Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Big Reveal - Utah Parade of Homes 2011

We are so proud to present our Parade of Homes Entry
 - The Telluride Custom -
By Candlelight Homes

The award ceremony took place yesterday and our home stole the show. We won every award possible in our category: 
  • Best Architecture
  • Best Interior Design
  • Best Of Category
You will not want to miss seeing this one in person!

Here is a sneak preview of the exterior, complete with landscaping.

Utah Parade of Home 2011
Utah Parade of Home 2011

We want to thank you for following our blog and for helping make design decisions. To say thanks, we are going to be giving away free Parade of Homes tickets each day to our fans and followers throughout the event! Be sure to check  back to see if you won as we showcase a new home feature every day.

The Parade begins tomorrow and goes through August 14th. The hours are 11am to 9pm, daily.

Our first pair of tickets go to Susan Kane for being our first blog follower! Congratulations, Susan! 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Last-Minute Lighting Decision

So we're only DAYS away from the Parade of Homes, and we have run into a problem with the kitchen lighting. The original pendant lights that we selected for above the island will not be here in time. This leaves us to find a new set somewhere local. We are down to 2 options, but we need your help deciding- and fast!

Option 1:  This is a wider, dome-shape.

Harmon Pendant
Photo from Restoration Hardware

Option 2: More narrow and tall.

Benson Pendant
Photo from Restoration Hardware

Help us choose! Cast your vote on our Facebook Page!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

One Week Away!

We are a week away from the Parade of Homes' completion deadline. It is amazing to see things come together so quickly! The house has really come to life. We now only have a bit more finish-work, touch-ups, and landscaping to be done. Then it will be time to furnish the home for our guests at the Parade of Homes.

Here is a look at some of the design details that you helped us choose. 

 Transom Windows  These beautiful accent windows feature a textured glass that lets the light shine throughout the house. It makes the hallways feel open and fresh. Great choice!

  Staircase  With your help, we decided to do the white posts with a dark stained hand rail and newel posts. We also decided to do the dark wood end caps with carpeted stairs. See how beautiful it turned out!

 Kitchen   The kitchen is a masterpiece! We can't wait to see it with the final touches. We ended up with white cabinets and a dark island. You also helped us select the white marble for the island, and it is gorgeous! Definitely a must-see.

  Corbels   Your votes told us to go for the corbels with arches and we couldn't be happier with them! Take a look for yourself.

Thanks for following us and for helping us decide so many options. We love the way things are looking. It's not over yet, so be sure to check back! You will definitely want to see the final product. The Parade of Homes starts on July 29th and runs through August 14th. Please come in person to see our amazing home and the beautiful details you helped select!

We will be giving away Parade of Homes tickets to winners on our Facebook page, so if you're not already a fan on Facebook, you can add us here and be entered for a chance to win tickets! 

Monday, July 11, 2011

18. Corbels, Corbels, Corbels

A corbel is a wood, metal or stone bracket that juts out of a wall to support the structure above it. Corbels can be structural or purely decorative. For our home, we would like to install decorative corbels to go along with our Craftsman Style.

Now we need to decide what kind of corbels to install on our new, beautiful home! There are two styles we are trying to decide between.

The first is a beam-like corbel. This style looks like the main beams of the house extend out to the roof line. They would then be painted white to match the exterior. This style of corbel can be seen in the photo below at the center of the gable.

The other style of Corbel we love has a bit more detail. It features a decorative arch that makes it more prominent.

Please help us decide which corbels to install! Cast your vote on our Facebook page at

Friday, July 8, 2011

17. Coming Together!

We're only a few weeks away from the Parade and things are coming together nicely! Here is an update on the exterior. The Hardie Board installation is now complete.

We installed the cabinets today. Thanks to your participation and votes, we went with a dark island against the white cabinets.

Can't wait to get the countertops and hardware installed. Make sure you check back to see the completed look!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

16. Interior Railing

It's time to do the interior railing!
There are two styles that we are considering for our home. The first is a solid-color, white railing as featured in the photo below.


This is the stairway from our new Stillwater model home in Saratoga Springs.

The other option is a two-tone railing where you combine the beautiful hard wood with white.


Photo via House Beautiful

Tell us which one you would choose! Visit our Facebook page and cast your vote:

Thursday, June 23, 2011

15. Stairway

Because we have a beautiful dark hardwood going throughout the main floor, we have decided to carry that style up the stairway for a more elegant look. We also will be carpeting the stairs with the same carpet that spreads throughout the upper floor. We love the look of carpet-covered stairs and we're also in love with the benefits.
Here are some advantages to putting carpet on your stairway:
  • Safety - Adding carpet to a wooden staircase makes for a less-slippery surface. This can prevent an accidental slip down the stairs. It also reduces the sharp corners which could cause injury.
  • Noise - The padding and carpet on the hard wood surface makes for a quieter trip up and down your stairway.
  • Style - Carpeting the stairway can be a great way to liven up a stark staircase. This can be especially useful in a dark, narrow stairwell if you use the carpet to brighten up and accent the hardwood underneath.
There are two ways to achieve this look. You can either do hardwood stair treads and risers, or tread caps with carpet down the center. The diagram below shows which part of the stairs is a tread, and which is the riser.

We have decided to accomplish this look with the tread caps on our stairway.
Here is a look at our stairwell so far. We have just begun the finish work on it. You can see where the tread caps have been installed. These will soon be smoothed and stained to match the hardwood floors below.

Check back again soon to see the final product!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

14. Finish Work

We're moving right along! We are starting on the finish work in the house. But first, let's take a look at the most recent exterior progress. There has been a bit more stone added, as well as the start of the James Hardi Board.

Now, on to the finish work. This house is full of the latest trends and styles. One of the main things that gives it so much character is the attention to detail in the finish carpentry. Adding these custom features makes this house more elegant and appealing. Here are some examples of the finish work that really make this house pop.

The Board and Batten dresses up the walls in this girl's bedroom. A 6-inch shelf has been added to the top for space to display items and decor.

We added columns to the hallway to really add interest. It helps break up the plain wall space and turns a would-be-boring hallway into a work of art.

The window seat, accented with Board and Batten, is not only beautiful but functional as well. The seat is on a hidden hinge that allows you to lift it for storage room.

This is a panel of beadboard added to the walls of the boy's bedroom. We lined up the beadboard with the window and carried it all the way around the room. It is going to be painted an accent color to match the bedding and really brighten up this space.
 Make sure you stay tuned to see how all of these beautiful details turn out. The finishing touches will definitely turn some heads and make this house stand out from the crowd.

Monday, June 13, 2011

13. Transom Windows

We need your help deciding whether or not to install transom windows in our Parade Home. Transom windows are a small window built-in above a doorway. See an example below:

Transom windows used to be built solely for functionality. They allowed air to travel through the house without compromising security. They were also used to allow natural light into other areas of the home that didn't have windows, such as hallways.  

Transom windows are commonly found in homes up to the late
20th century when the innovation of central or forced duct heating became prominent in new home construction. Since then, the original functions of transom windows haven't been necessary.  As a result, transom windows are now seen as a stylistic architectural accent, mostly used for visual appeal.  

What do you think? Should we install transom windows in our Parade Home or not? Cast your vote on our Facebook page at:

Thursday, June 9, 2011

12. Exterior Materials

It's finally time to add the exterior materials! As seen in the rendering at the top of the blog, this home is made up of a combination of James Hardi Board and stone.

These pictures (above) show the protective plastic for the exterior materials that help keep moisture out. The James Hardi Board will be installed on the white area of the home and the stone will be installed on the black area.

This photo shows the Hardi board installed on a similar craftsman-style home. Hardi board can be installed horizontally, vertically, or in a combination as pictured here to add interest.

There are many advantages to using Hardi board versus other building materials. It is well-known for its durability. Due to its composite makeup, Hardi board is designed to last up to 50 years against cracking, rotting, hail damage, termites and many other possible problems.

This photo shows the start of the stone being installed. We selected a cultured stone for this home instead of a natural stone. One of the main benefits of a cultured stone is that it weights a lot less. This is beneficial because it places less weight on the foundation of your home.

Cultured stone is faster and easier to install than natural stone. It is also easy to find, and simple to replace. In most cases, it is less expensive. It is becoming more popular because the cultured stone today looks more real than it ever has before. In fact, in most cases, people can't tell the difference.

Friday, May 20, 2011

11. Kitchen Hardware

It's time to pick the hardware for the kitchen. This includes drawer pulls, knobs, and handles for the cabinets. We are down to two options. Please help us choose!

Option #1
This option has a more traditional, farmhouse feel. It is a half dome, satin nickel drawer pull.

 You can see this style installed on the island in the kitchen below.

Option #2
This option is a more contemporary choice. It is also a brushed nickel, but the squared shape gives it a more modern feel.

You can see this style featured in the kitchen below

Caryn Bortniker:  Transitional kitchen with timeless details. Honed calcutta countertops, limestone ...

Tell us what you think! Be sure to cast your vote on our facebook page at

Friday, May 13, 2011

10. Countertops

The votes have been counted and the winning color for the island cabinet is . . . . . . . .Espresso - just like the pictures from which we're modeling the kitchen.  As a result, this is what we will be installing into the home for the Parade.

Now we need your help in selecting the counter top! We're down to two different options:
Bianco Antico Granite or White Marble.  

See below for the benefits/downfalls of each and vote on our Facebook page for what you'd recommend (

Option #1 - Bianco Antico Granite
Granite is known for its hardness and strength. It is more difficult to scratch and stain than marble. This beautiful stone can withstand high-traffic areas and works great for a kitchen countertop. However, it is difficult to find granite that is really white and it's appearance is not as rich, smooth, and clean as marble.   

Option #2 - White Marble
Marble is a much whiter stone than Granite and provides a very rich, clean look. Marble has been making a huge comeback this lately and reflects the latest in style & trends in today's kitchens.  However, marble is a softer stone than granite, which makes it is a bit more high-maintenance.  It chips, scratches and stains much easier than granite.  This is its major downfall . . . . . . but it sure is beautiful!!!  See pictures of marble counter tops from our model kitchens below:

So what do you think? Should we install Bianco Antico Granite or White Marble in our Parade Home kitchen? Cast your vote on our Facebook page:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

9. Framing Complete

The framing is now complete.  Check out the pictures below to see how the home is starting to look like the rendering shown above.  We'll have another kitchen design question ready for you tomorrow so stay tuned.

Monday, May 9, 2011

8. Kitchen Design

Now that the framing is almost complete, it's time to design the kitchen and we 
need your help deciding which color island to install! We're modeling the kitchen after 
the two pictures below: 

We're trying to decide if we should do an Espresso Brown or White colored island.  Help us decide!

Check out the photo below. We're trying to figure out if we should install an Espresso-colored island (shown above) that stands out from the bright white cabinets around the perimeter. Or, install a White island that matches the white perimeter cabinets (see below).

Tell us what you think we should choose! Visit our facebook page at to cast your vote!