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What to do with barn wood

Barn wood has been a unique material that many homeowners have wanted to incorporate into their homes - usually as a feature wall or an accent in their home. But barn wood when used properly can be a great feature if used in innovative ways. Last year we renovated a brand new home to give it character, and thought we’d post a picture of how we used barn wood to bring character to a new home.

Without destroying existing cabinetry or tile, we added barn wood around the refrigerator enclosure and around the stove “hood”. Adding classic features such as a coffered ceiling, repainting in classic colors and adding new furniture to the home, this new build quickly became the most unique home in the neighborhood.


Architects vs. Home & Interior Designers

Architects are responsible for the structure and façade of a building. They determine how it will look and where vital building systems will be located. Home & interior designers design spaces to make it highly functional, personal and appealing. They design cabinetry, trim components, kitchen & baths, select finishes such as tile, countertops, lighting, door hardware, flooring & stain colors, cabinet hardware, and paint colors. They also focus on the flow of the home, choose things like furniture and arrange the materials that are used to design rooms. Architects and interior designers both need to be familiar with building codes, their client's needs and the project budget. 


Architects develop design plans for various types of spaces and buildings. They need good analytical and problem-solving skills so that they can develop design plans that fit the client's needs and budget while also adhering to building codes. Their creative and artistic talents enable them to come up with new and original designs. 


Home & Interior Designer

Home & interior designers are creative professionals who use their artistic sense to determine how to set up an interior space and what components will bring a consistent and cohesive feel to their clients homes. Interior designers may do some of their work in their office, but they also need to travel to the location they're designing. Their work hours can vary and they may be obliged to make their schedule flexible, depending on the needs of their clients. In addition to creative and artistic talents, they need to be able to pay close attention to details and possess strong communication skills.

A home & interior designer can design a home from the ground up - focusing on how a client will live in the home, how the home will be utilized on a day-to-day basis and look at the overall usefulness of the home for needs today and in the future. Their goal is to design a highly personalized space that fits the ever-changing and evolving needs of the homeowners and like to push their clients on their style choices to bring out a client’s personal style.

At LeavittHaas, we use a sister program to the program architects use that allows us to create 3D representations of your home and allows us to walk you through the home before building ever begins. This allows clients to really understand the flow of the home, how features such as cabinetry and lighting choices will affect the space and how furniture will look once placed in the home. Our clients have found it invaluable to be able to walk through their home before building is ever done and to explore all the finishes that need to be selected prior to purchasing them.

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