Life is often so busy with work, taking care of the kids, cooking, and household tasks that we often get lost in our routine…and forget to show our loved ones how much they mean to us. Fortunately February is a great reminder for expressing love to your significant other as stores are filled with Valentine’s Day cards and gift ideas. Imagine giving your spouse a gift that will last. Instead of flowers that will wilt in a week or chocolates that will disappear quickly, consider custom home renovations that would be a more permanent gesture!
As a husband and family man, Tom Len understands the art of listening to what your loved desires when discussing ideas for a luxurious home remodeling project. Whether it’s a beautiful “his and hers” closet with extensive organization and space, or updating your back-splash with 2020’s colorful kitchen trends found on Pinterest, our team will work with you to create your dream renovation. Even if you don’t have the exact room or vision in mind yet, imagine your loved one drinking their morning coffee and opening a romantic note that says, “Honey, I love You (Heart). Tom Len Custom Homes is expecting your call…treat yourself!” Let our team help ignite romance in your home with these romantic, luxury renovation ideas…
L is For Loving Her with A Heavenly Spa Oasis
After a long day at work, running errands, or taking care of the family, most of us crave time to decompress and unwind. Imagine being able to escape from reality in your very own serenity suite… Enjoy an infrared sauna treatment, and then slip away into a candle lit Jacuzzi bath oasis as you celebrate your love – with rose petals to top it off! The experience gets sweeter with champagne, strawberries, music, and children already tucked away in bed.
Wouldn’t it be delightful to exit that luxurious bath and not step on a frigid floor? Heated floor technology historically leads back to Roman days but the advances in electrical heating technology have skyrocketed this design trend. Radiant floors come in two variants, a updated hydronic version which requires a whole house installation. This system is heated by the home’s water heater and is comprised of rubber tubes throughout all of the floors. The second option is an electric thin panel which is approximately the size of an electric blanket which is installed under the floor and is controlled the home’s thermostat. Keep the heat going even after your bath…
Take the master bathroom to the next level by adding beautiful chandeliers. These fixtures will create an atmosphere of decadence and add striking illumination to your private haven. A luxury bathroom suite serves as both a haven for self-care, pampering, and a quiet place where you can get ready for the day. Options are plentiful; however, our team will guide toward designing a magical place for respite and romance. Get more ideas from our blog Your Spa-Inspired Master Bath Retreat Awaits…
O is for Opening the Door to His Heart Through The Garage
Surprise him and stay on point with what’s trending for garages (specifically garage doors) in this new decade! Men love their garages. Whether they use it for functionality and storage or entertaining family and friends while watching sports & movies, we have several ideas on how to update your garage in 2020. Is space tight with both cars in the garage year-round? Consider remodeling the entire garage to add more space, whether that be a new three-car garage or simply two cars fitting comfortably plus storage. Are dad’s tools and sport’s equipment cluttered? Say hello to organization with new shelving units!
Insulated garage doors are becoming more important to our clients. Trending are more eco-friendly solutions that will help everyone save money/energy on heating and cooling their garage. Wood doors are back in favor because they increase seasonal energy efficiency. Smart technology continues to make our lives easier with increasing speed and reach. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allow you to open your garage door with your smartphone so you don’t have to get out of the car or look for the remote when it has fallen to the passenger side floor. Have you ever left the house and questioned if you actually closed the garage after pulling out of the driveway? Now simply use your phone app and make sure its locked even on the go! You’ll also get reminders when you’ve left the door open, easily manage who can access your garage, set rules for automatic opening and closing, and even monitor the garage via a video stream.
Garage doors are making a statement through design and bolder, darker colors. Homeowners understand that the garage door takes a up a large portion of the front of your home, right now the trend is to stop hiding the garage door or blending it in. Both modern and traditional styles sport eye-catching patterns, styles and hardware. Doors are also being painted with bolder colors such as dark brown or black in order to create a dramatic effect. Take a peak at these garage makeovers…
V is for the Vision to Ignite Your Culinary Love
Clients interested in updating their traditional space are modernizing the kitchen with plenty of light and clean lines. Cabinets are stylish and sleek. Designers are using less crown molding and allowing for more space for storage inside the cabinetry. We are seeing pops of color with appliances, over-sized hardware, matching back-splashes and counter tops. The theme for 2020 incorporates inviting more natural light -both sunshine and lighter earth tones – into the home for a natural feel. Learn more about embracing natural light in our previous blog Your Guide to Letting Natural Light Shine in Your Home!
Expanding the kitchen’s function and opening up traffic flow are sought out desired features. Double islands are a convenient way to divide up the meal prep area and the serving area. One island will be great for food prep and may even include a second dishwasher, streamlining the cooking process. Dual sinks make clean up easier, especially when hosting events! Kitchen islands provide both functionality and a beautiful focal point for socializing. It serves as a wonderful workspace for food prep for caterers or even creating Sunday family meals together.
The second island provides ample area for entertaining or eating. Bar stools are quite common at the second island, allowing guests to gather, relax or socialize as you prepare the meal or kids can do their homework after school. Chocolate covered strawberries are a great Valentine’s treat for the kids…save a few for you and your spouse to savor together with wine later on! Whether you want a wrap-around island, adjacent, t-shaped, or parallel island just make sure the islands fit well within your kitchen and complement each other to create a cohesive design. Are you a wine lover? Don’t forget to include a wine rack, cellar, or built-in fridge to keep the drinks flowing.
E is for the Excitement of Man Caves and She Sheds
While Man Caves are still more common, She Sheds are catching up in popularity. Both men and women value entertainment in their getaway rooms. It’s important for everyone to have a safe, relaxing place to retreat. Large TV’s, sound systems, and mini fridges are found in both. As for seating, women like the idea of a lounge chairs or chaise lounges to lay back to watch a movie or read a book. Men still find the sectional the best option for all of their friends coming to watch the game or new Marvel movie.
Women tend to include plants, fresh flowers, desks, craft tables, and vanities. As we move forward into 2020, colors are bold and dramatic for these rooms as well. Designing her special sanctuary will require her participation – this will be a fun project to work on together! If she already has a She Shed, surprise her with a locally sourced and sustainable floral arrangement and her favorite handcrafted truffles! Don’t forget the wine!
Men are more interested in a fully stocked mini fridge with his favorite craft beer, whiskey or bourbon. Don’t forget the pantry full of go-to snacks! If cigars are his passion, reload his humidor. Does his current Man Cave need better lighting, a fresh coat of paint, or bar renovations? Surprise him with a custom pool table or displays for his favorite signed autographs!
Love lifts us up, gives us life, and adds more color to our world! An exquisite act of love that demonstrates just how much you care is gifting your spouse the home of their dreams to enjoy for many years to come. Tom Len Custom Homes would love to guide you in making this gift a reality! When your spouse feels appreciate, the family thrives, your relationship deepens, and everyone wins. We can help you make this happen!
For over 20 years, Tom Len has exceeded our clients expectations and provided a stress-free, seamless experience. Our team lends Tom’s trustworthy, quality reputation to one-of-a-kind home landmarks that homeowners are proud to embrace as their own.
Tom Len Custom Homes proudly serves the following areas in Chicago’s North Shore: Northfield, Glenview, Glencoe, Deerfield, Wilmette, Winnetka, Highland Park, and Riverwoods.