SPRING REMODEL HIGHLIGHTS

Spring is in the air which often means it’s out with the old and in with the new! While many families are focusing on spring cleaning, we are reflecting on some of our most recent remodels. This month we want to highlight some spectacular projects!

Making An Entrance

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2This staircase makes a grand statement for all guests! The open rails give a great view and leaves the home feeling open and not closed in. Not only does it look breathtaking from the front, but the design of behind the stairs is unique and intriguing.

Deluxe Patio

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Who wouldn’t want to unwind after a long day on this patio? The covered deck with fans ensures that guests will stay cool no matter what season. The best part we think, is the great views of the interior and pool.

Making a Splash

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This is no ordinary pool! With the nearby cabana, it is ideal to take a dip to cool off or swim laps. Then enjoy relaxing in custom cabana.

Luxurious Office

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Having a hard time staying productive at home? Not in this office! With the floor to ceiling wood interior, you won’t feel like you are working. The beautiful windows bring in lovely light.
This spring, while you are clearing out space keep us in mind! We can remodel your home into something brand new. Ready for your free consultation?

 

 

Turning Unused Space Into Beautiful Living Spaces

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When you have a growing family, it is natural to run out of space. Sometimes it can be frustrating to the point of considering moving just to gain more space. Moving isn’t always the answer. Sometimes, the answer is making a space, that already exists in your home, into a functional living space. Let’s explore some of the additional living space options you already have the space for.

Pool House
Some of you may have a pool house in your yard. Right now it is probably collecting dust and being used to store pool toys, yard tools and bikes. Don’t waste this great space on storage. It’s time for a remodel. Work with a trusted contractor, like Alan at Arlington, to help create a beautiful living space. This can be used as an entertaining space with a bar, flat screen TV and gaming furnishings. Which can be a great adult getaway. Or you can make this space into a guest house. The options are endless.

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Detached Garage
Some models of homes have detached garages. If you are currently using this as storage space, and not the storage for your car, then it may be time for some spring cleaning. Clean out this space and remodel it to be a useful living space that is close to your home. These are great since they are closer to your home than a pool house. You can create a connecting structure so it is an extension of your home. Or you can design a beautiful stone pathway that visually connects this space to your home. It is amazing what furniture, paint and proper insulation can do to a space that was once only used for storage.

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These are a couple of spaces that you can use to make your home a more functional living space. The added benefit of updating these spaces is the added value it adds to your home! These basic remodels make a world of difference and you can truly make them work to your lifestyle. Does this sound good but you aren’t sure where to start? Let us help you with a few ideas perfectly tailored to you! Call Alan today to get started.

3 Signs You Are Ready to Build a Custom Home

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Deciding to build a custom home is often a well thought out decision and not one made on a whim! Whether you are actively saving to build your custom home or feel ready to take the plunge, it’s important to have realistic expectations about the process. Building a custom home is not for everyone. If you and your family can relate to these 3 signs, then you could be ready to partner with Arlington Custom Builders to build your custom home.

You need more space
Do you have a lot of out of town visitors that love to stay with you? Maybe
you have a special hobby or interest that needs special accommodations.
Building a custom home, allows you to create unique spaces that work
specifically for your family and needs. If you are able to look ahead and see
what spaces you will need, then building a custom home could be for you!

You prefer shiny and new (new home, new neighborhood)
If you are the type of personality that prefers to be first, then a custom home could be for you! Oftentimes, building a custom home means being the first home in a developing neighborhood. The advantage to this is you get to meet your neighbors as they come in, instead of being the new family on the block! You also prefer not living in a space that has been pre-owned. You appreciate a place with no history that allows you to make the first impressions.

You know what you want
If you have been called picky or a perfectionist then building a custom home
could be a great option for you. This is especially noticeable if you have gone
house shopping and can’t find a space that fits your requirements. Do you
find yourself late at night on Pinterest, saving different ideas for your ideal
home? When building a custom home, you have to be able to make decisions
on all aspects of design and layout.

Do you identify with any of the above? If yes, then you could be the ideal client for building a custom home! Working out a budget and saving is a crucial step before you can build your dream space. Reach out to us today to see how we can help make your dream home a reality.

Cool Gathering Spaces for Cooler Evenings

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August is here, which means it’s still hot and the monsoon season is in full swing. So why even think about spending time outside? Well in our minds, we see the end of heat in sight and cooler evenings on the horizon! Start thinking about all those beautiful, cool Arizona evenings you can be spending with your family or entertaining guests in your backyard. It’s time to get started on those outdoor living projects you have been dreaming about. Our general contractor, Alan Anderson, has a few tips and tricks for ideal outdoor living upgrades.

Fire Pit with Built-in Seating
Thinking about building a custom fire pit? Maybe you already have one in your yard but it’s missing something. We think a custom fire pit just isn’t complete without custom seating. You have to have somewhere to sit comfortably while gathering with your loved ones or making s’mores! Work with a general contractor, like Alan Anderson, who gets to know your lifestyle to custom tailor these upgrades to your family’s lifestyle.

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Extended Covered Patio
This upgrade should not be overlooked. Most Arizona homes have a covered patio, but some are lacking the space needed for luxurious outdoor living. Extending that covered patio will give your family more space to really enjoy the great outdoors! Let’s be honest, it’s still pretty hot in October and having ample shade is never an option here. This is an addition that is nearly a necessity.

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Patio Tile
So you may have beautiful tile around your home, but do you have the same outside? Imagine a pebble walkway leading from your patio to your pool. It is the simple touches that add character to your backyard. Think about something durable and stylish. When in doubt, talk to your contractor and see what he thinks would add that perfect touch to the style of your home.

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Get ready for outdoor living this fall by getting to work on these outdoor home additions today! You will be happy you did when the weather is cool and your family is together enjoying time with one another! Don’t trust any general contractor to get the job done right, trust Alan at Arlington Custom Builders.

EASY SUMMER REMODELS

Looking to make an improvement to your home this summer but not sure where to begin? Summer is the perfect time to dive into home projects we put off all year. Here are a few of our recommended easy summer remodels you can get started on today!

Let the sun shine in!

Skylights are the easiest way to let natural light in your room in a way that windows can’t. Letting the sun shine through the ceiling brightens up the room and makes each room feel more warm and natural. This is a remodel that can be done to multiple rooms like your kitchen, bathrooms and master. Or you can pick one and get started there. Working with a contractor like Alan, will make projects like this quick and painless!

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Built-in BBQ

Jealous of all of your Facebook friend’s beautiful backyard party photos? How do their outdoor living spaces look like they are living the lifestyle of your favorite Hollywood celebrities? It’s because outdoor living space upgrades are more attainable than you think. Start with one element and build on that. We recommend starting with the built-in grilling area. Complete with the island, grill, stonework, refrigerator and wet bar. You will be so happy you upgraded your yard and before you know it you will be inviting over the whole neighborhood!

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French Doors

This one is a quick and easy upgrade, with the longest lasting value. Imagine those double doors, custom designed, leading you and your guests out to your backyard! Or maybe you just have them opened up while you are cooking your summer meals to feel the breeze. Either way, this upgrade is a must. Talk to your contractor to see what style would work best in your home.

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Summertime is here! Don’t wait on these remodel ideas. You will be so happy you made these upgrades this summer and each summer to come. Still not sure where to begin? Call Alan and he will give you a consultation to guide you in the right direction for your home!

MASTER BEDROOM REMODELS ADDING COMFORT & STYLE

The Art of the Master Bedroom Remodel

Oh, the master bedroom! It’s arguably the best place in your house. The space you go to for quiet, relaxation and overall comfort. It shouldn’t be overlooked! You rest your head here, organize your clothes, watch TV, read a book and unwind at the end of the day. Let this room reflect all of those things and your personality. Let’s talk about a few master bedroom remodel ideas to make your space truly reflect your lifestyle.

The Sitting Area

If your master has the space, or is being remodeled to allow the space, consider adding a quiet sitting area. This area can be used to read or watch TV, but it should be separate from where you sleep. We love the look of luxury sitting and even window benches! It’s truly up to your taste and style! Allowing a space in your master bedroom for this will create a nice flow and truly open up your favorite room in the house.

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Organized Space is a Comforting Place

Master bedroom closets, is there anything better? Consider adding a ‘his’ and ‘hers’ closets. This not only keeps your space organized but keeps the relationship a happier one! Looking to only include one closet in your master remodel? We’ve got the perfect solution! The master dressing room. This is a space where you can organize all of your belongings and have an area to get ready in peace every morning. For families with young children, this is a luxury not to be overlooked!

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The Luxury Bathroom

Your master bathroom should be a place you get to escape to! Think about what the ultimate luxury would be for you. Is it the double-headed rain shower? Maybe the deep, jacuzzi tub? Are you more of a heated tile kind of person? All of these luxury items can be yours in your next master bath remodel. Talk to your contractor and get their advice on which is one you can afford and will likely enjoy the most.

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Remember, master bedroom remodels are an investment in your home and your everyday life. You spend more time in these rooms then you realize, so the area surrounding you should be one you cherish. Work with a contractor you trust, like Alan with Arlington Custom Builders. He will listen to what you are looking for and make it a reality!

TRENDING NOW: Industrial Chic Kitchens

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It’s the start of a new year, which kicks off a year of new trends! One that is gaining popularity are industrial chic kitchens. From exposed brick and repurposed furniture to industrial lighting, it’s not hard to see why this is a growing trend. Here are a few key elements we love about this look.

EXPOSED BRICK WALLS
The whole kitchen doesn’t need to be surrounded with brick in order to be industrial chic. Simply having one accent wall with exposed brick will add that touch. The exposed brick adds warmth, style and will certainly be the element that makes your kitchen stand out.

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METAL FIXTURES AND ACCENTS
You can get creative in the type of industrial looking kitchen you want. Think outside of the box when it comes to everyday things, like the kitchen sink! A larger metal sink can be a unique addition to your kitchen. Even metal shelving or a metal bar cart can do the trick. The sleek metal elements help tie in the overall industrial theme.

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WOOD BEAMS AND REPURPOSED FURNITURE
This is one of our favorites because it’s practical and unique. Wood beams on your kitchen ceiling add a beautiful, earthy tone that keeps your kitchen warm and inviting. You can also repurpose wood to create furniture, like the dining room table. This can be done with wood pallets or an old wood bookcase that has seen better days. Work with your contractor to find a new use for it. You will be surprised what a great piece of refinished wood will add to your kitchen.

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LET THERE BE HANGING LIGHTS
Hanging lights in any kitchen are some of our favorite looks when it comes to finishing touches. It really adds to the feel of the whole room. There are so many beautiful options when working with lights in an industrial chic kitchen. Consider the old and unique edison bulb pendant lighting. We even suggest the hanging glass jar pendants which add the element of repurposing, while adding style.

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Remember, industrial chic is all about showing your personality! So don’t be afraid to let your contractor know what is important to you and your family to best incorporate your style. Reasons like this are why it’s important to work with a contractor you trust. Alan, at Arlington Custom Builders, works with you to make sure all of your ideas are met. You can trust him to get the job done right!

Living Room Fireplaces That Stand Out

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While the weather outside is cooler, there truly is no warmer spot in the house then by the fireplace. Many homes already have one and families spend quality time near it on cold evenings. The style of your fireplace can set the tone for the living room that it’s in. Sometimes remodeling the area surrounding your fireplace makes all of the difference and other times remodeling the fireplace itself is the key in making your living room feel brand new. Which is the right direction for your home? Let’s explore some of your options for living room fireplaces that stand out.

ALL ABOUT THE MANTEL
Don’t overlook the strong design of a good fireplace mantel. This not only sets the tone for the look of the fireplace, but it also brings the style of the whole living room together. There are many different mantels you can choose from. The image below displays the clean lines of the classic white fireplace mantel. This can compliment a clean and modern living room as well as a more traditional living room. Mantel’s like this do not limit your living room’s design style.

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STONE FOR VERSATILITY
When you have a stone fireplace, it brings an earthy, warmth into your home. The look is timeless and comes in many variations based on the stone type you use. This can be used for a more traditional look or if you are just looking to add a more cozy feel to your living room. Stone is a newer take on the classic brick fireplace and we don’t think you can go wrong with this look!

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MODERN STYLE FOR BOLD HOMES
For those of you who have a more modern home, this is the route for you! Your living room fireplace has to complement the look of the rest of your home. If your house currently has a modern, edgy, clean line look and feel, then take a look at more modern fireplaces. There are so many options, like the one below. You can even do a floating fireplace to keep all your house guests talking. Don’t be afraid to make your modern home even more cutting edge with a fireplace that ‘wows’!

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Work with Alan, at Arlington Custom Builders, during your next living room remodel or custom build. Let him know your vision for the room itself and what kind of living room fireplace you imagine be the center of it all. Trusting his professional advice, he can help make your living room ideas come to life!

The Benefits of Building a Custom Home

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Are you considering moving this year? While the housing market is hot, you may want to consider the option of building a custom home. Building a custom home has many long lasting advantages that some homeowners do not even realize. Often, homeowners are afraid that building a custom home will be too stressful and involve a lot of work! This is definitely not the case when working with Alan at Arlington Custom Builders. He makes sure that every project is an enjoyable one. Here are some top reasons you should build a custom home:

PRIVACY
When building a custom home, you have the luxury of deciding where you want your home to be and the layout of the design. This gives you complete control on the amount of privacy you want. So many homes in Arizona are built on top of one another, leaving little privacy for you and your family. Owning a large lot isn’t the only way to ensure privacy. Even if you are constructing a home on a smaller piece of land, you can modify the design to guarantee your neighbors won’t be looking in your windows.

COMPLETE CUSTOMIZATION
Of course, building a custom home comes with the responsibility of picking out everything! Your dreams become a reality right before your eyes by being involved in all aspects of design and construction. Have the added benefit of being able to use the latest technology to make your home more efficient and save you money in the long run. When working with your contractor, visualize the next 20 years and what your family will look like. This will help guide your vision and assist in you wanting to incorporate elements such as a detached apartment or large garage.

ENERGY EFFICIENT
Building a custom home is a financial investment, however, you have the power to customize your utilities to save you money in the long run. With so many different options available of green energy products like flooring, electricity and appliances, you can create a home that will be energy efficient. For a complete list of green energy products, talk to your contractor to make sure you are incorporating as many as your budget can afford.

Call Alan today, with Arlington Custom Builders to see if building a custom home is the right option for you and your family!

Tips to Enhance Your Outdoors Entertaining Space

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Only Arizona residents can understand the excitement that summer is almost over. Now begins the most beautiful time of the year. Arizona winters! They last long and the weather couldn’t be better for spending your days outside. It’s time to consider making your yard an entertaining gathering spot for all of your friends and family to spend time with you outdoors! Here are a few backyard enhancements you may not have considered before:

Swim-up bar

Since beautiful Arizona has an extended swimming season, why not take advantage in your own pool? Add a swim-up bar! There are many ways to do this to make it a perfect fit in your own backyard. You can also add a covered patio that will shade the bar/dining area for those who aren’t cooling off in the pool. Nothing is more unforgiving than the Arizona sun, so if the patio shade isn’t enough, consider adding misters! This new addition can also be used in the non-swimming months by having your guests gather around the walk-up side of the bar.

Detached covered patio with BBQ/dining

Covered patios are pretty standard here in Arizona. But you typically find them attached to the house. Why not do something a little unconventional and create a space detached from the house in an open area of your yard that could use a bit more shade. This space can be great for dining, lounging, outdoor bar and even a great area for a beautiful stone fireplace with plenty of seating. This will be a feature you can use for a large party of guests, a small gathering or even just Tuesday night dinner with your family.

Lounge area with flat screen television

Imagine inviting your friends and family over to watch the game in your beautiful outdoor space with a huge flat screen mounted on the wall! People can toss a ball around, eat and lounge around all while enjoying the game. By enhancing your back patio to become an entertainment and lounge space, you will find yourself making excuses to have people over just to use it.

While the weather begins to cool off, call Arlington to discuss your ideas for your backyard enhancements. Alan can make your backyard dreams come to reality! It will be something you will be glad you did!