11 Reasons Ramblers Are Rising in Popularity

reasons ramblers are rising in popularity

Constructed in a “U” or “L” shape, ramblers (also called ranch style homes) were the first one-story houses to incorporate an attached garage. Ramblers became popular in the early- to mid-twentieth century, as automobiles allowed families to live outside of metropolitan areas and suburbs began appearing. In the 80s and 90s, ramblers fell out of the spotlight, but they’re a hot item on the real estate market now because of their multifaceted benefits. We’ve outlined 11 reasons ramblers are rising in popularity:

  1. They perfectly accommodate open floor plans—a design concept that’s at the forefront of today’s real estate market.
  2. Ramblers don’t need stairways, which can use up to 100 square feet of space.
  3. A one-story home makes it easier to age in place because they are accessible to children, the elderly, and the mobility-challenged.
  4. An accessible design could raise the value of your home if you ever choose to sell.
  5. A rambler is easy to clean and organize because you don’t have to climb stairs.
  6. A one-level home is quieter, with no noise of footsteps traversing the second floor.
  7. Ramblers incorporate the outdoors into everyday life, with patios, long, expansive windows, skylights, and sliding glass or french doors.
  8. With natural light streaming through open spaces, skylights, and expansive windows, you can save energy on lighting and heating in the winter daytime.
  9. Room temperatures in ramblers are often more even because the heat doesn’t all rise to the upper level, so you can live comfortably.
  10. The exterior of a one-story home is more accessible for maintenance, like painting, gutter upkeep, and window cleaning.
  11. One-level homes are typically easier to expand or remodel, should you choose to do so.

Iverson Homes will be showcasing our own one-story home during the Parade of Homes spring tour. Look for Parade of Homes #167, a four-bedroom, four bath, 4,212 square foot custom-built rambler with a three-car garage, located at 18200 79th Place North in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

We offer a variety of rambler floor plans including

Our skilled architects will work with you to decide if a one-story or two-story home is right for you. In addition to custom home building, Iverson Homes also provides real estate services. Contact us today to learn more about our neighborhoods or our hands-on process.

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What Comes First: Home Design or Builder?

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Building your own home is an expensive yet rewarding process. You may know what you want, but not know how you’ll ever turn the dream home concept into a detailed blueprint. That’s what an architect and builder are for. But do you need have to have a home design in mind before finding a builder?

In short, no, you don’t need to have a design in mind. But you may want to think about what you’d want in a new home. Plus, if you hire a builder early in the process, they can help monitor the cost of the project. It costs more to change the layout during the construction phase than it does during the project planning phase. The more involved you are in the design and build, the more satisfied you will likely be with the result.

Take time to consider what types of living space you’ll need. You likely plan on settling into your new home for a while, so make sure it’s customized to your changing needs. Do your research and come up with a list of features you want included. Ask yourself how much you would entertain or work from home when considering the floor plan and amenities.
Thinking about what you need to share with your builder to make the most of this exciting process can be overwhelming. Start here:

  • How much land do you want to build on?
  • Do you want flat or sloping acreage?
  • How much space do you want to leave for a yard?
  • Which way do you want your windows to face to make the most of the rising or setting sun?
  • How many levels and rooms do you need?

Iverson Homes can turn your dreams into a beautifully crafted custom home. Throughout our hands-on process, our skilled architects will offer design solutions and floor plan options. We’ll listen closely to your ideas and discuss the project budget and timeline. Then, our architects will draw up detailed blueprints so you can see your concepts on paper before they come to life. From there, you can customize and revise it before approving the design for build. Contact us today to get started on your custom built home.

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Kitchen Trends of 2018

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Before the modern era, kitchens were hidden in the back of homes, and guests rarely, if ever, entered them. These days, the kitchen is a focal point—a place where family, friends, and guests gather to eat and enjoy each other’s company. Some of the biggest design trends have risen to popularity because they allow the kitchen to remain in the spotlight. Read on to discover the kitchen trends we saw in 2018.

Open kitchens

Many homeowners favor an open kitchen, where the kitchen, dining, and living room are all connected with no dividing walls. It makes the home seem bigger and more inviting. People who are cooking or washing dishes in the kitchen can also socialize with the rest of their guests in the main living area or great room.

Technology

Technology-integrated kitchens are on the rise. Refrigerators are made with touch screens for grocery lists and can tell you when you’re running low on milk or the eggs are going bad. Automatic lights can turn on or dim with the clap of a hand. Motion-sensor sinks allow you to wash flour-dusted hands without touching the faucet.

Cabinetry

This year, many trendy kitchen styles have eliminated upper wall cabinets. A kitchen with only lower cabinets can feel more open, allow more natural light, and open up counter space. Instead of the traditional and classic (though still trending) white cabinets, some homeowners have chosen to go with navy or black cabinets with matte finishes for a more modern look.

Countertops and Sinks

Farmhouse sinks, though still popular, are a dying trend. Composite or built-in sinks are on the rise because they are easy to clean and have a sleek look. Many homeowners choose quartz countertops instead of granite or marble because they are easier to maintain. Backsplash tiles are a popular feature in many kitchens with upper wall cabinets.

Custom Aspects

The ideal kitchen is as much about fashion as it is about functionality. Much of the focus in 2018 has been in storage solutions—not wasting counter or cabinet space. Cabinetry customized for spices, pots, pans, and stand mixers, and other equipment has become a popular aspect of many kitchens. Many homeowners choose to add unique custom spaces in their kitchen, like booths or breakfast nooks to save space and keep a cozy feel.

Mix and Match

Though gray, taupe, cream, and white have remained timeless choices, some homeowners have added pops of color and mixing and matching textures for variety. Many kitchen islands feature darker cabinetry that makes the island stand out from the rest of the kitchen like an independent piece of furniture. The modern kitchen often combines rustic, industrial, and modern tastes, with stainless steel appliances, brass fixtures, wood tables, and cement backsplashes or countertops.

Iverson Homes can remodel your kitchen and help you choose a design that works for you. With our hands-on process, we build the kitchen of your dreams, fully functional to your unique lifestyle and timelessly designed with quality craftsmanship. Contact us today to learn about our kitchen remodeling services and custom built homes.

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3 Important Features for a Bathroom Makeover

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The average person spends almost 90 days in a bathroom over their lifetime. It’s no wonder bathroom styles and trends are a big deal for many homeowners looking to remodel. Because a bathroom is such a small, defined space, the little details go a long way. If you’re dreaming of renovating your bathroom, know your options. You can maximize space and incorporate fashionable, affordable conveniences just by considering these three features when planning your bathroom makeover:

Design

From tile pattern to sink styles, each choice can drastically change the look and feel of your bathroom. The way you use space and accessorize your bathroom can make it feel small and confined, versus large and open. Simply replacing a shower curtain with a glass shower wall can open up your bathroom and make it feel more spacious. Elongated fixtures like floor-to-ceiling cabinets may make it seem taller. Subtle shapes are hidden in each bathroom fixture. You could choose rounded faucets for an elegant style or square shower heads and drains for a modern look. Low lighting creates a calming, warm ambience, while bright, white lighting could make your bathroom feel clean and crisp.

Functionality

Functionality often goes hand in hand with design. Think about strategic storage, like cabinetry and shelving for towels and toiletries. What materials would require little maintenance? For example, you could purchase a glass shower door treated with water repellent that prevents soap scum or hard water deposit from sticking to the glass. That way, you don’t have to clean it as much.

Energy efficiency & technology

Technology may seem out of place in the bathroom, but some convenient features could save you money. If you choose the right appliances and fixtures, you can make your bathroom more energy efficient. Install LED lights, a high efficiency toilet, or a low-flow, water-saving showerhead. Some homeowners install a small fireplace, sound system, or water resistant television for their convenience and luxury.

Iverson Homes can fulfill all your bathroom remodeling needs. We are home building professionals with experience in budget management, design, and remodeling. View recent remodeling projects to see how we can add value and quality to your home. Contact us today to learn more.

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Custom Home Builder vs. National Home Builder

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Building your own home can be a complicated and time-consuming project. The professionals you hire will be instrumental in the flow of the construction, as well as intricately involved in the design of the space that you will enjoy for years to come. Who should you trust to handle the details of your project and design a home that fits your lifestyle? We’ve outlined the main differences between a national home builder and a custom home builder:

The similarities and differences

A custom home builder constructs small-volume, single family homes with custom designs and details. A national home builder works on anything from residential homes to townhome developments and rental properties. A national home builder provides limited options of floor plans, exterior designs, and interior finishes. A custom home builder focuses on the high-end finishes, while a national home builder’s goal is to drive profits and produce homes efficiently for their bottom line. A national home builder is often referred to as a volume dealer or production home builder, and is most often associated with cookie-cutter homes and tract housing.

National Home Builders

National home builders build production homes on land they have purchased for a development. When you hire a national home builder, you’ll likely communicate with a realtor and project manager. The architect does not personally interact with you, as they are working with a specific set of pre-determined construction plans given by the building firm.
What does a national home builder do? A national home builder offers buyers a floor plan menu to choose from. Then, they present the buyer with a limited list of design choices or material selections, but the buyer has little negotiation power. A national home builder oversees the day-to-day operations by managing vendors and subcontractors and obtaining the necessary material and equipment, often in bulk as they construct multiple homes in one area.
Benefits of a national home builder. Having fewer options means that you don’t have to make as many decisions when choosing floor plans, light fixtures, and siding, but you’ll likely interface with multiple people who aren’t even on the construction site on a day-to-day basis—an impersonal alternative to a custom home builder.

Custom Home Builders

Custom home builders oversee the project from plan development to completion, working with the client and design team or architect. While a custom home builder is likely on-site every day, hammer and nails in hand, they may not have special licenses for mechanical work like plumbing, HVAC, and electrical. However, a custom home builder has trusted partners they hire to get the job done.

What does a custom home builder do?

    • Designs custom built homes specifically for clients with close attention to detail and craft.
    • Acts as a go-between for you and your building inspectors, city and county offices, and design team.
    • Establishes a budget and monitors the cost and scope through the design and construction processes.
    • Works with the bank or mortgage company to track costs and process lien requests.
    • Helps you obtain your certificate of occupancy.
    • Inspects the home prior to completion and hires subcontractors for revisions.
    • Educates you on the maintenance, warranty, and operation of your new home.

Benefits of a custom home builder. A custom home builder does everything from start to finish. As the client, you would interact with one person who personally employs people to work on the job site.

A custom home builder:

  • Acts as an advocate for the homeowner.
  • Takes the work to heart because it reflects their craft.
  • May recommend ways to improve a design or save you money in the process, whereas a national home builder will look at the plan you choose and build it to specifications without question.
  • Offers information about the materials used to build your house.

Iverson Homes can fulfill all your custom residential construction needs. We are home building professionals with experience in real estate, land development, building standards, budget management, and architectural design. Contact us today to learn about our quality craftsmanship and custom built homes.

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Fall Parade of Homes 2018 – Iverson Homes Model #282

The Fall Parade of Homes is right around the corner. Stop in and visit our two-story elegant design with farmhouse touches. Stonegate at Rush Creek is an upscale neighborhood directly across from Rush Creek Golf Course in Maple Grove, MN.

Fall Parade of Homes Hours:

Saturday, September 8th – Sunday, September 30th
Thursday-Sunday 12-6pm

#282 – 7911 Shadyview Lane N, Maple Grove MN 55311

Build your custom home on our lot or yours. Be sure to add our Stonegate at Rush Creek Development in Maple Grove to your Parade Homes list of homes to view!
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Fall Favorites 2017

Today feels like a fall day – crisp air, cloudy, and raining a bit. I would love nothing more than to curl up on my couch, light my pumpkin & apple scented candles, and binge on my latest Netflix series, BUT instead I’m here in the office thinking about all things Fall (and getting some work done).

Friday, September 22nd is the First Day of Fall – I can’t believe we’re here…It’s a little hard to accept every year – with our MN summers being so short. So, I’d like to embrace it with open arms and all things FALL! Here are a few of my favorite fall things:

CANDLES
The most popular scents of the season are my favorite year round! I love Woodwick Candles because they fill my ears with the sound of a cozy fire.

FAUX FUR BLANKETS
Nothing beats wrapping yourself up in the warmth of a (faux) fur blanket. It also helps that they’re beautiful.

COMFORT FOOD
Get in my belly. Whether it’s spaghetti, chili, or homemade chicken noodle soup, my soul (and stomach) craves these delicious meals in the Fall!

DECOR
I always enjoy seeing my neighbor’s front porches change over the seasons, but especially in Fall. The warm colors & cute phrases are so inviting. You can really embrace the season throughout your home – inside & out!

While there are so many other reasons I love Fall (Football, Holidays, Pumpkin Carving, Halloween, Etc) these are some of my favorite! What are your favorite things about Fall? Share in the comments below!

– Iverson Homes Team –
Written By: Megan Schwartz, Office Manager/Client Services Coordinator

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Minnesota State Fair – New Foods 2017!

It’s that time of year again – the Minnesota State Fair is around the corner! Beginning Thursday, August 24th and running through Monday, September 4th. Every year the fair comes out with a list of their NEW FOODS for the season, and this year didn’t disappoint.

Here are the newbies:

Bacon Fluffernutter at The Sandwich Shop

Bacon Fluffernutter at The Sandwich Shop

Bacon Up Pup at Granny's Kitchen Fudge Puppies

Bacon Up Pup at Granny’s Kitchen Fudge Puppies

Deviation Stout

Deviation Stout Steak Taco Naan at San Felipe Tacos

 

Bowl O'Dough at Blue Moon Dine-In Theater

Bowl O’Dough at Blue Moon Dine-In Theater

Breakfast Buddy Bowl at Lulu's Public House

Breakfast Buddy Bowl at Lulu’s Public House

 

Brown Ale & Onion-Gouda Tipsy Pie at Sara's Tipsy Pies

Brown Ale & Onion-Gouda Tipsy Pie at Sara’s Tipsy Pies

Cheesy Nacho Corn on the Cob at Texas Steak Out

Cheesy Nacho Corn on the Cob at Texas Steak Out

Cherry Bombs at Vegie Fries

Cherry Bombs at Vegie Fries

Chocolate Popover with Peanut Butter Spread at Lulu's Public House

Chocolate Popover with Peanut Butter Spread at Lulu’s Public House

Cranberry Wild Rice Meatballs at Hamline Church Dining Hall

Cranberry Wild Rice Meatballs at Hamline Church Dining Hall

 

Deep Fried Avocado at O'Gara's at the Fair

Deep Fried Avocado at O’Gara’s at the Fair

 

Double Dose of Pork Belly at RC's BBQ

Double Dose of Pork Belly at RC’s BBQ

 

Duck Bacon Wontons at Giggles Campfire Grill

Duck Bacon Wontons at Giggles Campfire Grill

Fall Guy Breakfast Panini at The Hideaway Speakeasy

Fall Guy Breakfast Panini at The Hideaway Speakeasy

 

Honey Puffs at Dino's Gyros

Honey Puffs at Dino’s Gyros

Italian Bomba Sandwich at Mancini's al Fresco

Italian Bomba Sandwich at Mancini’s al Fresco

 

Memphis Tachos at Snack House

Memphis Tachos at Snack House

 

Mini Sconuts at French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

Mini Sconuts at French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

 

Mobster's Caviar at The Hideaway Speakeasy

Mobster’s Caviar at The Hideaway Speakeasy

 

Pie'n the Sky Malt & Sundae at Dairy Goodness Bar

Pie’n the Sky Malt & Sundae at Dairy Goodness Bar

Pizzarito at Green Mill

Pizzarito at Green Mill

 

Slow Roasted Pork Mole Tamale at Tejas Express

Slow Roasted Pork Mole Tamale at Tejas Express

 

Sonoran Sausage at Sausage Sister & Me

Sonoran Sausage at Sausage Sister & Me

Spicy Thai Noodles at Oodles of Noodles

Spicy Thai Noodles at Oodles of Noodles

Sweet Corn Blueberry Eclair at Farmer's Union Coffee Shop

Sweet Corn Blueberry Eclair at Farmer’s Union Coffee Shop

 

Sweety's Churro's at Potato Man and Sweety

Sweety’s Churro’s at Potato Man and Sweety

 

Swine & Spuds at Swine & Spuds

Swine & Spuds at Swine & Spuds

 

Swing Dancer Sandwich at The Hideaway Speakeasy

Swing Dancer Sandwich at The Hideaway Speakeasy

 

Triple Truffle Totters at The Blue Barn

Triple Truffle Totters at The Blue Barn

Wild Bill's Breakfast Bake at The Blue Barn

Wild Bill’s Breakfast Bake at The Blue Barn

Some of these sound delicious! Others, not so much… I’m looking forward to trying Swine & Spuds and the Honey Puffs at Dino’s Gyros! What are you most looking forward to trying?  Leave a comment below!

– Iverson Homes Team –
Written By: Megan Schwartz, Client Services Coordinator
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Myth Busters – Design Trends for 2017

MYTH 1: Hardwood vs. Laminate vs. Engineered flooring
For a long time it’s been all about hardwood flooring for buyers and sellers of homes, but with the eco-living and green movements, has this changed, or no? Are buyers still looking for hardwood floors, or are laminate or engineered flooring starting to take over? 

While engineered, laminate, and pre-finished floors are very popular right now, on-site finish hardwood flooring is still in the mix. There are pros and cons to all types of flooring, but at the end of the day it truly depends on what space you put it in, and how you live your life. Hardwood on-site finish flooring is a timeless option that is perfect for any home. This flooring can be fully refinished over the years, and withstands lifetimes. Engineered or Pre-finished flooring has some amazing finishes and color selections that you just can’t get in an on-site hardwood floor unless you’re willing to pay top-dollar. Tiles have become the ultimate masters of disguise. The look of wood in tiles is becoming a whole-house staple, including kitchens, bathroom, bar areas, living rooms, and more. Tile is a durable flooring option and combining that durability with the look of natural hardwood is a combination hard to beat.

Laminate Flooring in Lower Level Exercise Area

Laminate Flooring in Lower Level Exercise Area

 

MYTH 2: Wallpaper is outdated
In earlier decades, you couldn’t find a room without at least some form of creative paper covering at least a portion of the wall. But in recent years, you’d be hard-pressed to find a new or remodeled home that has any at all. Is wallpaper truly dead, or is there a rebirth that’s happening now and it just isn’t widespread yet? Or do you see it returning in the future?

There has been a ton of new innovation in the design and creation of wallpaper, that the negative association has been lifted. Wallpaper is making a serious comeback and is proving to be a popular choice amongst homeowners and designers. Use full wall wallpaper sparingly – it looks best used as an accent wall or in a room you want to POP.  Border wallpaper on the other hand, is a serious “no-no”.

 

MYTH 3: Shiplap is only for farmhouses
Using shiplap in homes has been increasing in popularity in recent years, but there is a belief that it should be reserved for farmhouses. In this true in your experience, or is it finding its way into all styles of homes?

Shiplap & Barn wood has become a favorite of Minnesotans. It brings touches of rustic to elegant spaces and can make your cozy space feel even cozier. While it goes great with farmhouse designs, it can be used to pop any area of the home – in any style. We see this trend sticking around in our area for quite a while.

 

Barnwood Wall Feature at Iverson Home's Recent Model Home

Barnwood Wall Feature at Iverson Home’s Recent Model Home

MYTH 4: Gold is out of style
For a long time, brass and gold were the top dogs and metals of choice when it came to faucets, frames, fixtures, etc. In recent years, however, chrome, brushed nickel and other metals have dominated. So, is gold really dead? Did it ever leave? Or is it on the verge of a comeback?

Gold is back, but tread lightly when using it. While it’s back in trend, it may not be the best choice for everyone. With prices of Gold finish hardware and plumbing jumping over the now “standard” Brushed Nickel, Chrome, and Oil Rubbed Bronze, it may not fit in everyone’s budget. On trend now, doesn’t mean it will be on trend in 5 years, so if you’re going to take the leap, do so with caution and be ready to swap it out for the next “trend” in coming years. 

 

MYTH 5: Formal dining rooms are a thing of the past
With the trend leaning toward open floor plans in recent years, formal dining rooms have sort of become a distant memory. Is this still the case, or are more and more home buyers wanting to return to the days of formal dining rooms?

Homebuyers are wanting to get back to their roots…the “Good Ole Days”, where you’d sit down every night with your family for a delicious home-made dinner, or host your seasonal family gatherings. With social media, cell phones, and television playing such a large part in our daily lives, people are looking for that space that brings them back to “reality”. While Formal Dining Rooms are making a comeback, they are still being incorporated into Open floorplan living. Using separation in space with architectural details to make the space feel formal, but still having an open-feel for optimal entertaining. Butlers pantries are also a high-end touch to the “new” formal dining room. Why not have a space to prep your meals before they make their big debut? Home price points have been dictating when formal dining rooms are present. Typically if people have the budget for the now considered “extra” or “bonus” square footage, they may incorporate a formal dining room (and butler’s pantry). Otherwise, they may be left out of the mix.

 

Formal Dining Room with Open Concept by Iverson Homes

Formal Dining Room with Open Concept by Iverson Homes

MYTH 6: All metal and wood tones should match
Everything should match, right? Maybe not. In your experience, are you still seeing a lot of color matching, or are homeowners taking more chances with pops of color than they used to? How do people touring a home react when they see everything that matches, and how do they react to pops of color and mismatching in areas you wouldn’t expect?

“Matchy-matchy” is a thing of the past. Done in moderation and in consideration of home style and design as a whole – mixing metals and woods is completely ok! Make sure to keep a cohesive feel with other items in the home, or use similar wood color tones throughout. The goal is to have it look seamless, and not have certain items stick out like a sore thumb. If done thoughtfully, mixing metals and colors tones can make your space YOU-nique!

 

Myth 7: Stainless steel appliances are a must
Stainless steel has long been the king when it comes to appliances. But are other finishes such as copper ready to knock them off the No. 1 spot? Or is stainless steel still thriving as the champion in the world of appliances in your experience?

Stainless continues to be the leading appliance finish, and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. Because it is the most popular (massed produced), it’s the most affordable finish on the market! Copper, black stainless, and slate colors are great features to add into your kitchen if you want to make a statement. But, keep in mind these are trends (which come and go). If one appliance breaks after the trendy color is discontinued, you’ll be replacing your entire kitchen vs. one appliance ($$). We see Stainless staying in that #1 spot for a long time – and why shouldn’t it? It goes with everything!

 

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Myth 8: Living room vs. a great room
Sectioned rooms were a mainstay in the homes of yesteryear. There was a designated living room, family room, “den,” etc. And then came along the open floor plan, and a lot of people loved the idea of every room of the house flowing together seamlessly. Is this still the case? In your experience, are great rooms still favored over a traditional living room?

Open floorplans are here to stay. While people want to keep the open-flow, they are also looking for more separation of space. Builders are incorporating architectural details & paint colors/accents to help define spaces. This helps keep the open-floorplan, but feel a sense of “space” in a home.

 

Myth 9: Subway tile backsplash
Using subway tiles for a backsplash is as much of a classic as homemade apple pie, right? It is the go-to material. Is this true? Or are you seeing more and more people opting for other materials and patterns such as tin, glass or marble?

Subway tiles are a design staple and we see them sticking around. They work with most styles whether it be contemporary or traditional. While classic subway tiles are being used frequently, we’re also seeing different materials and patterns coming into the industry – such as; marble, copper,  glass tiles, hexagon shapes, smaller subway tiles, fleur de lis, & matte finishes . Taking a classic 3×6 subway tile on a kitchen backsplash, and adding a fleur de lis detail above the stove is one way to incorporate the trend without going over-the-top. Subway tiles are here to stay.

 

White Gloss Subway Tile with Herringbone feature over Range Top by Iverson Homes, Inc.

White Gloss Subway Tile with Herringbone feature over Range Top by Iverson Homes, Inc.

Myth 10: Granite countertops are the must-have
“Granite, granite, granite, there is no other choice when it comes to materials for countertops.” This is a sentiment that has been—and still is—felt by a large number of people. But is it still true? Or are people opting for different materials such as quartz and even cement in your experience?

Granite has been a popular countertop surface for YEARS, and has become very affordable depending on what selection you go with. Granite will always be in the running, but Quartz products & Marble are moving up the popularity ladder. Each product has their pros-and-cons depending on how you live in your space, but each product does have affordable options. We don’t suggest Cement countertops (sorry Fixer Upper fans) – because they are difficult to install, incredibly heavy (you need to make sure your cabinets and floor joists can support the weight), and are very hard to remove if you ever wanted to change. Cement (just like your driveways or patios) will crack over time – so if this is the route you want to go, make sure you do ALL of your research before taking the plunge.

 In Closing:

Whether we’re watching HGTV, reading a magazine, or chatting with friends- we’re constantly bombarded with design trends. Rather than focusing on current trends, we suggest investing in classic details, quality finishes, and most importantly things you love.  This combination will withstand the test of time. “TRENDS SCHMENDS”. Live with what you love.

– Iverson Homes & Iverson Real Estate Group Team –
Written By: Megan Schwartz & Amanda Doub (questions from Kyle Smelter with Greenspring Media)

Megan Schwartz, Iverson Homes, Inc.

Megan Schwartz, Iverson Homes, Inc.

Amanda Doub, RE/MAX Results

Amanda Doub, RE/MAX Results

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