When buying a new home, there are so many new words that will pop up, such as elevation, trey ceilings, and cabinet styles. Here’s a cheat sheet on some of them:
1. Elevation: The elevation refers to the exterior look of the house. For each plan a builder designs, there might be several variations, such as Elevation A may have a single porch, Elevation B may have a double, Elevation C may include stone or brick, and D may place the garage on the other side of the house. You can see examples on CalAtlantic Homes’ Brickhope Plantation website. They make it easy for homebuyers to scroll through a variety of elevations in their Americana Home series.
2. Trey Ceiling: The dictionary defines a trey ceiling as “a ceiling under a gabled roof at a height part way up toward the ridge.” More easily explained, it’s when your ceiling looks like an inverted tray with a beautiful dimension to it. It’s a popular feature found in master bedrooms.
3. Crown molding: A gorgeous finishing feature, crown molding is the decorative strip of molding that runs between the top of a wall and ceiling. It comes in a variety of styles that perfectly finish off a room, giving it a simple elegant beauty.
4. Shaker cabinets: You could spend hours researching the variety of cabinet styles offered in new homes, but Shaker cabinets are clean and simple, with minimal ornamentation and straight lines and edges. They tend to be found in more modern kitchens with flat paneled doors and natural colors. In contrast, another term you will often hear is staggered cabinets. These create the opposite effect with varying heights at the top or bottom of the cabinets to create a more decorative and unique look.
5. Shiplap: An ordinary wall can become extraordinary with shiplap, “a rough-sawn pine paneling often used in barns and historic homes,” according to HGTV. It’s a favorite of HGTV’s Fixer Upper stars’ Chip and Joanna Gaines, and also Sabal Homes. They have a fabulous shiplap feature in their Summers Corner model.
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