Wood is Still the Responsible Building Choice

Renewable Source Of Building

Renewable Source Of Building In Minnesota, we are definitely in the building season right now and along with that comes the process of clearing trees for homes to be built. As we are conscious about the removal and try to keep as many as we can, it does help us revisit what builders and developers across the nation are doing to sustain our forests and replenish our sources of wood.

 In North America,  90 percent  of our homes are built with wood because it is plentiful and is a renewable green product making it still a great source for building material. In fact,  the building industry is making educated decisions about the products that are used to make environmentally friendly choices and wood sources continue to be one of them.  Bob Villa has an article about how wood is still a good building material source because the United States and Canada has regulated and developed programs for renewing our forests to keep them from disappearing. This article is a great source for understanding how builders and lumber companies are building responsibly and are looking for ways to use every part of a tree to reduce waste and replant at a high rate to ensure sustainable forests. Click here to read more. 

Designer Tips For A Stunning Backsplash

Design Tips for backsplashes in the kitchen or bath. www.meiercompanies.com

Design Tips for backsplashes in the kitchen or bath. www.meiercompanies.com

Many decisions need to be made when you’re building your home or remodeling. It seems overwhelming to decide how your choices will go together and hope that everything ends up having that designer look. If you follow a few designer tips, you will create a stunning backsplash that will get noticed.  Below we have put together a few photos for inspiration for your kitchen backsplash.

Mosiac Tile On A Backsplash

Here you will see mosaic tiles that enhance a gloss white subway tile. Backsplashes can range in price depending on what you choose. To keep in a budget, consider using inexpensive subway tiles and adding glass mosaic pieces intermittently throughout for a subtle yet beautiful look.

white subway tile

Enhancing your backsplash with different colors of grout will change the look and feel of the tile. Here, a simple addition of black grout changes the all white appearance and provides a pleasing and updated look.

Brick Backsplash

On this backsplash we chose a white washed brick for the backdrop. With the black granite counters and white cabinetry, the matte brick is stunning and different creating a modern farmhouse look.

Lantern tile backsplashes are a simple and timeless idea for a kitchen backsplash. Here the grout color is a dark gray to enhance the tile from across the room.

From glass, stone, mosaics, metal, and ceramics to color choices, shapes and patterns, the options for designing your backsplash are endless. You can be innovative or stay with classic style.  Take a look at inspiring photos on Houzz and Tilebar and come up with your own design that will showcase who you are and what your unique style is. Make is a show-stopper!



6 Ways To Use Shiplap In Your Home

6 Ways To Use Shiplap In Your Home

With shiplap being so popular in the last couple of years, mostly due to the popular HGTV show, Fixer Upper, people have been looking for ways to incorporate shiplap in their spaces.  As custom home builders, we too have found ourselves looking for various ways to use shiplap, but keep it unique to the home, so here is a list of 6 ways to use shiplap in your home.

1. Use shiplap in an entryway. This one is what people typically do and speaks for itself. Entry ways are a great way of showing off shiplap and creates an instant impact upon entry.  Here you can find shiplap inspiration on walls. 

2. Use shiplap on a ceiling. At one our model homes, we had shiplap placed in a tray ceiling in the entry and in the master bedroom. It was stained for a rustic feeling. Both areas were in expensive, but made these spaces pop. Remember, a little shiplap can go a long way for a powerful expression of what you want to say in your home.  Here are a few inspiration photos from Houzz for shiplap on your ceilings

3. Use shiplap on kitchen islands.  The idea is to use shiplap in ways that are outside the box and add character to your home, even in minimal amounts. It creates that custom feel to any room and sets it apart. In the photo below we chose to have shiplap painted and placed on island for a hand made effect.

Shiplap on the Island

4. To paint or stain shiplap?  Here is where you can get creative with color. Shiplap can be left unstained for a natural effect, whitewashed so the natural color shows through, painted white for a modern farmhouse effect,  dark stained… the list is endless! A great help is to go online and search shiplap photos, add your favorites to a Pinterest or Houzz board and there you will see what you tend to be “pinning”. There you have it – you just figured out what look you want your shiplap to have!

whitewashed shiplap  White painted shiplap Unstained shiplap Dark painted shiplap White Shiplap built in bench Black shiplap

5. Shiplap for outdoor patios.  If you have a covered porch in your entry or out in the back, placing shiplap outdoors can highlight the nature and beauty around us. Here we used cedar shiplap to frame an indoor/outdoor fireplace on a 3 season patio. Shiplap outside

6. Be Creative with shiplap.  Don’t be afraid to use shiplap in a variety of ways! Here we placed shiplap on a fireplace and it turned out beautifully! So, next time you walk into a room, look at the features, is there a wall that would pop if you put shiplap on it? Is there a cove or a small bath that would benefit from adding shiplap? Chose the location and the color that will best highlight your space and you will have created a custom feature that speaks to your style and shows of a little piece of YOU!

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Building & Design Event at the Cambria Gallery

This Thursday, May 3rd, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm we are hosting a Building & Design event at the Cambria Gallery in Rochester. Have you always wanted to build your own home, but it seems too overwhelming? Maybe you have questions about the building process in general? Are you curious about how and when to pick the fun, design aspects of your home? Please stop by to meet the team from Meier Companies!! Our builder Paul Meier will be there to answer any questions you might have. We also have an in-house designer who can shed some light on design ideas, tips and trends. Kindly RSVP to sales@meiercompanies.com so we can be sure to save you a spot. We look forward to seeing you there!!

The Cambria Gallery
400 South Broadway
Suite 105
Rochester, MN 55904

Thank You Rochester

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit us and our homes during the Spring Showcase this year.  We had a great turnout and the horrible weather the first weekend of the tour simply meant we were packed this past one!!  Please check back soon for details on our next event as it’s already in the works…

Come Visit Us at the Spring Showcase Of Homes This Weekend!

April 21st & 22nd from 12-5 we will be hosting our homes in the Spring Showcase, the sun is out and it will be a balmy 54 degrees out, come celebrate that spring has finally arrived!

Our homes on the tour are 3186 Scanlan Lane NE, 3171 Scanlan Lane NE & our townhouse model 2468 Hadley Hills NE.

Come take a tour, say hello & see our newest homes & designs- and as always, let visit about building your dream home!

We’re Live!

We’re proud to announce our brand-new site is live! Designed with our clients in mind, the new site doesn’t just look great, it provides you with the resources you need for a positive real estate experience. You can find examples of our original building plans, learn more about our master-planned developments, and begin your boutique real estate experience!

Take some time to explore our new site, then contact us to begin your home development journey!