A floor plan with freedom
Say goodbye to room compartmentalization with thick walls and doors. Instead of a traditional—and sometimes claustrophobic—design, modern home owners enjoy the comfort and elegance of open floor plans.
The open floor plan concept consists of large rooms that function as a shared space, typically combining the living, dining, and kitchen areas. You’ll be hard-pressed to find walls, hallways, or even many doors in an open floorplan—instead, residents enjoy an inviting, expansive feeling of connectedness.
In a study of luxury real estate by Coldwell Banker,...
At Clarum, the modern homes we build are both sleek and luxurious. We take great pride in our ability to weave together luxurious comfort with high levels of energy efficiency through passive-inspired design.
During the building process, you can work with us to transform your home into a relaxing harbor that buffers you from the stress of the outside hustle and bustle.
The Clarum team believes that comfort is an integral component of building a passive-inspired modern home. Our goal is to create luxurious havens that put people at ease and add to their wellbeing. We work closely with...
Minimalism is a key contributor to the chic design of Clarum’s modern homes.
As its core philosophy, the modern home brings simplicity to the forefront – this includes the simplicity of form, space, detail, materials, and color. Unlike the ornate, heavily-decorated approach of other types of historic architecture such as the Queen Anne, Craftsman, and Victorian, modern architecture and design shows restraint through a meticulous pairing down of space and form.
Inspired by the work of great architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Roche, and Joseph Eichler, today’s minimalism...
From security, to lighting, to entertainment, homeownership has never looked smarter. That’s because the intelligent home technology industry is booming with amazing advancements! In the last few years, home automation products have become increasingly sophisticated. And, in 2017, we will see the applications and technology continue to evolve.
Below Clarum looks at some of the latest home automation technology that you may want to consider including in your modern home.
Explore modern home technology and innovation
Zone-based smart thermostats
While Smart thermostats have been around...
You’ve probably heard and read about high-performance and passive-inspired houses being built in California and beyond. However, you may still have a lot of questions about what these terms actually mean.
In this blog post, we’ll answer questions such as:
“What exactly is a high-performance home?”
“What does it mean to be passive inspired?”
“What are the benefits of passive-inspired home construction?”
If you’re planning to build a custom home or renovate your current abode, these types of homes give you an amazing opportunity to transform the way you live. Read...
At the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than to go into your bedroom and have it be the perfect blend of function, style, relaxation, and elegance. To ensure you get the rest you need and to spend time in a room you can feel proud of, it’s essential to plan the elements of your modern bedroom.
At Clarum, we collaborate with our clients to create their bedrooms into perfect, peaceful havens that allows families to rejuvenate.
Below are five design features to consider as you plan your modern custom bedrooms.
How to find modern serenity in your bedroom
1. Count on modern...
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...