Kitchen in a custom-home design with an open floor plan featuring a breakfast nook to the left and a dinning table to the right

Change your home, change your life

What if I were tasked with creating the gourmet meal for a major charity ball attended by the “who’s who” of society. I could follow a recipe book and cook some good food, but it wouldn’t be great. I could get them fed, but I’d likely fall short of their high expectations. On the other hand, if I hire a talented chef backed by an amazing team, we could create a successful, memorable experience. By involving the most talented people, the food would add value to the special event.

In a similar way, if you hire an experienced custom-home designer, who works with skilled craftsmen, he or she will develop a thorough, thoughtful, amazing home plan that will wow you and your guests for years to come. Even better, a great home design can change the way you live.

“Every home I design impacts the people who live in it.”

Chad Holgerson, owner of Keystone Creative LLC
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You are unique

Your way of life is different than anyone else’s. You have unique desires and needs tied to your career, marriage, children, pets, neighbors, age, hobbies, social life, and so on.

Therefore, you can’t find a home that already matches your life.

When you buy an existing home – and you don’t remodel it – you are adapting to someone else’s plan. You are adapting either to the previous homeowner’s lifestyle, or you are adapting to the lifestyle envisioned by the home builder.

From the placement of the rooms and walls, to the types of cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms, to the flow of traffic, all the decisions are already made for you in an existing home.

You’re just moving in and trying to see where your stuff will fit.

Or you can hire a talented designer to thoroughly investigate your way of life. That designer can then design a new home (or totally remodel an existing home) to fit your unique style and way of living.

This can change your life in ways you never imagined.

Great custom-home design creates solutions to problems

In discussions with homeowners, I always discover problems they would like to solve in their homes.

For example, one of the biggest complaints is: “Everybody wants to hang out in the kitchen, and they are in the way.”

The kitchen is the most used home in the house, and it gets a lot of traffic.

I can take even the most cramped kitchen and redesign it into something much more functional and enjoyable. With the right techniques, I can often discover the hidden potential of the home – without changing its footprint.

I can open it up with a creative design that actually manages the flow of people. So you can have an active kitchen, with a lot of people milling around, while still having a usable and enjoyable space.

That’s a big deal. That can change your life.

Add new functionality to your custom home design

Home offices & outdoor living spaces are two really hot home-design trends. But we still need to follow a problem-solution strategy to get the most value from a new home design.

We need to understand why are we making each decision in the custom-home design process.

If you’re working from home more these days, it can be very challenging to work from the kitchen table. A dedicated workspace can increase productivity while decreasing stress. That is a life-changing transformation!

Likewise, if you want to entertain more guests, you can increase your living space by designing comfortable outdoor spaces. This adds a new dimension to your social gatherings and alleviates indoor traffic. Events can then be less stressful and more enjoyable.

Get long-lasting enjoyment

If you address a home’s problems in a complete fashion – and not just a quick and easy fix – you’re going to get a much better result for the money and enjoy the work that is done.

Custom-home design is not about immediate gratification. It’s a long, hard process to understand my client’s lifestyle and concerns, so I can come up with a plan to resolve those issues.

Results over profits

To work faster and cheaper, some kitchen-and-bathroom designers use just a handful of ideas and techniques. They repeat those strategies over and over again with each client – changing just a few minor details to make it seem unique. They don’t take the time to research the highest-quality vendors, the ideal colors and textures, or the best layout for your needs.

In fact, many of them have a business model where their material selections are tied to vendors that offer the best profit margins and the quickest delivery dates.

I spend time with my clients asking in-depth questions, so I can understand their needs. I then conduct the necessary research to provide the solutions that maximize their budget.

A great home design doesn’t focus on one thing. It’s the accumulation of all the decisions throughout the design process. I work hard to be creative. That way, you don’t get a design that works for everyone else. You get a design that works for you.

Are you ready for a custom home designed just for you? Schedule a free consultation.

Keystone Creative is an award-winning residential design firm, specializing in whole-house transformations and new-home designs. The team reimagines kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, and even laundry rooms to fulfill homeowners’ dreams and increase the value of homes. Keystone Creative can handle the entire process, from the initial concept and detailed blueprints, to interior design and material selection, to construction and quality control management.

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