Trilogy Modeling Revolutionizing Residential Design

At Trilogy, we’ve been designing and building homes for 15 years. If experience has taught us anything, we’ve learned that the tighter the integration between design, budgeting, and construction, the better the results for our client, our subcontractors, and for us.

This year we took a giant leap forward to achieve a more perfect Design and Build process. As part of the design process, we are modeling in three dimension all project down to the slightest nuance and detail. Right down to the actual sink, the granite.

What’s different about Trilogy’s modeling process? For one, our clients our integral to the modeling and design. Because they participate fully. They have complete access to the working model. So that they know exactly how each design decision will look, work, taste, feel. Before the first shovel is turned, they know their new or renovated home INTIMATELY.

How else does the model benefit the project?

Now we can budget our projects with unbelievable accuracy. Because everything in the model has an assigned name and description including make, model, manufacture, dimensions and often serial numbers. And all those names can be printed out in a list and a price assigned and voila, a new and more accurate way to budget.

 Now our subcontractors know exactly what their tasks are because they know exactly how they should look when complete. And that eliminates the usual fluff or padding of the bid.

Many designers and architects use 3-d Cad Software to give their clients a taste of what to expect. But just a taste. Rarely do those models have the actual materials, plumbing, appliances, every design detail integrated into their model.

With our models “what you see is what you’re going to get.”

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If you want to see the actual model you need to go to their office. You get an hour, maybe, with a rather roughly conceived model a couple of times during project design. You and your project our actually KEPT APART during the design process. When they send you a movie walk thru of the model how can you know that what they’ve sent is actually what you need to see?

Our model runs on our clients’ computers at their homes or offices. You can even view them on your phone or iPad. Our clients spend a lot of time in and around their homes before construction. They see it all.  All the good. All the not so good. They tell us what they like, and don’t, and we keep improving until they tell us it’s just right.

The result is no more wondering how the home will turn out. No more anxiety. And no more regret. Because of modeling, our clients know exactly what they are going to get. And that they are going to like what they get VERY MUCH.BaldyDuplexDon2 3

Modeling reduces risk not only for client, but for builder and contractors. Design modeling creates a more fully optimized product than any other process. Car manufacturers have relied on highly detailed models for decades. So have airplane manufacturers. Most things manufactured these days are modeled first. So we thought, why not use modeling to make our design build process even better?

Below are still images of a homes in design or construction. If you’re interested in learning more about the modeling process, let us know. We can send you a couple of models you can test run on your computer. Or phone or tablet. It’s hard to explain just how REVOLUTIONARY this process is. It’s just something you’ll have to experience for yourself.

Trilogy Wants You to Know: Green Building Permits and Codes

green building codes are meant to protect the environment that the building's community is located in. Source: Houzz
Green building codes are meant to protect the environment that the building’s community is located in. Source: Houzz

Different communities have different building codes. These building codes are meant to ensure the safety of the homeowner. There are also green building codes that you will have to abide by in different communities that are meant to help protect the environment that the community is located in.

Communities all over the country deal with various issues, from flooding and water pollution to droughts and smog. In order to keep these issues from occurring – or from getting too bad – green building codes are implemented. These codes establish a set of minimum standards for air quality, water consumption, storm water management, building efficiency, the toxicity of materials and general waste reduction. So, for example, in order to meet water conservation codes, you might have to meet certain requirements for your plumbing fixtures and landscape designs.

Many green building codes often help reduce the environmental impact by also prohibiting certain local plants and trees from being killed during the building of a new home. This would require you to take into account the environment of your property before beginning construction.

Keep green building codes in mind and be sure contact us at Trilogy Builds for more information about green building today.

Trilogy Wants to Know How Your Community Stacks Up

You should consider how green the community you are in is as it tends to affect how green your lifestyle can actually be. Source: Houzz
You should consider how green the community you are in is as it tends to affect how green your lifestyle can actually be. Source: Houzz

The term “green” building is something that is generally associated with environmentally friendly building practices. Many people define it as a concept for making a home less harmful to the environment and more sensitive to the space around it. There are hundreds of different ways that you can do this when building or renovating a home.

In addition to implementing green building practices when designing a new home or renovating your old one, you should also consider how green the community you are in is. Living in a green community affects how green your lifestyle can actually be. For example, building a new home near a mass transit system will help reduce the amount that a personal vehicle is used. Urban density has the same effect. While many people would prefer to have large acres of space, living closer together helps reduce the amount of time spent in a vehicle, which has a great impact on the environment. Neighborhoods with a lot of nearby amenities also help reduce vehicle use.

Individual homes aren’t the only places going green – entire communities are as well. For more information about green building practices, be sure to contact us at Trilogy Builds today.

Trilogy Believes in Stylish Responsibility

There are plenty of ways that you can practice stylish responsibility. Simply buying used furniture pieces means that you aren't contributing to additional manufacturing processes. Source: Houzz
There are plenty of ways that you can practice stylish responsibility. Simply buying used furniture pieces means that you aren’t contributing to additional manufacturing processes. Source: Houzz

We believe in making sure that your home is as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible, but don’t be mistaken into thinking that this means that you can’t add a bit of style to your interior design. Adding style and sustainability is something that is called stylish responsibility, something that is beginning to catch on more and more.

The thing that’s great about implementing stylish responsibility into your home is that it helps to create a very eclectic and unique interior design instead of having all of your furniture look like it was processed off on an assembly line. There are plenty of ways that you can practice stylish responsibility. Simply buying used furniture pieces means that you aren’t contributing to additional manufacturing processes. You can also build your own furniture out of reclaimed materials, which also helps give it more character and warmth. Looking for old furniture, used decor pieces and reclaimed materials at small antique stores and shops is more fun than ordering out of a generic catalog as well!

When designing your home’s interior, practice stylish responsibility for an eclectic and personal look that’s environmentally friendly. Contact us at Trilogy Builds for more interior design tips today.

Trilogy Spotlight: Picking Eco-Friendly Materials for Tile

Oceanside glass tile, Trend USA tile, and Fireclay tile are three eco-friendly materials that you should consider when preparing to incorporate tile into your home.  Source: Houzz
Oceanside glass tile, Trend USA tile, and Fireclay tile are three eco-friendly materials that you should consider when preparing to incorporate tile into your home. Source: Houzz

Tile is a great material to use throughout your home, whether it’s flooring or walls in the bathroom or the backsplash in your kitchen. The durability and resistance of tile makes it perfect for these two spaces, and the flexibility in design makes it easy to incorporate into any style. The following are a few eco-friendly materials that can be used for your home’s tile:

  • Oceanside Glass Tile (Tessera) – This hand-crafted glass tile is produced from a combination of recycled glass and silica sand, which is an abundant natural resource.
  • Trend USA Tile (Feel) – For a glass mosaic tile that has a gorgeous sot, smooth and velvety surface, take a look at the Trend USA tile, which is produced using 78 percent internal and post-consumer recycled glass.
  • Fireclay Tile (Debris Series) – Made out of recycled ceramic tile, fireclay tile is produced using 60 percent resourced recycled materials, not to mention that the manufacturing process itself is sustainable too.
  • Metal Tile (Eco-Friendly Flooring Inc.) – This metal tile, which looks great on kitchen backsplashes, is made out of 100 percent recycled aluminum.

Consider these eco-friendly materials and be sure to contact us at Trilogy Builds for more sustainable home design ideas.

Trilogy Can Help You Achieve Your Green Housing Goals

 The position of the windows of your home can help you save energy during the winter and summer months. Source: Houzz
The position of the windows of your home can help you save energy during the winter and summer months. Source: Houzz

Here at Trilogy, we focus on designing eco-friendly buildings. If you are interested in designing an environmentally-friendly custom home design, then we suggest checking out some of the following green building ideas for inspiration:

  • Sustainable flooring – The use of cork or bamboo are both sustainable options that provide the same kind of durability and beauty that more traditional hardwood flooring provides.
  • Radiant ground floor heating – Radiant heating can be much more efficient than traditional furnaces and duct systems due to the fact that heat is created below the floors. Since heat rises, heating your home this way will help spread heat more evenly around the home.
  • Face the home the right way – The position of the windows of your home can help you save energy during the winter and summer months.
  • Insulate the home – Keep energy from leaking in or escaping out by using thicker walls, more energy efficient windows and higher quality spray-foam insulation.
  • Use low-VOC products – Low-VOC products are not only better for the environment, their less damaging to your health as well.

Consider some of these ideas and be sure to contact us at Trilogy Builds for more information about custom green home designs today.

Some Brilliant Home Greening Projects from Trilogy

Here are some of the home green projects you'll want to consider for your next home renovation project.  Source: Houzz
Here are some of the home green projects you’ll want to consider for your next home renovation project. Source: Houzz

If you’re trying to make your home more environmentally friendly, then there are plenty of smaller home green projects that you can do. You don’t necessarily have to build a LEED-certified home to go greener, after all. The following are some of the green home projects you might want to consider:

  • Install another window – Even just adding one more window to your home can help you to add more natural light to a space, thereby reducing your dependence on artificial light in that room.
  • Upgrade your kitchen appliances – Newer appliances provide more and better function. They also look better and use less energy than older appliances, which not only helps your kitchen become more environmentally friendly but will also help you save a substantial amount of money over the long run in energy costs.
  • Use repurposed wood – When installing new flooring or building new furniture, use repurposed wood. Using new wood contributes to deforestation as well as pollution resulting from manufacturing and transportation.
  • Go with white – A room designed in white better reflects light, helping reduce your use of artificial light.

Consider these home greening projects and contact us at Trilogy Builds for more information about environmentally friendly home design.

Trilogy Wants Your Home Office to Work Better for You

Making sure that you face a view, use unpainted wood, and having reconfigurable furniture are all elements that can have a positive effect on your home office.  Source: Houzz
Making sure that you face a view, use unpainted wood, and having reconfigurable furniture are all elements that can have a positive effect on your home office. Source: Houzz

When it comes to setting up a home office, many people will just throw up a desk wherever they have space and call it a day. However, the design of a home office is important, especially if you use it frequently. A poor design makes it difficult to work, after all. The following are a few home office tips to make your home office work better for you:

  • Face a view – If it’s possible, face the desk so that you can see outside. Being able to look out at nature is important because it helps to relax you, thereby reducing your stress as well as restocking your mental energy.
  • Use unpainted wood – The use of unpainted wood in your home office, even if it’s just a wood desk, helps provide a calming feel.
  • Reconfigurable furnishing – Furniture that you can easily move around, such as light desk components or a rolling chair, makes it easier to rearrange your office. Studies have shown that the ability to do this can help to improve professional performance.

These are just some of the home office tips that we recommend you keep in mind. For more interior design advice, contact us at Trilogy Builds today.

Tips From Trilogy to Help You Create a Better Bedroom

An area rug, a place to sit, and mirrors are all elements you'll want to consider for your bedroom.  Source: Houzz
An area rug, a place to sit, and mirrors are all elements you’ll want to consider for your bedroom. Source: Houzz

The bedroom is an area that you should put a lot of thought into when designing it. It needs to be a space that’s relaxing and inviting since it’s where you get your rest. The following are a few tips to help you create a better bedroom:

  • An area rug – The last thing you want to do when you get out of bed in the morning is to step down on a cold floor. Get an area rug that will provide cover for both sides of the bed. When putting it down, don’t bother to pull it all the way to the wall by the end of the bed. You can stop it by your end tables.
  • Somewhere to sit – A comfortable chair where you can read is a nice feature to have in your bedroom. If you have little space to work with, consider a swivel chair, which can easily be moved when needed, or a bench at the end of your bed.
  • Mirrors – Most people don’t want to see themselves while in bed, so we suggest positioning them to the sides of the bed.

Use these bedroom design tips and contact Trilogy Builds for additional interior design advice.

Shining a Light on Solar Power and Your Home

Passive solar power works when the house captures sunlight, then converts it to energy to be used after the sun goes down.  Source: Houzz
Passive solar power works when the house captures sunlight, then converts it to energy to be used after the sun goes down. Source: Houzz

When designing a new home, solar power is something you should really consider. Passive solar power is something many new homes are implementing. What is passive solar power? It’s basically a system in which the house is designed to capture the maximum amount of sunlight, which it traps inside and then releases when the sun goes down. The benefits of a passive solar powered home are huge – you’ll save a substantial amount of energy, which leads to much lower energy bills. So let’s go over how new homes are designed to be solar powered.

One of the most important factors of a home that is effective at being passively solar powered is its orientation. A house in the northern hemisphere should be oriented to the south and vice versa. One such house planted deciduous trees on the same side so that during the summer months, the sun’s heat would be filtered through the trees, while during the winter months the threes would be bare, making it easy for sunlight to enter the home. This house also used minimal openings on its north side in order to contain internal temperatures.

For more information on solar power designs, contact Trilogy Builds today.

Trilogy Tips: Calculating Your Decorating Cost

There’s no standard formula for calculating how much you can expect to spend on decorating, but there are steps that you can take to figure it out. Source: Houzz
There’s no standard formula for calculating how much you can expect to spend on decorating, but there are steps that you can take to figure it out. Source: Houzz

Once you’ve moved into a new home, you’re probably going to want to decorate it. Calculating your decorating cost can be a tricky task. You may have a certain amount of money to work with, but how should you spread it around?

You don’t want to end up blowing your entire budget on one room and having to buy low quality furniture and decor to fill out the rest of your house. However, there are a few pieces that you should expect to pay a high cost for – the mattress and the couch. These items should last for a very long time – a good sofa will last upwards of 40 years. A high quality dining room table is a good investment as well since it can be used for any settings.

Window treatments are something you should spend a bit on as well. High quality window treatments will have a huge impact on your overall interior design – cheap window treatments, like plastic blinds, will drag your design down. You can get away with spending less on wall finishes, lighting, rugs and accessories.

Use these tips to calculate your decorating cost and contact Trilogy Builds for more design tips.