Finding Purpose For Your Spare Room


We all have that room in our homes that we try to hide. The one that only serves as a guest room a few times a year and then collects boxes and dust the rest of the time. It’s time to get smart about the space in your home and make them functional for your daily life! Here are a few ideas to spruce up the spare room in your home.

 Craft Room

Whether you are a seasoned crafter or your kids love to get creative, this is the space for you. Organize your spare room in a way that you are able to fit a larger craft table with options for storage. Consider talking to your contractor to install built-ins along the walls to decoratively organize your supplies. Your guests will talk about what a great room it is and you will be able to use it on a daily basis while keeping the rest of the house crayon and glitter free.

 Home Office/Guest Bedroom

This is probably the easiest and most functional use of the spare room. Decide on a clean design with a desk and office storage that will suit your needs best. Then look into a bed that can also serve as a sitting area, preferably a daybed. This will allow a comfortable space for overnight guests and give you a quiet area to retreat to when working from home.

 Entertainment Room

Looking for a man cave? Do you need a place where the kids can play and watch their favorite movies? Make that spare room into an entertainment retreat. This space may be smaller than the standard entertainment room so here are a few space saving tips. Mount a flat screen television on the wall to eliminate the need for a large piece of furniture. Make sure to consider a couch that isn’t so large that it will make the space feel tiny. Consider a smaller sectional that also has a sleeper option for guests, making this room multipurpose. When including storage, try to choose pieces that function as more than just storage. An ottoman or coffee table with a storage option is a great space saver.

Talk to your contractor and interior designer to get more in-depth options for your space. They will be able to take a look at that spare room and turn it into the year round, multi-purpose space of your dreams. Alan, at Arlington Custom Builders, works with you to make your vision become a reality!

The Future of Custom Home Building

The year 2014 has been an incredible year for technological breakthroughs. From Apple releasing the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, to medical breakthroughs like targeted cancer therapy, it’s no doubt that this year has been one of the best yet for science and technology.

But what does the future hold for home builders and owners? How will the next 10 years, 20 years, or even 50 years play out in the world of custom home building? We take a look at some of the remarkable concepts home building looks to accomplish in the (possibly near!) future.

The Cocoon House

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As South Korea continues to keep up in the world of sustainable living, this cocoon-inspired home will be part of an entirely eco-friendly neighborhood which will include a shopping mall, casino, hospital, and shopping center. Click here for more pictures!

Tornado-Proof Home

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This prototype, designed by Ted Givens of Hong Kong’s 10Design, features levers that initializes a hydraulic system which lowers the home into the ground, protecting it from high-velocity winds and potential water damage. For now, this home is just a concept, but something that could be an incredible breakthrough in the future.

Floating Future Eco-Home

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The next home on our list is one of the most incredible future concepts yet. Not only is this a floating private island of sorts, it’s also a completely self-sustaining home! Harnessing the power of wind, waves, and the sun, these floating future eco-homes will even be able to produce their own fruits and vegetables. Now this is an idea we just can’t wait to see come to life!

What are some future home ideas you would like to see in development? Where do you think the future of custom home building will take us? Leave a comment below, or let us know on our Facebook page! 



Finding the Perfect Scottsdale Custom Home Builder

scottsdale custom home builderKnown for its luxury attractions like golf, shopping, dining, professional athletics, resorts, and nightlife, it’s no wonder why Scottsdale, Arizona is one of the fastest growing cities in America. In fact, since the year 2000, Scottsdale’s population has experienced a growth of over 40%.

One of the things that makes “The Most Livable City,” such a unique place to live is its abundance in custom homes. All throughout Scottsdale, anyone can find neighborhoods crawling with homes designed to the exact specifications of the buyer. But how does one find the perfect Scottsdale custom home builder? We’ve put together a few of the most important qualities you and your family should consider when looking for the right custom home builder.

Qualities of a Perfect Scottsdale Custom Home Builder

A good listener — Easily one of the most overlooked qualities of a perfect custom home builder is the ability to listen. Not only should your custom home builder hear what you are saying, but actually take the time to listen to the details, styles, and themes you are interested in to best complete your overall goal.

High quality resources — Because custom homes require a lot of different skill sets, your perfect home builder should have an extensive list of people to call on for any and every job. Without this quality, your home will be missing some of the key qualities that make it a custom home.

Organization — This one almost goes without saying, but you’d be surprised to find how many families are left waiting for their home to be finished long after the proposed completion date. A lack of organization is typically the root of this problem, so make sure your future Scottsdale custom home builder is an organized one!

Here at Arlington Custom Home Builders, we proudly exude all of the above listed qualities, and look forward to working with you to build your dream home. Call us today for more information.