Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography and Hillary Ehlen and rendering by engageBUILD
With the arrival of a new calendar year, we can’t help but to reflect on the past twelve months. In 2018, Design & Living Magazine amassed quite the collection of stunning photos for your home inspiration.
That being said, this is the perfect time to look back at all of the exquisite places we’ve been. While doing so, we noted our own personal favorite elements of each space, which leads us to imagine, “What would it be like if someone designed a home using a mood board based on content from Design & Living Magazine?”
In case you were wondering, that is exactly what we have done here. As an exercise in indulgence, we’ve gathered photos taken in 2018 from our archives and used them to create a mood board for what we can only describe as a Design & Living Magazine dream home.
Now, this house doesn’t really exist, but these meticulously curated mood boards will provide you with home inspiration for years and years to come. Also within these pages, local experts predict which design trends will be big over in 2019. What would you want to see in the magazine this year? Tell us at DesignAndLivingMagazine.com/Contact-Us.
This year, we have seen some incredible exteriors. For this mood board, we narrowed them down based on the elements that we would most like to see in our Design & Living Magazine dream home. We would also like to highlight a building technique used by James Van Raden of EngageBUILD that we learned about in our July issue, “We Love the Lakes.”
Back in June, we toured a Structural Insulated Panel house that Van Raden was in the process of building. “What is a SIP house?” you ask. In this type of home, the walls are covered with OSB, a product similar to particle board, while the space in between is filled with EPS, a lightweight foam. As a result, fewer studs were needed when framing, which prevents the escape of heat through the excess studs used in standard homes.
SIP houses are a greener alternative to traditional building techniques, and you can bet that our 2018 Design & Living Magazine dream home would be as environmentally friendly as it could be.