Light or Dark: Designing your Dream Kitchen

Kitchen 2 Design Center 052 (1)When you start designing your dream kitchen, the first choice you make is your cabinets. Do you want light wood or even painted cabinets, or darker stained wood? Each has advantages and disadvantages. \

If your kitchen has limited natural light, the painted cabinets bring a natural brightness into the space. They also work well with stained wood floors. One choice that adds interest to this particular kitchen is using dark cabinets on the island. This allows it to serve as a focal point in the kitchen and adds a nice contrast to the ivory.

Kitchen 1Dark cabinets, on the other hand, provide richness to the kitchen and really play up the lighting. The light countertops provide a strong counterpoint to the dark wood, making it seem to glow. Darker cabinets are also less likely to show fingerprints from little smudgy fingers if you have children helping themselves to cabinet items.

Both kitchens contain stainless steel appliances, which gives you a good idea of how stainless works with the two types of cabinets.

Painted cabinets have a more old-fashioned feel, because they were popular in the old-style farmhouse kitchens of the past. Some of today’s choices, however, such as glazes and more non-traditional colors and styles, can shift those cabinets to work well in a contemporary home also.

Which do you prefer? You can see both these kitchen vignettes close-up during the Fulton Design Center browse night coming up on Thursday March 5th, 2015. We hope to see you there.

 

Kitchen Island Lighting Choices

Legacy Models 030You can take several approaches to lighting your kitchen island. The simplest and least noticeable is a collection of ceiling lights, distributed to provide even light for working. But with that choice you lose an opportunity to create a special style moment when people walk toward your kitchen.

Design Center pendant lightsPendant lights are one option that has grown in appeal over the years, with the opportunity to add a touch of style and color to your kitchen’s lighting. The photo to the right shows a number of pendants for your kitchen available through the Fulton Design Center.

The light in the photo above at Legacy takes a different approach from the more standard pendants to offer a shaded piece that provides even lighting on the surface of the island. This intriguing transitional piece suits this kitchen with the shade complementing the tile on the wall and island.

Models 086More unusual, these large long hanging glass pendants in the photo to the right, shown at Legacy, are lit inside by Edison bulbs which provide a unique yet classic touch. This island is large enough to support three of these pendant lights.

The clear glass allows you to connect immediately with the entire kitchen, yet the dramatic style brings these pendants to the forefront of your vision. This is quite a daring choice for island lighting.

What kind of lighting do you want over your kitchen island? We invite you to visit the model homes at Legacy and the Fulton Design Center to see a rich variety of choices in person.

 

Design Center Kitchen a Study in Texture

Bertazonni KitchenWhen designing and decorating a room, people often think in terms of color and contrast, but there’s another factor that can create interest – texture. This kitchen demonstrates how texture can make a space exciting. Let’s take a look at all the texture decisions that make this kitchen appealing.

Stainless and wood: One of the most popular contrasts in today’s kitchens comes from two common texture choices – shiny stainless appliances and soft wood cabinetry. In this vignette having the refrigerator provided with cabinet doors – as the largest appliance – creates a softer textural mood than you would have with a stainless refrigerator.

Cabinet finishes: The primary cabinets have a soft gentle glaze, giving them variety while allowing them to serve as a color base for the kitchen. On the other hand, the island cabinets show a more rustic texture that helps this element to stand out from the rest of the space.

Countertops: The countertops against the wall have a soft look with rounded edges and minimal contrast. On the island, strongly variegated granite adds an extra design element to this kitchen. Picture the island with the same soft counters as the rest of the kitchen – without that additional feature, the island would not have the impact it shows now.

Island columns: By choosing the braided texture on the island columns, you add the feel of rich old-world finishing. Once again, this choice brings the island to the forefront of this kitchen vignette.

The designer’s decision to use texture rather than tone to create interest in this kitchen helps to create a space that is cohesive, lower contrast, yet still interesting. That’s the power of texture.

 

Our Design Center is the Foundation for Creating your Dream Home

Design Center 025If you’ve been checking out our photos and stories about Fulton Homes’ Legacy community on Facebook and our blog site, you’ve had the chance to see some amazing kitchens, living areas, bedrooms and baths. Now, we’re proud of how lovely our models are and the options we’re offering to help you make your Fulton Home beautiful. But we want to remind you of why you have all of these choices for creating a unique space of your own; our 13,000 square foot Fulton Design Center.

We’re proud of our Design Center, and everyone on the team works hard to create an environment designed to help you make your home perfect for you. We have physical samples of almost everything we offer, and you can carry those samples with you throughout the Design Center to coordinate your home’s look.

One of our well-trained designers will work with you to help you make your vision for your home come true. Years of experience putting beautiful homes together make our designers a valuable resource as you plan your space.

And even before your appointment, we offer you options to help you make the right decisions to match your taste and style. Fulton Homes Design Online allows you to spend time getting to know details of many of our options, and the Kitchen Design online application lets you experiment with different cabinetry, flooring and appliances to help you determine the look you want.

Finally, we offer browse nights every first and third Thursday evening of every month. There you can take your time exploring your choices, and we have our design team available to answer any questions. The Fulton Design Center is open to anyone, so even if you’re just contemplating the purchase of a Fulton Home, we encourage you to visit us. We think you’ll be amazed and impressed with all of the ways we help you make your home special.

Join us this Thursday from 5-8 p.m. This link gives you more information about our Design Center and directions: http://www.fultonhomes.com/design-center. We hope to see you there this week.

 

Our Super Browse Nights are Super!

super browseWhat are you doing tonight? No plans? Well, here’s an idea; how about stopping by our Super Browse Night at the Fulton Design Center? Of course, we have our regular browse nights every first and third Thursday evening of each month, where you can see all of the products Fulton offers its new homebuyers. But Super Browse Nights are special.

It feels like a party with appetizers, sometimes prizes, and lots of Fulton designers and other staff members there to answer every one of your questions. It’s a great opportunity to learn about a number of home products and develop a better understanding of which options would work best for your home.

And here’s the good news. Super Browse nights, and every browse night, are open to the public. That means that you don’t have to be in the process of buying a Fulton Home to preview all of the great choices you would have to customize your space.

If you’re in the middle of selecting your new home, or even just thinking about possibilities, the Fulton Design Center provides a wealth of ideas, vignettes and suggestions that may make your decisions easier.  For more information and directions to the Fulton Design Center, visit our website at: http://www.fultonhomes.com/design-center

It’s also just plain fun to explore its 13,000 square feet of displays and exciting new choices in flooring, countertops, cabinets and lighting, among other things. With thousands of products to look at and choose from, it’s no wonder we think the Fulton Super Browse Night is absolutely super!

Design Center Delight

Lobby Design Center 049What makes a visit to the Fulton Design Center so special? Well, to start, you have over 13 thousand square feet of space filled with the kinds of home products you normally only see on Home and Garden Television.

Imagine a room filled with large slabs of granite available for you to study, touch and compare. How about many types of lighting, from chandeliers of every size and style to simple sconces or contemporary hand-blown glass pendants? And if your imagination needs some tweaking to help you visualize the final look in your home, why don’t you visit one or all of the kitchen and bathroom vignettes designed to give you a glimpse of how these choices might work for you?

Have you always wanted to see what it feels like to turn the knobs on one of those gorgeous ovens or ranges that look designed for professional chefs? You can do that in the Fulton Design Center, with a number of choices to experience. Run your hands over the huge selection of carpeting or pause to imagine a certain tile or stone flooring in your own home.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Well, the Fulton Design Team is there to answer your questions, show you ideas for making your home special and unique, and help you every step of the way. The variety of options starts to feel manageable when you’re working with a professional.

Ready to join us? You’re in luck, because super-browse night is coming up this Thursday evening from 5-8 pm, and the public is welcome to join us for the evening, as well as every first and third Thursday of every month. Why? Because at Fulton Homes, we’re proud of our Design Center. For more information and directions to the Fulton Design Center, visit our website at: http://www.fultonhomes.com/design-center.

Our Facebook Community

1174859_10152279240831574_5564617463489738871_nAt Fulton Homes, we’re proud of our Facebook community. Well over a thousand of you have chosen to like our Facebook page. We work hard to develop posts that you will enjoy and value. From information on Fulton-sponsored local events to examples of the newest home products, we want our page to work for you.

We’ve also begun to add photos to our Facebook posts. Many of these are from our model homes and the Fulton Design Center. We constantly add photos to our collection as new models and communities open, so you have the chance to see the freshest efforts of our team.

Our most recent post asks you to let us know what kind of information you want from us. We’ve received requests for more information on our homes and communities. In the next few months you’ll see our response to those requests. Like our Pinterest site and these blogs, we hope you find many things of interest and use on our Facebook page.

If you have ideas for Facebook posts or some things you’d like more information on, just let us know. And we want you to know how much we appreciate your replies and likes when you respond to a post. If we provide something you find particularly interesting or valuable, we encourage you to share it on your page so your friends can benefit also. We look forward to your insights and feedback.

Pinterest as a Resource

10390905_10152277534276574_5215464937568786779_nHow often do you visit Pinterest? If you enjoy visual images and want a way to organize them, Pinterest is just the site for you. At Fulton Homes, our Pinterest boards are organized to make it easy to access information, ideas and images we think you will enjoy and value.

First, we have photos from our models, design center, and communities so you can browse through much of what we offer at home. Next, all of our blogs going back several years are listed by category on the appropriate boards. So if you’re looking for ideas about guests rooms, bathrooms or family rooms, take a few minutes to see if any of our blogs can help.

While you’re visiting, you may also want to look at rooms some of our designers have created as well as examples from other designers around the country. We are constantly adding pins that we think you will find useful.

Finally, we have Pinterest boards developed as a resource for you as a homeowner, homebuyer, or family member. Need tips to sell your home so you can buy one of ours? We have some ideas on that board that may help you. Want to get to know our state better? Check out our Arizona board for ideas. Planning your move and not sure where to start? Our boards help you plan, pack and settle in your new Fulton Home.

We also have ideas for family fun, celebrations and entertaining. If you would like to see other boards on our Pinterest site, let us know. After all, it’s there for you.

Questions you should ask before Buying a New Home

HRM1437Finding just the right home can be tedious and confusing. Regardless of where you buy your home, getting the answers to certain questions will help ensure you make the right decision. We hope it will make the process pleasant and simple so you can feel confident about your new home choice.

 

When you ask these questions – and any others you may come up with, look for straightforward answers and supporting documentation. Be cautious if the salesperson doesn’t answer your questions or is vague with answers.

 

Question 1: Who will be performing the final walkthrough on our home before we move in?

If a member of the same construction team that built your home also conducts the final walk-through, they may miss or avoid pointing out things. Look for a walk-through from a person or group that is separate from the construction team and that doesn’t answer to it.

Fulton Homes has a separate customer care department that accompanies you at the final walkthrough, giving you a fresh set of eyes to identify any issues with your home. This is a separate division of Fulton Homes that does not answer to the construction division.

Question 2: Do you have a Design Center?

A Design Center allows you to see flooring and other options for making your home uniquely yours. There are samples of your choices and a designer to help you create the perfect home for you.

Fulton Homes has a 13,000-square-foot design center located in Tempe. This is the largest Design Center in Arizona. The Design Center is staffed with highly trained professional designers who will help guide you through your selection process.

Question 3: Will you remain my primary point of contact throughout the entire process?

Some companies hand homebuyers off to other people or divisions as a home moves through the construction process through to completion. This can lead to mis-communication and a lack of accountability.

At Fulton Homes, each sales associate is considered a manager of their community, allowing them to resolve issues that may arise. All sales associates have direct access with the senior level management team of Fulton Homes, including Mr. Fulton himself. As a result, over the past 10 years, 96 percent of all Fulton Homes customers said they would recommend their sales associate.

Question 4: Can you give me a list of your builder’s communities that are 5 to 10 years old?

If you want to make sure your home will be part of a stable and inviting community for years after you buy it, the place to look is the other communities the homebuilder built in the past. Go visit one or more of these older communities to make sure your future neighborhood will still be appealing in five or ten years.

 

We encourage you to visit any of our established communities, which you can find listed on our website. As you visit the Fulton Homes communities, be sure to notice the neighborhood amenities and open spaces.

 

Question 5: Can you tell me the total price of my house BEFORE I sign the contract?

At Fulton Homes we will. Any other builder that will not or cannot tell you the total price of their homes before you sign the contract should make you suspicious.

These are just a few of the questions you should ask before choosing your new homebuilder. For more questions and homebuyer advice, visit our website at: http://www.fultonhomes.com/12-questions and download your free copy of our homebuyer’s guide.

Tile with the look of wood

Design Center 015It can be difficult to choose between tile and wood flooring. Wood feels warm and inviting, and the look works with both traditional and modern homes. For many people, wood will always be their first choice. It may have been the flooring they grew up with, or the way wood works in a space fits their taste and style.

Others prefer tile. Particularly in our hot Arizona climate, tile makes a home feel cooler and is more comfortable for pets in the summer. Maintenance for tile – with the grout sealed – is easy. Little wet kid feet coming in from the pool or pet paws don’t damage tile, and a damp mop makes it look like new again.

One recent entry to the market combines some of the look of wood with the durability and ease of tile: rectangular tiles designed to look like wood. Minimal grout or grout in a similar tone can give you all of the benefits of tile while still appealing to the wood lovers.

The photo above shows just one finish available in this new tile. Others mimic the rich browns of cherry or walnut flooring and all provide enough variation to keep the same organic style you have with wood flooring.

For an opportunity to see the wide choice of colors and finishes in this tile, why not visit the Fulton Design Center this Thursday September 18th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for our browse night?

For more information, visit our website at: http://www.fultonhomes.com/design-center. We look forward to seeing you there!