Top Functional Trends of 2019: Digital Shower Systems

Earlier this year we shared our first functional trend in homebuilding: convection steam ovens. This kitchen appliance offers versatility to homeowners and allows them to steam, roast, bake, slow cook, and more! We love when we can integrate new technologies into our builds that help make their lives just a little bit easier. And that’s exactly why we picked the digital showering systems for our second functional trend of 2019.

First, we love digital shower system because of it’s clean look and ease of use. A flat digital panel, similarly sized to a smart phone is often more appeasing to the eye than a handle or knob. Also, in comparison to a knob, the panel is much more accurate. Temperature can be set without the hassle of turning a handle back and forth!

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The second feature we appreciate about digital shower systems is their ability to save water! The Kohler DTV Prompt Digital Showering System allows the water to heat up once the control is activated, rather than when the water is running. The U by Moen even lets homeowners use their smart phone to set the perfect shower and get a notification when it is ready! You can even use Alexa’s voice controls to start the shower! Both systems also let you customize your shower length which is great for morning schedules and reducing water waste.

Our last, but definitely not least, favorite feature about digital shower systems is their ability to set a maximum temperature for water. This is perfect for families with small children.

Most systems come in a variety of finishes and they can operate bath, bath and shower, or shower only valves. Plus they are compatible with rainheads, handshowers, and body sprays.

The future has definitely arrived and we can’t wait to share with you all the other fun technologies we can integrate into your new home!

Top Functional Trends of 2019: Convection Steam Ovens

Top Functional Trends of 2019: Convection Steam Ovens

When it comes to the kitchen, Sandy suggests clients to incorporate a convection steam oven into their design.  While the convection steam oven isn’t necessarily new, the versatility of the appliance continues to expand.  Steam, roast, bake, slow cook, and more in a convection steam oven.  The combination of convection AND steam means that dishes cook faster and have the option to be both moist and crispy.  Translation: No more soggy leftovers!  “A stale baguette is rejuvenated to just-baked freshness… Crisp, hot phyllo pastry is baked around firmly frozen ice cream. Miraculous? It’s all in a day’s work for the convection steam oven,” sites the Wolf website.

George Havlicek on NBC 5 Chicago News

George Havlicek on NBC 5 Chicago News

The City of Geneva, like other Chicago suburbs, is considering mandatory fire sprinkler installations in new residential builds.  If approved, the sprinkler requirement would not take effect until December 30, 2019, but as a home builder we feel passionate about this potential change.  Depending on the square footage of a home, and the layout, fire sprinklers can add tens of thousands of dollars to a new home.  While we believe in safety always, we also feel that it should be the homeowners choice on how they choose to spend their money.  

Backyard Style: Trends We Love

Backyard Style: Trends We Love

We’re convinced that there isn’t much better than spending time with friends and family in a charming backyard setting. And today’s design trends are giving homeowners the chance to extend their personal style and space outside. Whether you’re dreaming of hosting big backyard parties or creating a private and peaceful escape, here are a few backyard trends that we can’t stop thinking about.

Design Trend: The Revival of Wallpaper

Design Trend: The Revival of Wallpaper

Wallpaper is back and has never been better! Well, to be honest, wallpaper never left it just wasn’t as widely used. Today, even your favorite home furniture retailers carry their own lines of wallpaper.  In one of our recent builds in Geneva, our client chose a texturized wallpaper in a beautiful blue/gray color that runs all the way up to the second floor foyer. The soft grasscloth-like surface is the perfect contrast to the white, wood trim. While the wallpaper makes a statement, it is neutral enough to layer with pictures and artwork.