By Amett Krause. Home Decoration. Published at Sunday, May 05th, 2019 - 08:51:55 AM.
Erin Powell, design director and principal at RoOomy, an online staging firm out of San Jose, Calif., concurs that a well-planned ceiling treatment can help a listing stand out. “It usually wont make or break a purchase, but it opens up the chance to make a buyer more interested,” she says. Here are five ways to showcase a ceiling. Use them sparingly—certainly not in every room—to avoid visual confusion. “Otherwise, the concept may lose its specialness,” Pickell says. This is the least expensive way to make a ceiling stand out and alter its look without major architectural change. New homes often feature the same white color on walls and ceilings, but broker Matt van Winkle with RE/MAX Northwest in Seattle recommends painting the ceiling slightly lighter than whats used on the walls to add depth. Generally, he advises steering clear of bold colors, except in childrens rooms.
Another builder that focuses on large luxury homes takes the concept a step further by giving the pajama lounge some of the best views in the house. Architect Paul Fischman of Miami-based Choeff Levy Fischman puts the spaces near bedrooms on the second level so they overlook water views, as most of their houses face the ocean or intracoastal waterways. And even when a site seems impossibly tight, Lexington Homes has found a way to squeeze in these spaces. The Chicago builder is adding pajama lounges to the three-story townhomes its constructing in the citys Avondale neighborhood, on the third floor near the master bedroom suite. “The idea,” says co-principal Jeff Benach, “is that children whose rooms and bedroom are on the second floor will come up to the parents level so all can hang out together.” For those parents who dont want to climb an extra flight of stairs, the master suite and flex room might be switched with the second-floor childrens bedrooms. The floor on which the flex space is placed is less important than ensuring that theres a bathroom close by, Benach says.
Technological limitations at the MLS level also presented an opportunity. While colonials can be classified in multiple ways in his local MLS, theres no “modern architecture” category, which makes it harder to find the style in property searches. “The only thing that touches our niche is ‘contemporary, ” he says of the MLS categories. “Thats the reason for my URL, contemporarylistings.com. I wanted to create a listing service for the areas best contemporary homes [because] its hard for buyers to sort through.”
Rocks, hardscape, and paths. Rocks artfully arranged in their own grouping or along paths are another key because of their long association with Zen and “dry landscape” gardens. While smaller pebbles add a pleasant crunching sound for those who want an auditory component, they can be tough to traverse. Thats why Sachs instead suggests concrete pavers without gaps. For those with dementia, a path should always be laid out in a circle that winds around to the starting point rather than coming to a dead end that may cause confusion about where to go next, she adds. At the Marianjoy gardens, theres a labyrinth to practice navigation, which could be replicated on a smaller scale at a home.
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