Deep-set window sills by Alway Homes.

Deep-set window sills by Alway Homes.

Sometimes it’s the little things that really set one house apart from the next.

I’m a big believer in letting the details do the talking.  I’ve compiled a short list of the “little things” that can make a new house stand apart from the crowd.

1. Deep-set window sills. Above, you can see I’ve used reclaimed wood beams, cut down to fit. These sills are eight inches wide– they make a meaningful impression in a room. The windows are flush on the outside of the house.

Quarter-sawn trim surrounds doors and windows.

Quarter-sawn trim surrounds doors and windows.

2. The Trim. I really don’t like the basic paint-grade trim. I prefer using custom milled trim that fits the personality of the home. Trim typically surrounds every door and window opening in your home —  you look at it EVERYWHERE. It shouldn’t be intrusive, but it should be quality.

Built-in bookcase

Built-in bookcase

 

3. Built-ins. There are many ‘voids’ in a home under construction. And it is very very easy to build-in some quality furniture grade bookcases, shelving, even drawers. These added spaces are meaningful additions to any room. The little things.

Cobble stone stamped concrete

Cobble stone stamped concrete

4. Outside detailing! Have a patio? A walkway? Stamp it. The stamps these days are amazing. This cobble stone stamped concrete is one of my favorites. It turns something blah into something interesting and worthy of a second look.

Brick entry flooring

Brick entry flooring

 

5. Interesting flooring.

Sure, you could just lay down the brick floor in the typical brick stack pattern — but why not follow the French and do something truly artistic on the floor? They mastered parquet’s, houndstooth patterns, and so much more. I love adding details like the brick entry above, into my homes.

 

Again, these are just five “little things” to think about in the construction of a new home –or the remodel of an older home.

Like what you see? Give me a call at 541-480-5050. We also have homes to look at in Bend and Salem, Oregon.

Jess Alway