Farmhouse vs Transitional Style Kitchens and Bathrooms

Over the last few years, the custom kitchen and bath scene has changed a bit.  With more opportunities to set unique styles and layouts, people building new home Springfield, MO can have fun designing practical custom kitchens and baths.

The farmhouse home style is topping the trend charts lately. Farmhouse style designs offer classic and straightforward options like apron sinks, rustic hardware, and the wood plank look for cabinetry and flooring.  Porcelain and stone tiles are also popular options for building new home Springfield, MO.

If a farmhouse isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, another popular option is the transitional style, which combines a warm, traditional feel and elements of a more modern, contemporary new home. Placing modern home trends like quartz countertops, freestanding bathtubs, and zero-entry showers next to traditional aspects like wood, functional lighting, and neutral colors create a unique space where rules can be followed or broken as needed when building new home, Springfield MO.

A sink is an important choice in a kitchen or bath, and two styles currently lead. Apron-front sinks are very versatile, and work well within the farmhouse style. They’re available in either porcelain or stainless steel. An undermount sink can provide a sleek, stylish look and allow bolder features in the room to shine.  Remember that each of these styles will require different kinds of cabinetry, so keep that in mind when building new home, Springfield, MO.  Faucets are another simple way to add character to either a farmhouse style or transitional style space.

Imagine your guests raving over your new kitchen’s beautiful plank-style cabinets or french-door refrigerators. Or their comments on the quartz countertops and free-standing tubs in the bathrooms.  Whatever your style preference, you can take advantage of any combination of these new kitchen and bath trends!

Keeping Your Pet Safe in Your New Home

Do you have a pet and are you planning on building a new home Springfield, MO? If so, we’ve got some tips on keeping your pets safe in your yard!

If you need to protect the yard at your new home Springfield, MO then try to use organic yard treatments whenever possible. Homeowners can mix water with cayenne pepper to spray on their gardens to keep insects at bay. You will also want to make sure any harmful equipment is stored out of the way to save your pets from injury.

If your new home Springfield, MO doesn’t already have a fence installed, make sure to install one to protect your pets from potential prey or wild animals. This can also reduce unwelcome neighborhood domesticated animals, and keep your pets safe at home. It is also smart to keep your pets food indoors so that your yard is less inviting to neighborhood pets that are in the area.

If your new home Springfield, MO has a pool, then it may provide a threat to your pet. Especially if the animal isn’t an agile swimmer. It’s important to ensure that your new home Springfield, MO has barriers around the pool to protect your pet since pools can be attractive to animals, especially when it’s hot.

It’s also important to be aware of certain seasons, holidays, and celebrations around where your new home Springfield, MO. Your pets comfort and safety are highly important! During the spring and summer, make sure that your pets have adequate shade and an automatic water replenishment system. Around the 4th of July, know the fireworks schedule in the neighborhood of your new home Springfield, MO. In the fall and around Halloween, ensure that when kids are trick or treating around your new home Springfield, MO that children aren’t giving your pets candy or other toxic foods.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these tips for pet owners who are building new homes Springfield, MO!

Reduce Water Consumption in Your Home With These Simple Tips

Water is one of our most valuable resources, and we know that new home owners Springfield, MO don’t intentionally waste water. Yet more than 10,000 gallons of water per family is wasted each year.

New home owners Springfield, MO can take simple steps to lower water usage in their homes and today we’re here to talk about them!

We cannot stress the importance of keeping an eye out for even the smallest water leaks in the home. New home owners Springfield, MO can easily do this by checking the water meter on a regular basis.

Pick a time when there will be minimal (or no) water usage in the house and make a note of the meter reading, then go back in a few hours and check it again. It’s important for new home owners Springfield, MO to look for issues if the numbers indicate anything other than minimal chance.

We know that new home owners Springfield, MO tend to be very opinionated about dishwasher use, but hand washing only a few things uses just as much water as a dishwasher cycle. Always fill your dishwasher to max capacity before running it to ensure that you’re not wasting water.

Another simple way to conserve water is to be mindful of water usage when caring for your lawn. New home owners Springfield, MO are used to heavy rain in the Ozarks, but also becoming accustomed to the drought conditions we’ve seen lately. New home owners Springfield, MO can keep their grass looking healthier by making sure the mower blade is set higher, which helps with root growth. In addition, the grass clippings should be left on the lawn, as they have fertilizer type properties that will give your lawn the nutrients it needs.

Finally, any hoses or sprinklers new home owners Springfield, MO have around the house should be checked regularly for leaks and to make sure the connection is secure.

What Happened to the Master Bathroom Tub?

New Homes Springfield, MO: we’re seeing more and more home buyers choosing homes that don’t feature a large jacuzzi or bathtub in the master bathroom. Some homes are even being built with no tub at all, but extra-large or more extravagant showers such as our European walk-in shower that comes standard in all of our homes.

We think that this trend is important for new home owners in Springfield, MO to understand because it is affecting the residential buyers market.

The biggest reason we think this trend is becoming more prevalent is that more baby-boomers are buying homes. Since that generation is aging, it’s becoming more and more difficult to climb in and out of a tub. New home owners in Springfield, MO who are baby boomers should consider larger showers with wheelchair accessibility, or roll-in access for the years to come.

Having a large bathtub also takes up a lot of prime real-estate space in the master bathroom, which we think is another reason why new home owners in Springfield, MO aren’t installing large tubs. If you’re a growing family, you’ll want a tub of some sort, but older new home owners Springfield, MO are opting to install that tub in a secondary bathroom. Or opting for a smaller tub in the master bathroom.

Last, but certainly not least, it seems the busy lifestyles we’ve adopted are having a big impact on “tub time.” We know many new home owners Springfield, MO don’t have as much down-time as they used to and therefore are eliminating the tub. There are many shower options that can provide the same relaxation benefits as a jacuzzi tub, in about half the time.

Whatever your preference, we suggest new home owners Springfield, MO to either opt for a smaller tub, or design the bathroom with space for a tub to be added later, in the event they change their mind or for resale value.

Size of Homes Today: Part 2

To continue our discussion of how the size of the home today has increased, and where exactly the square footage is going, we need to look at a big part of the home: the bedrooms.

New homes in Springfield, MO are still wanting bigger master bedrooms, as was common in homes in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990’s. But the amenities in the master bedroom have changed a lot!

Some new homes in Springfield, MO describe the master bedroom as a “getaway” space. These bedrooms are built to accommodate lounge furniture, tv-nooks, and some even office spaces. This added space gives the homeowners more freedom to design a bedroom that promotes relaxation, rest, and time for recharging.

One thing that hasn’t changed for new homes in Springfield, MO is the space of the extra/additional bedrooms in the home. These rooms are still relatively the same size, allowing new home builders in Springfield, MO to add a larger quantity of rooms without increasing the actual room space.

Also having additional rooms in a home has given new home builders Springfield, MO more versatility for resale, as more buyers are wanting in-home office spaces.

Outdoor Spaces for Family and Entertaining

This is one area that has grown drastically since earlier homes. While the outdoor living space doesn’t actually add square footage to the home, it adds a quality to how the home “feels” to the new homes in Springfield, MO. 

Even in states that see colder winters, we’ve seen an uptick in outdoor living areas being a necessity for the home-owners.

Adding a pool, patio, or deck gives new home owners in Springfield, MO a place to relax during milder weather. Or as a entertainment space for guests and parties. Whatever the purpose is for the space, it definitely adds appeal for new homes in Springfield, MO!

What Size Home Works For You?

New home owners in Springfield, MO shouldn’t be intimidated by choosing the size of their home. It’s important to plan out what spaces matter most to you and for your lifestyle. Some new home owners in Springfield, MO may not need a large master bedroom, but might need an extra-large kitchen for family gatherings.

No matter what type of home you need, Hawthorne Creek Homes is here to help new home owners in Springfield, MO find the perfect sized home!