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It is now your turn to decide what kind of walls you want. Do you want to paint, wallpaper or apply a textured effect to your walls? If you aren’t going to paint or wallpaper, now is the time where you can have a texture applied to your walls as a nice finishing touch.

STEP 8 – PUTTING INTERIOR TRIM IN PLACE
Interior trim begins with your doors. Lengths of trim wood are applied to the outside edges of the door openings, and base molding pieces are applied to the walls where they meet the floor. Crown moldings cover the walls where they meet the ceiling. Once the door trims are finished, other trim needs, such as stair rails and fireplace mantels are installed.

STEP 9 – PAINTING AND STAINING
It is now time for the painting and staining processes. Any trim pieces that were installed unfinished can be painted or stained, and any untextured walls can be painted or wallpapered. Be sure to prepare all of the areas that you plan to paint or stain. Sometimes the drywallers leave joint compound on the walls, and it should be filed down before you paint or stain.

STEP 10 – DOING FINISHING WORK
It is now time to bring in your beautiful kitchen and bath cabinets and maybe that granite countertop you’ve always wanted. The tiles, the carpet, the blinds and curtains, the appliances, the furniture and all the other aesthetic touches are now finding a place within your new walls. This is also the time when the subcontractors come back to install the heat registers and light and water fixtures.

STEP 11 – DOING CLEANUP AND LANDSCAPING
The final steps include your driveway and/or sidewalk being installed, the landscaping being created and the process of clean-up beginning. Try saving a few dollars and tackling the cleanup on your own. This process can be made easy if you call your garbage company and have them drop off one of those oversized trash receptacles to throw away any remaining debris that you find.

FLOOR-PLAN TRENDS

Here are some of the most desired features for future floor plans, provided by custom home building resource, Custom Home Key (www.customhomekey.com).

— Sight Lines
Sight lines are very useful when designing the floor plan of your house. Sight lines are responsible for making one home seem large and another seem small when both homes have the same square footage. They are invisible lines that can be drawn from any given point in the home, whether you’re standing in a doorway or seated in a room. The lines stop when you visually come to a point where you cannot see any further; for example, when your sight is obstructed by a wall or a door. Walls and doors make the home feel smaller. By opening things up with a hint of what lies beyond, the home will look and feel larger.

Sight lines can be checked with the floor plan, a ruler and a pencil. Begin by standing in the middle of any doorway or opening and start drawing a straight line to various focal points in the home. Focal points can include windows, courtyards, fireplaces and adjacent rooms. Ask yourself the following questions when making your sight lines. Then check them from various sitting positions in the home:
  • Does the line stop in that room or does it pass through several?
  • Does it intersect a featureless wall or will you get a glimpse of a window and the courtyard beyond?
  • What will you see from the dining room table? From the family room sofa? From your bed? From the kitchen?

Once you carefully have made your sight lines throughout your house, make note of what views you feel are the most important as you casually sit and stand in different areas of your space. Always remember that the least amount of obstructions there are, the bigger the house will look and feel. Not to mention, it’s far more interesting to get a preview of what’s to come with subtle hints and captivating clues of the spaces beyond than to be cut off from the rest of the home.

— Traffic Patterns
Sight lines help you understand the way your house will look and feel when you’re standing still or seated, but what about when you move through it? Traffic patterns are used to help you judge how your home looks and feels when you’re moving through it. Traffic patterns trace the way a person gets from one location to the next within a house and also how simple it is for them to do so.

Modern home floor plans rarely utilize hallways to move from one space to another because homeowners are realizing that the space is wasted and dull. Today’s floor plans are turning other rooms into passageways. By doing so, small-space rooms are made to seem larger because they are open to other rooms with good sight lines. However, sometimes rooms as passageways do not do justice for your floor plan. For example, when you walk from the master bedroom to the kitchen and have to walk between the sofa and the TV. This is especially bothersome if your master suite is upstairs and you have to walk down the stairs and pass through the entry where people are entertaining.

   
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