Birch’s design has large roof overhangs that can protect the home from wind, rain, and snow, while also contributing to summer cooling and winter heating. Its usage has proven to be beneficial in giving shade when solar heat gain is undesirable. Stone is another key material used to protect the house as its durability and timeless appearance cover the exterior walls from water headed to a home’s foundation. This can avoid spending on foundation and siding-related repairs that are caused by water. Another significant advantage is that it does not decay, resulting in a low-maintenance product that hinders pests from entering your home.
As the luxury-lifestyle magazine Robb Report has alluded to in the past, we have seen significant shifts in how affluent buyers view their homes to balance both life and work. With a recent client that Belt worked with, he designed two offices: a communal space and a private one that will serve as a thinking hub for those moments requiring additional focus. Belt also notes that other discerning interests for today’s buyers include: recreation rooms that can help as a multipurpose room for reading, exercising, or hosting games; expansive mud rooms for the adventurer that seeks a space where their equipment can be stored and where they can dry out their clothes; indoor and outdoor fireplaces to offer all of the ambiance and warmth of a real, wood-burning fire; and lastly, a dog washroom for the pup in your life. Having a built-in dog wash station allows for more frequent cleaning with less effort. This easy-to-clean area keeps your products all in one place for maximum organization. It’s a win-win for you and your four-legged companion!