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Country artist and actor JT Hodges and his wife Kasey, lived in a beautiful home with their family in Tennessee. Unfortunately, in January 2021, the couple experienced an unexpected tragedy. An electrical fire started to rage and engulfed their family home. After the fire department put out the blaze, the Hodges were safe, but their home was unlivable. The bones of the property were still in good shape, however, the entire inside needed to be rebuilt. The Hodges family turned to TV personality and interior designer Christina Hall to assist with redesigning a house they could safely call home again. With a lot of work ahead and many design decisions to make, the couple got started rebuilding their home. They turned to a trusted friend and founder of Red Oak Building Company LLC, Josh Berry, to bring their vision to life. Redesigning their new home with JELD-WEN After the fire,…

Inclusivity is becoming increasingly important in both social and executive environments. This concept also extends into the building community since designing and constructing an inclusive structure requires a different approach. But what does inclusive design actually mean? Inclusive design, also known as universal design, refers to the process of creating a building that can be accessed by all individuals, regardless of age or disability. In other words, every space within the property is easy to access, it doesn’t include any design elements that could inhibit how an individual moves throughout the space, and it ensures that everyone can engage with the structure as intended and with ease. In the last couple of years, structures with inclusive design have been gaining more exposure through well-deserved awards and recognition. For example, in 2020, a luxury home development in North Carolina was highlighted as a Southern Living 2021 Showcase Home – a designation…

There are numerous trends worth talking about for 2023 from holistic design to multi-purpose interiors. But one trend that can be applied to any project, regardless if it’s a new build or remodel, involves helping clients get outside their comfort zone and create bold, aesthetic spaces using rich, saturated hues. We’ve already seen natural greens, various grays, and other dark, natural tones work their way into building exteriors and interiors but for 2023, we’re focusing on hues of red. For example, Pantone’s color of the year is Viva Magenta. Using rich, saturated hues can help create visual dimension, warmth, and boldness that sparks creativity, inspires, and fosters a sense of comfort. Here are a few ways to take this trend and apply it to your projects this year. 1. Use dark hues to add visual interest and create a sense of calm A great way to leverage trending colors is…

Designing a house that feels like a home goes beyond choosing the layout, fixtures, and furniture. Creating a home that your clients will be comfortable in requires thinking about the little details that either add beauty or functionality to their everyday life. When you’re looking for new ways to enhance the interior design, reduce sound transmission, or create unique focal points throughout the property, consider upgrading the interior doors. The right statement interior doors can update the entire feel of a space and even offer additional privacy, depending on your client’s preferences. Here are a few ways you can create an environment that better meets your client’s needs using interior doors. Use statement interior doors to add visual interest to transitions Traditionally, most homeowners probably don’t notice their office, bathroom, or mudroom door. They open and close them when necessary but the door itself is just a function versus a…

Contemporary to farmhouse to traditional home designs are known to feature black elements, from window frames to doors and light fixtures. But black windows and doors can complement a wider range of home styles and offer a timeless aesthetic. Adding black details to the interior and exterior of a home isn’t a new concept, but the trend is currently at its peak – and we can understand why! This dark neutral color adds contrast, highlights natural materials, grounds a design, and makes a statement when it comes to curb appeal. But why should you consider this trend? Black windows and doors have actually been trending for decades, meaning they’re not a fleeting trend at all. Here are 3 reasons you should consider black windows and doors for home design: 1. Black window frames and doors naturally add contrast Whether you choose a traditional window frame, exterior door, or interior door…

Things to consider as you weigh a quick fix against choosing to buy new. It’s an unavoidable fact that with time and use, a home’s doors’ and windows’ performance is bound to diminish. Unfortunately, with that slow deterioration comes new costs for homeowners. Think about ongoing maintenance and repairs that may be necessary. Consider the energy that is lost because of emerging gaps. And don’t forget that this decline may create a way for water and pests to enter a home. Aging doors and windows can also impact homeowner quality of life in other ways. Foggy glass can mean less visibility. Poor sealing can make it more difficult to stabilize an ideal indoor temperature. Many aging doors and windows can become less attractive. And perhaps most importantly, the products’ problems can even compromise the security of a home. The natural question homeowners are bound to ask is, “OK, should I repair or replace?” Here…

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