HOW TO BUILD A CUSTOM HOME, Part 7: Interior Design Features — Making the Most of Your Square Footage

In this series, the professionals at the B.O.L.D. Company will take you through the process of building a custom home in the Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky area. From plan and lot selection, to mortgage approval, to the actual construction, we’ll take you behind-the-scenes each week for an inside look at a different part of the process.

This week, we look at the features that will help you make the most of the square footage you have. The right layout, lighting, and ceiling height can make a smaller house feel more open and inviting than a larger house, at a lower cost!

Even a large house can feel small. More important than the actual square footage is the layout, the lighting, and the ceilings.

  • An open floor plan, where rooms flow one to another with fewer walls and barriers, is less likely to have a cramped, crowded feel, especially after the furniture is moved in. More room for entertaining and no one gets stuck in the kitchen all night! Check out this BOLD open floor plan:
  • Plenty of natural lighting–streaming through windows that are not blocked or shadowed by walls–brightens a room like no artificial lighting can, and also increases the open, airy feel of the space!
    • Natural lighting is environmentally-friendly and absolutely free!
    • Studies show that natural lighting is beneficial to both mental and physical well-being
    • Lots of big windows brings the outdoors in, and windows do not give the same “barrier” feeling that a wall or a door gives.
    • In addition to traditional windows in each room, consider adding skylights to key parts of the home: master suite, kitchen, great room.
      • Enhance the beauty of your home
      • Raise the value of your home with a unique feature not found in standard homes
      • Decrease energy costs
      • Some skylights open for ventilation
      • Some skylights come with blinds or special glass to block harmful rays
      • Skylights do require regular maintenance for the life of the home to prevent leakage.
  • To add space without adding to your square footage, raise the ceilings!
    • The standard ceiling height in a home is typically 8 feet. Just by adding another foot to the height of the ceilings, the rooms feel bigger, brighter, and more welcoming.
  • There are other, more room-specific ways to add ceiling height:
    • Tray ceilings are a design effect where the center of the ceiling is recessed — that is, the center of the ceiling is higher than the surrounding ceiling, adding both vertical space and aesthetic value to the ceiling.
    • Vaulted ceilings have one wall that is taller than the opposing wall and a sloped ceiling that rises from the shorter wall to reach the taller wall.
    • Cathedral ceilings have a center point which is higher than any of the walls, and equal sloping sides that rise to meet that center point.

    • Two-story foyers and great rooms are a beautiful way to add space and light to a house. Cleaning cobwebs, dusting fan blades, and changing lightbulbs 12-16 feet high can be a maintenance challenge, though!

B.O.L.D. Homes, a B.O.L.D. company, has been established as among the premiere Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky custom home builders since 1986. We have well over 500 customer designed homes to our credit. Work one-on-one with the owners of the company – including a licensed real estate broker, a licensed real estate agent, a licensed professional engineer, and a CAD draftsman/designer – to design your dream home full of the features important to you. We can help you find a balance between luxury and budget.