10 Vital Questions to Ask a Contractor Before Hiring

By Designblendz | 7/12/18 9:31 AM

10 Vital Questions to Ask a Contractor Before Hiring

If you're ready to hire the right professional for the job, make sure you remember these 10 vital questions to ask a contractor. Continue reading to learn more from our helpful guide.


   Hiring a professional contractor can be a stressful undertaking. It's hard to find someone you can trust. We've all heard a million horror stories about contractors doing a terrible job, massive cost overruns, and contractors disappearing with a client's money.

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How to Mix Modern with Rustic Home Decor for a Stunning Interior

By Designblendz | 7/12/18 9:00 AM



Can't decide between a contemporary design and rustic home decor? Here is how to combine these styles for a stunning interior!



In 2015, U.S. home improvements and repairs amounted to more than $326 billion.

While some of these aimed to make homes more comfortable, others took place to increase retail prices.

One of the best ways to boost a property's retail price is to give your home a timeless design. And, what better way to achieve this than by blending rustic home decor with modern staples?

In this article, we're going to tell you how to mix the old with the new to achieve a home decor that is both modern and warm.

Repurpose Rustic Staples

If you have bought a new house or have old-fashioned pieces in your home, use them. Some of the most common types of pieces include mason jars, vintage glass or silverware, and even Venetian blinds.

While you can use them as they were intended, you may find it more exciting to repurpose them for use as something else.

Mason jars are both functional and decorative. You can use them as glasses or jam jars. You can also use them as plant pots or candle holders.

Venetian blinds can add a rustic touch to the outside of a renovated cottage. You can also repurpose them into furniture. For example, a bench in your dining room or garden.

Glassware is good for much more than having a drink. Flea markets and thrift stores are home to various types of bottles and glasses.

You can repurpose these by transforming old glass bottles to make a bedside lamp, for example. You can also use them as vases or candle holders.

Pull in Some Modern Furniture

New furniture can provide the perfect balance between rustic and modern. One of the best value home remodeling tips is to update the kitchen.

People spend most of their time in the kitchen, and fittings today are often minimalist and modern.

Choose modern bathroom fittings as well. This is especially true with the bath, shower, and sinks. Incorporating these newer furnishings into your rustic decor will allow you to achieve the perfect balance between old and new.

Mix up Your Textures

To create a rustic home decor, add raw and natural elements to your spaces.

Deadwood is one of the most effective materials to achieve this. From wide plank wooden floors to paneled wooden walls, the opportunities are endless.

The more natural and raw the materials are, the better. You can even decorate your home with rustic staples such old barn doors or wooden crates.

Choosing mirrors with wooden frames as well as woven baskets will also add a shabby chic tone to your home.

The organic nature of wood is perfect for making a house more homely.

Don't forget about your textiles. Woven textiles add warmth to any living area or bedroom.

When it comes to choosing which materials to use, you should consider the Feng Shui of your house. Some parts of your home will thrive energetically with wood while others won't.

Energetically speaking, wood is the best choice in the east side of your home. Natural materials are best in the south and south-west parts of your home.

Don't Forget Modern Materials in Your Rustic Home Decor

Raw textures are great but don't forget to add modern materials to your rustic home decor.

A bit of shine and sheen from metals can add a futuristic and modern feel to a home.

You can achieve this by choosing quartz, stainless steel, or aluminum countertops. These materials are great for modernizing kitchens and bathrooms.

Metal appliances look and feel more high-end. The key to incorporating these into your rustic home decor is to avoid pairing them with cheaper materials.

For the bathroom, consider using subway tiles. These are both classic and modern.

From a Feng Shui perspective, you should opt for metal and glass materials in the north and north-west parts of your home.

Keep Things Minimalist and Slick

While materials and furniture are important, it's important you keep your home minimalist. The combination of the right pieces and the right layout will help you achieve the perfect balance between a modern and a rustic home decor.

A minimalist home is modern but also brings out the more rustic accents on show. This blend also keeps a home feeling cozy.

Balance Your Colors with Neutral Tones

In nature, you will often find bright and vibrant colors. That said, the best way to incorporate a rustic feel into your home is to use more muted tones.

Stick to earthier, more natural tones such as beige, brown, pine green, and maroon, to name a few. These colors are calming and soft on the eyes.

White is a modern color that can add to a minimalist style. It can become quite flat if not balanced with the right accents. In this case, use contrasting colors to brighten your spaces and add mother nature's tones to your home.

The key to creating the perfect balance between modern and rustic is keeping things simple with bold accents. Keep things neutral with touches of color.

Keep an Open Floor Plan

The easiest way to combine an earthy rustic style with a modern design is to keep an open floor plan. By doing so, you'll maintain the natural architecture while pulling in modern furniture.

Large windows or glass doors opening up onto your garden or courtyard are a great way to mix nature with your modern staples.

This will also add a level of continuity to your home. The rooms in your home will be separate but without walls dividing them. This is common in kitchen and dining spaces where only an island separates the two.

Your house will feel bigger, and thanks to the extra natural light, you may find that your electricity bills become lower.

Visualize Your Home with DesignBlendz

Visualizing the balance between your modern and rustic home decor is key to you achieving your goals.

If you want to find new ways to streamline your redecorating process, contact DesignBlendz today. We're a team of creative thinkers, architects, and designers dedicated to helping you reach your goals from design to development.


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10 Stunning Fireplace Design Ideas for Every Budget

By Designblendz | 7/9/18 9:00 AM

 Fireplaces are not just for the wealthy. Nowadays, there are hundreds of fireplace design ideas that fit into any budget. Here are our favorite picks.

     A study by the National Association of Realtors in 2007 showed that having a fireplace in the home could increase the value up to $12,000 in some markets.

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Top Advantages and Disadvantages of an Open Office Layout

By Designblendz | 7/6/18 9:35 AM

Advantages and Disadvantages of an Open Office Layout

If you're considering creating the ideal design for your company's new space, we've got some great information for you. Continue on to learn the top advantages and disadvantages of an open office layout.


      Since the open office layout was first introduced to the United States in the 1950's, it's been widespread. Now, 70% of American workers spend their workdays in open offices.

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5 Ways 3D Virtual Reality Is Changing the Real Estate Industry

By Designblendz | 7/5/18 9:00 AM


With the advances in modern technology, 3D virtual reality is quickly changing the real estate industry and home buying process. Here is what you need to know!



Virtual reality is the modern day final frontier. With companies like Google, Samsung and HTC contributing to a VR marketplace that's going to be worth 40.4 billion dollars by 2020, the real estate industry has begun to take notice.

3D virtual reality has given real estate flexibility in the ways it presents properties to buyers.

Gone are the days of slideshows that people scan through. Now buyers can intimately experience properties regardless of time and location.

The flexibility 3D virtual reality has brought to the real estate industry has created a host of benefits. Keep reading to learn why it's poised to revolutionize the real estate landscape.

5 Ways 3D Virtual Reality Is Changing the Real Estate Industry Right Now

1. 24/7 Open Houses

It used to be that if someone wanted to see a property, they would have to carve time out of their day.

That was difficult because during the week buyers could normally only see properties during short lunch breaks. On weekends, buyers would need to forgo time that was allocated to family activities.

Fortunately, the days of time constricted open houses are over with 3D virtual reality.

Now buyers can see a property in-depth on their own time. Whether they're giving themselves a tour on their laptop or have a virtual reality headset to fully immerse themselves in a listing, buyers can now attend an open house during the times that work best for them.

Time isn't the only barrier to seeing a property. Many qualified buyers may be out of state or out of the country.

The real estate industry's ability to engage those buyers has grown substantially with 3D virtual reality. They can now give remote buyers highly personalized, in-depth property tours so long as they have access to the internet.

3D virtual reality expands the buyer-base for any listing manager who chooses to leverage it.

2. Buyers and Sellers Are Saving Time

For every property somebody buys, they have gone through a ton of listings that they didn't connect with. For buyers, that means days wasted. For those showing rejected listings, it means time spent that could have potentiality been used to court somebody who was truly interested.

With 3D virtual reality tours, customers can experience a property remotely. Even at a distance, they can get an accurate depiction of what they're getting themselves into. After a 3D tour, buyers have a better idea of whether or not taking the next step to see a property in person or engage a listing agent is worth their time.

This buffer between buyers and properties weeds out people who are not likely to purchase. Because of this weeding process, listing agents can be sure that everyone who contacts them for additional information or an in-person showing is a serious lead.

3. Buyers Can See the Final Product

In real-estate, you don't always have the luxury of showing a buyer the final product. Sometimes properties are still under construction, sometimes they are not staged, etc.

For many buyers, their vision of what a property could be is limited. What they see in front of them is solely what they will factor into their purchase decision.

3D virtual reality allows listing agents the opportunity to stage properties beautifully. It even allows them to showcase and pre-sell properties that are not built yet!

For customers, that's a win because they won't pass up something that would have been a good fit for them. For sellers, it's a win because they don't have to rely on a buyer's ability to visualize to engage them.

4. Interactivity Is Creating a Sense of Ownership

The interactivity of 3D virtual reality makes buyers feel like they own a space before purchasing it. Being able to walk through a property that's staged and void of marketing devices creates a feeling that a buyer is alone on a typical morning or evening in their newly purchased property.

That personal connection creates emotional anchors to a space and, ultimately, can help drive buyers to close a deal.

5. 3D Virtual Reality Speaks to Your Company's Quality

A company's willingness to embrace the latest technology impresses things on their customers.

It says that a company is ahead of the curve, elegant, and trying to do everything it can to meet customer's changing tastes.

When you choose to incorporate a 3D virtual tour into your marketing plan, it immediately makes your listings and company stand out beyond those that choose to leverage traditional means of marketing.

People looking to buy property are making a massive investment. They want to be sure that they can trust what they're buying and who they're buying it from.

Real estate companies that leverage 3D virtual tours create a sense of authority and trust with buyers that can help get deals closed.

Wrapping Up

Consumer tastes are changing and people are beginning to do a massive amount of their shopping online. Real estate purchases are not exempt from that trend.

Providing buyers with an opportunity to understand a prospective property in depth through virtual tours gives them the shopping experience they desire. It also saves them and listing agents hours from their day.

Virtual reality tours shatter space and time barriers making a property's reach unlimited.

Our team at Designblendz are passionate about finding ways to streamline the real estate process. We're made up of thinkers, 3D artists, architects, builders, and believers. We work collectively to create solutions that allow buyers and sellers to communicate and understand properties on a deeper level.

If you're a developer or listing manager looking for cutting-edge 3D renderings, marketing materials, architectural design, BIM consulting, construction management or general contracting services, contact us today.

For more information on real estate trends, check out more on our blog.


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Top 10 Best House Designs You Can Use for Inspiration

By Designblendz | 7/3/18 9:20 AM

With some planning and creativity, you can turn your home into a work of art. Let yourself be inspired by the best house designs ever created!

We know how it is. You want your house to look like it's straight from a magazine--who wouldn't?

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Top Interior House Paint Color Trends of 2018

By Designblendz | 6/25/18 10:27 AM
Ready to update your interior with a fresh coat of paint? Take a look at the hottest house paint color trends of the year with our helpful guide.

 If your walls could talk, they'd say "repaint me, please!" and you'd be smart to listen.

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Is Your Restaurant Floorplan Design Maximizing Space?

By Designblendz | 6/21/18 1:45 PM
Maximizing your restaurant's floorplan design means a bigger profit. 

 When you're running a restaurant, there always seems to be something that could go wrong.

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5 Unfinished Design Details That Buyers ALWAYS Notice

By Designblendz | 6/20/18 9:30 AM
Just because a home is perfectly staged, doesn't mean buyers don't notice unfinished design details.  Learn how to avoid these disasters with our helpful guide.

Selling a home isn't exactly a cake walk. There are a ton of things to keep in mind during the entire process.

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Move Over, Man Cave! The She Shack Has Finally Arrived!

By Designblendz | 6/19/18 9:40 AM
You've heard of man caves, right? Now it's the ladies' turn to have their own space.  Say hello to the female version - she shack.

 When we think of man caves, we probably picture Sunday night football and stocked fridges- a space a man can claim, with all the trappings of the masculine aesthetic. Women have answered this men's-only retreat concept with their own version - the she shack!

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