Taking their rightful place in the top luxury home trends of 2022 are extravagant covered exterior living spaces.
Since "enjoying the great outdoors" here in Texas demands shading your spaces from the relentless sunshine, luxury home designers have outdone themselves with new shade options for 2022.
After two years of staying inside due to COVID-19, people are craving connection with nature more than ever. Gazing out your window in the morning with that first cup of coffee in the morning, you imagine an outdoor oasis. Julius Caesar felt the same way, so he copied his "front porch" from the Greek portico. Precursor of all porches, the portico originated in ancient Greece as a formal framing device that defined an entryway and created an appearance of authority.
We, much like powerful Middle Kingdom Egyptians, have a longing to domesticate the natural world. Although, gardens were expensive to build and required a high level of maintenance, gardens were very popular in the Pharaonic period and were built within wealthy households and royal palaces.
Typical gardens in ancient Egypt shared these essential components: an enclosure wall, a water pond, ornate water well or canal, trees, flowers, vegetables and large shaded areas.
Aside from the mere beauty of modern porches and covered patio / deck areas, they are designed specifically to provide the shade we need to survive the solar onslaught.
Not only do shaded areas protect you from the sun, they also help insulate you from exorbitant summertime electric bills. Porches and covered patios block the sun from shining directly through your windows and heating up your home’s interior.
Let's face it, while shading your home and your guests is definitely the smart move, what we're really after is THE WOW FACTOR.
The luxury, covered outdoor living space designs that TLK has on offer are not your grandmother's back porch or your dad's plastic sheet over a few metal poles, but gorgeous, modern miracles that will fulfill your wildest dreams.
TK and Lisa Kneedler know how to surround your new custom luxury home with all the "wow" you can handle!
Graduating from “master bedroom” to “master suite” has become one of the most popular home remodeling projects in history. Popular especially with people who have worked hard to build a good life and a great future for themselves.
There are a few unmistakable things that say, "We've arrived." You know like purchasing a Lamborghini, going on a six-month European tour, buying a beach house or adding a luxurious Master Suite to your home.
Think 5-star, mountain top, Aspen retreat or Presidential Suite of a grand hotel instead of simply a big bedroom.
Is adding a drop-dead gorgeous Master Suite to you home or building one into your custom home plan really worth it? When homeowners in a recent study were asked if they were happy with their Master Suite addition project, 100% of the respondents said YES! They all gave the project 10 out of 10 in the "Joy" factor.
What makes luxury Master Suites so popular? Walking into your perfect Master Suite is like driving your carriage into your very own castle and pulling up the draw bridge to make the world go away. The answer really is creating the perfect oasis for you with everything that you want in it just the way you want it. The key is to work with a luxury custom home builder who understands that and will guide you painlessly through the process.
TLK Luxury Custom Homes will help you decide how big your oasis needs to be to give you the Wow Factor you deserve. For instance, owner, TK Kneedler has learned by experience that your new addition should occupy from 350 to 600 square feet to give you a truly luxury custom Master Suite. He knows that you'll be happier if the space is designed to give you divided private spaces than if it is not. There are so many details that TK and his designer wife, Lisa can offer you that you may never even have imagined.
For example, carving out a cozy reading nook away from your magnificent king-sized bed will give you the perfect way to finish the latest David Baldacci novel long after your husband has turned his light off and gone to sleep. You certainly want an enclosed water closet to ensure you the privacy you need when "the need" arises. Little things like that explain why people love their Master Suite additions!
What are your Master Suite options?
Well, to begin with, she's definitely going to want a spa-like Master Bathroom and he's going to want a roomy, kick-ass glass shower. You will probably want to think about His and Hers walk-in closets and perhaps a dressing room. Ask yourself this: should the purpose-built vanity be in her dressing area or in the main bathroom itself?
Do you want to head off to the kitchen to get your midnight snacks or do you want a hidden mini fridge and microwave in your Master Suite? Espresso machine for your morning coffee?
Do you want a vaulted ceiling, a tray or coffered ceiling in the main bedroom area? Do you want a ceiling fan or a chandelier?
Do you want an overall sleek modern look or a more elegant and luxurious look? The beauty and style of the space is just as essential to your comfort as cozy bedding is.
Do you want to add a fireplace to your master suite? Skylight? Heated flooring? Private access to the patio? French doors?
TK and Lisa Kneedler will help you with lighting and fixture options and don't forget the view. What do you want to see when you gaze out of your new Master Suite windows?
TK will also discuss any special needs that you and your family have or that might present themselves in the future. For example, the height of the homeowner plays a big part in design of the shower and tub.
Large, luxurious large master suites on the ground floor check all the boxes for both safety and accessibility now and into the future.
Whatever you want; whatever you need.... TLK Luxury Custom Homes are the go to experts in Master Suites.
Yes, in May of 2020 the housing market was in the lock-down doldrums. Fast-forward to May 2021, and North Texas home sales are off the charts!
Heightened competition for homes on the market and low mortgage rates have placed consistent pressure on home prices for months now. The nationwide market is expected to remain hot and in favor of sellers throughout 2021, but in Texas real estate market’s demands are unrelenting. Multiple realtors are now describing the current residential real estate market as "the Wild Wild West." One realtor compared the real estate aftermath of COVID-19 to "the likes of World War II!"
The post pandemic-era real estate market has emerged as a windfall for sellers and a headache for buyers. A shortage of for-sale homes continues to boost prices across the nation by double-digits and is pushing house hunters to go to extremes to win bids. In cities across the state, agents describe a buying frenzy that has defied models, unleashed record-breaking, all-cash bidding wars, and pulverized middle-class home buyers who are unable to compete.
Agents used to do a market analysis once a week. Now, the life cycle of market data is measured in hours.
The most stressful thing about trying to buy an existing home in the 2021 hot real estate market is the competition. In February 2021, existing homes were on the market for an average of just 20 days! Now it's less than that. With homes flying off the market so quickly, competition to grab an best existing house before someone else puts it under contract can be gut wrenching. Imagine finally finding a house that you both like, them boom... it's gone before your agent can lock it down for you. Now imagine that happening over and over again until you are at your wits end.
Who wants to jump into that wild west "frenzy" when you need a new home? Relax, there's a much better way.
Remember the Rudyard Kippling poem that begins... “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs.... Well, TLK Luxury Custom Homes offers you that kind of calm within the eye of the storm.
TLK Luxury Custom Homes is a “Hands On” builder and communication is key to making it all work smoothly. We are passionate about building a quality home that you will cherish for years to come. Our goal is to build lifelong relationships with our customers that want to refer us or use us again in the future.
We take the stress you're carrying around about your new home off your shoulders and walk you calmly the the entire process from day one. 2021 is the perfect time to build your new custom home.
When you’re ready, TLK Luxury Custom Homes is ready to build it for you, on your lot or ours. See how easy that was.
For over 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.
To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles and socio-economic conditions.
Pantone could never have predicted the Covid-obsession that would overcome America in 2020. However, when they choose Classic Blue for the 2020 color of the year, they were prophetically spot on.
Suddenly, we were living in a world where we didn't feel quite as secure as in years past.
Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the company’s Color Institute, believes that “Blue, from an emotional, psychological standpoint, has always represented a certain amount of calm and dependability. It’s a color that you can rely on.”
"There are many different blues in the Pantone system, but Classic Blue really gave us that feeling of confidence and stability,” Eiseman says.
Once in her yearly speech to the nation, Queen Elizabeth II referred to 1992 as Great Britain's "Annus Horribilis." Without fear of contradiction, 2020 could be called America's Annus Horribilis.
As time dragged on, 2021 was looking pretty darned gray as well, but now we're coming back. We're back at work and we're back at play. Weddings and birthday parties are being booked and our masked days are disappearing.
To recognize this emergence into the light, Pantone chose two colors of the year for 2021...
gray and yellow and called them Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.
Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation.
Why magical? Not only is a mudroom like a mote that protects your beautiful castle from muddy shoes, wet coats and stinky socks, it magically puts you in a more philosophical mood about all those things.
Mystical because it’s a mystery to us that every custom home doesn’t have a mudroom built into its design!
Well designed mudrooms make economical use of vertical space, providing plenty of hooks or pegs for hanging up coats, scarves, hats and backpacks. We can also design our mudrooms with actual lockers for children’s school books, backpacks, coats and shoes. Ample shelves and cabinets are a must in the mudroom for additional storage as is at least one bench to sit on while removing messy footwear.
A mudroom provides the perfect place to handle the clutter of shoes, outerwear, book bags, briefcases and is an alternative to the coat closet. The mudroom has user friendly storage for the family, bestowing a sense of livability and tidiness to a home.
Our most popular designs are Combo Mud Rooms. One option combines all the features of a great drop-off zone with an easily accessible laundry room. Another option is combining your Mud room with a pet-friendly zone. Imagine an area where Fido can eat his meals, access his water bowl 24-7 and even has a custom cubby hole with his favorite pillow where he can take a nap. Easy-to-clean floors and stylish utility sinks are standard in all of our Mud room designs, but if you really want the best in pet luxury, we can build in a custom, tiled facility for Fido and Fifi’s baths!
Heaven right here on Earth just might be the sense of peace and calm you get from having a mudroom dedicated entirely to handling the accumulated “stuff” of our daily lives, far away from our public living spaces.
Pew Research reports that in 2014, a record 60.6 million Americans lived in homes having two or more adult generations or grandparents and grandchildren. That’s a 30% increase from the prior seven years, however multi-generational living is simply returning to the norm.
Back in the early 1900s, more than half of all senior citizens lived with their children or with their children and grandchildren. Between 1950 and 1980, there was actually an abnormal drop in multi-generational living as television promoted the go-it-alone, “John Wayne.” lifestyle.
Down through history, wealthier families always lived together in large, multi-generational dwellings. With Millennials staying or moving home and seniors living decades longer than any other time since Biblical Genesis, we home builders are taking notice. If living with extended family is good enough for Southfork Ranch and Downton Abbey, why now give it some thought.
One builder advertises his multi-generational home plans as “two homes for the price of one.” We like to think of it as a completely autonomous apartment inside of the main house or a home within a home.
Financial savings aren’t the only benefits of multi-generational living. Caregiving becomes easier, child care becomes automatic, and children form tighter bonds with older family members. In fact, recent studies also suggest that children growing up in multi-generational households have higher performance in school than those who do not. Other research reveals that seniors who spend more time with grandchildren live longer.
We’d love to show you the many, many options of multi-generational home design. Call TK Kneedler at 972-345-3368 for the details.
Since January is National Get Organized Month, it’s the perfect time for some tough talk about exactly what you’ll be moving to your new house. These words may be a little frightening, but not everything you have stuffed in your garage, attic or closets should go with you to your brand new home.
The best time to begin preparing to move is the moment you finally decide you want to build a new house. Because good change can also be stressful, getting mentally prepared should be at the very top of your to do list.
When you move into your dream home, you’ll actually be starting a whole new life even if you’re just moving from Fort Worth to Rockwall County. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to start your new adventure with a clean slate?
Organizing and de-cluttering is a daunting prospect, so just try getting your mind around a 15 to 25% "reduction-of-things" figure. All of us have sentimental attachments to our “stuff” or we wouldn’t still have it. The sooner you can internalize the concept that everything isn’t making the move, the easier it will be for you to begin the sorting prospect.
Here are a few tips that might help ease the pain of separation anxiety:
1. Get the entire family involved. If everyone is tossing a quarter of their possessions, it will be easier on everybody.
2. Divide your stuff into four categories: Trash, Donate, Sell, Take to the New House.
3. Let everyone make their own decisions on what 15% of their stuff has to go. Don’t just throw away their treasures.
4. As soon as you’ve all decided what needs to go, get rid of it quickly, much like ripping off a band aid.
5. If you’re having trouble with the process, don’t be embarrassed to call in a professional organizer. Their services are very reasonable, but the value of their help is priceless.
If you need a recommendation of a great organizer near you, call us. We’re only too happy to make the introductions.
Rockwall County custom home builder, TK Kneedler is the product of three generations in the building business having grown up in a family of home builders. His father built homes, his uncle puts heating and cooling systems in them and his grandfather owned a framing business.
Consequently, TK Kneedler is very much a hands-on home builder. As TLK Luxury Custom Homes' owner, business manager and project manager, TK invests his own personal commitment and organization to his client’s projects. TK works together with his wife, Lisa, of 26 years to collaborate and design the home of your dreams. Lisa has a passion for getting to know the clients and then taking her keen eye for design to help create their vision. TK has the construction knowledge and skills to make those visions a reality. They're almost like Rockwall County's very own "Chip and Joanna!"
When you choose TLK Luxury Custom Homes as your builder, you work directly with the Kneedler's from start to finish. When you work with TK Kneedler, you'll soon learn three things:
TLK will never make a commitment he cannot keep and he will always honor the commitments he makes.
TLK will never lose sight of his personal responsibility to understand and fulfill your requirements.
TLK will always be respectful of you and transparent with you and he will always tell you the cold, honest truth.