Entertain people in style
You love to entertain guests -- and naturally, you would like to have a home that is warm, inviting, and comfortable for hosting people in exactly the way that is best for you.
Whether you love to throw elegant cocktail parties, regularly invite a few people over for gourmet dinners, or host large soirees with many people, there are ways to build your modern homes into a space that is perfect for your entertainment style.
To plan your house as your ideal entertaining center, start off by asking yourself the following questions:
How many people do I typically...
Come home to your ideal retreat
Palo Alto is a beautiful place. But let’s face it – most of us have busy, over-scheduled lives with a lot of time spent behind a computer and in our car, commuting.
After a busy workday, there’s nothing better than coming home to an environment where you know you will be able to find peace, comfort, and relaxation. So, when you are planning the design of your new modern home, it’s crucial to work with your builder to incorporate elements that will create your ideal sanctuary.
Below are tips for creating a living environment that is a perfect retreat...
Extend your living space outdoors
One of the reasons we all love Palo Alto is for its gorgeous weather. We live in a city that gets – on average – 261 sunny days each year. This beautiful weather motivates us to get outside as much as we can.
So, it’s important when planning the construction of your modern home to think about how to extend your living space outdoors. The right design will turn your outside areas into an oasis that’s so comfortable, inviting, and relaxing, you’ll never want to leave!
At Clarum, we encourage our clients to think about their outdoor spaces throughout...
In our last blog post, we discussed how LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification can bring your home to the next level. Between improved indoor air quality, greater energy efficiency, and even increased owner satisfaction, attaining this accreditation makes sense for eco-conscious consumers.
In part two of this LEED blog series, we’ll dive into what you should anticipate during the certification process and hear from the experts how to best navigate the process.
The LEED certification process: What to expect
While LEED certification involves...
Green homebuilding is on the rise. Since 2005, the green share of new single family residential construction has grown dramatically – increasing more than 20 percent since 2005.
In Silicon Valley and Palo Alto, some residents are taking green homes one step further. Increasingly, this population is striving to make measurable, innovative, and lasting differences through LEED certification – the highest standard of green homebuilding. Read more to learn more about this innovative certification and how LEED standards can help take green homebuilding to the next level.
Setting the highest...
Here’s some good news: according to the US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the United States’ energy consumption per household is down 10 percent since 1980. This data is especially impressive considering that our homes are larger and contain more devices than ever before. One of the secrets behind this impressive statistic? Technological innovation in homebuilding.
Thanks to breakthroughs from governmental, academic, and sustainable homebuilding organizations and companies, the equipment we use in our homes is more energy-efficient than ever. At Clarum, we help our clients...
On average, Palo Alto sees 261 sunny days each year – about 30 percent more than the average American city. It’s no doubt that this weather motivates Silicon Valley residents to get outside. But the sunlight also benefits you indoors – as long your home is built strategically.
The truth is, natural light is a key element to any modern home. In contrast to harsh and distracting artificial lamps, modern homes intentionally bring in optimal levels of natural light, enhancing the comfort and beauty of the living space.
At Clarum, we encourage our clients to think about natural light...
A custom modern home is a work of art – and what’s a true masterpiece without the perfect application of color? The right palette can influence the mood of a room, give a lasting first impression to guests, and help customize your home to your specific tastes. And, when incorporated into the architecture, color can create a desirable modern look for years to come.
At Clarum, we encourage our clients to think about color throughout the custom homebuilding process. Explore how to use the right hues to your home’s advantage!
Integrate color into your home with these modern strategies
When you think about your perfect home, you may consider modern architecture, innovative technology, and inviting outdoor spaces. But if you’re like many others, you may underestimate one element that’s crucial to the home of your dreams: healthy indoor air quality.
Air pollution levels inside the average new home in the United States are two to five times worse than the levels outside. These statistics are especially concerning in wintertime: because we tend to stay indoors more often, pollutants can have an even greater impact on health. Plus, for those who suffer from allergies or asthma,...
Seven modern elements to brighten up your winter
Even in the sunny state of California, winter can be a dreary season. Between too-early sunsets and chilly evenings, it can be enough to make you want to stay inside for months. The good news is you can enjoy a bright and cozy modern home all year round thanks to upscale amenities, thoughtful architecture, and energy-efficient technology.
Read more about seven elements Clarum incorporates into our clients’ custom homes to beat the winter blues.
Rooms with natural light
Since the sun makes briefer appearances in winter, it’s a good idea...