ALL Homeowners want their homes to be a unique reflection of their personal taste. The team at Meridian Custom Homes in Providence, Rhode Island, understands this and strives to deliver interesting new designs for each of their customers in every price range. To do so, they focus on the detailing and individuality of every home they build.
BUILDER Meridian Custom Homes
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“One of the things we bring to the table is we’re truly a design-build company,” says Alex Mitchell, who co-owns the company with his brother Rod. “We handle our own in-house architecture and we’re pretty passionate about…our design process.”
THEIR Higher end homes tend to include an extensive use of columns, coffered ceilings, crown molding and other details that define individual areas in place of a solid wall, says Mitchell. “It’s a flowing floor plan that offers interesting views as you move from room to room and it allows more natural light to be emitted throughout the house,” he adds.
For homes that are more of a shingle or cottage-style, the interior finish typically includes slightly more defined and narrower trim pieces. One great example is the use of astragal ceiling moldings instead of the more dominating coffered ceiling. It offers an elegant level of detailing that’s also quite affordable.
Another detail that adds a high-design feature at a relatively low cost is interior window transoms in doorways and room openings in rooms with a ceiling height of nine feet or more. These over-the-door windows will open up the space and create an interesting architectural detail that looks elegant, yet is attainable on all budgets.
“These transoms frequently include vertical window grills, but they can have a nice clean and somewhat contemporary look simply by excluding the grills,” Mitchell says. In multi-level homes, unique stairway elements like handrails, newel posts and balusters can create individual style. There is an incredibly wide variety of stock items available from forged iron balusters to traditional wood that range from simple to ornate. “We have found many of our customers moving towards the clean lines of painted wood square-post balusters layered out in alternating sequences as opposed to equally spacing each of them,” Mitchell says. “Combined with a nice deep-colored handrail on top, it’s an interesting design that’s a little different.”
A great way to enhance the look and feel of a space is by incorporating custom fireplace mantles and furniture quality built-ins that complement the size and design of a room, whether it’s an oversized family room or intimate hearth room. Wall paneling added to small spaces like a powder room, walk-in bay window or breakfast nook add wonderful character.
“We’ve been doing this for over 20 years and it used to be that the design options for people, even at the executive level, were limited,” Mitchell says. “Today, even at the most affordable level, everyone is expecting to receive granite countertops. They want to see a tremendous array of options and we have them right in our design room. We help our customers understand the many design options available to them, and it really helps in creating a beautiful home that is really personalized.