You’ve got a brand new Alturas home. It’s spotless, radiating that “new home smell.” Then, the kids come in. And the dog . . . or cat. And the relatives. Mud season hits and the holidays rage through. Life gets in the way and your “new home” isn’t feeling so new. We’ve got a few little tricks to keep your Alturas home magazine ready.
Handmade. Natural. Classic. These are the words that inspired Alturas designer, Lauren Smyth in bringing to life the Clearwater kitchen, which won 1st Place in Category 4 of the 2019 Spring Parade of Homes.
At Alturas Homes, we know the kitchen is where the family gathers, which is why we sweat the details. The Clearwater kitchen is no exception. From the contrasting quartz countertops and handmade tile to the freshly imagined Butler’s Pantry, this classic kitchen design is made for entertaining.
I did a little Q&A with Lauren Smyth to catch up on her design process.
Our Bannock Model is one of my favorite floor plans and there are some features that make designing this house very fun.
Never Underestimate Natural Light
If you have ever seen a photo of a home and wondered what it was that made everything just look a little better than normal, it was probably because the house had a ton of natural light.
Get the Most from Your Existing Natural Light
Large windows in common areas, like those in the Chelsea pictured above, can add a much needed touch to lift a space from dim to bright and airy. To get the most bang for your buck:
- add mirrors on walls adjacent to your windows or in dark spots of your rooms to bounce natural light around.
- use light, cool colors on the walls to boost the natural light
- move furniture so that it isn't blocking your natural light
Add More Natural Light
You may decide that you need better sources of natural light. You can of course add windows to a room, or make existing windows larger, but other ways of adding natural light include adding doors that have windows, or adding skylights.
Like Lauren's designs? She personally designs all Alturas homes.
Picking a color for anything in your home can be a little nerve wracking for most of us, especially on something as long-lasting as kitchen cabinets.
When staining your kitchen island, pull a dominate color in your kitchen floor.
Even for many realtors, negotiating with a home builder is an unknown. Can you make an offer below list price? Are they willing to negotiate? What concessions, if any, can you ask for?
Another year another Pantone pick!
"When placing a rug on carpet, focus on color and pile height."
Rugs on carpet can be tricky.
The Boise chapter of Soroptimist once again organized the annual holiday gift project for local foster children, partnering with the community and local businesses like Alturas Homes.