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  • 3 Secret Features for a Fast Selling Home

    6719106_sWhen trying to sell a house, your home is being put under a microscope. It can be very difficult for you to see how people notice the smallest details that you didn't give a lot of importance to during the construction phase or when you bought the house.

    These details now become very important, not only because future buyers might undervalue your home, but by investing a little time and money beforehand, these details can help you add to the perceived and actual value of your home.

    To help you put your best foot forward and sell your home fast, we have put together three hidden secrets that will impress potential buyers and help you during the selling process.

    Invisible Hinges

    As we've said before, the smallest features matter when building or trying to sell a house.
    But how can hinges benefit that much? Invisible hinges help you achieve a clean look that can make your house seem much more elegant and modern.

    The Invisible Hinge by SOSS is a fantastic option that provides not only quality but also a premium appearance, bringing clean lines to doors, furniture, and any specialty applications.
    Many home buyers are looking for homes that are modern with clean lines and SOSS invisible hinges are an easy, affordable way to achieve that look fast.

    Integrated Home Sound System

    Another hidden secret that can help you increase the value of your home is an integrated home sound system. A hidden audio system can enable you to listen to different music in separate rooms or to have your music following you as you move through the house. It could even be a way to add a nice surround sound system to a home theater. Finally, many people keep their music collection on a home computer or even tablet and create customized playlists that can be played for parties or through the house on the sound system.

    Now, imagine the difference that this can make to a potential buyer. No more speakers with wires in your living room. No more carrying your sound speakers when you want to create a different ambient when having visitors. This is the perfect way to add value in a modern style!

    Solar Panel System

    Another hidden secret can also be an investment that will pay off in the future. Installing solar panels on the back part of your roof won't be perceptible for those who look from the streets, and once installed, can increase value by more than the cost of the whole system.

    We all know that electricity prices will continue to rise, and a solar panel system will not only reduce your electricity bill, but will also provide a rare feature that home buyers won’t find many other places. This hidden secret adds a futuristic aura making your house more modern and ecologically sustainable.

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  • Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Custom Cabinets

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    You may be considering a remodel for your kitchen. Some kitchens are a bit older and may need updating to better suit your needs. Tastes also change and you might want something different.

    Although you would be best off considering a professional to remodel your house, you’ll probably want to give input on everything. Cabinetry is one of the most important elements of a kitchen, so you’ll want to design just the right type of custom cabinets. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when designing custom cabinets.

    Going Overboard

    In the midst of the excitement remodeling brings; knowing when to stop is a challenge. You might want to have a lot of cabinets to fill with all your “stuff”.

    But filling the walls of your kitchen with cabinets, no matter how beautifully custom-made they are, can make the design seem suffocating. There’s a beauty in leaving some open space.

    Good custom cabinet design is all about balancing function, storage, and aesthetics.

    Poor Color Choices

    Cabinets have to mesh well with the overall color of your kitchen – the floor, counters, and any appliances (stainless or otherwise) you might have.

    It’s often a tough call between having what you want versus knowing what color cabinets will match well with everything else. Choose the best color possible but something you’ll be happy with.

    Not Bringing Cabinets Up to the Ceiling

    This is surprisingly a common mistake. Many people don’t bring up their cabinets all the way to the ceiling. It could be because they can’t reach the cabinets that are too high.

    But having cabinets that fall short of the ceiling can collect dust you’ll most certainly forget to wipe off. It’s also tempting to put a bunch of stuff on top of them, contributing to clutter down the line.

    Skimping on Door Hardware

    It’s true that kitchen remodeling can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but that’s no excuse to skimp on quality. Invest in quality cabinets that are good-looking and strong.

    Consider your overall design and pay attention to small details like the cabinet hinges. If you’re going for the more contemporary look, you’ll want to look into invisible hinges. Hidden cabinet hinges creates a clean modern look to your cabinets.

    Remodeling a kitchen, when done right, will generally raise property values and is often one of the remodeling projects that you get your money back when selling the home. It will certainly increase your personal satisfaction since your kitchen is probably where your family spends the most time together.

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  • 3 Keys to Designing a Luxury Home that Sells Fast

    2669854_sWhen searching for a luxury home, owners aren’t only looking for a good investment, they are looking for a feeling, an experience, and a sensation of indulgence. Affluent homeowners are accustomed to certain features such as pools, game rooms, wine cellars, and hi-tech home systems. What the discerning buyer is looking for these days are designs and items that make the entire home feel amazingly unique.

    Here are three key features to help a luxury home sell fast.

    A Lavish Spa Bathroom

    Affluent buyers always want the best and nowhere is this more evident than in an opulent spa bathroom. Towel warmers, heated floors, deep tubs, fireplaces and huge walk-in showers fitted with multiple shower heads are just a few amenities of a high end bathroom. A spa bathroom is a must-have item on the “I want” list of affluent home buyers.

    Outdoor Living Spaces

    Backyards are now a great place for living as well as a great place to barbecue. Having a beautiful outdoor area that is always available for family and guests is a huge selling point for many luxury home buyers. Outdoor living rooms and kitchens have become the new summer getaways for those that can afford them.

    Televisions and video games have found their way outside as well as fireplaces. These superb outdoor kitchens are fitted with large gas grills, ovens, and stainless steel surfaces for preparing food and stone patio tables for outdoor dining.

    Seamless Clean Lines

    No matter where you are in the home, the view should always be stunning. Using clean and simple lines in the design of each room can guarantee beauty, grace and a flawless sense of style that can’t be erased. Clean door lines are a unique design feature in these rooms, and they certainly add a touch of elegance.

    The clean door lines are created by using invisible hinges, providing a truly seamless look between the door edges and the adjoining walls. Architects that design these luxury homes use SOSS Invisible Hinges to achieve the ultimate modern look. These smooth lines can be designed into every room of the house, including carrying the theme beyond the house to pool houses and other out buildings.

    Sometimes luxury homes may only be made luxurious by the items within them, but because these items can be removed, the home may only be as tasteful as the person occupying it. By including luxury in the design of the home itself, the added sense of affluence not only enhances its ability to sell quickly, but it also provides a constant source of pleasure and beauty in everyday living.

    Check out other high design ideas in our free invisible hinge design guide.

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  • Secret Rooms are Wildly Popular

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    How to Make a Secret Room

    Secret rooms are becoming more and more popular these days, and could even be considered a trend. Whether a new home is being designed, or an old one is being remodeled, secret rooms are now often included in design plans. The intended uses of these secret places are as varied as their location.

    A True Multi-Purpose Room

    Some secret rooms are not only hidden but reinforced for protection; these serve as panic rooms. Entire families can hide in these rooms if they are threatened by an intruder. Some secret rooms are small areas concealed under a staircase, often made as a child’s hideaway. Other secret rooms serve as getaway for adults.

    No matter what the purpose of a secret room, the main aim is to make sure the secret room remains well, secret. You will need to make sure to carefully disguise the entrance.

    Keeping Your Secret

    The easiest way to do this is to use invisible hinges in a door that is made to look like part of the paneling, or some other type of wall section. Because the hinge is invisible, the faux paneling fits seamlessly into the adjacent wall without betraying the existence of a door. The Invisible Hinge by SOSS is a wonderful option that provides quality and durability.

    Because these invisible hinges are extremely strong, they can be used to support another type of structure to hide the entrance to a secret room—a bookcase. A bookcase hinged along one side with several invisible hinges is an inventive way of disguising an entrance to a secret area. The invisible hinges hide the bookcase/wall seam as well as it hides the seam that is formed between a door and a wall.

    Choices, Choices

    Another option for concealing a secret room is a sliding wall or door. The sliding wall or door is supported by guides that can either go into the adjoining wall on either side or move in front or back of the wall along the same type of guides. This type of installation is much more time-intensive in addition to being much more difficult to install than the previous two choices.

    Also, if the secret room serves as a panic room, a reinforced sliding door is more difficult to conceal, due to the increase in bulk from being reinforced.

    Safe Haven or Man Cave

    The size of the secret room should be dependent upon its intended use. A panic room should be fairly large considering that it may have to provide shelter for more than one person for a possible extended length of time.

    A secret room that serves as a getaway for adults may be large as well, depending on how the person wants to get away. A writer might want to place a desk inside, and a dreamer might want a day couch for napping. Or maybe you need a true man cave, a place of no interruptions.

    Secret rooms and their designs are as unique as the people who want to build them. The one thing they have in common is that their entrance and hopefully their existence will only remain known to a few.

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  • Details That Are Not Noticed in Luxury Hotels

    12958291_sThere is no exact definition for luxury hotels other than that people expect them to be expensive. Hotel star ratings from AAA or industry publications are at best arbitrary. Many four and five star hotels bill themselves as luxury hotels even though there are no set standards.

    But one thing is certain. High-end luxury hotels have certain details that the other class of hotels can’t emulate, either because they cost too much or they don’t fit the type of clientele they’re going after. Here are some incredible details that are never noticed in luxury hotels.

    1. Doors

    Most people don’t pay attention to their room doors or cabinet doors when they’re at a hotel. Yet doors represent some of the finest details of what sets luxury hotels from others. Everything from the material to finish to hinges complement the hotel’s style and decor.

    Luxury hotels that have deep history aim for more traditional look. Contemporary luxury hotels tend to go for more minimalist design. Hidden door hinges or invisible hinges can achieve a clean look that doesn’t detract from the design.

    2. Services

    Hotel business is known as hospitality business for a reason. Guests expect friendliness and courtesy. But what tips the scale from just okay to exceptional is how some of the services are performed.

    Luxury hotels understand that people instinctively respond to their name favorably. One’s own name has been known as the most pleasant word that can be uttered. That’s why luxury hotel personnel address everyone by his/her name. They do this in such a discreet and subtle way that you might not even notice it, but the pleasant feeling lingers.

    3. Cleanliness

    You would think a clean hotel room is a given, but you’d be surprised. You’ll often come across shocking truths on how housekeeping is really done in even the most posh hotels. If you can blissfully spare yourself from the gross details, good for you.

    Luxury hotels that get consistently high reviews on aggregate websites (e.g. TripAdvisor) and enjoy a ton of repeat visitors have the cleanliness factor locked down, even if you stay only one night.

    4. Technology

    Key-less entries, automatic check-ins and outs, a mobile app that tells you when your room is ready – these are the technological triumphs that make luxury hotels better than others.

    They can afford to build a proprietary app that handles the mundane details, so they can focus on the part that really matters – having a competent concierge that can meet any demands.

    Although many functions of hotel business are becoming more and more automated, people will always crave personal attention and human interaction from luxury hotels. Amenities that can foresee and meet guests’ needs and impeccable services are all details that make luxury hotels successful.

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  • The Higher Demand of Boutique Hotel Architecture

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    During the 1980s, a different breed of hotels emerged in New York, London, and San Francisco. Known as boutique hotels, they aimed to set themselves apart from overly ubiquitous big hotel chains. Rather than simply providing lodging and slapping on some amenities, boutique hotels were unique in their style and furnishings. They traditionally targeted people in 20s to 50s, who had more disposable income.

    Now that boutique hotels have become more commonplace with big chains in the game (e.g. Intercontinental Hotel Group with Hotel Indigo), the standards have gone up even more. People expect the personal attention of a small hotel combined with the amenities of a luxury brand.

    Even the very definition of boutique hotels is getting blurred. The “purists” would say that a hotel couldn’t be considered boutique if it exceeds 100 to 150 rooms. That’s due to the belief that it’s harder for a bigger hotel to provide personal experience.

    On the contrary, some would say a hotel size doesn’t play as big of a factor; it’s all about the approach and attitude. As long as hotels answer this one crucial question, they can be considered boutique. Do they entertain and delight? Whether through music, architecture, lighting, unique or specialized themes or art, as long as hotels provide one-of-a-kind atmosphere, they meet the criteria for boutique.

    Even if people disagree on the true definition, one thing is certain about boutique hotels. People want the personal experience. Every room is slightly different and not a cookie-cutter design. Only the essential amenities are provided because too many choices can actually paralyze people when making decisions. But these amenities don’t feel like the “bare minimum.”

    Detail to attention is meticulous. Take door hinges for example. Not too many people think about door hinges, but at many boutique hotels that boast contemporary interior, you’ll notice the hinges are missing.

    These “invisible hinges” are hidden when the doors and cabinets are closed, adding to the smooth and clean lines. Unless the hotels are going for the vintage or classical look, traditional hinges are bulky, take up a lot of room, and detract from the decor. Concealed door hinges solve that problem.

    Boutique hotels also meet higher standards by essentially being mind readers. They go beyond the expensive sheets and memory foam beds. Prior to check in, they’ll ask their guests what their sleeping preferences are and provide accordingly. This ensures every guest has a customized experience.

    In a nutshell, boutique hotels focus on providing quality experience at a personal level, regardless of the size. They pay attention to smallest details, like using hidden hinges on their doors and cabinets. They generally take care to make sure their interior is different and reflects the characteristics of the hotels.

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  • Achieving Clean Lines with Invisible Hinges

    Too many hoteliers and contractors think 35751525_speople won’t notice a tiny design detail, but that would be wrong. Design is about how it feels as much as how it looks.

    For instance, many people choose to stay at a boutique hotel because it’s smaller, personal, and has more attention to detail.

    One of the ways a boutique hotel shows it has paid attention to detail is through an invisible door hinge.

    It’s often easy to ignore how doors and cabinets are constructed, unless people are unusually perceptive or have a lot of interest in interior design. Yet the small details often stand out in their mind; why do some doors have hinges and others don’t? Exactly when did invisible hinges become a thing?

    How does something so small and seemingly insignificant matter? That’s because a boutique hotel is expected to have a certain premium look to it. When it comes to a high-end, premium look, a lot hinges on the hinges – no pun intended.

    When people stay at premium boutique hotels, they will notice how many doors have no visible hinges – meaning when the door is closed, the hinges are perfectly concealed. As the hinges are flush with the door, this leaves uninterrupted clean lines. It’s a simple idea that has become an architectural triumph in the recent years.

    Invisible Hinge vs. Traditional Hinge

    Deciding what type of hinges to use on doors and cabinets is a matter of what design problem you want to solve. Cabinet doors with visible hinges can achieve a certain classical or vintage look, where the hinges themselves are part of the design.

    But if you want to have minimalist design, visible hinges are not the way to go. A traditional hinge can stand out and detract from the overall design. It’s often a different color from the door and draws unnecessary attention to it. It also takes up room and get “kitchen stuff” caked onto it when used on a kitchen door.

    With an invisible hinge, the door itself becomes the center of attention and decoration. It allows for continuity in design without interruption. A concealed hinge is also relatively inexpensive despite the high-end look it can achieve.

    SOSS specializes in solving design problems with a hidden cabinet hinge and door hinge, offering a variety of extra light to heavy-duty hinges that never need adjusting.

    To see even more hospitality design trends please download our free industry guide to hospitality design by clicking below.

    Hospitality Design Guide

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