The Streets of Life
What makes a beautiful street? What qualifies as a picturesque thoroughfare in your neighborhood or your city? Photos of streets lined with trees perfectly-spaced apart or streets bursting with the colors of Fall on those same trees and photos of streets with quaint shopfronts and vintage details add a charming and quaint flair to what would normally just be "Main Street." In America, we see so many of these streets that are just begging for a photo-op. Many are historic, many are calculated, and many are simply enhanced by the sheer beauty of nature. Either way, beautiful streets add to the neighborhood, the city, and to the homes that line them. Here are some of America's most beautiful streets. How many have you been to? What is your favorite? What streets right here in Kansas City would you nominate?
A New Addition
The Heatherglen subdivision in Shawnee, KS has announced its latest model is complete! Heatherglen is a maintenance-provided community tucked away in the beautiful rolling hills of Shawnee. Each lot features incredible views and most back up to plenty of treed and green space. The latest model features 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on a private lot with solid wood floors throughout, a walk-in pantry, and a wall of glass in back with two decks that back to acres of trees & green space. Built with the modern homeowner in mind, this home has it all. Moffitt Built's tradition of building quality functional homes continues in this latest home. We're so proud of this project and can't wait to see the new happy homeowners enjoy it for years to come.
New Home Maintenance
We've said it before, but staying on top of home maintenance regularly can save you a whole lot of trouble, time, and money in the long run! Maintaining both projects and systems in your home on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis can prevent problems, errors, and neglect. Building a new home can also help keep regular maintenance time and costs down. If low maintenance is a priority, then having a new home built is a great choice. In a 2014 study by the National Association of Homebuilders, 73 percent of new homeowners reported average monthly maintenance expenses just one-fourth (25 percent) of those reported by owners of older homes. But while it’s relatively affordable to keep a new home in good working condition, proper and regular maintenance is critical! Read more in the Moffitt Built monthly newsletter.
We have always held a soft spot for the classic American Bungalow - a detached one or one-and-a-half-story house with broad eaves, an open porch, and design details in the Arts and Crafts style. Though many other Bungalow styles have emerged over the years, the term most often describes homes with a wide porch as the main design feature. Craftsman Bungalows, West Coast Bungalows, and Swiss Chalet Bungalows all have a few things in common: the wide porch, a connection to the Arts and Crafts movement, and an efficient floorplan. As Builders, what piques our interest most, is the origin of the style. This article does a fantastic job detailing the emergence of the Bungalow, how it evolved, and what it means for today's architects and homeowners. Below, photos of a few of our favorites from legendary architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene.
Home Sweet Home
The latest Moffitt Built undertaking has been completed! We're proud to show you the finished product located on a golf course lot in Drumm Farms in Independence, MO. With this property, the homeowner's goal was to capture the ambience of a golf course setting. With this in mind, the first thing we did was incorporate an 8' x 16' Anderson window wall across the back of the home and then opened this to a fully covered and enclosed 500 square-foot porch/deck.
This window wall was placed where a fireplace had previously existed, so the debate was whether or not to install a fireplace elsewhere or to remove it entirely. In the end, we incorporated a unique media center on the adjacent wall instead. This home is one of only a handful of custom homes we have built without a fireplace but this allowed the golf course view as one enters the house looking straight to the rear, while the entertainment center is viewed directly from the cook's kitchen.
We heightened the family room ceilings to allow more light and were able to incorporate a beautiful custom checkerboard trimmed ceiling pattern. To accomplish this, we built up four pieces of molding using one by six and cove mold material.
The owner had purchased an Italian painted tile tapestry, which we placed on the opposite wall as one descends the stairway to the light airy 10' walkout basement. Our old-school tile-setters created a beautiful frame using a pearl marbled tile rope, that would serve to highlight the homeowner's Roman countryside tile tapestry.
To take advantage of the Southern exposure and the views, we incorporated extended overhangs to allow solar heat gain in the Winter and shaded interior spaces in the Summer.
The customer requested an aging-in-place design, so all door openings are ADA compliant, with appropriate radii and all access points from the garage throughout the house, including the shower, have zero entries.
The cook's kitchen, and let us tell you, this customer is indeed a seasoned chef, was custom designed and built by two brothers who are Old World cabinet makers! Flush mount soft close drawers, dovetail wood work, and hidden hardware included - all the bells & whistles are here!
The homeowner suite has private access to the 500 square-foot deck/porch overlooking the golf course. This was very important as the owner is an avid golfer and fan, and this access allows him morning deck views directly from his private owner suite.
To allow an easy living lifestyle, we incorporated the laundry into the walk-in master closet. This enabled us to create a very large pantry off the kitchen, where the laundry room would typically be.
Since our owner is an empty-nester who enjoys entertaining and family visits, we created a wonderful guest suite and additional lower level guest suites overlooking the golf course.
Lastly, for our wine connoisseur homeowner, we were able to create a glass-fronted wine cellar easily viewed from the lower level entertainment area.
It was such a pleasure working with the homeowner on this project and we can only hope that many years of enjoyment will come from this home sweet home.
Developing a Community
Land is a valuable resource. It's also something that we don't have infinite amounts of. For this reason, taking the time and care to plan out community developments while working in harmony with the common outdoor space, is crucial. At Moffitt Built, we like to ensure that the community areas and outdoor landscaping within a development are best utilized. Bringing together the community by incorporating interconnected pathways, sidewalks, and useable space make for a productive community where everyone knows their neighbor. Starting with each home's front yard or porch space establishes the sense of an open and integrated community. Efficient and creative use of the land makes for pleasant and happy homeowners. Share your favorite parts about your development!
The Science Behind Landscaping
The exterior and the yard of your home are the first thing people see. Friends, family, guests, and eventually, potential buyers can get a first impression of your home just from the landscaping design. As builders, it's important for us to not only make sure that the homeowner's vision is executed but that the landscaping complements the design of the home and the neighborhood. We work tirelessly with our landscape team to essentially "build" a yard that's impressive, clean, and inviting. These days, with the popularity of indoor/outdoor living, the landscape design has taken a new turn and has become integrated with the daily living areas. It's become a seamless integral part of the home itself. Having been in the business for so long, we have loyal designers we can trust to execute our vision and we also work with trusted local nurseries to supply us with the best quality and high value plants that will perform well. Click here to read more about the importance of proper landscape design.
No matter how much you plan ahead, it always seems like there's never enough storage space in your home. Storage space is a tricky element to plan out and generally, there's always that one room in the house where you think about the many storage possibilities you should have thought of prior to building. Whether you're building anew or remodeling your current space, keep in mind these clever and functional ways to create more storage space in the bathroom. Usually smaller in scope, bathrooms are spaces where storage space is essential but where you need to be creative in generating that extra storage space. Thinking outside of the box with built-ins, hanging storage, and recessed walls, you can make better use of your space and keep a fully functional, sightly, and organized handle on your stored goods.
Master of the House
There's a new Master in town and it's bigger and more glamorous than before. The Master Bath is quickly becoming more than a bath, but a haven. Homeowners are building both new and remodeling old Master baths in a lavish and exorbitant way. These days it's not uncommon to find pricy and exclusive shower features, built-in bathroom appliances, and even lounge areas in the Master bath. In fact, so many amenities are being showcased in the Master bath that they are often nearly as large as the Master bedroom itself. Master baths with expansive and breathtaking views also make the space more inviting. With new technology from heated floors to hidden LED lighting, the possibilities are endless in creating a 'liveable' bathroom space. Take a peek at some of the Master baths sure to leave you thirsty for more.
When you have a precious family photo, you're likely to take great care in choosing the perfect frame to show off your loved ones. Likewise, when building a home, the skeletal structure should be just as perfect and durable to last for years to come. Many people don't often take time to consider the process and detail that goes into the wood frame of your home and the subsequent craftmanship that relies on the proper framing. Small mistakes in the framing of a home can create big problems in the future. Understanding the framing process and what we do to make sure it's done properly is critical to ensuring a structure that supports a quality end-product for years to come. Read more in our latest newsletter.
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