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What Is a French Provincial House?

Few countries have influenced architecture more than France. From its lovely countrysides to the grandeur of its world-famous cities, L’hexagone has inspired some of the most gorgeous architecture in the world. French provincial houses represent just one of the styles from France, but it’s certainly quite an appealing one — blending a variety of elements in some pretty exciting ways. So, what is a French provincial house exactly?

A Brief History of French Provincial Homes in the United States

The average person on the street has an idea of what an English cottage looks like. If you asked a random person what a Mediterranean house looks like, they might mumble about clay tile roofs and big courtyards. But you would probably not have as much success asking someone to define the French provincial style. While plenty of folks may have heard of it, its defining features and characteristics are more of a mystery to most.

A French provincial home with a winding driveway and upper balcony.
The French provincial style combines high-class tastes with down-home living.

While not as popular as many of the British-influenced architectural styles, French provincial homes are still fairly common across the United States. The style saw an initial surge in popularity in the 1920s in addition to a revival that brought it back to the fore in the 1960s. Today, the homes are

How to Recognize a French Provincial Style of House

Distinguishing between the different types of French home styles can be a bit tricky. French manors and French country homes share some overlap and bear certain similarities. So, what specific elements and aesthetic choices can one expect with a French provincial house?

Symmetrical Proportions

French provincial homes are inspired by the rural manors of the 1600s. These homes were traditionally very evenly appointed. As such, the French provincial style we see today is characterized first and foremost by balanced, symmetrical proportions.

Other notable styles share this focus on symmetry, as we saw in The 5 Key Features of Colonial Homes.

A view of the Eiffel Tower from a Parisian street with lovely architecture.

Parisian Elegance

Like French country homes, provincial builds combine sophistication with a polished, rustic aesthetic. However, French provincials commonly draw that sophistication specifically from architecture found in The City of Love.

Rustic Warmth

While “rustic warmth” is not a characteristic you might expect in tandem with a Parisian aesthetic, herein lies the unique charm of the French provincial style. It is this very juxtaposition that sets off the beauty of these homes. Drawing inspiration from the French countryside, these homes tap into some aspects of the farmhouse aesthetic, but they tend to do so more sparingly than, say, a modern farmhouse style home might. It’s not at all uncommon to see exposed timber sharing space with glamorous chandeliers.

Ornate Decor

The interior entry of a home with a plant in a vase on a central table.

While this characteristic overlaps a bit with decoration and design, these homes do tend to incorporate lavish interior features. Look for the inside of a French provincial style house to be noticeably ornate. These homes often include French provincial antiques and plenty of stylistically appropriate knick-knacks. Elaborate chandeliers are fairly common as well.

Looking to Build a French Provincial House?

We consider architectural styles to be more of a starting point than a final destination at Corinthian Fine Homes. As custom builders, we don’t do cookie-cutter homes. Instead, our nine-step home build process includes custom selections, often drawing inspiration from multiple architectural styles.

One of the best parts of the job is working with clients to integrate the most desirable elements of one primary style with various customizations that best fit their lifestyle. To that end, French provincial has been a fantastic stylistic diving board for some of our favorite builds in the last 25+ years.

We would love to hear about your dream home and discuss options for making it a reality. Feel free to explore our design build portfolio or give our sales and design team a call at (614) 965-9521.

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3 Keys to Indoor Outdoor Living Spaces

There’s a lot of excitement around indoor outdoor living spaces right now. From outdoor fireplaces to kitchen islands and beyond there’s a whole lot that homeowners can do to extend their living spaces into the great outdoors. Of course, we’ve all seen tacky back patios that don’t look like they belong on the property. And we’ve all seen ones that really, really do. So, while it may not be tough to see why outdoor living spaces are the hottest trend in building today, what is it that makes a great one? 

Outdoor brick oven and patio.

3 Keys to Designing an Outdoor Living Space

Whether it’s a sunroom, outdoor patio, kitchen, fireplace, or a pool that you have in mind, we salute you. These are the three build considerations that make for stunning outdoor living experiences — the kind that homeowners end up enjoying for decades to come.

Integration

Eight years ago, outdoor kitchen islands, patios, or fireplaces would typically come as an afterthought once the design was largely solidified. Not so today! Gone are the days of tacking on an outdoor living space onto a finished home. Good builders want indoor outdoor living spaces to be included in the initial design phase of the home building process. So, why is that?

The phrase that answers this question — “architectural integration” — may be a mouthful, but it’s actually pretty easy to understand. We would never think of a second indoor kitchen as an “extra” room to be tacked on at will. Likewise, when we consider adding an indoor outdoor living space, we should also consider that it must be properly planned for within the context of the whole home design — just like any other feature or space.

Integrating an outdoor living space requires design and aesthetic decisions that may, for instance, affect what flooring you choose in the great room. The need for weather-resistant material may impact your material choices should you want to use the same trim throughout the home. You have to think about windows and doors and acknowledge the established parameters of your overall architectural style. Solid integration helps a builder check the second box in any good outdoor living design: connectivity.

Connectivity

For there to be structure, there must be flow. And to achieve good flow, a home’s various areas need to be connected with intent. As design and material integration matters, so does navigational optimization. Homeowners who build instead of buying a home may understand this better, but your home builders spend a significant amount of time anticipating and plotting the flow of day-to-day life inside your home. That’s why builders want to work with you from the beginning to to understand your lifestyle and needs. This is the only way they can set a living room up, for instance, to flow directly into your patio or outdoor kitchen.

This dovetails nicely into the final key to crafting a high-quality outdoor living space… functionality!

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Functionality

Let’s take an extreme example of what poor functionality planning might look like. Say it’s a couple’s ten-year anniversary. They decide to add an outdoor kitchen island to their home in celebration. Originally, they had an in-ground pool installed. The size of this pool in their relatively small backyard leaves no extra room for an outdoor kitchen island and seating, but say they do have a little extra room on the side of the house. “Great!” they might say. “Let’s add it on the side.” Well… that might not be so simple.

Besides looking a bit odd on the side of a home, how are folks going to access the space? Where is the gas line going to run? In our imaginary scenario, it may quickly become clear that running power to this outdoor kitchen would require extensive work, or that knocking out that wall to add a door would still mean it can only be accessed through the first floor guest bathroom. There are any number of architectural decisions that can make it very difficult to add a fluid indoor outdoor living space.

Seasonal optimization is another aspect of functionality. As we look at integration, connectivity, and functionality, we do so understanding that indoor outdoor living is a lifestyle. This isn’t just “another room.” It isn’t a space to be trotted out for just a couple months out of every year — not if we can help it. No, this is another room of the house. As such, it should be functional as many months out of the year as possible.

Where many builders might settle on a three-season room, for instance, we shoot to make it four. With many types of outdoor living spaces, there are creative ways to extend the amount of days in a year that homeowners can enjoy it (although, features like pools may make things a little trickier). The primary goal here is to make a space so consistently functional within your established lifestyle that it truly feels like part of your home, not an isolated addition.

Designing a functional outdoor living space is crucial, and it generally hinges on good planning. Sure, you could just get really lucky after the fact. It’s possible. But even if your home naturally lends itself to a functional addition, it’s still likely that pre-build planning could have made the space more intentional and efficient. That’s why we suggest that you communicate with your builders.

If you can’t add an outdoor living space initially, but have an inkling that you may want to down the road, let your builders know that. Ask if there’s a way to leave that option open. Good custom builders will work with you, and a little planning up front can save a LOT of heartache in the future.

Interested in Building a Home With an Outdoor Living Space?

When you’re in the market for a custom home that integrates, connects, and functionally optimizes your lifestyle, our team can help. We’ve built some of the most luxurious homes in Central Ohio, and we would love to speak with you about your goals and options. Give us a call any time at (614) 965-9521.

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9 Fun Wine and Bourbon Display Ideas

Whether you’re interested in elaborate bourbon display ideas or beautiful custom wine cellars, these nine creative alcohol display options will help you brainstorm the in-home libation destination of your dreams.

9 Exciting Alcohol Display Ideas

Rustic Hallway Lighting

Just as ambience and environment play into the fine dining experience, so should they play into your wine or bourbon room. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Starting in the room itself would be doing the full experience a disservice. Because there’s usually a chance to wow guests before they even enter the room.

In many cases, a hallway will lead into your alcohol display space. If that walkup doesn’t set the mood and hint at what’s to come, the space will have missed an opportunity. Failing to curate the proper atmosphere here could cause the ultimate experience to be dead on arrival.

Hallway lighting outside of a bourbon wine room.

Take this hallway that leads to a bourbon room we built. The rustic lights set the stage and build anticipation for the reveal of a contemporary space beyond.

Craftsman Wine Room Door

For custom wine cellar doors, there are a lot of cool ways to go. A thick mahogany door can work nicely in some instances. See-through glass options are great for showing off the inventory, and home automation experts can work with you to set up a smart locks or even biometric finger locks that will keep out children and other underaged individuals in the home.

A craftsman door constructed from wine crates.

Craftsman doors give custom wine cellars that first splash of something special. We fell in love with the craftsman piece to the left here that was custom-designed for one of our homes. Expertly crafted out of wine crates, it’s probably the best non-glass way to boldly declare “Hey! There’s a custom wine cellar behind me!

A bourbon display room.

Backlighting

Of course, if hallway lighting matters, then lighting on the interior matters too. A little backlighting behind a bourbon cabinet goes a long way towards amping up the sophisticated look of a great display.

A humidity-controlled room with golden wine racks in a Dublin, Ohio home.

Gold Wine Racks

You definitely do not want to skimp on wine racks in a cellar. In addition to ensuring they get installed correctly (hundreds of dollars in broken wine bottles isn’t a fun surprise) the choice of rack materials can really class up custom wine cellars.

You’ll have to pay attention to what your space calls for, but gold wine racks worked wonders in this particular cellar.

A custom wine room in a Dublin, Ohio home.

Humidity Control

Sommeliers and wine enthusiasts know that humidity control is a must in respectable custom wine cellars. Along with golden wine racks, this room called for a programmable humidity monitoring system to provide every bottle with an environment that will let them age to perfection.

Period Design

Playing to a specific time period can be a really neat approach, provided your custom wine room or bourbon room builders know how to craft a cohesive aesthetic. The bourbon display above is one of our favorites in all of the homes we’ve built. We built these bourbon cabinets inside an English Manor in Dublin, Ohio. Notice the stone interior, exposed ceiling beams, and matching hardwood — these each work to complement the parent style. Crafting a space as warm and welcoming as it is transportive requires a variety of calculated architectural choices, but it’s always worth it when planned with precision and foresight.

High-Quality Bourbon Cabinet Wood

The wood you choose for the cabinet(s) of your bourbon display is a decision that makes a subconsciously significant impact. Let me elaborate: Take a closer look at these bourbon cabinets:

A bourbon display room with golden lighting and a couple of LA-Z-Boys.

While certainly noticeable, the cabinet wood choice might not be your primary takeaway if you had to describe this room to a friend. That said, imagine if we’d used dark cherry instead. Not only would it clash with the rest of the room, but it would also dull the refraction of the light and take away some of the space’s charm. Like a bass player in a rock band, you may not recognize the importance of a quality cabinet wood until it’s replaced with the wrong choice.

Glass Room

Let’s talk about sophisticated efficiency for a moment. We crafted this little enclave with the intention of adding top value in as little space as possible. If you’re opting for something on the smaller side, glass can be an especially classy choice. We built this little room below a staircase, utilizing existing space to breathe life into the downstairs area as part of a larger renovation project.

A glass wine room below the staircase of a residential home.

The room is also a subtle example of tailoring an alcohol display to the home (more on that below). See how the wine racks mimic the slope of the staircase? This lends a pleasing (and spatially efficient) touch to a small space designed to be on constant display, such as this one is.


Little house upgrades like this can easily become the highlight of a home — that one feature that everyone thinks of when they imagine visiting you.

Tailor to the Home

This circles back to the idea of integrating a specific time period into your design, and it takes that one step further. Tailoring a bourbon cabinet or custom wine cellar to your home is about paying attention to architectural style and the overall layout of your home. This way, you can ensure a natural flow between rooms. It might be strange, for instance, to discover a modern-industrial-styled wine cellar on your tour of an English cottage (not saying we couldn’t make it work, but it would take some serious thought).

Ideally, your bourbon display, wine cellar, or whatever other alcohol display you may be planning should enhance the established style of the home. It should be placed in a room that makes sense (on the second floor by the kids’ rooms would feel a bit odd, right?). Typically, placement on the ground floor or lower level are safe bets. Likewise, “modern upscale” or “rustic contemporary” will tend to fit a wide range of overarching architectural styles, allowing you some play in terms of specific feature choices.

Looking For Custom Bourbon Display or Custom Wine Room Builders?

It’s fun to toy with bourbon display ideas and fantasize about custom wine cellars. From brainstorming different bourbon cabinet woods to price checking wine racks, there’s plenty to look at and consider. If/when you’re serious about designing a top-tier alcohol display of any style or size, the Corinthian team would love to chat with you about your ideas and your options. Feel free to give us a call at (614) 965-9521 or message us to start the conversation.

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6 Traits of Craftsman Style Homes

If you’re anything like the rest of the world, you occasionally spend a little too much time on Zillow fantasizing about buying incredible homes. There are just so many fun options to scroll through and learn about (trust us, we get it; that’s why we’re builders). One of the architectural styles that consistently grabs us is that of the modern craftsman style house. Even if this style doesn’t get the same popular attention as a colonial home or farmhouse, scrolling through craftsman style homes for sale is some of the most captivating house hunting/fantasizing you’ll ever do.

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A Brief History of Craftsman Style Homes

The craftsman style house plan first came into being in the early 1900s. At that time, a famous furniture maker named Gustav Stickley decided to bring his philosophy of interior design into the world of architecture. Obviously, it was a success. Stickley had a magazine called The Craftsman in which he began putting out drawings of what he called Craftsman homes. Magazine subscribers could send away once a year for a free floor plan of their choosing, receiving Stickley’s idea of “a house that was a home, based on the bedrock virtues of beauty, simplicity, utility and organic harmony.” (Craftsman Homes)

Two end tables inspired by the Craftsman style of furniture.

Fun fact: while Frank Loyd Wright is often associated with prairie style architecture as his predominant claim to fame, the world’s most famous architect was also a craftsman style builder, designing quite a few homes in this style over the years.

6 Characteristics of Craftsman Style Homes

The name of the style alone should tell you that no two craftsman style homes are the same. This really goes for all styles of custom homes; characteristic elements can be utilized or left out. Patterns and decisions in the final product will ultimately identify a home’s architectural style more than a single structural or aesthetic element. Of course, the original craftsman style house plans were those Stickley made and printed in his magazine. Like many other popular architectural styles (colonial, French country, etc.), the modern craftsman style house draws its inspiration from the originals. Despite the variability of features over 100+ years of building, certain characteristics still commonly come together to define the contemporary craftsman style house plans we see today.

Classic Design

The core of a traditional craftsman style house plan is essentially derived from classic designs such as bungalows, four square homes, and prairie style builds. Architecture fans will recognize prairie style as the style Frank Lloyd Wright is predominantly known for. As both prairie style and craftsman style homes (1) came about around the same time in the early 1900s, (2) occupied the mind of Lloyd Wright, and (3) share a few similar characteristics, it’s hard to miss the influence of the world-famous architect’s primary style upon the classic design of craftsman style home builds.

Large Overhangs

Craftsman style homes often include distinct, large eaves (aka overhangs). This is one of the features the style shares with prairie homes.

Exposed rafters and a fireplace inside a modern craftsman style house.

Exposed Rafters

Exposed rafters stand out as one of the classiest ways to capture that ever-popular rustic aesthetic on the interior of a contemporary home.

Tapered Columns

Many craftsman style home builders will include heavily tapered columns on a large front porch. This is definitely one of the style’s most defining features. It’s a noticeable one that boosts curb appeal and points to solid engineering and construction. Non-tapered columns can be substituted if a tapered option doesn’t excite the future homeowners for some reason.

Low Pitch Roofs

Many designs include low pitch roofs. In roofing terms, “pitch” refers to steepness. A high pitch roof slopes down abruptly, while a low pitch roof will stretch out horizontally more so than straight down. The higher the pitch, the higher the chance you’d fall off if you tried to stand on it.

In craftsman houses, the roof’s relatively stable plane can lend a charmingly quaint appeal to the exterior elevations. Again, it isn’t the case that every home built in this style incorporates low pitch, but many do.

Earthy Tones With a Twist

When it comes to paint choices, the modern craftsman style house often leans on an earth tone color palette. However, these browns and other muted colors frequently give way to bright and bold accent colors like reds and greens. The artful contrast makes for a pleasing juxtaposition in well-designed homes of this style.

A long marble countertop inside a craftsman style home.

Interested in Craftsman Style Homes for Sale?

Get your custom-designed or pre-built craftsman style house in central Ohio. Our team has been working with homeowners to build dream homes for over 25 years. We’ll be happy to draft up a craftsman style house plan for you (you’ll swear it was pulled from Stickley’s original magazine blueprints) or show you the current homes we have on the market.

Schedule a consultation today.

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4 Traits of French Country House Plans

Mastering different architectural styles as a builder is an incredibly rewarding pursuit. Of the many styles we build in at Corinthian, French country house plans are a pretty frequent request.

So, What is French Country Style?

French country style actually extends beyond architecture. For instance, French country decor is a BIG deal right now. Ideas for this type of interior decor include softer pastel colors, matching drapes and walls, and plenty of antiques. When it comes to the exterior, we see some aesthetic similarities. Four characteristics help to define your average French country style home.

4 Facts About French Country House Plans

Tradition & Nostalgia

The French country style, much like Mediterranean or colonial style, has a way of evoking a pleasant mental image. Honestly, even when folks aren’t entirely sure what it entails, they tend to love the invocation of pastoral bliss — the mental transport to a rolling countryside somewhere in Normandy or Picardy. Nice, right?

There’s a European nostalgia and emotional component to the French countryside that is actually quite indicative of the architectural style itself. Common components of the style include arched and shuttered windows, French doors, and a variety of other features that hint at the stylistic tastes of Western Europe.

One of the Oldest Styles

Hand in hand with tradition and nostalgia is the fact that French country house plans are one of the oldest popular architectural styles. The story goes that American soldiers fighting in Europe during WWI took notice of the homes along the French countryside. These chateaus and manors would have been originally built way back in the 17th and 18th centuries. When our WWI vets returned home, they basically spread the word about what they’d seen, and the rest is history.

A large French country house with an asphalt driveway.

Rustic Yet Refined

One of our favorite elements of French country style homes is the balance they strike between aristocratic sophistication and rural charm. The exterior tends to be a welcoming one that carries into the interior. Metal roofing combines with real slate and hand-crafted stone cut from quarries at the homesite for an authentic, elegant feel. As we touched on above, French country decor is steeped in rich tradition. It’s usually divided between cottage rustic and château, bringing the best of both worlds in (to taste) while coordinating all design decisions with the practical and aesthetic needs of the future homeowner.

Borrowing from the Past

Today’s modern French style build typically doesn’t restrict itself to an era. These homes will often borrow prominent features from their historical context, but they don’t necessarily go for an entire reproduction.

That said, one of our French country house plans that is currently in the architectural stage along the Scioto River does fit the traditional mold. The future homeowners leaned toward the historical look, so we are implementing features like large timber for the beams, carvings and fireplace details that replicate traditional European architecture, and wine cavern tasting areas that lend themselves to an atmosphere of old world charm.

Which brings us to the most important point of all.

A French country home with a wraparound driveway.

Build a Home That Reflects You

Architectural styles are a great guide for understanding what you do and don’t like when you’re building or buying a home. If you look through French country house plans and know that’s exactly what you want, great! But it’s also okay to mix and match features to create something unique to you. That’s the beauty of custom home building — there aren’t too many things that are truly off limits. The freedom to collaborate and imagine up dream homes with folks is a large part of why we got into this business in the first place.

For example, we recently scouted out a site for a total rebuild. The owner of the home actually transported a nine-ton boulder from Lake Michigan to Ohio so that he could have it installed in his living room as a giant fountain with water supplied from the lake outside. Other features of the original, one-of-a-kind home include a tree growing out of the living room and a hammock in a bedroom. Point being that if you think this home adhered to a single, established style… well let’s just say we certainly don’t know what it would be called. But we love it.

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7 Perks of Home Automation Systems

Home automation and smart home devices are pretty hot topics in 2022. As we continue searching for new ways to optimize our lives, they will only become more and more in demand. But if you’re curious what the big deal is, some practical usage examples should help put it in perspective.

So how can a home automation system make your life easier? While there are countless applications and ways to optimize, here are seven of the top ones that will change the way you live: smart lighting, eero WIFI, multi-room audio, temperature control, ring tech, smart security features, and the ability to start dinner from your car.

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The Best Home Automation Systems

Choosing the best home automation systems on the market can make life almost unfathomably smoother. We regularly install Crestron and Control 4 home automation systems because of their power and reliability. Whichever home automation system you choose, it will basically function as the control center for the home’s tech, letting you access all of your devices, appliances, etc. with one touch.

Crestron Home Automation

From time-of-day window shade automation to audio “listening zones” that take in-home music to the next level, Crestron stays at the top of its class. It even lets you monitor the activities you want on a room-by-room basis.

Control 4 Home Automation

Control 4 boasts seamless integration, impressive appliance communication between different brands of smart home devices, and a truly customizable cinematic experience for home theaters. This is a fabulous system for controlling all television, music, lighting, HVAC, and more while integrating with many of the apps that homeowners already use daily.

Smart Homes vs Home Automation

What’s the difference? As Connected Home points out, home automation goes an extra step beyond simply owning smart home devices. While a smart house is not necessarily an automated one, setting up home automation requires you to have a smart house to begin with.

A hand holding a smart phone over a table with a coffee mug.

So, if standard smart homes represented basketball players, you could say an automated home is LeBron.

But what is it about automating your smart home devices that makes a system like this so darn appealing?

7 Ways Home Automation & Designer Tech Will Change How You Live

Most of the specific uses for a home automation system can be boiled down to the following two goals:

  • Saving time
  • Boosting efficiency

Since pretty much everyone wants to do those two things, it’s no wonder that home automation is getting so much attention. Let’s take a look at how the ability to automate basic tasks is helping homeowners organize their in-home tech, save valuable time, and simplify their lives.

One-Touch Lighting

A smart phone showing a home automation setting of 70% brightness for a set of living room lights.

The ability to dim lights to a pre-designated level by hitting a single button or to automate a time-of-day setting may not sound like life-changing stuff at first, but it kind of is. With home lighting automation, homeowners can now set their lights based on mood and the amount of light outside. It’s also possible to set them to adjust to warmth of light tone throughout the day.

This simple feature can save you time and energy costs. It may even improve your sleep.

Super-Powered WIFI

We all know how frustrating a bad WIFI connection can be. Luckily, the best smart home automation systems can help quite a bit with this. That’s why we prefer to use the latest tech in our builds — increasing speed and efficiency, cutting down on network congestion, and totally eliminating those pesky dead spots that make it impossible to load Netflix in the basement or call a friend from the kitchen.

On top of eero WIFI tech — and this is something we do just for that extra precautionary touch — hardwiring Cat6 ethernet cables to every television and static device that uses WIFI will ensure a home stays up and running, even if the WIFI goes out for some reason.

Multi-Room Audio

An integrated home speaker system is GREAT for entertaining. It’s also a really nice way to brighten up your day-to-day activities. Britta O’Boyle for gadget enthusiasts Pocket-lint points out that with multi-room audio (and depending on your system), you can adjust the volume from anywhere in your home, set a song to follow you from room to room, and even set different playlists for different rooms. Once you have these features, you’ll wonder how you ever did without them.

Temperature Control

A silver and black smart thermostat with a blue display showing it is set to 63 degrees.
The best home automation systems let you control a variety of smart devices.

Popularized by Google’s Nest, smart thermostats can save homeowners on heating costs while automatically adjusting to achieve the space’s optimal level of comfort at all times. Does your body temperature tend to run cold in the day and hot at night? Not a problem. Simply set your smart home automation system to lower your smart thermostat a few degrees at bedtime, and it will follow these instructions day after day.

Enhanced Security

What’s more important than safety? If you’re like me, you might have a tendency to second guess whether or not you actually locked up the house every time you make it a half mile down the street. With smart security, a simple press of a button is all it takes to ensure your security system is armed and active. Moreover, homeowners can tap into their property’s security cameras from anywhere they are — including outside of the country!

A black and white Nest doorbell.

Optimized Doorbells

Big house or small house, we’ve all missed the doorbell ringing before. It happens — although we may not always realize it when it does. No more of this, friends! Through the magic of ring technology, you can now choose the visitors you conveniently ignore. 😉

Not only can you program a doorbell to ring through speakers in various rooms and on your smartphone, but you’ll also be able (in conjunction with a security camera) to see exactly who is there and speak to them over an intercom, should you so choose. The best home automated systems give homeowners extra control over their environments, and trust us… that smart doorbell will come in quite handy when you’re not home to receive a guest or UPS package in person.

Start Dinner From Your Car

This may seem oddly specific, but we think it’s an incredible feature of a well-integrated smart home system. Life is busy, right? At the end of a long day, the idea of arriving home just to start dinner sounds like a mountain yet to be climbed. That’s why we install so many Bosch smart appliances in our design build homes.

Bosch smart home appliances let homeowners connect to all of their appliances from anywhere. While there are myriad ways that this can change your domestic game (check out the video below), our favorite is the simple ability to now start an oven and get your meal ready from down the street. Because in the hustle and bustle of modern life, every second counts. And also, (don’t know about you all, but) when we’re hungry… we’re hungry NOW.

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Interested in Smart Home Automation?

We’d love to chat with you about how to make your home more efficient and enjoyable. Our team installs only the best home automation systems, and we do so with experience. Give us a call at (614) 965-9521 to get started!

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8 Popular House Amenities in 2022

8 Popular House Amenities in 2022

When it comes to house amenities, there’s no one size-fits-all solution. While some features may never go out of style, many more are subject to trends. The popular home amenities of 2019 certainly vary from the ones that are most requested today, which only makes sense. The world changes and with it our needs. Since you’re unlikely to find all of the home amenities on this list inside any pre-built home, it’s wise to give some thought to your desired features before you decide on building custom or buying a house. Assuming you do choose to build custom, however, you’ll want to know what’s popular today. That’s why we’ve compiled eight of the coolest and most current house amenities going into 2022.

Pocket Office

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In a world that has irreversibly shifted away from on-site employment, pocket offices have become a pretty big deal. You may not necessarily need (or have the ability to add) a full room for a home office — maybe you work from home a couple of days each week. Many households have multiple remotely employed family members. These scenarios are where a pocket office can really shine. Building a cozy alcove with a small footprint that lets you plug in without any fuss is a night and day upgrade from working on the couch.

Messy Kitchen

Of course, one couldn’t neglect the messy kitchen on any list of en vogue house amenities. It’s the most functional must-have in the world of home kitchens, so… what exactly is it?

What Is a Messy Kitchen?

Don’t worry, it isn’t an insult. Meghan Hale points out for Founterior that a messy kitchen is the practical addition to any open concept kitchen. These extra areas give homeowners an out-of-the-way space to well… be a little messy!

Messy kitchens are the ultimate mealtime staging area — perfect for prep work, clearing clutter, and storing those smaller kitchen amenities like toaster ovens and coffee makers without busying the aesthetic of the main kitchen area.

Because I don’t care who you are… there’s just no avoiding a little bit of a mess when serving great meals.

Walk-In Three-Row Closet

Space is always at a premium, and there’s probably nowhere that better exemplifies this than the average master closet. If you’re like a lot of people, you may have bowed long ago to the disorganization a small closet can breed. But how would you like to increase your closet space by an extra 1/3?

A luxurious three-row closet with two chandeliers and a bench in the center.

A three-row closet gives you the ability to hang three rows of clothes on either side of your walk-in closet. This simple yet elegant design is a game-changer when it comes to accessing outfits, making efficient use of your closet space, and even organizing your entire wardrobe by season.

Guest Suite

A little extra space for family and out-of-town friends is never a bad idea. Being able to offer guests a bed made up on the lower level is a classy and convenient gesture that will win you points while entertaining over the holidays. It’s also a great option should you and a friend have a little too much fun with the next feature on our list.

Home Bar

The in-home bar is a top-tier luxury that we can’t recommend highly enough for those who enjoy the occasional cocktail. Get ready to up your entertaining game though! This particular home amenity is all but guaranteed to launch your address to the top of the list whenever there’s a get-together on the horizon. Heck, you may never have to leave home again.

Three & Four-Season Rooms

Ready to create the kind of indoor/outdoor synergy your neighbors will use for inspiration on their next home update? Let’s talk about three and four-season rooms.

From jeeps and convertibles to houseboats and “glamping,” mankind has devised more than its share of clever ways to enjoy the outside world without being fully at nature’s mercy. Screened porches and three-season rooms give homeowners easy access to that glorious summer breeze without all the mosquitos and other critters. Practice an instrument in relative privacy, catch up on a good book, or hang out with friends for drinks after dinner! In the hands of a capable builder, plans for a three-season room can even be upgraded to a four-season room with proper insulation, heating, and design plans.

Man Cave

Men, the name may persist, but good luck keeping the family out. After all, who among us doesn’t appreciate a space dedicated to unwinding? Every household deserves a room customized with total relaxation in mind. That’s why every Corinthian Fine Home includes a finished basement with a taller-than-average ceiling — we never build slab homes. And you’d better believe we’ll work with you to build the ultimate space for your man cave by the time you move in.

Home Gym

Looking to burn off some calories before you put your feet up? The sheer convenience of a home gym makes it extremely popular among requested house amenities. If you’re already spending money on a gym membership that makes you drive across town, slog through the snow, and interact with people you’d rather avoid, investing in a home gym is definitely worth considering.

A home gym with an elliptical bike, treadmill, large purple workout ball, and weight-lifting equipment.

In Love With These House Amenities?

The Hamlet on Jerome just unveiled several new floor plans that include or accommodate each of the home amenities on this list in addition to many more. Located in Dublin, Ohio, every Hamlet lot offers extensive interior customizability to ensure your new home includes every must-have feature on your list. Give us a call to speak with a friendly member of our sales and design team today!

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A rendering of an English cottage house plan.

8 Luxury Custom Features for English Cottage Style Homes

Cottage style homes bring to mind the well-worn pages of a children’s storybook. So it’s no wonder that this charming style is named in RedFin’s 13 Most Popular Styles of Houses Across the U.S. And while there are certainly some variations on the style, English cottage style houses are “often thought of as the quintessential cottage” according to The Cottage Journal. These homes are known to be quaint, cozy, and well… English! Of course, that hasn’t stopped anyone from taking this architecture outside of the UK. And just as we’ve seen with colonial style homes, there are plenty of inspiring ways to customize the traditional English country cottage design.

Exposed brick on the wall of a cottage style home.

8 Features of Luxury English Cottage Style Homes

With our focus on luxury custom homes, Corinthian Fine Homes builds are about as far from cookie-cutter architectural molds as you can get. While any given home we’ve built is rooted in a distinct style (Mediterranean, English Manor, etc.), going from there we build according to custom needs and desires.

Our English cottage house plans fit well within the style, but we’re not afraid of adding and subtracting features to build something unique, comfortable, and feature-packed for our homeowners. Here are some of the features that can help make a large or small English country cottage really stand out.

Some are traditional features, and others are tasteful interpretations. We hope that all eight will be helpful sources of inspiration.

Stucco and Stone Exteriors

We love combining stucco and stone to bring an English cottage house plan to life. Cultured stone hints at the home’s craftsmanship while providing more design flexibility than real stone. Matching it with textured stucco helps create a gorgeous exterior tapestry with just enough color and variation to catch the eye without going over the top.

The stone and stucco exterior of an English cottage style home in Ohio.

Flared Eaves

If you aren’t familiar with flared eaves, they are the slight upward curve you see on some homes where the roof descends toward the gutter. English cottages are a great place to build these because the almost whimsical slope fits nicely with the whimsical aesthetic of the overall cottage aesthetic.

Flared eaves and half round gutters on a stone and stucco home.

There are plenty of inspiring ways to customize a basic English country cottage design.”

Half Round Gutters

The gutter experts over at Barry Best Seamless Gutters cite longevity, operational superiority, and easier maintenance as reasons to invest in half round gutters over the traditional k-type.

We couldn’t agree more! Half round gutters also add a certain subtle aesthetic appeal that definitely doesn’t hurt a home’s curb appeal.


Simulated Divided Light Windows

As an article in Quality Window and Door explains, simulated divided light windows and “true” divided light windows are very similar. Visually speaking, you may not notice any difference at all. The only true difference between the two has to do with their grilles. Where a true divided light window is comprised of numerous small panes of glass that are broken up by the placement of permanent grilles, a simulated divided light window is a single pane of glass with removable grilles. The difference for homeowners is essentially one of practicality — simulated divided light windows are much easier to clean because you can simply pop the grilles off and clean one large window instead of trying to work around individual sections.

Courtyard Area

A little extra outside space can be wonderful for entertaining in the warmer months. And the courtyard of a cottage style house is a space just begging for a light touch of the cottagecore style so popular right now for interiors. Whether cottagecore or another look entirely, there are myriad ways you can let your design eye shine through elegant outdoor lighting, furniture cushions, sculpted hedges, and whatever else your inner decorator sees fit!

Brick Steps & Steel Wrought Iron Railing

Brick steps with black railings leading up to a front door.

A strong first impression matters, and English cottage house plans provide a phenomenal canvas for adding subtle dashes of class. Use of brick around the exterior is one way to do that. We find that brick steps look really nice when combined with black wrought iron railings and juxtaposed with a cultured stone and textured stucco exterior.

Brick Columns

Molded brick columns are a surefire way to raise the exterior profile of a small English cottage style home. The added bonus being, of course, that they perfectly fit the pallet created by the brick steps. If stepping out of a fancy courtyard area, past a set of regal columns, and into a stately interior doesn’t make you feel like royalty, we don’t know what will.

Brick Porches and Patios

Something about brick features accenting a stucco and stone exterior just makes for a winning combination with this style of architecture. Classic porches and patios that match the rest of a home are the icing on the cake when it comes to the coziness and relaxed luxury of English cottage style homes.

Considering an English Country Cottage of Your Own?

All of the images in this post are of English cottages we custom built in The Hamlet on Jerome, our newest Dublin, Ohio community. The exteriors are uniform (in order to include all eight of the features in this post). Each interior is customizable, including a variety of floor plans with optional second floors and lower levels.

Why not take a virtual tour of an existing Hamlet home and see what you think? The English cottage of your dreams is less than a step away!

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5 Key Features of Colonial Style Houses

5 Key Features of Colonial Style Houses

What comes to mind when you think of a colonial style house? Given the fact that architects and builders have been dreaming up versions of American colonial architecture for about 400 years (not to mention that the style was popular before North Americans ever took to it), “colonial style architecture” refers to far more than a single aesthetic. Many different interpretations have left their marks on neighborhoods even just across the USA, dating back to around the time Europeans first settled in North America. Which… can make it a little tricky to nail this style down to an easy definition. That said, there are still several key features that colonial style houses are generally known for.

A colonial style home with big trees out front.

So what is a colonial style home exactly — how do you tell what’s colonial architecture and what isn’t? Well, as Maggie Burch points out in her House Beautiful article, “Architectural styles are not hard-and-fast rules…. Even within the American colonies, there are differences in the climates and building materials readily available that influence how homes are constructed.”

5 Defining Characteristics of American Colonial Architecture

With all that in mind, here are several features that you’ll still tend to see on many of the various sub-styles of colonial style houses.

Entryway Pillars

Pillars in front of an old ornate home.

Pillars are another feature commonly seen in colonial architecture. The home and pillars above look to be of a more traditional style — perhaps an old Georgian Colonial home.

Crown Molding

Among the other features that Frankel mentions, is crown molding above the windows. Expect to see this beautiful stylistic choice in a wide variety of colonial style houses.

Natural Hardwood Flooring

Who doesn’t love a nice, rustic aesthetic? As MyDomaine points out, authentic hardwood throughout the home is a common theme in colonial style homes. So make sure to be careful moving that furniture!

Hardwood floor in a rustic-looking living room with a television mounted on the far wall.

Symmetry

Symmetrical design is a universally agreed-upon hallmark of the American colonial house style. Morgan McBride points out for Rocket Homes that this often extends to window count and floor plan in addition to the exterior view of the home.

A brick rectangular home on a hill with large trees around it.
Symmetry is a defining characteristic of colonial style homes.

Pitched Roofs

McBride also touches on a common roofing setup in colonial style architecture. She explains that pitched roofs are the kind of roof where “you only see the triangle from the sides.” So if the stark, angular roof look of more contemporary architectural styles doesn’t strike you right: a traditional colonial roof may be just the ticket.

But why follow all the rules? You can always customize a home to include features that don’t necessarily exist together in traditional architectural styles. More on that later…!

Curious about all the different types of colonial architecture that make this style so difficult to nail down?

A Few Types of Colonial Style Houses

American colonial architecture may be a hot style, but as we mentioned at the top, it actually has an even longer history outside of North America. The names of three styles that McBride shares in her article clearly point to the fact that this aesthetic’s roots are not original to the USA.

  • Dutch Colonial
  • Spanish Colonial
  • French Colonial

Other types of colonial houses (from Upgraded Home):

  • British Colonial
  • Saltbox Style
  • Cape Cod Style
  • Georgian Style
  • Mid-Atlantic Style
  • German Colonial
  • Colonial Revival
  • Neoclassical Colonial
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Luxury Lot for Sale in Dublin, Ohio

Dreaming of taking the best features of colonial style architecture and adding your own ideas for the perfect custom home? Why not build in one of Ohio’s most well-loved zip codes?

We have the last available lot on the world-famous Muirfield Village Golf Course awaiting the word to start building someone’s dream home. Want to swing by and check it out? 🏌️‍♂️🏌️‍♀️

Muirfield Village Golf Club Hole 13

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