Designs that Inspire – Valentine’s Day Edition

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Backyard oasisIn honor of Valentine’s Day, we are talking today about home design that can enhance romance.   You may recall that one of our previous posts, called “Build A Home Without Getting A Divorce – 5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Taking The Dive” addressed staying married while building a home.  This one addresses a similar topic but in a different way.

One of the most romantic spots in a home these days, surprisingly, is the outdoor living.  This is the place where couples can go to have a glass of wine at the end of a long day and get away from the TV, the kids (maybe), and enjoy the sunset.  Sometimes, meaningful conversations occur and there is almost always a sense of relaxation.  Maybe it’s a covered veranda or a spa with a relaxing water feature.  As long as it is quiet, it is a great place to relax and unwind with the one you love.

One thing we really love about this one is the curtains, made for outdoors, that can close off the area.  It’s great for those days when it’s a little windy or a little sunny to make it just a little more comfortable and inviting.  The other great design feature here is the spa (built by Jenkins Waterscapes).  Pictured at left is a night shot of this spa.  It’s waterfall from the top of the arches makes a cascade of water, adding a little privacy to the design, while the overflow down the stepped side of the spa allows for a deeper and more immersed spa experience.

The lighting can really set the mood, too, as this LED colored light can change to any color – even magenta!  One thing is for certain about this spa- you will have the undivided attention of the one you love while in it.  No one will be bringing a phone, iPad, or any other electronic device to this party.  Nor will there be any TV-watching going on here.  Isn’t that why you built that beautiful home – so that you could spend more quality time with the ones you love?  Of course it is!

There are many romantic design opportunities throughout a home.  This is just one of them.  And different people have different definitions of what romantic design is.  That’s why we developed our Lifestyle Analysis process to ask clients all the pertinent questions about their design preferences before we begin designing their home.  Home design is subjective and yet, when it’s good, it’s  good.  We think this one, because of what it can bring to a relationship, is Valentine’s Day good.

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