Home plans (“blueprints”) now on the menu!

October 29th, 2014 by Mary Schmelzer

Do you need plans (“blueprints”) for your new home?

Are you planning a new home and have a pretty good idea what you want and some ideas of how you want the house to look?

Recognizing that not all people need the same level of design service, VIVUS now offers a plan-creation service for those people who need fewer design options and less-detailed customization.

Your home will be drawn custom for you, with the layout and the look that you want, on your building site. When finished, your plans will allow you to get construction pricing, to secure a building permit, and allow you to make all the selections that will go into the finished project. We work with you to provide a home that is exciting, functional, and attuned to your budget.

Additionally, if there are rooms or details you want to be further customized (built-ins in a great room, or custom-made cabinetry and details in the kitchen) those services can be added to make your new home reflect your style and allow you to get accurate construction pricing including those more-detailed areas.

Find more information here.

Don’t know which level of service you need (home plans vs. highly customized home)? Schedule a meeting and we can help you decide which arrangement better suits your needs.

2014 blueprint graphic

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Northfield: the best US city for well-rounded retirement

October 29th, 2014 by Mary Schmelzer

Northfield has recently been named the best city in the U.S. for a well-rounded retirement, according to MONEY Magazine.

Well, now the secret is out! But what they didn’t say in the article is that it is a great town for those who belong to any age group.

Here is the article and some feedback from our local newspaper.

And here is the original article.

Whether you are contemplating a move to our area or already live here, VIVUS is available to help make your home the best retreat in your corner of the world.

Downtown Northfield's Bridge Square, (Photo courtesy of Northfield News website)

Downtown Northfield’s Bridge Square, (Photo courtesy of Northfield News website)

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Tile: it’s no longer square

October 7th, 2014 by Mary Schmelzer

сондажиIf you haven’t been on the lookout for tile lately, treat yourself and start looking closely at some of the amazing options. It’s no longer just square, 4 x 4 or 12 x 12 inches. And it isn’t for homeowners who can’t think of anything else to do with their walls and floors.

Yes, glass tile is still popular, and people are using it in new and unexpected ways, not just on the kitchen backsplash anymore. (Although I think that is a great application since you can experience it up close and it creates a sense of depth.) Here is a fun application in a shower, the glass tile designating the water flow area of the space.
tile glass in shower

I also like how tile can really set the mood for a room. This bathroom has glass tile and ceramic tile setting a formal stage for a beautiful bathing area. It just feels like you would be pampered in European spa-like style. Notice that the tub/shower area is a standard size, but the tile treatment really dresses it up.
tile glass green

Natural stone tile has been popular for a long time, and marble is really taking center stage. Note how this shower has the size and height to be very traditional (it feels like it’s from 1920) but the mosaic glass tile on the floor and in the niche bring it into contemporary times. The partial glass wall helps control spray but keeps the space airy and open in a way a shower curtain wouldn’t.
tile marble in shower

Unfortunately, tile is not an inexpensive endeavor. The product and labor adds more cost to a project than simple drywall or a tub/shower surround would do. I like to help homeowners plan their tile where it will make the most impact, sometimes placing the tile in unpredictable ways or making decorative elements stretch further by using them creatively.

Thanks to my helper for providing a sense of scale in the photos!

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