Do You Need a Kitchen Remodel?

Many homeowners undertake kitchen remodeling projects because they’ve been living in a house for several years and have discovered some limitations of their current kitchen layout. Sometimes, families grow and more space is needed in the kitchen, both for meal preparation and for meal consumption. Still other reasons for remodeling your kitchen might be that you intend to relocate within a year or two, and you’re trying to boost the resale value of your home.

Numerous studies have shown that one of the projects where you can get the best return for your investment is a kitchen renovation. This is largely because anyone looking to purchase a home will always pay extra attention to the state of the kitchen, given that it’s one of the most used areas in any household. Whatever your reason may be for remodeling your kitchen, there’s only one company to work with in the region around Martinsburg, WV, and that’s Miller’s Residential Creations.

Working with the best custom contractor 

Whether your renovation project is relatively minor in scope, or it’s a complete overhaul of the kitchen, you’re always going to be better off working with a contractor with a reputation for being the very best. No matter what kind of great ideas you may have for improvements, they may not come out in accordance with your vision, if you’re not working with the kind of professional team that listens, takes to heart your wants and needs, and has all the expertise to convert that vision into reality. That’s Miller’s Residential Creations.

We have worked with hundreds of clients in the Martinsburg area, and in every case we have committed ourselves to helping the client realize exactly what they wanted in the way of a remodeling project. We’ve worked for many years to establish our stellar reputation, and now we are universally acclaimed at being the most reliable and professional renovation team in the entire region. We’d like to be your one-stop shop for any kind of remodeling project you have in mind also – so give us a call, and let us go to work on your behalf. In no time at all, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of a brand-new looking kitchen that provides all the functionality you’ve been missing over the past several years.

7 Steps to a Successful Kitchen Remodel

There are very few home remodeling projects that will give you more joy – and more headaches – than remodeling your kitchen. If you decide that you want to make it a DIY project, it could take several months to complete- and you may be without a kitchen during that time. Hiring a contractor is a much better idea because it will be done professionally and faster- though the cost may be higher. However, your new kitchen will make the entire process worthwhile.

Let Miller’s Residential Creations handle your kitchen remodel for you. Everything we do is custom, and we guide our clients through the process from beginning to end. Just ask around, we have an amazing reputation among the locals. Below, we’ll explain a few things you need to know about remodeling your kitchen before you embark on this journey.

7 Things to Know about Kitchen Remodeling

Set Your Budget

Chances are you have an idea of a budget- but it’s important to understand that this remodel is going to get expensive. The national average is around $25,000. If you want to upgrade your appliances or sink to the top-of-the-line models, you can expect to spend more than $30,000.

When you set your budget, make sure you have some wiggle room because there will be some unexpected costs. Start by determining your bottom line- exactly how much can you or will you spend on the remodel. Then, calculate 80% of that total. This is what you will spend on the kitchen- the remaining 20% will cover any unexpected costs. By setting your budget this way, you can avoid breaking the budget with overruns.

Get Design Help

The first step in your kitchen remodel is designing your dream kitchen. While you may have some ideas, you still need a blueprint. You may think that you can save money by skipping this, but that’s not a good idea. By starting your remodel with a detailed design/blueprint, you save time and money in the long run.

Also, make sure that your kitchen is designed with functionality in mind- especially if you plan to use it a lot. While you may think you want an Instagram-worthy kitchen, function matters more than anything.

For example, a large single-basin sink may look great, but a double sink is more functional and while open shelves look nice in pictures, cabinets with doors make more sense unless you plan to keep your dishes neatly stacked at all times.

Communicate Everything Clearly

Even when you trust your contractor, they are not mind-readers. You must make sure that you communicate every single detail as clearly as possible. Then, double-check to make sure they understand. You need to know they understand exactly what your expectations are. Check on the progress frequently and ask questions. It’s important to make sure everyone is on the same page. It’s easier to make corrections before the work is done than it is for them to go back and fix it after being done incorrectly.

Choose One Showpiece

While a remodel does give you the opportunity to showcase your personal style, you don’t want to do too much. One showpiece is typically enough. For example, if you choose a bold/unusual tile for your backsplash or floor, you don’t want to do too much with the rest of the kitchen. After all, you don’t want it to look like the circus is in town. If there’s something that you really want to include, go ahead, just do it during the design phase, not the work phase so that you can plan for it. Also, by adding details during the work phase, you may also increase your cost and risk for design issues.

Don’t Forget the Small Stuff

Many people put a lot of attention on backsplashes and cabinets. However, there’s not always a lot of thought put into where the trash is or where the outlets are located or counter space. These are things that are important when you’re working in your kitchen.

Another thing that is often forgotten is venting. Proper venting keeps smells, steam, and smoke from filling your kitchen and home. Improper ventilation can cause your smoke alarms to go off every time you try to fry something.

Check Everything As it Comes In

A good contractor already knows this and will ensure that it gets done. However, it’s important to make sure that what you get is what you wanted. When you order your kitchen components, there’s no guarantee that you will get what you ordered- mistakes happen. However, it’s a lot easier to fix it if you catch the mistake when they come in rather than after everything is installed.

Document

It’s important to document the entire process. Before any work is done, make sure to take lots of “before” pictures from every angle. While this isn’t critical for a remodel, it will allow you to look back to where you started so you can see how far you’ve come.

Conclusion

Remodeling your kitchen can be a major headache. However, once it’s done, it will bring you the most joy of any other home remodeling project. While you can make this a DIY project, it may take more time, money, and energy than you can or are willing to spend. Instead, hire a professional such as Miller’s Residential Creations. We have a stellar reputation in the local area and will guide you along every step of the way. We look forward to working with you!

Determining Your Budget For a Remodel

If you’re considering a big (or small) home renovation, budget is generally a leading concern. Here we’ll go over how you can set priorities, create a realistic budget and get the top-quality remodel you really want. Let’s get right to it:

Set your remodeling goals: Think about what you want to accomplish with your home remodel which will help you with all the remaining steps in the project. Without clear goals, you may get off-track or on a tangent, which can be extra time-consuming and expensive for your remodel. Consider: Why are you doing this remodel? Are you interested in switching to a more open floor plan? Are you wanting to change your open plan to create more private or purpose-specific rooms? Do you need a more user-friendly kitchen layout, a larger kitchen, or an outdoor kitchen? Would you like a spa-style bathroom? Do you need more room for entertaining family and friends?

Pinpoint key details: Consider the type of finishes and building materials you want in your new home addition or custom remodeling project. For instance, flooring—are you a carpet, tile, or hardwood floor family? Do you dream of stainless steel appliances? Would you like your appliances hidden within custom cabinets? With this information, your contractor can then help you narrow down your options (based on cost of those materials, and other considerations important to you such as longevity expected from your chosen finishes and the amount of maintenance required.) This results in an accurate budget that you can depend upon when you work with an experienced contractor/homebuilder.

Will home resale value guide your spending? Or is this remodel helping your current house become your forever home, which means you’ll focus on what makes you and your family happy, rather than thinking about what future owners might find attractive (boosting the resale value). If you’ll be selling in a few years, you’ll likely be more concerned with your remodel’s ROI when deciding on the specifics of your home remodel. A local remodeling expert or design/build firm can tell you which types of home upgrades or re-designs will help sell your home in your neighborhood. Realtors are also good sources for this type of advice. Online ROI calculators are great, but may not be keyed to our area and your specific neighborhood, which are crucial considerations.

Request a detailed quote: A estimate is often too general and variable to really help the serious homeowner who’s ready to remodel. At Miller’s we can break down your project and provide a reliable timeline and cost based upon your project goals, the scope of work, finish preferences and ore. and details like

Add a buffer to your budget: We may suggest a 10% buffer to allow for possible overruns. There may be surprises discovered behind your walls that require adjustments to the remodeling plan. Our team is experienced at handling any blips in the project, but setting aside a buffer to your budget is a great idea. If you don’t use the funds, you’ll have extra to use for new furniture.

Arrange your financing: Many WV homeowners finance their remodeling via the HELOC, or home-equity line of credit. Using your house as collateral, your bank or mortgage lender will give you a credit limit and you can draw upon it as necessary throughout your remodeling project milestones. With a home equity loan, you’ll get the lump sum at the outset of the loan. HELOCs often come with variable interest rates, while loans are often fixed-rate.

We’d love to hear about your remodeling project and we’re ready to help you plan for it. With our years of designing and building custom homes across WV, as well as completing historical restorations, home additions, and thousands of home renovation projects, Miller’s Residential Creations can take your remodel smoothly from idea to reality. Contact us today.

Creative Lighting For Your Custom Home

The importance of great lighting cannot be overstated in luxury home design. Creative lighting completes and enhances your custom home environment, whether you employ it to set a mood, serve a purpose, or make a statement. Selecting the right lighting for all the custom niches and grand salons throughout your home can seem daunting. Here, we’ll simplify the process with a few unique custom home lighting ideas.

Multi-Directional Lighting:
Ideal for effectively lighting today’s popular open floor plans, installing multiple lighting fixtures further customizes your great room. Although these expansive spaces clearly call for multiple lighting fixtures, placement and spacing should be carefully planned. You might select a modern minimalist set of recessed lighting fixtures, plus a chandelier near the entry and perhaps another near the fireplace. Another multi-directional option is the multi-headed lamp, where each light can be directed, or the entire group arranged, freely–as needed or desired in the moment.

Integrated Lighting:
Lighting that frames a mirror or even LEDs incorporated into the mirror’s edges works well in a variety of living spaces, especially the bath, dressing room, or bedroom. LEDs are great for bathrooms or makeup counters in the bedroom or dressing room, since they produce bright white lighting. Lighting can also be embedded in staircases, following the line of the banister, within the wall next to the steps, or a flush fixture placed inside each step.

Pendants:
Pendant lights come in a world of unique designs, colors, shade shapes, and materials. They are terrific for illuminating a peninsula or island/eating bar area. Pendants (extending from the ceiling) bring focus, highlighting the area below and adding a design element as well. For an unconventional use, consider a pendant in the boudoir, placed over each bedside table. This option, instead of the traditional table lamp, gives you more space on the (usually rather small) table for your book or glass of water.

Chandeliers:
In addition to the great room suggestions above, chandeliers work well in the formal dining room, of course. Placing a chandelier in the bathroom and/or walk-in closet/dressing room elevates these spaces from necessary room to palatial spa.

Accent Lighting: 
Accent lighting brings attention to a particular area or item, creating a focal point for the room. Lighting placed symmetrically on either side of a painting is one example. You can focus on less traditional items as well. For instance, bring out the woodgrain in an exquisite piece of furniture or amazing custom closet doors with focused, non-glaring lighting.

Task Lighting:
Don’t forget areas that need practical, dedicated lighting. Practical does not have to be boring. Install recessed, can lights (as just one example) above the kitchen prep counter, above the window seat in the bay window, and/or above the comfy overstuffed chair in the reading corner or library.

Mother Nature:
Sunlight is nature’s gift—and you can bring more of it into your custom home by adding windows or skylights to brighten any corner naturally. A skylight in the shower can be transformative. Consider a group of 3 skylights in the center of a larger, windowless room, in the den or to brighten a children’s’ playroom for example.

Effortlessly Customize Your Home’s Lighting — with Expert Guidance

Your home’s structure, furnishings, and interior décor are important, but don’t forget to pay equal attention to custom lighting as an essential element for the truly luxurious custom home. Your design-build firm will have even more custom lighting ideas keyed to your home’s floorplan, architectural style, and your personal taste. Your designer can create sophisticated layers of lighting to illuminate each space perfectly. Let the creative lighting ideas of a true professional bring your custom home to life!

Talk to your WV custom homebuilder about incorporating these ideas, with your own unique twist, into your bespoke home design. For more creative custom home lighting design options, contact our experienced design-build firm, Miller’s Residential Creations based in Martinsburg, today.

Work From Home? Consider These 7 Design Features

From custom office cabinetry to bespoke, built-in shelving, plus a work desk that is a work of art, designed just for you… You can have it all with a custom-designed home office. Your new home office will make work easy by creating a place for everything you use—sized and shaped especially for all your tools-of-the-trade, supplies, computer equipment, and more. Whether you are a software engineer, serial entrepreneur, psychologist, astrophysicist, or clothing designer, your custom home builder can build the ideal home office space–around you. Whatever your comfort, personal taste, and productivity needs call for, can be custom-built.

Keep these aspects in mind as you create your ideal home office:

  1. Work Desk: Do you need a computer desk, a desk that converts to a standing desk (without appearing institutional), or perhaps a podium instead? Anything is possible with a custom home office. How about a desk for two, such as perpendicular desks with cabinets above and on each side, each facing its wall or window? Make the most of an awkward space, like a jutting corner extending into the room, with a wrap-around desk.
  2. Work Table: If your work requires a large, flat surface or project area on which to spread your materials, you’ll need a work table instead of (or in addition to) a desk. You might have a custom-made office desk as your primary workplace, and a work table that disappears by sliding into the wall or folding up onto it. If your main focus is the work table, you can have any shape and size you need, from rectangular and blocky or triangular and quirky, or L-shaped or circular—or kidney-shaped, if it works best for you.
  3. Custom Cabinets, Drawers, and Shelving: Custom open shelves allow you to display, as well as store, commonly used items within arm’s reach. Or your custom wood shelving can take the shape of a bookcase, even in this modern day-and-age. Corner shelving is always an option as well. Drawers can be shallow or deep depending on your needs. What about a window seat or bench with a drawer, or custom-sized storage bins/cubbies beneath? Get custom made storage cabinets to fit even the most challenging wall and ceiling configurations, like angled attic walls and slanted ceilings. Commission wall-to-wall custom cabinetry for the home office, made to look like a built-in, original to the home. Cabinet doors that reach the ceiling can be quite impressive. If you are extremely dedicated to your work, or want your office to double as a guest bedroom, a larger section of the wall cabinetry could conceal a Murphy bed.
  4. Lighting: Workspace lighting is often overlooked and can end up as an afterthought. It’s frustrating when lighting is not “just right” for your need, so make a plan with your builder and/or decorator. You could begin with ambient lighting, such as recessed ceiling lighting to provide a basis. Then, use accent lighting to highlight awards, displayed product designs, or artwork. Your task-oriented desk area will need a separate lighting plan. Design your lighting to suit your style and support the type of work you do.
  5. Windows: Dramatic, floor-to-ceiling windows might provide creative inspiration as you work. What about large, round “porthole” windows? You might consider large loft-style windows for a modernistic space or a bay window with window seat for casual, vintage appeal.
  6. Meeting and Greeting Space: If your office includes a dedicated conversation area, you might adorn it with a sofa and upholstered chairs, and add a fireplace. For a different look and feel, the meeting area could feature a streamlined conference table with iconic Eames-style chairs.
  7. Overall Concept: When creating your desired ambiance and atmosphere, it is often inspiring to conceive an overall theme for your office’s appearance. You need not follow the model exactly, but can use the idea to guide your choice of furnishings, floor lamps, and artwork, to suggest window size/shape, and more. For instance, would you like an office that suggests a modern loft with a streamlined, industrial appearance? What about channeling a nautical or steampunk style for your office? What about creating your space with the Oval Office in mind or the mid-century style office in Mad Men? Consider a minimalist art gallery or a traditional library as models to use as a base for your office structure and décor.

Your private home office isn’t about anyone else but you, so have fun with it. (If you see patients or clients, create a separate office for those sessions or consultations.) Make your home office a place you look forward to spending time in. It IS possible, when you partner with an expert design-build company. Contact Miller’s Residential Creations in Martinsburg, WV, today.

Aging In Place: 15 Common Features for Retirees

Aging-in-place home upgrades are also referred to as universal home design. No matter which term you use, this means making your home safe, comfortable, and attractive for people of all ages, at all levels of mobility. Creating a living space that makes life easier is another way of looking at this type of remodel. As experienced custom home builders in West Virginia, our team can create a home (or do a remodel or retrofit) that perfectly suits your family’s needs.

Consider these aging-in-place home upgrades to make life easier and add to your home’s value: 

  • Improve single-floor living options. Having a master bedroom with attached bath and dressing room (which offers more open space to maneuver than a closet) is ideal.
  • Widen doorways. Make hallways and entryways wider, offering ease of movement for anyone with a wheelchair or walker.
  • Consider pocket doors. They help save space and stay out of your way when open.
  • Install multi-level kitchen counters and bathroom vanities. This allows you to sit comfortably while cooking or grooming.
  • Redesign the kitchen entirely. We can design your kitchen space with enough floor area so that you can move around easily in a wheelchair. We can include an eating bar at the exact height comfortable for your needs, or do multilevel to accommodate an entire family. Your cooktop and oven can be installed exactly where you prefer, at any comfortable height. We can install upper and/or lower cabinets that are easy to reach and open/close. We can ensure that drawers and cabinets open/close smoothly and quietly–and that every custom piece looks terrific.
  • Revamp closets or add dressing rooms. Install custom shelving, cubbies, smooth-glide drawers, and closet rods, so everything is in easy reach. Once your custom closet or dressing room is completed, you’ll thank yourself at least twice a day for commissioning it.
  • Move electrical switches and outlets lower, or install motion sensors. If you prefer, you can also get familiar with using an Alexa or Siri (or similar) or mobile app that can turn on/off lights, appliances, etc. with a voice command.
  • Add more lighting. Eliminate dark corners in the house to help avoid tripping or bumping into furniture if you have mobility issues, poor night vision, or just want a brighter home. We can install recessed ceiling lighting, wall sconces, etc. to illuminate your living area!
  • Change door hardware. Lever-style door handles are often easier to grip than round doorknobs–and don’t require a twist to open. This can make things easier for individuals with arthritis or hand mobility issues.
  • Install a deck and/or ramp. This could also be a porch, level with the home’s entry. Our team can make a plan, provide options, and build attractive and functional home entry and/or exit solutions that perfectly suit your home’s style and your needs.
  • Improve bathroom safety with new or added fixtures. Let a professional builder and designer install attractive and functional grab bars next to your tub or in the shower. Consider adding a teak bench to sit on while you shower. New faucets and shower controls, with easy-to-use handles and knobs, are also helpful. There are many styles to choose from!
  • Redesign the bath completely. Remodel your bath to fit your needs. For example, we can design and install a modern walk-in shower, even with the bathroom floor, for easy in and out. We can integrate a shower bench into the wall of the shower and install multiple showerheads or massage jets at different heights to provide options. We could also enlarge the doors, make the sinks/vanities at any height you need, and configure the space so there’s plenty of room for mobility.
  • Non-skid flooring or low-pile carpet. Choose a type of flooring that is both attractive and safe. There are many options that offer traction due to the material or an added texture. Indoor-outdoor carpet comes offers many color and design options, has low or no pile, and won’t move or wrinkle like a throw rug when properly installed.
  • Redesign the home office or craft area. These activities don’t have to stop as we age. We can design these spaces so that you can easily use them, with your craft table or desk at the ideal height for your needs. Or we can integrate the work table with the wall, so there’s less furniture in your way.
  • And more!

How to Get Started with Custom Aging-in-Place Features for Your WV Home

To get started, go through your home, room by room. Note any possible tripping or slipping hazards, and find the areas that are difficult to access and maintain. When you choose an experienced Berkeley County home remodeling contractor, your completed home upgrades will function smoothly, fit  and enhance the overall design of your house, and never look out-of-place.

Universal home design with aging-in-place features, when done well, can also improve your home’s value for the future. Our experienced team can provide valuable home remodeling advice, custom design, and expert contracting services, with universal design in mind.

Make your life at home effortless (as it should be) with aging-in-place updates to your property, or that of a loved one. Contact the aging-in-place, design-and-build experts at Miller’s Residential Creations today.

4 Ways to Increase Your Home Value

The key home upgrades and custom additions that really add value to your WV home are those that add space or light, and provide living options. Improving curb appeal is always desirable and valuable, as well. Think along these lines for a custom home that’s well worth the highest asking price:

Build a Home Addition

More square footage certainly boosts value. Consider adding a mother-in-law suite to your home or a guest house. This means new buyers will be able to make this their “forever home” as they age, host guests anytime, or arrange multi-generational living for the extended family if they like. These are all front-of-mind issues these days. Alternatively, you could create a home office in the addition. Everyone needs at least one—and maybe two or three in the house. And the room can always do double-duty as an additional bedroom, which adds home value as well.

Finish the Basement

Adding a room or deck is an obvious way to make your house bigger, but you can also create additional living space by finishing the basement. You can add bedrooms this way, or create a man-cave or lady-lair. You could also create a screening room, game room, wet bar, hobby space, home gym, and much more in your basement. These purpose-built spaces can be impressive to buyers.

Update the Kitchen with Custom Features

An eating bar, island or peninsula can be a showstopper with a spectacular countertop material. Innovative backsplash design is another highly sought-after kitchen detail. Kitchen flooring options are endless, so you can create something unique, yet universally appealing, and high end. Aim for kitchen surfaces that inspire oohs and ahhs–and people to ask for the back-story. Amazing appliances, like a sub-zero fridge, wine fridge, and large chef-style cooktop and oven (or double oven) are great additions. Custom cabinetry, perhaps with some open shelving, can set your home apart from the crowd. For instance, consider corner cabinets, upper and lower, with uppers reaching to the ceiling. Include custom-crafted cabinets or shelving in your island as well.

Add or Upgrade Bathrooms

Add a powder room near the front entry area or off the mudroom. Transform all your bedrooms into masters by adding a private bath (and walk-in closet or dressing room.) Walk-in showers and soaking tubs can be dramatic, attention-grabbing, and inviting. The walk-in shower, perhaps a wet-room style with a clear glass door (for those who only like the wet-room look, but not the reality–can make your bath look huge. High-end tile is typically carried through on walls and/or flooring to make for a continuous, uninterrupted visual. Terrific, spa-like, and spacious custom baths are blockbusters that can really wow potential buyers and add great value to your Berkeley County home.

Well-designed, airy spaces that make life simpler (yet more elegant) are coveted today–as are innovative, high-end finishes. These custom designed home features, that are a joy to look at or touch, really draw buyers in, help homes sell faster, and increase home value.

How to Get Started on Value-Add Projects for Your WV Home

No matter what you have in mind to boost your home value, the team at Miller’s Residential Creations can make it real. As a custom home builder with projects throughout the eastern panhandle, we’re ready to put our design and craftsmanship to work for you. Contact us today.

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Luxurious Kitchen

The hallmarks of luxury kitchen designs include expert space planning services, the highest-quality materials, custom designs for cabinets and countertops, the latest technology and appliances, proper task lights, and decorative lighting, with all details adding up to spectacular kitchen design. A new luxury custom kitchen should be functional at the highest level, making your life easy and your cooking effortless. Your new custom kitchen should also delight you whenever you walk into it and impress your most discerning guests.

Crucial Kitchen Space Planning and Layout

Your luxury kitchen remodel begins here–with thinking about how you’ll use your kitchen. If you’re a serious gourmet cook, or if you have one, the kitchen must not only look amazing, but also function perfectly. Everything must fit the space exactly, integrating seamlessly–both physically and visually. The look of the kitchen should be compatible with the overall architecture and design aesthetic of your home, while still being special–and simply stunning.

The floorplan of your kitchen should make it easy to prepare food, and eat at least some casual meals and snacks. You may also expect the space to be conducive to relaxing and socializing. An open kitchen design shows off your luxe kitchen to its fullest. Tell your WV kitchen designer how you like to use your kitchen, to get the ideal layout.

Major Luxurious Kitchen Elements to Consider

Large Central Island

The island can not only show off your choice of luxury countertop, but also provide an eating or gathering spot plus a food-prep space. The island will typically have well-designed storage cabinets which may (or may not) be the same color and finish of the custom wall cabinets. The island could also include a secondary sink with disposal if you find that useful.

Luxury Kitchen Backsplash

Your designer backsplash will help define the kitchen work area, unite the style of the cabinets and center below, and add a unique elegance to the kitchen’s look and feel.

Spectacular Countertops

Stunning surfaces are a keystone of the luxury custom kitchen. Your island and/or kitchen countertops may be made from a single slab of polished granite. High-end Calacatta marble is another stunning option–and this variety stands up to stains better than other marble types. Consider these options and your builder can advise you on care and maintenance requirements, etc., to help you make your decision:

  • Tile
  • Granite
  • Quartz
  • Marble
  • Exotic, highly polished wood
  • Recycled glass
  • Concrete
  • Stainless steel
  • And more

Luxury Kitchen Sinks

You can really have fun choosing this detail, as there are a world of options in sink material, finish, shape, color, size, and faucet styles. The sink can be set in the counter or extending beyond the front edge. The dual farmhouse sink is a popular option, with plenty of characteristics you can choose from, to make yours distinctive. Select ceramic, stainless steel or something more unusual, and consider a motion-activated tap, which is convenient and sanitary. You can hark back to another era with your sink, be thoroughly modern or even futuristic. You could also add a convenient pot-filler faucet near the cooktop.

Range Hood Options Galore

This is another blockbuster kitchen feature that can create a dramatic focal point over your cooktop. The endless options include copper, wood-finished metal, and much more, to achieve an industrial steam-era look, a sleek modern style, something more traditional, or an ornate appearance. The size, shape, and vent hood materials you select can make your custom one-of-a-kind kitchen truly your own. You could also opt for hidden ventilation for a minimalist aesthetic.

Multipurpose Kitchen Lighting Design

Your kitchen can have many functional areas dedicated to cooking, grilling, baking, gourmet coffee, smoothies, and much more. Task lighting should be placed to make working easy. In addition, you’ll need ambiance lighting that creates the overall atmosphere of your kitchen. You can select from a myriad of pendant options, a statement chandelier, a sleek mid-century ceiling light, inset can lights, spotlights, and much more. You could feature your stunning appliances with lighting, or have them concealed by your custom cabinetry.

The Spectacular Custom Ceiling

Ceilings are becoming part of kitchen design these days, with everything from moldings, a variety of dramatic or elegant tray ceilings, or even a stamped tin or copper ceiling. You can add these design touches to your “fifth wall” or keep it sleek and modern by requesting a simple coat of paint. If your kitchen already has several other focal points, the minimal ceiling may be the ideal choice. It’s all about your design priorities, combined with a strong sense of harmony and balance.

Dramatic Kitchen Flooring

The kitchen floor should feel great, and even luxurious, to walk on–but, of course. The floor can also be one of the stars of the show in your kitchen, appearance- and ambiance-wise. Luxury kitchen flooring can be anything from exotic woods to a one-of-a-kind, handpainted tile style. The tile floor can become especially unique when you factor in a well-designed tile layout, from herringbone to a custom-patterned layout. Get together with your WV design-build firm and consider your options.

Custom-Designed Cabinetry

Custom kitchen cabinets are perhaps the ultimate feature of a luxury kitchen. The custom aspect means they’ll be high quality, exquisitely crafted, smoothly functional, and will perfectly fit your wall and under-counter space. You could choose a unified color palette or select different finishes for top and bottom (under-counter) cabinets. Cabinets reaching to the ceiling have a special visual appeal. You may prefer a mix of distressed woods, classically elegant polished wood cabinets, or even a brightly-colored engineered material for sleek cabinets that pop. Cabinet hardware can be chosen to emphasize the overall luxury kitchen style you’re creating.

Why Choose Miller’s Residential Creations for Your New Luxury Kitchen?

As the premier luxury kitchen design company and custom builder in WV, Miller’s Residential Creations is here to help you understand your many options and help you choose the best elements for your luxury kitchen remodel. Once the design and layout are approved and in place, we’ll build your new custom kitchen in a well-managed, organized, and efficient project—for a stellar result. Contact us today to get started on your stunning kitchen.

The Master Bedroom Checklist

Creating the perfect master bedroom suite is part art and part science. The art is your personal taste, and the science is translating your vision into the architectural design and building process required to make your new custom home in WV real. Often, the master bedroom acts as a retreat, where you can spend time alone or with your significant other. It’s where you can relax and recharge. It’s where you can prepare for a busy day ahead, then decompress and de-stress at day’s end. Of course, everyone has their own idea of a dream master bedroom suite, which typically includes a private master bath, and walk-in closet or a full-on dressing room.

Design Elements of a Perfect Master Suite

Consider the following characteristics for your custom bedroom design:

  • Location in the home: A secluded location is usually ideal for your master. The ground floor is a popular option for convenience, and to accommodate a possible future need to avoid stairs. (Although an elevator is always an option.) Depending upon your property’s surroundings, the back of the home, upstairs, may be the most serene spot for your elegant master suite. No matter where you place your master, the other bedrooms should be on another floor, or the opposite side of the house. This thoughtful home layout should ensure your complete privacy.
  • All masters: What about making all the bedrooms in the house master suites? This is a terrific idea when you’re doing new construction.
  • Size: How large would you like your bedroom to be? Would you enjoy a square or rectangular space?
  • Reading nook or alcove: A detail like this can make your master suite into a real living space.
  • Fireplace: In tile or brick–and what style and material should the mantel be?
  • Workout area: You might instead prefer a true home gym, in an adjacent or separate room, in your new house or new home addition.
  • Bay window(s) or bow window(s), with window seat: These windows provide a more expansive view, extending out from the side of the home.
  • Balcony or private patio: Consider including this private outdoor space as part of your “master plan.”
  • French doors: These could lead onto a patio/balcony, or could divide your sleep area from the reading area in your master suite.
  • Tall and wide sliders: Yet another alternative to enter your balcony/balconies or patio. With this much glass, you can really blur the boundary between outdoors and in.
  • Skylights: These can be lovely, especially if your room is very large, so you can enjoy natural light, even far from the windows.
  • Ceiling options: Consider a raised or vaulted ceiling, tray ceiling, decorative crown molding.
  • Lighting: What about a chandelier, modern fixture(s) with ceiling fans and/or wall sconces for restful, indirect lighting?
  • Floors: Luxury carpet, exotic wood flooring,
  • Closets: Consider a full-on dressing room or a walk-in closet–big enough to have an island of drawers in the center. Should the dressing room/closet be directly accessed from the bedroom, or located just beyond the bathroom? Would you like separate his and hers closets? What about a cedar-lined closet?
  • Built-ins: Consider built-in, custom chests of drawers and/or shelving to perfectly fit the space.
  • Vanity/sinks in bedroom: This hotel-style arrangement may appeal to you.
  • Feature wall: This could to serve as a distinctive headboard behind your bed.
  • There’s much more.

About the Master Bath…

Your new master bath can be built to rival the finest spa or salon. You could choose marble flooring (or easier care marble-look tile) for ultimate elegance. You could opt for a fully tiled (floor to ceiling) wet room, aka shower room. You might choose a jetted tub, or a clawfoot model for vintage flair. Vanities can really define the style of a bathroom, from vintage chest-of-drawers styles to modern, minimalist “floating” vanities that don’t touch the floor. Vanities with bowl or vessel sinks (in everything from copper to glass) are also lovely. And your choice of vanity countertop materials is nearly endless. You’ll find more master bath ideas in our other blog posts.

The Right Builder Makes It Simple to Create Your Dream Home or Master Bedroom Addition

Let this checklist inspire you as you build your ideal custom master bedroom retreat in your mind’s eye. You’ll enjoy these options and many more with a custom built home, newly constructed to your exact specifications.

Partner with a skilled custom homebuilder to bring your ideal master suite to fruition. Contact Miller’s Residential Creations today. 

Building Custom vs. Remodeling & New Additions

When you’re frustrated with finding just the right home for your needs, you have two excellent options: building a new custom home or changing your existing home via remodeling or adding an addition. As a skilled and experienced local home builder, Miller’s Residential Creations can help you create your dream house in one fell swoop (with new construction), or gradually over time (with home renovation or new additions). Let’s look at some of the key factors that can help you choose the right path.

Why Build a New Custom Home in WV?

Creating your new home vision, from the ground up, is an amazing experience. We guide our clients through the process to plan a dream home and build it with the highest quality craftsmanship.

We suggest building a new construction home if:

  • You’ve found a terrific lot available in a neighborhood you prefer. It may have a better view, be closer to (or further from) neighbors, be in a higher value zip code or better school district, etc.
  • Remodeling your house would be a poor investment, which can occur if your renovations would increase its value too much, well above comparable homes in your area. (If you plan to sell in future, home shoppers in your neighborhood may not be prepared to pay more for a too-fancy house with your upgrades.) In this case, consider a new build.
  • There’s just no way to transform your existing home into the custom home you really want and need.
  • You don’t want to live in a home that is being renovated.
  • You want a supremely eco-friendly home. (This can be done more easily and more completely with a new build, rather than a renovation or remodel.)
  • You want incredible long term value. A new custom home pays for itself every day in the terrifically comfortable lifestyle you and your family can enjoy in a home designed just for you. Whether you choose to keep it in your family for generations (as a valued heirloom) or sell it in future, the well-built and unique custom home typically retains high value.
  • You’re tired of the repair and maintenance costs (and headaches) associated with an older home.
  • You have the budget for a new build or can arrange financing for new construction.

Why Improve Your Existing Home?

A brand new custom home isn’t the right option for everyone, of course. Rather than creating from scratch, why not get your dream home through remodeling and/or a new home addition? Maybe it’s not a good time for you to move to a new brand home now. Maybe you basically like your current house, but need more space, and you can achieve this through an addition. Maybe you want a quicker, less costly way to upgrade and modernize your house, so renovation or remodeling may be the best option.

We suggest remodeling or a room addition if:

  • You love your neighborhood, so staying put (and adding on to, or remodeling) your current house makes sense.
  • Property values are going up in your neighborhood, and your home investment is paying off, so it’s financially prudent to stay put and remodel or add a room.
  • Your home value hasn’t hit the ceiling for your area. (If you already have the most expensive home on the block, you may never get value from home upgrades, and might be better off building a new custom home. Relatively new construction will provide great value if you sell.)
  • You love your current home, but need more space (and you have property space available for a room addition).
  • You like your current home, but are tired of the worn or dated finishes, especially in the bathroom or kitchen. Renovation or home remodeling is in order.
  • You’d like to finish your unfinished basement, to gain more living space, create a home gym, man cave, laundry room, home office and/or extra bedrooms.
  • You want to turn your master bedroom into a suite.
  • You need an extra bathroom or a mother-in-law suite.
  • You’d love a larger, more modern kitchen or bath.
  • You’re craving an open home layout, but your home’s living area is subdivided into small rooms. Certain non-weight-bearing walls can be removed, in a home renovation or remodel, to create the open feel you desire.
  • Your homeowner’s association or local community allows the type of home expansion you want.
  • Your current home is structurally sound to accommodate your proposed remodeling changes. If you plan to add a second story, and your existing home won’t support it, you might be able to retrofit your current house. However, it may be less trouble to achieve your two-story home with a new build.
  • You have equity in your home to finance your remodel at a good interest rate. (Home equity loans are a popular method to fund home renovations, but of course you may have many other options.)

Should you remodel or build a new custom home in WV? We can help you learn which home building solution is right for your specific needs. Contact Miller’s Home Creations today.