How To Take Advantage Of Indiana’s Nature In Your Custom-Built Home

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Your home is a refuge from the from the stresses of everyday work life. That’s why some premier custom-build communities feature mature tree lines, creeks, and ponds. These neighborhoods, like Maple Ridge in Westfield, Indiana, don’t necessarily have to be far from work, grocery stores, or Westfield schools. However, their natural elements will shield you from the noise and commotion of city life.

To complement the natural environment, you may want to design your custom-build specifically with nature in mind. But what should you keep in mind for your Westfield home to ensure you are able to live the serene life? 

Design True Outdoor Living Spaces

The more thoroughly you design your outdoor spaces, the more they will be enjoyed.

The more thoroughly you design your outdoor spaces, the more they will be enjoyed.

You may already know that your custom build will have a front porch or a back deck. These elements are nice when you want to sit and rock with a glass of lemonade and a good book. But this is just the start of what you can do with an outdoor space. By expanding on what you already like to do outside, you and your design team can create spaces which enhance your interests and entices you to spend more time outdoors. 

For instance, if you love to grill during the summer months, you may want to create a fully-functioning outdoor kitchen. If you love to entertain around the fireplace in the winter, how about sofa-like seating around a large fire pit during the cool spring or autumn nights. Your builders are basically creating open-air rooms that serve a particular function. You chose your Maple Ridge lot with the natural element in mind, so make sure you have the spaces that can enjoy them

Large Windows Will Maximize Natural Light

Large windows help you stay connected to nature, even when it's cold outside.

Large windows help you stay connected to nature, even when it's cold outside.

Unfortunately, you can’t spend all your time outdoors -- this is Indiana after all. It seems like half the year is filled with snow and inclement weather. However, you still can bring the serenity of the outdoors inside with large windows that accentuate the natural views.

Picture windows are perfect for entryways and family rooms and a large window can open up established seating areas. Discrete windows in the bathrooms and a bay window in your bedroom can bring in the morning sun. Of course, you can design a sunroom into your custom-build, so you can still experience nature in the cold, winter months. Just ask your builders on how they would add in natural light to your house -- you may be surprised at the suggestions!

Use Natural Materials In Your Custom-Build

Using hardwoods and natural materials helps bring the outside indoors.

Using hardwoods and natural materials helps bring the outside indoors.

The outdoors doesn’t always have to end at your front doorstep. When you use natural materials like hardwood, stone, and marble, your rooms will start to emulate nature. Some studies even suggest that when houses use more natural materials in building and decor, you will feel more calm and serene on a daily basis.

This is one of the many reasons that sustainable materials, like bamboo and reclaimed wood, are trending. Your builder will have plenty of sustainable materials to choose from that will complement your desired design scheme. Plants and water features are also some ways you can build with nature in mind.

Let Old Town Design Your Inside And Outside Spaces

Whether you decide to live in the premier Maple Ridge community or on your own lot, let the experts from Old Town Design Group help you with your custom-build. From creating relaxing outside areas to using sustainable materials, we can give you the perfect home designed with nature in mind. Just contact our Maple Ridge new home consultant, Janel Bantz, our call 317.816.3151 today.