Arbor Haus President Nate Stangler and other local builders share with Lake Minnetonka Magazine in the March issue how they work with homeowners who love to Pin on Pinterest, to recreate some of those looks. Nate’s excerpt from “Creating Pinnable Spaces” by Caitlin Hill is below:
When Nicole Nuckley and her family moved into their Minneapolis home, half of the large basement consisted of unfinished living space. In 2013, Nate Stangler, now the owner of Excelsior-based design and build firm Arbor Haus, and a team at another firm finished the remaining half of the basement to create a guest bedroom, bathroom, laundry room and craft room. Additionally, they turned the back porch into a mudroom.
Throughout the process, Nuckley found sites like Pinterest and Houzz (a home design website featuring interior design photos, home décor, decorating ideas and listings for home professionals) to be particularly helpful in the design and remodel process.
“In a very short period of time, you have access to a near-infinite visual list of what is possible,” she explains. “Using search tools, I could narrow what I saw to only things that were relevant for our space—and even then, there was still a vast number of design ideas, layouts and colors to sift through.”
But in the end, Nuckley says what she found most useful about these online design sites was the ability to find inspiration. Though she knew what styles and fixtures she preferred, she wanted to see how they would come together with other elements in a room.
Stangler thinks that pulling inspiration from online design sites this way can be really helpful in understanding what a person wants their home to look like. And even if he and his staff can’t re-create a certain pin or post exactly (whether it’s due to material availability or budget restrictions), it helps the design team figure out which direction to go.
“We try to deliver on the whole picture or pin—or make it look as close as possible” Stangler says. “But, a lot of times [homeowners] are willing to make small compromises on some things.”