The Blank Canvas
An artist will often see their future work even when all they have is that blank canvas staring back at them. Would they still be able to see that vision when there is a painting already there, or when the size and shape of the canvas changes during their process? Could an existing home with so much in the way and so many objections to the creation of the final vision be reworked into something special? That was the challenge of our wonderfully engaged homeowners and a talented, design-build team.
Vaulted ceilings throughout created amazing shapes and shadows throughout the space, but strong colonial detailing was competing with the style. We stripped it all away - oak colonial railings, pillars and archways and let the soaring ceilings become the focal point of this home.
Starting with the canvas of this old home, most walls were either removed or relocated. Major structure alterations, all new HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems, from the basement to the attic allowed for a stunning open concept main floor and a complete alteration of the second floor to a loft like feel.
The basic layout was our palette and the windows and light were great. What was missing was storage and a modern vision.
Light wood cabinetry details add interest and warmth, and the white cabinetry mixed with light countertops emphasize the airy quality of the home.
LIGHTING IN DESIGN
Lighting is such an key part of our projects. Not only can lighting set the mood of an entire room, it can also become a key focal point or art in a space.
THE FINISHED SPACE
High ceilings create the benefit of a bright and spacious home, however, they also pose the challenge of competing with our "human scale." We purposely kept the pantry wall from climbing the full height of the vault to create a lower visual line that feels familiar to our bodies. We reinforced this by hanging pendants at the island to "lower" the height and create a sense of intimacy - even when the space is large and open.
This was a whole home renovation, we redesigned most of the home from the front entrance, the kitchen, ensuite and the full basement. This allowed our team to carry the serene and modern feel throughout the entire home.
A unique wood detail at the island creates repetition with the stove wall and once again, creates a linear horizontal line in the space.