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As we continue our discussion of trends in kitchen design, materials and appliances, it is interesting to note that kitchens are combining a mix of cutting-edge technology and materials while also incorporating “retro” designs and a wide array of colors.  Long gone are the days of avocado and gold appliances and in addition to stainless steel, kitchens are sporting appliances in a wide array of styles and colors.  KitchenAid just introduced the industry’s first-ever black stainless steel finish which they term a “new neutral look”.

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While most homeowners would happily add more storage space to their home design, finding innovative ways to increase this space is a major problem for historic homeowners.

Older homes don’t have the same storage needs we do in modern times since people didn’t own as many things that needed to be tucked away out of sight. Since many older homes have clearly defined rooms rather than open concept designs, insufficient storage can make your rooms seem untidy or overly busy. TMS Architects has found some unexpected and clever home solutions that can improve storage space.

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Hardscaping is an excellent addition to any home or commercial property in need of an uplift or boost in value. There are many considerations when developing a plan for your project, and working with an architect is a great way to ensure your money is well spent and that your project will not cause damage to your home’s existing facade.

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In a world where we’re more conscious than ever about the carbon footprint we leave behind, sustainable architecture is taking a strong foothold in new construction, additions and renovation projects. Although the benefits are many, here are just four reasons why people love sustainable architecture:

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Cristina Marias, TMS Architect’s interior designer, took these progress photographs recently of a TMS home in the final stages of construction before the homeowners move in for the summer.  Built by CM Ragusa Builders, it is a lovely renovation with gorgeous ocean views from the upper floor and on a beautiful summer day, it was a perfect  spot to visit.  We will be professionally photographing this residence very shortly but wanted to share some “teaser” pictures with you.

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Are you looking to add a splash of fun to your bathroom design? Tile accents are one of this year’s top trends among homeowners and designers for adding subtle, yet visually stimulating interest to bathroom designs. These stylish additions can evolve with the overall style of your home.

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The colors you use throughout your home do more than affect the look and feel of each individual living space. Colors should be thoughtfully chosen and carefully placed because they also interact and work together to create an overall color scheme for your home. Once you have the right combination of colors to achieve a beautiful whole-home palette, the next step is to mindfully combine and order them in a way that will create a nice flow from one space to the next.

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As a homeowner, your walls are an invaluable tool of expression.  While excessive detail on walls can easily become overwhelming, accent walls help forge some truly electrifying design elements. If incorporated correctly, an accent wall allows you to expertly spotlight a certain living area, timeless piece of artwork, or unique architectural feature.

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Our homes are often a reflection of our personalities and as such, colors are often incorporated to reflect our unique character. However, kitchens are often left out when it comes to color – especially kitchen cabinets. It’s true that white, off-whites and stained woods are some of the most popular choices for kitchen cabinets because of their timeless appeal, but for some homeowners, kitchen cabinetry is another canvas waiting to be filled with expressive color to help set the mood of their home.

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Similarly to selecting the right colors for a bedroom or your front door, choosing the right trim colors can make all the difference in your home’s appearance. Colorful exterior trim work can help highlight unique architectural features of your home, as well as provide depth, rich visual interest and enhance curb appeal.

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Office spaces can often feel dull and boring with their white walls and institutional-looking furniture. However, just as in residential interiors, color can be a powerful tool when used in commercial interiors, such as office spaces. Besides evoking certain feelings or emotions, color can also enhance a company’s brand messaging, reflect its values and more.

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Once you select custom trim and molding for your new construction or renovation project, it’s time to pick the perfect color. While some homeowners select architectural trims and moldings in colors that blend well with their walls, we encourage you to think about how a more colorful option can transform your home’s design and make your interior space pop.

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TMS Architects is delighted to welcome J. Dennis Robinson back as a guest blogger after a hiatus in which he was toiling away on his new book, Mystery on the Isles of Shoals.   The link he draws between architects and writers is very apt and we wish him well with his latest project! 

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Updating your home to enhance its curb appeal can be as simple as introducing a new color of paint. If you really want to give your home a boost, as well as a touch of character, a colorful door might just do the trick! The trend right now is to paint your doors a bold shade that makes them stand out from the rest of the house. Even your home’s interior architecture can be highlighted with a colorful door. A new hue can help express your personality both in and outside of your home.

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If you’re thinking about painting your home, or want to accent a specific architectural feature, you’ve probably started thinking about the colors you might like to use. However, color selection is more complicated than just picking one hue. You should choose colors that complement each other harmoniously or create an interesting contrast, depending on your style and preference.

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TMS Architects has enjoyed working with the Portsmouth Music Hall Theatre over the years, having partnered with a team of builders, construction companies and engineers to complete a historic renovation of the theater in 2006 and 2007. So, we’re excited to be lending our support to the theater once again this year by sponsoring the upcoming Music Hall Kitchen Tour.

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We’re fortunate to have a number of gorgeous gardens near the Portsmouth area that can help inspire thoughts for your own garden. Among them is the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, a National Historic Landmark that’s not too far from TMS Architects’ office!

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Stone accents provide a myriad of benefits for garden rooms and landscape designs. In addition to connecting your home to its natural surroundings, stone materials add texture, color and visual interest. They’re also incredibly durable, so you benefit from both a low-maintenance landscape and hardscape features.

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Whether you’re redesigning your outdoor living space and garden room to go along with your home renovation or are planning for a brand new home, there are a lot of places to look to for design inspiration, which can make the decision making process all the more difficult. However, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) helps make the process a bit easier thanks to its annual Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey.

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Today’s garden rooms bring all the comforts of your home outdoors. You’ll find plush couches mingling with stylish area rugs, outdoor fireplaces, personalized decor, trendy color schemes and more. Recently, we even discussed choosing a ceiling for your garden room.

On that same note, flooring is another choice you may not have considered for your garden room, but it’s one that can really make an impact on the look and feel of your space. Flagstone, brick, tile, gravel and even grass are some examples of garden room flooring options. Each one can be used to add color, dimension and texture to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your space, while also serving a functional purpose.

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