So you want to build a beach house...

You fell in love with the beach. You stayed an extra few days to soak it all in. You followed your curiosity and called the number on the for sale sign...just for kicks. One thing led to another and before you knew it, you’ve purchased your own piece of sand with views that take your breath away. Now, it's time to take the next step and build the home where you and your family will make so many memories. Summer vacations, fall escapes, a new place to spend Christmas where starfish take the place of snowflakes.

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Here’s where all of those hours you’ve spent scrolling through Houzz, watching HGTV and flipping through dog-eared pages of Coastal Living come in handy. But you quickly learn, there’s so much more to building on the coast, especially from six hours away. After deciding on a house plan and hiring your contractor, the real work begins.

Anyone who’s been through the process will tell you that there are hundreds of decisions to make both large and small. With every decision, there are dozens if not hundreds of options. I’m no mathematician, but I can tell you with certainty, that adds up to what can be an overwhelming number of choices! It can be like speaking a foreign language in a foreign country where everything is moving pretty fast.

Just in the way that you’d never think of traveling to a place you’ve never been without a tour guide or an interpreter, it’s important to enlist professionals that can guide you through the process with their expertise. We are very fortunate here to have reputable contractors that are skilled and trustworthy. But their responsibility doesn’t typically extend into the realm of paint colors, tile, flooring, light fixtures, etc.

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It’s important to enlist professionals that can guide you through the process with their expertise.

-Jessica Faircloth, Lemongrass Interiors

This is where Lemongrass Interiors comes in. I have over 21 years’ experience in and around new construction and I am well-suited to help you speak this new language and not only make it through the process, but actually enjoy it with less stress. I can be both your guide and your interpreter. I am well-versed in construction terms, methods and codes. Moreover I know most of the contractors in the area, and I usually know each of the subcontractors and have developed a repore with them.

In many cases homeowners call me in somewhere after the rough-in stage because they begin to realize pretty quickly that the decisions come hard and fast. In every case they end up saying they wish they had brought me on when pilings were going in. From experience I can say that the best time to bring in a designer is before the walls are framed. The best and least expensive time to make changes is on paper. Your floor plan is set and will probably stay set, but now is the time to review window placement and sizes. This is where a furniture plan (typically provided by a designer) is crucial. Now is the time to decide bathroom & kitchen design because it’s expensive and time consuming to move studs. Do you want recessed inserts in your showers? Is it important to have those centered on the wall or in a specific location? Is your laundry room truly functional for your needs?

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enlisting the services of a seasoned designer saves time, reduces stress and makes the whole construction journey more enjoyable. 

-Jessica Faircloth, Lemongrass Interiors

This is all before we enter the land of siding details, handrails, paint colors, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, handles, knobs, trim profiles, tile designs, cabinets, countertops and more. An interior designer worth his or her salt (Me! Me!) can not only help you achieve the look you want, but will direct you toward the choices that make the most sense for your budget and needs. I think one of the worst feelings is to fall in love with a backsplash only to realize it’s three times your budget allowance or have your heart set on a beautiful countertop that stains easily. Does that mean you have to give up on the fabulous backsplash or countertop? Not necessarily. One of my favorite challenges is to find the next best product that meets as many of your requirements as possible. Most of my clients would tell you...I spend your money like I would spend mine. I’ll help you save where you can save. And when it's time to splurge, I’ll advise you there as well.

There are so many areas in our lives where we wouldn’t think of proceeding without a professional’s guidance. Building a new home, especially if you live in another state, is absolutely a situation where enlisting the services of a seasoned designer saves time, reduces stress and makes the whole construction journey more enjoyable. 

If you’d like to learn more about how I can help you navigate through the new construction process, you can schedule a no charge Discovery Call here. Prefer to start with a plan review? Click here to start the process. We make it super easy!

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The best and least expensive time to 

make changes 

 

is on paper.

-Jessica Faircloth, Lemongrass Interiors

The Friday Five :: Coffee Tables

Woohoo!! We've made it to Friday and the weekend, meaning we can prop our feet up and relax a bit. A comfortable sofa is clearly the anchor in your living space, but let's not forget it's all-important sidekick, the coffee table. Whether you're going for a glam statement piece or something softer to gather around, there are so many styles to choose from. This week, we've curated our current favorites and the ones that, in all of our constant furniture scanning and searching, have been the stand-outs.

Gold Glam Gorgeous

Friday Five Gilt Coffee Table

This beauty has it going on! Not only is it a cool shape, but the finish is a hand-applied gold leaf giving it a special dimension. Though at first, you may feel the gold is a little bold (see what I did there?), the openness of it keeps it light and far from overwhelming. And then let's not forget...that price! Sliding in just under $400, it's one of our most affordable choices.

Reclaimed Rectangle

Friday Five Levi Coffee Table

Crafted of reclaimed walnut and supported by sleek slices of blackened steel, this table is a show stopper. At 60" long, it's perfect in front of a three-seater sofa and its heft makes it a durable piece for heavily used family rooms.

Concrete Cube

Friday Five Parish Cube Coffee Table

I just love cubes! They're so versatile and this one caught our attention right away because it's unlike anything we've seen lately. At 24" square, you can bunch two, three or four of these to fill the space as needed and this style comes with the bonus of being outdoor friendly. Though it would be lovely with a navy sofa (what isn't, right??), I would love to see this in an all-white space, adding just a touch of subtle color and texture.

Organic Round

Friday Five Expressionist Coffee Table

It's always interesting for me to research furniture design and see styles that were once considered avant garde are now considered classics. This lovely coffee table uses hand finished mango wood to create an organic Noguchi-inspired base. Topped with clear round glass, it becomes a light and airy statement piece and would be equally at home in a modern setting or updating a more traditional space. 

Cozy & Tufted

Friday Five Jesse Coffee Table

I would be remiss if I didn't include an upholstered option. This ottoman-slash-coffee table has a wonderful scale at 51"x35"x18.5", a bottom shelf which is so useful for books & games and a pretty oatmeal linen fabric top. We have this piece in stock in our showroom at Windmark Beach and are in love. Unlike many upholstered pieces that are a bit too soft, this one has a more firm feel which means you can easily add a decorative tray or set up a board game.

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