Selecting Paint Color For Your Custom Home’s Interior – Part 2

Custom home builders in Vancouver WA know the importance of color.  That’s why selecting paint color for your custom home’s interior can be very difficult.

Interior Paint custom homeTo help, Tuscany Homes has put together this three-part series.  Hopefully, it will make the paint selection process much more enjoyable.

In part one, we talked about white and gray walls.  In part two, we’re are going to look at the finish of paint.  The finish of paint is also known as sheen.

There are several types of sheen:

  • Flat
  • Matte
  • Eggshell enamel
  • Satin enamel
  • Semi-gloss enamel
  • Hi-gloss enamel

Satin, semi-gloss, and hi-gloss are good for high-traffic areas or if you have kids.  They endure touching and are easier to clean.

Flat or matter are harder to clean and don’t endure touching very well, but they do hide imperfections better.

You probably won’t have to decide between the two, but paint is further categorized into latex or oil (alkyd).

Chances are very good, that your interior will be painted in latex paint.  Latex paint dries quickly and can be cleaned up with soap and water.

Oil paint is used for chalky exteriors or when you’re painting over four or more layers of old oil-based paint.  Those are two scenarios you’re unlikely to encounter in a new custom home.

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Selecting Paint Color For Your Custom Home’s Interior – Part 1

Tuscany Homes, an experienced custom home builder in Vancouver WA, knows how hard it can be to select paint color for your custom home’s interior. Hopefully, this three-part series will help make your experience much easier.

Interior PaintTo ease your burden of choosing every color for every room in your custom home, consider just picking one or two colors.  Perhaps one color for the entire house.  Or, one color for the upstairs and one color for the downstairs.

To further ease your burden, consider not going with a color at all.  Granted, there’s still a bazillion shades of white and gray, but at least you’ve slightly narrowed your options.

Painting a room, or rooms, white is quite controversial, at least in the world of interior paint.

Designers will tell you that it comes down to natural light. The more natural light you have the more vibrant the room looks. The less natural light you have, then the more drab the room will look.

Gray may seem boring but it can be a great neutral.  Then you can decorate over the gray by adding as much color as you wish.

The good thing about grays and whites is they don’t go out of style and they never look dated.

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What to Consider Before Installing a Tile Floor – Part 3

Tuscany Homes, a competent builder of custom homes in Clark County WA, continues its look at what to consider before installing a tile floor.

Finished kitchen tileIn part two of this series, we looked at subfloors and painting. In this entry, the third and final part, we’re going to discuss staircases, pets, and children.

What about your staircases? Tiling a staircase is possible but issues can arise. For one, few kinds of tile come with matching stairnose pieces. This means you’ll be finishing your steps with a piece of tile with a rounded edge or a metal finishing piece. Or, you’ll have to leave it with an unfinished edge.

These different types of finishes may not suit your aesthetic. Another option is to not tile your stairs, but use a different type of material that still coordinates.

Do you have pets or children? If you do, consider color-body and through-body porcelain tile. These types of tile stand up to scratches a little bit better because the color or glaze runs through the entire body of the tile.

If you don’t have pets or children, you’ll probably be fine with porcelain or ceramic tile. After all, they are harder than laminate and hardwood floors.

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What to Consider Before Installing a Tile Floor – Part 2

Tuscany Homes, one of the top home builders in Clark County, continues its look at what to consider before installing a tile floor.

Installing tile floorIn the first part of this three-part series, we discussed baseboards and foundation problems. In this installment, the second entry, we’re going to look at your subflooring and when you plan to paint.

What type of subfloor do you have? It’s not a good idea to install tile over a wood floor. When wood gets wet, it swells. This swelling can cause tile, if it’s installed directly on top of it, to crack.

In other words, you’ll need to install a tile floor onto a waterproof subfloor. Usually, you’ll install cement board over a non-waterproof subfloor.

Installing a waterproof subfloor can be expensive especially if you plan to tile a large area.

When do you plan on painting? If you’re painting the room, do you do it after the new tile has been installed or before?

Afterwards, you’ll have to worry spilling paint on your new tile. Beforehand, you might nick your new paint job while installing your new floor.

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What to Consider Before Installing a Tile Floor – Part 1

Tuscany Homes, a friendly custom home builder in Vancouver WA, understands that there are several things to consider before installing a tile floor.

installing a tile floorIn this three-part series, we are going to look at six things to think about before installing tile in your home.

Baseboards. Most flooring types require a small gap between the edge of the floor and wall. This small gap allows the floor to move.

If you leave your baseboards, you’ll need to cover the gap. You’ll likely cover that gap with a molding known as quarter round (called so because it’s shaped like a quarter of a circle).

If you remove your baseboards, you’ll still have a gap, but you can install new baseboards to hide it. This method is preferred by professionals. It’s preferred because it looks cleaner than adding quarter round.

How’s your foundation? If you’re having foundation problems, you probably don’t want to install a tile floor. A shifting foundation can cause tile to crack or break. Cracks and breaks are expensive to fix, and needless to say, they don’t look very good.

If you’re having foundation issues, consider more supple floors like laminate or vinyl. If your foundation is solid, then you have one less thing to worry about.

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Kitchen Lighting Design for Your Custom Home – Part 3

Tuscany Homes, one of the top custom home builders in Vancouver WA, concludes its three-part series on kitchen lighting design.

Kitchen lightingThis series is based on the idea that you have four layers of lights in your kitchen: task, ambient, accent, and decorative. In this article, we’re going to look at accent and decorative lighting.

Accent Lighting

Historically, the layer that’s most frequently forgotten is accent lighting. That’s changing as kitchens are becoming places to hangout and not just places to prepare food.

Accent lighting is usually used to highlight a work of art. In kitchens, one of the most common types of accent lighting are lights in glass cabinets.

Other types of accent lighting are:

  • Track lighting
  • Up-lighters
  • Directional eyeball lights
  • Wall sconces

Decorative Lighting

Basically, decorative lighting is your chandelier. There are two things to consider when selecting a chandelier. Make sure it’s the right size for your kitchen (not to big or not to small) and make sure the shade material is opaque enough to hide the bulb(s).

Decorative lighting is also the most expensive. If it’s not in the budget, have your kitchen wired for it and add it later.

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Kitchen Lighting Design for Your Custom Home – Part 2

Tuscany Homes, a prominent home builder in Vancouver WA, continues its three-part series on kitchen lighting design.

kitchen lightingIn part one, we suggested that you light your kitchen in four layers: task, ambient, accent, and decorative lighting. Lighting your kitchen this way can possible create a wonderful atmosphere.

Task Lighting

Task lighting is the workhorse of your kitchen lights. Task lighting should be place wherever you’ll be chopping, dicing, grating, slicing, and reading recipes.

Another place you’ll need task lighting is your pantry. You’ll want a functional light in your pantry so you can see what kind of snacks you have.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is basically indirect lighting. It helps to soften the brightness of task lighting and create a warm, welcoming glow.

What exactly is ambient lighting?

  • Plush-mounted ceiling fixtures
  • Pendants hanging over islands
  • Adjustable track lighting

Under Cabinet Lighting

Under cabinet lighting can serve as both task and ambient lighting, especially if it’s on a dimmer.

There are many different types of under cabinet lighting. Here are just three examples:

  • Strip lights
  • Long linear bulbs or string of lights in a single fixture
  • Puck light system (hockey-puck shaped halogen lights)

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Kitchen Lighting Design for Your Custom Home – Part 1

Tuscany Homes, your friendly builder of custom homes in Vancouver WA, offers some kitchen lighting design tips and ideas.

under cabinet lightingKitchens used to be strictly for food preparation. Now, with the prevalence of open floor plans, kitchens are big deals and places to hang out before, during, and after a party.

Since kitchens are so important, you’ll want your new one, the one in your custom home, to be well lit. Experts recommend that you light your kitchen in layers.

Here are the four layers they recommend:

  • Task
  • Ambient
  • Accent
  • Decorative

By using these four layers, and properly blended them, you’ll create a welcoming environment and a charming atmosphere. It can be the perfect light for cooking, entertaining, and dining.

Four layers of light sounds complicated, but it’s actually quite simple. What lighting experts recommend that you don’t do is try to light your entire kitchen with one fixture. This generally doesn’t work and instead creates one giant “glare bomb.”

Experts also suggest that you put all four layers on dimmer switches. This will further allow you to control the mood of your kitchen lighting.

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Different Types of Light Switches for Your Custom Home – Part 3

Tuscany Homes is a friendly custom home builder in Vancouver WA. We want you to know all the different types of light switches that can be installed in your custom home.

Light SwitchIn parts one and two, we focused mainly on wiring, for example the single-pole and 3-way switches. In this installment, we focus more on the actual switches.

Timer. Timers allow you to program a light fixture to turn on and off at certain times. These are ideal if you travel a lot or if you like certain lights on when you come home.

Time-Delay. This switch allows a light fixture to remain on for a set period. You set a timer and when it runs out, the light fixture automatically turns off.

Motion Sensor. Motion sensor switches turn on light fixtures when they sense motion. So, when someone walks into the room, the light fixture comes on. Then, after a period of sensing no motion, the light is turned off.

Switch/Receptacle Combo. Take half of a typical outlet and combine it with your standard light switch. That’s a switch/receptacle combo. They are ideal for areas where you need additional outlets, like a garage.

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Different Types of Light Switches for Your Custom Home – Part 2

Tuscany Homes, one of the elite custom home builders in Vancouver WA, continues its series on the different types of light switches for your custom home.

Light SwitchIn part one, we looked at single-pole, 3-way, and 4-way switches. In this entry, we look at multi-location switches, double switches, and dimmers.

Multi-Location Switch. These are rare in residential buildings, but used enough that we thought we should mention them. If you need to control one fixture from three of more locations, you’d use a multi-location switch.

Double Switch. This is where there’s one box with two switches. Each switch controls a different fixture. You might see double switches in rooms with an overhead fixture and a fan, or in kitchens with a garbage disposal and a light fixture over the sink.

Dimmer. Dimmers allow you adjust the brightness of a light fixture. These are great in dining rooms where it’s nice to have the option of mood lighting. Dimmers are available in single-pole and 3-way versions.

Also, dimmers save energy and extend the life of light bulbs. If you do have a dimmer switch, it’s recommended that you use it in conjunction with a dimmer capable light bulb.

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