Tips to Working With a Kitchen Designer from Trilogy

Designing your kitchen space is something that you shouldn’t take lightly. More than any other space in the house, the kitchen has to be as functional as possible in order to be effective. A poor kitchen layout will result in a kitchen that is difficult and frustrating to use. This is why you should work with a kitchen designer.

 

A kitchen designer will make sure that your kitchen layout will be both functional and look fabulous.

A kitchen designer will make sure that your kitchen layout will be both functional and look fabulous. Design by Trilogy Partners and Kitchenscapes.

 

The following are a few tips for working with kitchen designers:

Know the difference – Some kitchen designers work for certain kitchen product manufacturers, which means that they won’t be as objective about the materials they suggest you use since they work for a particular brand. The way you’re charged may be different as well.

Know the pros and cons of your kitchen – When renovating your kitchen, you’ll want to know what it is you like and don’t like about the space. This way your kitchen designer can help you fix what you don’t like while keeping what you like as it is.

Have a budget – Create a budget so that your designer knows what they have to work with in terms of materials and appliances.

Keep these tips in mind and contact us at Trilogy Partners for more professional design advice.

Do You Want To Stick To Your Home Building Budget? Follow These Tips From Trilogy

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When it comes to designing your own home, having a clear budget is incredibly important. Without a detailed budget,
you may end up overspending and digging yourself into a financial hole. The following are a few home building budget tips to keep in mind:

Determine the type of project – You’ll budget differently for a renovation or remodel than you will for a new home construction. If you’re building a new project, then you can use a per square foot cost method for budgeting. This, however, won’t work for something like a kitchen remodel.

Determine additional costs – The construction isn’t going to be the only cost. Remember that you may have to pay for legal fees, land costs, landscaping, permit costs, financing costs, architectural fees, decorating and even the cost of moving.

Know what you want – Don’t budget for a standard oven if you know that you’re going to end up wanting a high-end stove. Know what you’re going to want and budget for that.

Choose Design Build + Project Management Modeling – Truly the best combination of process and technology available to bring your home project in on budget.

Involve a builder early in the Design Process even if you hire the architect first. Builders know what things cost. Designing without a builder’s practical guidance is a sure way to go over budget.

These are a few tips to keep in mind when budgeting for a project. Be sure to contact us at Trilogy Partners for more information and advice concerning your home design budget.

Reasons to Consider Trilogy Partners for Your Next Project

A smart, well-planned design makes your home not only more attractive, but also easier to live in. Trilogy Partners has been designing and building custom homes in the Colorado mountains since 1998, and we’d love to help you create the home of your dreams, too.

We take a team approach. Working closely with our design and build partners, we are involved in every step along the way, from your initial design to the finishing touches. You won’t find yourself making endless phone calls to builders and contractors — we keep everyone organized for you.

We work with your land. Trilogy Partners has created many beautiful homes and landscapes that integrate with the surrounding land features, rather than against them. We’ll create a space that accentuates the natural beauty all around you.

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We’re experts on materials. As professionals, we have worked with many materials and can suggest the ones that are best for your home. We know where to get the best of everything, from stone to sustainable wood.

We employ advanced 3D Design Technology and Project Management Modeling throughout the design and build process. This allows everyone involved, from Architects to Framers, to have a better understanding of what the finished home will look like. And how it should be built.

Our clients recommend us because we stand behind our product. Completely. 

If you’re looking for a Colorado builder and designer to tackle your project, contact Trilogy Partners today. Our team of talented experts is dedicated to designing stunning mountain homes for customers like you.

Trilogy Tips to Designing an Interior for All Members of the Home

Here are some design tips to help you make your home accessible and safe for children and seniors. Source: Houzz

Here are some design tips to help you make your home accessible and safe for children and seniors. Source: Houzz

One of the things that we suggest you keep in mind when planning your home interior design is how it will function for every member of your household and not just you. This means making your home accessible and safe for children and seniors. The following are a few tips for doing this:

  • Unique shapes – Don’t feel like you have to adhere to the traditional solid-surface rectangular shapes, which can be difficult for seniors to lean over as well as dangerous for children if they bump into them. Use curves and rounded edges to improve safety and accessibility and to provide a unique aesthetic.
  • Kneespace areas – Not everything has to be at the same height either. A kneespace area in the bathroom makes it easy for children to use the counter space and for those in wheelchairs to roll up.
  •  Lever faucets – Lever faucets are easier for children to use as well as individuals with arthritis.
  •  Layer lights – Lighting is important, especially since we need more of it as we age. Use layered lighting by implementing natural lighting, accent lighting and dimmers.

Use these design tips and contact us at Trilogy Partners today for additional home interior design advice.

The 3 Principles of Interior Design

Function, mood, and personality are the 3 principles of interior design that should most often dictate your design choice.

Function, mood, and personality are the 3 principles of interior design that should most often dictate your design choice.

Creating a well-balanced interior design is much easier said than done. Before you get started trying to throw your interior design together, it’s important that you know the principles of interior design. The following are the 3 principles of interior design that you should use to guide you:

  1. Function – Function should always be your number one priority. It doesn’t matter if it looks good if it’s not functional, after all. For example, the way your furniture is arranged and how you’ve lit a specific room are vital to the function of a space.
  2. Mood – The mood you create in any given room is going to have an effect on the mood of the people within the room. Use colors, style, texture and patterns in order to establish the right mood. The best way to start is with an inspiration piece and a basic theme.
  3. Personality – Without personality, your home will just feel like a stale display. Add accessories to your interior design, such as area rugs, pictures, throw pillows and more. Don’t be afraid to be whimsical with your choices and to add some unexpected details.

Keep these principles in mind and contact Trilogy Partners for more interior design tips.

Tips for Fostering a Positive Designer-Client Relationship

Trust, collaboration, and flexibility are all integral parts to establishing a positive designer-client relationship.

Trust, collaboration, and flexibility are all integral parts to establishing a positive designer-client relationship.

Working with a designer can be a very rewarding experience as long as you realize that the designer-client relationship should be fostered from both sides. The following are a few tips that you should keep in mind in order to strengthen your relationship with your designer:

  • Be flexible – Be willing to listen to what your designer has to say – they may suggest you use a different material in order to keep your project under budget. By being flexible, you may be able to spend more on other features.
  • Have trust – Trust your designer. If he or she recommends something you are unsure about, give it a chance. For example, if a designer suggests you use a gray color instead of that bold blue you wanted, wait until the designer puts a sample up before drawing a conclusion – trust that your designer knows what he or she is doing.
  • Collaborate – Bounce ideas off of your designer. Collaboration usually results in some fantastic ideas that neither you nor your designer may have thought of without one another.

Use these tips in order to foster your designer-client relationship. For more information about working with a designer, be sure to contact us at Trilogy Partners.

A Conversation on Eco Friendly Fixtures with Trilogy

The following are a few home fixtures you should consider investing in to help reduce your water usage. Source: Houzz

The following are a few home fixtures you should consider investing in to help reduce your water usage. Source: Houzz

When it comes to your custom home design, don’t forget about the smaller details that can help you create a more eco-friendly home. For example, the home fixtures that you use in your kitchen and bathrooms. The following are a few home fixtures you should consider investing in to help reduce your water usage:

  • WaterSense faucets – These faucets can help to reduce the flow of water by as much as 30 percent without sacrificing performance. This could end up saving you as much as 500 gallons of water a year.
  • Dual-flush toilets – Toilets consume more water than any other indoor fixture. A dual-flush toilet has two different flush options, one for liquid waste that uses less water and one for solid waste.
  • Graywater reuse – A graywater reuse system allows you to use the water that you wasted in the sink for a nearby toilet for use in flushing. Basically, the system lets you recycle water.
  • Urinals – Obviously, the urinal only works for the boys; however, you’ll conserve way more water. Some manufacturers even offer waterless urinals.

These are some home fixtures that you can use to help save water. Contact Trilogy Partners for more tips on creating a green home.

Trilogy Explains What Goes into Planning a Building Project

 Your design team should include an architect, an interior designer, and a builder. Source: Houzz

Your design team should include an architect, an interior designer, and a builder. Source: Houzz

Beautiful homes don’t just sprout from the ground. They are the culmination of months, sometimes even years of dedicated planning and preparation. When you are planning a building project, the following are three of the most important tips to follow so that the process will go as smooth as possible.

  1. Choose a design team. Your team should include an architect, an interior designer, and a builder.
  2. Identify features and size. From the number of bedrooms to the wine cellar and game room, itemize the general framework of what your home will look like.
  3. Create blueprints. Once your architect has the overall feel for what you want, have them draft blueprints you can review and amend.

Once all of these tasks are complete, construction can begin and since your team has worked together from the start, they will be able to finish your home quickly and to the precise specifications you have created together.

Planning a building project? Contact Trilogy Partners and we will be happy to show you some of the homes we have recently completed in the area and tell you more about the planning that went into them.

Trilogy Provides Beautiful and Functional Green Housing Solutions

Windows and skylights allow more light into the home and reduces the reliance on electric lights during the day. Source: Houzz

Windows and skylights allow more light into the home and reduces the reliance on electric lights during the day. Source: Houzz

Green housing solutions are the hottest trend in construction and Trilogy is helping our clients “green up” their lifestyles. From carefully selecting the light fixtures to upgrading the appliances they use, the following are some ways you can use green design to your advantage.

  • More Windows and Skylights. This allows more light into the home and reduces the reliance on electric lights during the day.
  • Repurposing. Old wood can be made to look new and stylish. A little elbow grease is all it takes to turn the old into fabulous furniture, flooring, or paneling.
  • LEED Certified Appliances. From dishwashers to refrigerators, the higher the LEED rating, the more efficient the unit will operate. Not only do these appliances looks stylish, most will pay for themselves over their lifespan.
  • Zoning. Zoning the home’s HVAC system gives you greater control over the interior climate. This allows you to “shut down” rooms when they’re not in use so that you’re not wasting energy throughout the year.

Trilogy can help you build the green housing solutions you desire. We encourage you to contact us for more information about this year’s trends and the features we recommend including in your plans.

Considerations from Trilogy for Decorating in an Eco-Friendly Style

Eco-friendly decorating is a specialty we've honed to ensure our client's mountain homes have as little impact as possible. Source: Houzz

Eco-friendly decorating is a specialty we’ve honed to ensure our client’s mountain homes have as little impact as possible. Source: Houzz

Designing and decorating a new home requires careful consideration of not only the materials to be used, but their environmental impact as well. To that end, eco-friendly decorating is a specialty we’ve honed to ensure our client’s mountain homes have as little impact on the Rockies as possible.

One of our favorite services is to repurpose old materials by giving them new life. Reclaimed wood is a popular choice in Colorado because it lends itself well to the creation of a rustic appearance. another popular choice is to use burlap and linen that can be embroidered and personalized with everything from family crests to a favorite motto.

Perhaps most common is the use of vintage and/or antique furniture. Crafted during an era where quality was paramount, we select pieces that have aged well. With these, the nicks, scratches, dents, and dings fade into the background of rich wood grains and the patina that has formed around hardware and fittings.

Eco-friendly decorating can transform your mountain home into a truly magnificent place to live. We invite you to contact Trilogy Partners to learn more about this year’s most stylish design options that have a minimal environmental impact.