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While some homeowners are intrigued by modern design, many others draw inspiration from the ingenuity of centuries past. Design conventions from 16th and 17th-century Europe haven’t gone away, though they are often repurposed to suit modern sensibilities.
There are many designs that are considered part of the old world architectural style. You can still see some of the original buildings along the Mediterranean coasts of Italy, France and Spain. The old world style can give a property a sense of grandness and class that is difficult for contemporary designs to match. Old world design is characterized by earth tones, natural stone, and ornate details. In the interior of an old world-style home, you’ll likely see gothic arches, metal chandeliers, and wood furniture.
Whether you’re interested in a luxury home with an old world or new world design, the team at Hawkins-Welwood Homes will gladly design it for you. We specialize in custom homes for prospective Dallas homeowners. Call us at (888) 725-7906 to speak with a friendly representative.
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As with all other artistic endeavors, architecture has changed drastically over the centuries. This means that as a prospective luxury homeowner in the 21st century, you have all kinds of architectural styles to choose from. Before you begin the design process, consider the following classic architectural styles for your home’s exterior:
If you’d like a home with a slightly warmer façade, you might consider giving your home some Mediterranean flavor. Spanish Revival architecture is based on early Spanish settlements in the Americas, and is a popular choice for Dallas homeowners. Mediterranean architectural styles are characterized by white stucco walls and red terracotta roof tiles.
Another popular option for Dallas homeowners is Tudor architecture. This style has its roots in 16th century England, when the Tudor dynasty sat on the throne. Tudor or Tudor revival homes are known for their quaint, cozy style, and often have tall chimneys. Perhaps the most notable feature of Tudor architecture is the vertical and diagonal timber framing on the façade
Many lovers of American history are enchanted by the American colonial style of architecture. Colonial architecture encompasses several different kinds of architecture inspired by English, Dutch, and French colonists in the Americas. Colonial homes are typically simple in appearance, with brick facades and white trim.
If you’d like to see samples of the above architectural styles, the professional custom home builders at Hawkins-Welwood Homes would be happy to oblige. Once you settle on a style, we’ll get started building your home in University Park, Highland Park, or another elegant neighborhood in the Dallas or Plano areas. Call us at (888) 725-7906 to get started.
Last updated 15 days ago
Designing a study for your new luxury home allows you to choose whatever style—or combination of styles—is best suited to your personal needs. Don’t assume that a study needs to be drab and boring; as a look at some of today’s most popular styles shows, the study can be the most dazzling room in the house.
In the past—with most of the work being done in the office—the traditional formal study was an extra room that was either under-utilized or forgotten entirely. However, with the dawn of the Internet and global connectivity, more and more companies are offering the ability to telecommute from home. This fact, in addition to the trend of “smart-sizing” homes with more useable square footage, has given new life and purpose to the formal study.
Some homeowners are looking to create a mood of comfort and casualness in their study. Wood paneling is a great way to add a touch of class and sophistication to a room while still keeping a comfortable atmosphere. At the other end of the design spectrum, the Scandinavian style emphasizes a spare, minimalist aesthetic along with a black and white color scheme.
Since 1961, Hawkins-Welwood Homes has built a reputation as Dallas’s most trusted builder of quality luxury homes. If you would like to learn more about how you can build your dream house in the Dallas area, visit our website or call us directly at (888) 725-7906.
Last updated 23 days ago
With the start of a near year, we look to an innovative revolution in the functionality of our homes. Nest Labs has given us a glimpse into this promising future. In 2011, Nest Labs rolled out their Nest Learning Thermostat, a self-programming device that tracks the habits of its users and self adjusts to maximize convenience and efficiency.
Nest has found that a maximally optimized thermostat can decrease heating and cooling energy consumption by up to 15%. Users can also manipulate their thermostat from anywhere in the world with a web enabled smartphone. Nest Labs did not stop there. In 2013, the company introduced the Nest Protect, a smoke and carbon monoxide detector. This device also connects to smartphones through the home’s Wi-Fi network and gives the homeowner the ability to monitor each room of their house. Nest’s thermostat and smoke detector communicate with one another to protect the home in the event of a fire by immediately turning off the gas furnace.
Apparently Google, Inc. recognized the potential of Nest Labs and is planning to acquire the company for $3.2 billion. Many predict that Google plans to use the technology already developed by Nest Labs, combined with sensors and smart devices to “[blur] the distinction between the internet and the real world as the two increasingly merge.” The sensors and smart devices detect things like motion, temperature, vibrations and light. The more widespread the use of these sensors become, the more your home will develop a personality of its own. These sensors give your home the ability to sense your presence and turn on the lights, start the coffee when it perceives you have woken up, notify you when your mail is delivered, turn off the sprinklers when you walk by and much more.
The basic idea is to “put your [home] environment on autopilot.” The possibilities are virtually endless and as this technology gains more traction, we will see our daily lives and routines greatly affected. It will be exciting to see a giant, such as Google, begin to dabble in the home automation industry and unleash the potential of technology in our homes.
For more information, please call Hawkins–Welwood Homes at 972.931.1006 or visit hwhomes.com.
Last updated 25 days ago
What’s better than one master bedroom? Two master bedrooms! According to a survey among real estate professionals, two-bedroom master suites are becoming popular among modern homeowners. You might be asking yourself: What is the appeal of a two-bedroom master suite?
A two-bedroom master suite can serve many purposes. If one spouse snores, for example, he or she can sleep in the second bedroom, giving the other spouse a little peace and quiet. An extra bedroom can also be helpful for two spouses with different sleep or work schedules—one spouse can wake up in the spare bedroom without disturbing his or her partner. For some couples that have health issues, they find the master suites beneficial as well. Of course, there’s no rule that says you have to use the extra bedroom as a bedroom—it could also be an exercise room, craft room, sitting room, or TV room. In many of these homes with two mater suites, the rooms are joined by a master bathroom.
If you’d like to design a custom home in Preston Hollow, University Park, or another upscale neighborhood in the Dallas area, call Hawkins-Welwood Homes at (888) 725-7906. We’re dedicated to exceeding the expectations of our clients with breathtaking, custom-made luxury homes.