On Golden Pond

The first time that little envelope arrives in the mail, you immediately toss it in the trash. Who are these people, and how do they know how old you are?

Because if you didn’t see it coming with a wrinkle here, and a stray gray there and everywhere, AARP will be the final nail in your ever-aging coffin.

You know how that song goes, “Looks like we’ve made it or you thought so until today.” Yep. Welcome to the club—the big five-oh & counting. And while the truth hurts (oh, these aching bones), We’ve been looking at this all wrong. You are not only getting older but baby, you are getting better. And, by better- I mean, you know what you want and aren’t afraid to ask for it.

And, while in dog years, you are freaking old, in housing years—you are just getting started.

New home designs geared towards 50 plus are smarter than ever. And, smart builders are slipping features and options into their designs geared towards this population.

  • Here are few great ideas when building new or renovating:
  • Raised electric outlets—just 6″, but it makes a difference
  • Raised vanities
  • Raised dishwashers—or better yet—dishwasher drawers
  • Multilevel counter tops
  • Lap pools
  • Wine cellars, wine bars, wine anything…

This growing population wants LIFESTYLE in their next home purchase. They’ve suffered through the kids in college and wedding expenses; and now want what theySHE wants. Kitchens need to have options. We may have downsized our square footage, but we want luxury in our finishes. So bring out the hi-end appliances, not because anyone is cooking, but because they want to steam last night’s leftovers from that fabulous new restaurant around the corner. And, don’t even think about limiting the countertop choices. As an official AARP card carrying member, they’ve got opinions on just about everything- and are extremely well versed in on-line shopping and research.

As designers, we stay tuned to the latest trends. We’ve already had a demo on those high-end appliances. We’ve drooled over lighting from Visual Comfort. We’ve lounged on the Bernhardt sofas with a fabulous glass of red. We travel the world, attend multiple trade shows to make sure we bring back to our clients the latest ideas and trends.

Mead Design—A boutique sized design firm.  Now accepting custom build clients. Building a custom home can be daunting, exhausting and costly. We have over 25 years’ experience in blueprints, frame walks, and electrical walks-our boots are dusty!  Let us help you through the process.

Everyone Loves a Winner!

When your client starts out the project requirements with, “We want dining for many and casual seating for at least 12 in the family room.”  What designer doesn’t get excited?  This beautiful 4400 sq. ft. home boasts nine bedrooms and seven baths. Double full-size stainless steel refrigerators and dishwashers—perfect for those times when someone utters the words, “Table for 16 please.” This stunning vacation-styled home can be viewed in the beautiful resort community of Solterra.

Park Square Homes Versailles model picked up two coveted Major Achievement Awards this past weekend. Best Model Merchandising and Best Interior Design, $500-$1 million.  Mead Design is proud to have been both the interior design and merchandising firm for Park Square Homes.

Mead Design—Experience the difference in model home merchandising. We take the hard work out of converting your prospect into your new home buyer. Build homes your buyer wants to fall in love with. Build homes your buyer wants to come home to.

Selecting Paint Colors

Clients always want to know what are some of our favorite paint colors. Well, here is a list of some of our favorites and even better–we have proof they are that good. When you are picking a paint color for any space it’s important to go to your local paint store and spend some time comparing colors (do you see purple in that gray?) It’s easier to see if a color is wrong or right when you have a few to choose from to compare.

Last week, I spent nearly 2 hours at Benjamin Moore creating a color pallet for a custom home. I knew what color scheme I wanted for the house, I just didn’t know exactly what colors I would end up with.

What to pick?
The Choices: