Open vs Closed Floor Plan: What’s the Right Choice for You?

Floor plans are one of the most important parts of any construction and renovation process, which means you really have to take your time weighing the options. An open floor plan makes use of large, open spaces and minimizes small, enclosed rooms. A closed floor plan will have each room separated from the others by hallways and doors. Snell Construction has put together some information on each of these floor plans to hopefully help make your decision a little bit easier.

An open floor plan will make spaces appear larger. They are great for smaller homes to make them feel more open and inviting, and will allow for plenty of natural light that will illuminate your home. Open floor plans create more room for guests and make it easy to entertain a large number of people. You can prepare appetizers in the kitchen while still being able to socialize with the guests that are sitting in the living room. With minimal walls, there is also room for plenty of additional seating.

Closed floor plans mean privacy, privacy and more privacy. Lots of walls and doors are good for when you need time for yourself. You will have more opportunity to create a specific, customized purpose for each room (office, small gym, kids’ playroom…). If you have children, it will be easier to keep your home looking clean because messy items can be contained in one room of the house behind a closed door. Closed floor plans can also help make your house feel more cozy and will definitely allow your house to be more quiet as closed floor plan homes have better sound control.

In the end, the final decision is up to you and what fits your needs. Most homes today actually contain a combination of both open and closed floor plans. Either way, your home will be comfortable, gorgeous and amazing when you work with us here at Snell Construction!

6 Interior Design Tips & Tricks

Here at Snell Construction, we can custom build your house to suit your every need, but it’s up to you to make it feel like home. Let’s go over some tips and tricks on how to decorate your new house so it feels like yours.

1.) Add Mirrors

Mirrors are a great trick to make a smaller space seem larger and, when placed directly across from a window, will instantly brighten up your home. Don’t just stick to your regular ol’ rectangular mirrors, though. Consider the shape and style of the room and choose a frame that best reflects that (no pun intended).

2.) Keen on Green

Adding plants is an inexpensive way to accessorize and bring color and texture to your home. Not only are plants absolutely gorgeous, but they can also help to absorb pollutants and keep the household air clean. Win, win!

3.) Accent Pieces

Keep your couch a neutral shade and switch out different colored/textured decorative pillows and throw blankets depending on the season or your mood. It’s an easy way to switch up the vibe of the space and cheaper than having to buy a new couch if you decide you want to alter color schemes.

4.) Area Rugs

Area rugs add warmth, personality and color to any living space. Hardwood floors are easy to maintain, but they lack the comfort that carpeted floors offer. You can add rugs of the same color but different textures to keep things a little bit interesting, or go all out and add different colored and different patterned area rugs to show off your spunk. Just like the throw blankets and decorative pillows, you can change out your rugs with the change of the seasons.

5.) Mixed Metals

Two to three different colored metal accents (think gold, rose gold and silver) is a tasteful way to create balance and definition. A gold end table with a silver lamp on top and a rose gold mirror hanging on the wall behind is just one of many different ways you can incorporate mixed metals into your home.

6.) Add Artwork

Artwork can make a statement. It can be bold and influence your design or color palette, or it can be subtle to add a hint of sophistication. It will inspire you and transform your space into something amazing. Having a rotating gallery of artwork can be an easy way to bring on a new perspective and can inspire you and those around you. You can’t go wrong with adding some art!

We hope these tips and tricks help you totally transform your space. Let Snell Construction build your house, and let yourself make it a home.

Building Custom vs Buying Existing

Your home is the hub of everything that goes on in your life. Holidays, get togethers, family dinners…your home is part of your family’s story and your personal journey. Here at Snell Construction, we custom build the house of your dreams.

Does your family like to entertain? If so, let’s create a large living room that will be the center of everything, perfect for Sunday Football parties.
Do you like to cook? Let’s create a gourmet kitchen with all the latest and greatest technology, so you can host the dinner party of a lifetime.
Love the sun? Let’s build the perfect outdoor living addition so you can feel the warmth of the sunshine all year long.

Building a custom home will ensure that your home is designed for YOU. Custom built houses are thoughtful, intentional, and fit exactly to your taste. I’m sure you’ve walked through different homes that are on the market and thought, “Well, this is nice, but I would change this, this, and this, and add this, this, and this…” No need to worry about that when building custom. Every room in the house and every design element and wall color is tailored specifically for you and your family.

Custom built houses are move-in ready. Forget about clearing out all the old junk left behind from the previous owners. When you work with Snell Construction, your house will be in tip top shape by the time you’re ready to pack up all your belongings and start your new journey in your new home.

Custom built homes are low maintenance. Everything is new! No need to worry about upgrading for the years to come…custom homes are built for your future. You can kick back and relax in your brand new living room and feel at ease, knowing that no improvements will need to be made for a long, long time.

Custom building allows direct personal interaction between us and you. Allowing us to get to know you and your family will help us translate personal touches in our building process that are unique to you. Yes we build custom houses, but we also build relationships with our clients that last a lifetime, and that is more valuable to us than anything.

Now close your eyes, imagine your dream home, give us a call…and let’s get building!!

The Two C’s
Welcome to our new blog! Let us tell you a little bit about who we are and what our mission is. Here at Snell Construction, we pride ourselves on craftsmanship and compassion. What exactly does that mean? Well, we’re here to tell you.
Simply put, we create cutting edge, personalized, high quality design and work from the ground up, and we do that with our clients in mind. Not only do we custom build houses, but we put our hearts into it, making sure your wants and needs are exceeded beyond your imagination.
Working with owner Patrick Snell, you will quickly be able to see his true creative vision. His top notch crew has some of the best finish carpentry that the industry has to offer. Patrick and his crew support local businesses, working with the best local architects, surveyors, and vendors around. The two C’s are what set us aside from others, and Patrick has been proving that for the past 22 years.
Starting from scratch, Patrick can take your dream and make it a reality. You will be in awe at how he is able to transform any room and exceed any and all expectations. Give us a call and see for yourself!