take an objective look at every aspect of construction; Nothing is a given, everything is a decision. The result in this custom home is pure joy. Bright pink, deep blues, citrus greens – they are all at home!

Our client loves color which was used inventively throughout the home.

The open and bright entryway makes the perfect welcome area. Warm wood tones, vibrant colors, custom stairway, and gallery wall featuring a collection of photos from the clients travels makes a strong design statement and sets the tone for the rest of the home. The miniature doorway under the stairs was designed to give access to the crawl space under the stairs, but we imagine the grandchildren are fascinated by the little door and have declared the space as one of their own!

A spacious and open kitchen functions as the multitasking heart of the home

We loved designing the details of the kitchen and tailoring it specially to the homeowners cooking, storage and personal design aesthetic.  First, was to layout the floor plan to create a chef’s kitchen that was at once hard working but also easy on the eyes.  Next, we selected the finishes and fixtures to match the inspiration photos.  Lastly, we stretched our imaginations to use every bit of the island which includes a small play space for the grandchildren.  Not only does this space work as a great place to tuck away toys when they are not in use, it also is illuminated so the kids can play while everyone gathers around for family events. 

Detail shot of tile sourced from the old magazine clipping and a closer look at the island 

We love the organic quality the tiles lend to the kitchen. The bright blue is lively and upbeat but the unique characteristics of each tile feels very genuine and real. It’s interesting because those are the words we would use to describe the rest of the house as well.

Custom cherry built-ins with accent lighting in the living room

The eclectic mix of colors compliments the wall of beautiful built-ins perfectly. The color balances the brown and creates a nice layered look. We love the rich hues and mix of textiles and surfaces. The shelves are an assortment of family heirlooms, photographs, interesting books and treasures collected from around the world.  The furniture is bold and charismatic, beckoning you to come sit, relax and enjoy the natural light which warms the spaces. 

This master suite could be in Nashville, LA, Barcelona, or anywhere else in the world. The modern mix of prints, color, texture, fabrics, textiles, surfaces is truly international. We love the floor to ceiling tiles and emphasis it adds to the bed.  You feel transported to another part of the world. 

This gorgeous wallpaper actually started as a ceiling accent but it was so cheery, warm and unexpected, we had to extend it down the walls as well.  We love the pattern and the soft glow it lends to the space. Its a perfect compliment to the grey custom designed storage.

The guest suite designed for our client’s daughter is an intentional departure from the vibrancy of the rest of the home. Bathed in neutrals and serene natural elements, the guest suite is the perfect tailored to their daughter’s aesthetic. What a nice gesture to design for your most sought after guest!

Last but not least, here is the accompanying bathroom as part of the guest suite. The soft, serene environment is continued and we couldn’t be more pleased with the balance, tone, and texture of the space. All and all, this house manages to find the right balance between vibrant eclectic and modern, serene and contemporary. Designed to match the personality and lifestyle of its family, this custom home will welcome many, offer a backdrop for happy memories and engulf the owners in joyful celebration of life, heritage and family.  Hope you enjoyed the tour!

BHD’s Top 10 ways to add value to your home!

Nashville, or should we say Nowville, is experiencing unprecedented growth. Last month, Consumer Reports magazine did a case study of a home in Austin that underwent a $65,000 renovation that raised the home’s value by $142,000. The article said the renovation was smart and strategic but also had a lot to do with the market in Austin, 20% appreciation in the last 3.5 years. It got us thinking about Nashville. After looking it up, we learned Nashville appreciation rate for the last 3 years was 23.5, even more than Austin.

Renovations come in all sizes but at the end of the day, homeowner’s usually have the same thing in the back of their mind— resale value. Are the dollars going in going to generate a return on investment or are they going to fall flat. Sometimes it is a war between renovating for personal use and renovating for resale. Other times, it is a war between making luxury upgrades you will enjoy verses the fear of over-improving and never seeing a return for the work. BHD knows the struggle is real and we are here to help you find the perfect balance. Check out of list of top 10 ways to add value to your home and make sure to read Consumer Reports “8 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value”!

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BethHaley_AB_Buckley-56691. Kitchen –  The big decision with kitchens is whether to invest in a gut remodel or to work within the ex existing framework. Whatever the decision, make sure your kitchen is at the bare minimum clean and functional. This usually means new cabinet fronts or repainting, countertops, backsplash, hardware, lighting, and flooring.  Buyers love stainless steel, hard stone surfaces like granite or quartz, and hardwood.

 

 

 

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2. Floor plan – A lot of buyers crave open floor plans and are eager to buy properties that have already been renovated. When considering your own renovation, think about doing work to open up smaller rooms and how to create a good flow through your home. The range in this kind of work is extensive so talking to a designer will help you see all the options! If you do decide to get into major reno work moving walls, consider making the floor plan suitable for aging in place; In 2040, 21% of the population will be senior citizens and the current housing stock won’t be able to accommodate. Some elements are first floor master suites, non-threshold showers, and widening tight spaces to allow wheelchair or walker access.

 

 

 

 

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3. Bathrooms – Like kitchens, any work done to your bathroom will likely add value to your home. Ranging from the most simple and obvious stuff like replacing medicine cabinets, lighting, countertops, vanity, flooring to the complete renovations, focus on creating a clean, functional space.

 

 

 

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4. Flooring – Get rid of outdated flooring. Old carpet has to go. Linoleum has to go. Refinish hardwood floors. Add hardwood floors. Add tile. Whatever you do, unify the look of your home through flooring. It can make the whole house look bigger and it will do wonders to the overall character of the space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5. Storage – Make your storage areas work for you and make sure to add storage areas if you undertake any renovation that either removes existing storage or reconfigures the floor plan. Homeowner’s love dedicated mudrooms, built-ins, pantries, walk-in closets, and other unique storage setups particular to your home. Find the opportunities and capitalize on every nook and cranny available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6. Cosmetics – Cosmetics really come down to making your house feel like it has been well cared for. Make sure nothing is broken in your home and nothing screams outdated. Simple fixes like new lighting, new doors, new hardware, new faucets, and even new trim / molding are a surefire way to increase the value of your home. Also, don’t forget to paint, paint paint!

 

 

 

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7. Landscaping – Take care that the outside of your home appears low-maintenance. Add value by replacing part of your backyard with a patio with seating, fire pit, and BBQ area. Make sure the curb appeal of your home is as good as it can be. Replacing the front door, stoop, and steps is a classic way to modify the front facade. You would be surprised what a significant statement those 3 elements make on the overall look! * Photo: Courtesy, Bagnato Architects of Austraila. Photo Credit: Axiom Photography.

 

 

 

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8. Technology – Integrate technology whenever possible. Simple upgrades like USB outlets in bedrooms to programmable thermostats create the feel of a modern, renovated home. Consider creating a focal point in your home by adding a modern, linear fireplace or renovate an existing fireplace. Small investments can result in big returns upon investment when you consider the overall effect on the aesthetic of your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9. Energy efficiency – Make sure your home is as energy efficient as it can be. People love buying older homes but they don’t want to feel like the home is outdated. If you have a crawl space below your house or in the attic, make sure it is insulated. If your windows need to be replaced, look for Energy Star / Low-E coated windows. Buyers are savvy and will recognize the value added. An easy update is to buy new, energy efficient appliances.

 

 

 

 

 

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10. Systems – Everything should be in working order- or in tip-top shape. Either you pay for it upfront and reap the rewards or the inspector finds all the flaws and buyers have leverage in their offer. Try to sell your home without punch list items that need to be addressed, anything from an old water heater to an outdated furnace. Nobody wants to feel like they are buying a house that has been fixed up cosmetically but is still rusty under the hood!

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.consumerreports.org/home-improvement/8-ways-to-boost-your-home-value/

http://www.fortunebuilders.com/nashville-real-estate-market-trends/