It's All in the Details

Pam and Sam have had the pleasure of teaming up with Truvian Homes for the past several months and have designed several of their model homes.  Because a great home is usually found in the details, we wanted to show you a few ways we set this home apart.  Many of the fixtures and finishes were kept standard options so potential buyers can fall in love with the home without being hit with upgrades.  These photos were taken right as construction was finishing up and it hadn't been staged yet. We began with the exterior of the home.  We went with a warm gray palette.  Round accent windows, triangular vents, and molding the mimic the interior moldings all help add to the charm.

Adding impact in the entry is so important because first impressions are everything.  Ceiling treatments are great way to add impact.  We chose simple moldings highlighted by an accent color in this space. (We blogged about our love of ceilings in our old blog here)A series of items have more impact than one by itself.  The repetition of light fixtures adds visual interest.  We also added charm by creating "transoms" with railing material.

Our love of ceiling treatments can also be found in the great room.  Again, we used inexpensive material and added a twist with the Greek key detail at the corners.  Wrapping the wall color up to the molding and painting the interior white adds an element of height.

We recessed the TV into the wall rather than just hanging the TV on the wall.  This helps keep it nice and clean and hides all of the messy cords. We ran conduit through the wall to furniture pieces on either side of the fireplace so all of the video and gaming equipment can still be used and the cords kept tucked away.

A bold archway provides some delineation between the kitchen and great room while keeping the space open.We added a multifunctional hutch in the dining area.  This can be used a desk or could be a great place to display china.

Mixing cabinet and countertop finishes is a great custom touch.  In this home we paired white cabinets with black countertops on the perimeter with a stained island and feature granite on the oversized island.  Putting the microwave anywhere other than above the range is another way to get a custom feel.  In this case we captured often unused space by putting the microwave in the corner in cabinets that sat directly on the countertop.

The hall bath in this home has very lofty ceilings which can sometimes feel cold.  We framed an arch of the vanity and had the mirror cut to match the arch to help bring the scale of the room back down to a more comfortable level.Varying heights in cabinetry is another custom touch.  The raised cabinet in the master vanity adds extra storage and highlights the cute round window.

Adding architectural details during framing is another way to add detail without adding a lot of cost.  The coffered ceiling in the master bedroom is an example of this.

Architectural details should highlight the best aspects of a home.  In this room, the beams point to the best part of the home which is the view.

This is the model for The View at Mason's Cove which is in North Ogden, UT right at the divide.  There are several lots and home plans available at this community and at Truvian Homes many other communities throughout Utah.  This plan can also be built on any of Truvian's other lots or one of your own. Truvian Homes includes a consultation in our design center with every home purchased so we can help you add custom details to your home as well.

If you are interested in viewing this home or would like to add some character to your home please email Pam at