Thursday, September 14, 2017

New Project- Woodard

Hi ya’ll!!! Sorry for the unintended hiatus, but it seems life was thrown off kilter after Hurricane Harvey came through Houston. We were so fortunate and our home never flooded, but co-workers of Ryan were not so lucky. Their stories, and those of so many Houstonians, are absolutely heartbreaking. Last week we drove through a neighborhood about 10 minutes from us that was heavily affected and it looked like a war zone. Every single house for blocks had piles in front of their homes with furniture, flooring and woodwork that was destroyed by flooding. It is, without a doubt, going to be a long road to recovery for these people and this city we've come to love. If you're able to, and feel inclined to do so, please donate to the recovery effort! I also want to thank everyone who reached out during that time to check on us. Nothing like a natural disaster to remind you of the great people in your life who care about you; we definitely felt the love!!! 

I’ll be honest, it felt wrong to start talking and blogging about things like interior design, which feels so frivolous when people around you are hurting. I guess it's a form of "survivor guilt" but someone shared with me that it's good that not everyone was affected by Hurricane Harvey because otherwise this city would never be able to bounce back and help others get back on their feet. So with that, I've decided to push forward and start to get things back to normal. 

I’m really far behind on sharing the progress on a lot of great projects I’m working on, so I’m going to start chipping away and getting everyone caught up, starting with a new project! For the past six months or so I’ve been working on a spec home that a client of mine is building. It’s a little over 3100 square feet and has four bedrooms and four baths, as well as a game/media room and a flex space on the third floor. We’re actually in the homestretch, BUT because I’m behind on blogging, today is all about the millwork.

When I was brought on to help with this project, the house was framed but no renderings of the kitchen or bathrooms had been completed, so I started by working with my carpenter on coming up with kitchen layout. The kitchen is fairly large which allowed for a nice size island in the middle. We also utilized large drawers whenever possible for more convenient storage. 

When designing a spec home, I generally keep the layout and design pretty classic in order to appeal to more potential buys, but I still like to add few custom touches to make it stand apart from other homes on the market. I decided to have my carpenter build a custom range hood, and rather than squeezing in a small cabinet on either side, I opted for floating shelves. 

I absolutely love how this turned out and how these small touches instantly make the home feel more high end. 

Off the kitchen, leading to the dining room at the front of the house, is the dry bar and pantry. The first picture shows the space before the shaker-style cabinet doors were added. 
To connect this to the kitchen, we've repeated the open shelves and the same backsplash tile will be carried into this space as well. The gap on the bottom is where the wine cooler will be located.  

The first floor bathroom has access from the main hallway as well as the attached guest room/office at the front of the house.

Upstairs are two more secondary bedrooms that are joined with a Jack and Jill Bathroom. The game/media room also has a small attached bathroom. In the laundry room we’ve added upper cabinets on either side of the window and a small base cabinet for folding off laundry off to the side.

In the master bathroom, the vanities are split but both have great size to them. The one closest to the window, we added a lower makeup counter. There is a walk-in shower with a bench and a separate tub. Next to the tub there was the perfect amount of space for a small built-in cabinet with a pulldown laundry bin.

Next week I’ll be back sharing the design plan for the kitchen and first floor bathroom. We have some really great tile and lighting planned for this home, and I can’t wait to see it all installed! Have a great rest of the week!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Countertops + Backsplash- Lago Bend

Welcome back from the weekend! I’m starting the week off bright and early with a quick post sharing the countertops and backsplash at our Lago Bend project. The floors are all installed and the kitchen is back in working condition.  

To balance out the dark cabinets in the kitchen, we selected a beautiful quartz that is dominantly white but still has some movement in light neutral shades. Quartz, a man-made material, has really become popular over the years. While it can be just as expensive, if not more expensive than natural stone, it’s a great alternative to consider because it is a solid surface that is heat and stain resistant. It comes in array of colors and patterns, that range from very contemporary to more traditional. If you’re in the market to replace your countertops and are looking for low maintenance, you should definitely check out quartz.

For the backsplash, the homeowner wanted something that brought in some subtle color and a contemporary vibe. This varied brick glass mosaic was the perfect fit. It not only pulls in some of the colors in the countertops, but the reflection on the glass nicely bounces the light around.

While it’s typical to run your backsplash behind the cooktop, my client’s didn’t want the mess of wiping down grout lines since they cook regularly at home. An easy solution is running the countertops up the wall, but because the backsplash is a little busier and is a high contrast in color from the countertop, we decided that we wanted a more subtle option. We lucked out and found a remnant of a cocoa colored sheet of Lumina, which looks great behind the range and blends really well with the backsplash.

And here is the kitchen with the completed countertop + backsplash. At the time these pictures were taken the under cabinet lighting hadn't been installed and painting hadn't been completed.

The kitchen wasn't the only room that underwent a makeover. In the powder room  which is off the kitchen, we removed the old vanity  to make way for a new custom and slightly taller vanity. We used the same countertop as the kitchen and decided to add a little pop of color in here by painting the vanity a more saturated shade of a gray-based turquoise we pulled from the backsplash. We’ve also added a vessel sink for a little something extra. The old mirror and lighting have been replaced (pictures comings soon) and glass knobs have been added. 

Both of these spaces are really close to being wrapped (hardware was installed at the end of this last week) and I'm excited to move on to the next phase- furniture!! I'm on the hunt for a round table for the breakfast nook, barstools and living + dining room furniture, which are both located off the kitchen. Once we’re done, this family will have beautiful new spaces to enjoy for years to come.