This is accomplished year after year by understanding our clients’ overall vision before zooming in to focus on the details of execution. It is the process of translation from vision to detailed execution that excites us and sets our homes apart from many other new homes being built today. When the details are done right, the homeowner’s creative dreams are brought to life with craftsmanship and elegance.

Take, for example, this outdoor living space. By working through the details before construction, we executed a delicate balance of style and function while keeping mechanical features hidden from view. At first glance your eye is pulled to the dining room inside the home, illuminating the seamlessness of the transition from indoor to outdoor living. Two accordion-style doors set on a flush threshold meet at this floating corner. Upon opening both, the dining room and wine cellar beyond integrate with an outdoor kitchen and dining space, a fireplace pavilion in the foreground, and a raised spa on the right.

This space is picture-framed by stained cedar columns with raised mortar joint stone bases concealing motorized screens that slide out at the touch of a button. The concealed installation detail of the screen’s tracks creates a more open and airy feeling compared to a screened porch. The screen motors and rollers are embedded in the dropped soffit above. All these details combine to form a highly functional outdoor living space regardless of weather and insects. Creating this functional elegance requires planning and coordination between framers, electricians, exterior trim carpenters, masons, and the screen installer. The devil is in the details.

Many homeowners desire a dramatic wow factor upon entering the foyer. This often involves a signature staircase, chandelier, and site lines through the home. In the case of this gleaming foyer, layers of thoughtful interior design and custom finishes were melded together to create a timelessly elegant showstopper. There was attention given to coordinating the wallpaper with the porcelain tile floor, step treads, and risers, and notice the continuation of the patterns in both the tile and wallpaper. A custom iron rail with stained handrail complements the stained wine cabinetry tucked beneath the stairs. The crown jewel of this stair tower—the chandelier— glimmers in the natural light of the perfectly placed windows ascending the space.

Whether it’s forming the perfect blend of colors and textures or the optimal installation detail for a motorized pocketing door, the smallest details are often the most important. The goal of a custom builder is to obsess over these details to help you achieve your vision.

EVAN BOST is director of sales and marketing at BOST CUSTOM HOMES. Contact this custom builder at 919-460-1983 or visit BOSTHOMES.COM.