FINALLY…

April 23rd 2014

This past Monday we closed on a property and are gearing up to design and build our next home. It took a little longer than expected… Our neighborhood got pretty picked over by a handful of builders making it that much harder to find something, not to mention there are hardly any sellers out there! But thanks to our awesome realtors (whoop whoop), we were able to purchase this lot under the radar.

Last time we left it, I thought we were going to end up with a property that had a really low height restriction, which led me in this direction. But give me year and a different street?… totally changed my mind.

For the exterior I’m thinking a combination of old school brick and raw cement (maybe lining the lower daylight basement?) with lots of windows lending natural light to the interior. I can’t decide if I want to paint the brick white (with dark window sashes) or leave it red. I will have to keep you posted on that. I’m envisioning a tall and slender home with a hip roof, which will be a new and welcomed approach for me.

home inspiration / H2 Design + Build

home inspiration / H2 Design + Build

For the kitchen, I’m going to surprise everyone by saying I’ve been leaning toward the dark side… black. YES! With some natural stone, wood and brass thrown in.  I’m also tiring of the stainless vent hood breaking up the upper shelving and loving the idea of subway tile of some sort encompassing this metal beast.

inspiration / H2 Design + Build

inspiration / H2 Design + Build

The bathrooms are all moving in the eclectic direction with a bit more addition of color and pattern. I’m a little nervous to go extreme in the shower (seen below)… but it is so tempting! I also love the 3/4 wall height subway tile application and floor to ceiling drapery panels. Utilitarian and luxury all rolled into one!

inspiration / H2 Design + Build

inspiration / H2 Design + Build

inspiration / H2 Design + Build

I’d like to see the bedrooms (along with the rest of the home) incorporate layered warmth, a fun mix of new and old, and of course wallpaper will be making its appearance. Both of the rooms below are current favorites of mine for the master and kiddos’ bedrooms.

inspiration / H2 Design + Build

inspiration / H2 Design + Build

Other ideas I’m throwing around are cement floors, white painted wood floors, and the use of a bit more intricate millwork and molding details than I have used in the past. Finally, white walls will be front and center. I can’t tell you how much I have missed them! We are currently living in an apartment with beige on top of beige with beige accents. It really amazes me how much a beige wall color can affect my artwork, furniture, and accessories (and not in a good way!). Blah.

I’ve got a few more ideas rolling around in my head, but I think I’ll stop here for now. Got to get back to the work that actually pays the bills!

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