Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Kate and Gordie's House

For todays post I thought I would share one of our current projects at Moving Designz. This is a beautiful large new build project.

We've been involved with the homeowners, mostly I work with Kate, since early summer planning for the project. Kate has fantastic taste and we are so on the same design wavelength. We're about a month away from completion. We were hoping they would be in before Christmas but sadly that is not going to happen. However Kate and her husband should be in early in the new year.

The house is situated on a beautiful waterfront property overlooking Charlottetown harbour. It has the most stunning water views from the huge windows along the entire backside of the home.

The house was designed by a local draftsman and shortly after we became involved... tweaking the functional layout, designing the lighting plan, choosing surface materials and working on kitchen layout. After all those stages which I call the "uglies" we moved on to choosing furnishings to complement the homeowners taste. The style we are going for is warm modern contemporary mixed with classic elements.

In this picture all the main framing is done and the windows are installed. On this particular day, in late October, we were working on the electrical layout and checking out the interior surface finishes on site.

This past Friday the great room looked like this. Now that all the drywall and seamfilling is complete it's looking alot more like a house. The fireplace is also now installed and most of the trim is complete except the baseboards which will go on once the flooring is installed. Although the firebox looks like a big square it is actually long and linear ... more on this below. To the left of the fireplace in the nook will be built-ins.

This angle illustrates the amazing waterfront view as you enter the home. And as you can see it is open concept and has very little wall space. Who needs art when you have this view 365 days a year?

This is the colour palette for the main floor furnishings and to some degree the surface finishes. From right to left, creamy off white for the sofa and chairs. A lovely print and two very soft blue and cream fabrics for the toss cushions. A brown textural fabric with tiny cream dots for the chair toss cushions. And for the cubes, chocolate with blue circles.

The hardwood flooring will be a deep espresso bamboo. It is due to be installed later this week.
The main seating arrangement is a large sectional very similar to this one which will be upholstered in soft cream fabric just like this image. BTW this room is by Kelly Hoppen one of my favorite designers. I love her aestetic!
The chairs will be upholstered in the same off white fabric as the sofa and will have 2 small back pillows in the brown fabric with the little cream dots.
Two of these cubes will complete the seating arrangement. The fabric on these is the dark brown will the little blue circles.
This is the cocktail table. Very low and sleek, a combination of deep espresso and brown laquer. The coolest thing about this table other than its good looks, is how its pieces swivel and opens up which allows the piece to grow. See below.
Isn't it the coolest?

The fireplace wall tile is somewhat similar to this image being flat to the wall. However the stone is pale creams and pale browns.

The fireplace unit is long and sleek like this one with crystals as opposed to logs or stones.

A huge part of the great room will be the gourmet kitchen. This is how it looked in October.
On Friday this is how the kitchen area was looking. Still pretty empty as the white cabinets are being custom built off site. This very large kitchen will feature stainless steel appliances with a counter depth princess door style fridge and built in wall ovens. In fact, most of the cabinetry in this kitchen is ceiling to floor with glass doors and/or shaker style door panels.
The countertops are this Caesarstone in a white colour which resembles marble.
Pale blue glass subway tiles for the backsplash. Though not exactly this colour they are a little more greyish blue.
The kitchen will feature not one but two islands. The central island is the prep and work area while the outer island is for entertaining. This is the style of pendant lighting that will hang over both of them. Two larger ones for the center island and 4 smaller pendants for the outer island.
These are the bar stools for the outer eating and entertaining island. This island will be wood stained in a deep espresso finish.

We're still searching for the perfect table and chairs for the eating nook. I think I found them today. We're looking at a large charcoal stained bamboo table with seating for 8 to be paired up with sleek white and chrome chairs. I'll post more images as we progress further. Thank you Kate for allowing me to blog on your new home :)
In the next few posts I will cover another large renovation and decorating project currently underway in Charlottetown. This large historic house is being converted from three chopped up and dated apartments to a 5 suite boutique style Bed & Breakfast. We're still in the construction phases but big changes are now underway.
Thanks for reading.


DesignTies said...

OH MY GOD. After I read your third paragraph, I knew I was going to love this house. You're designing my dream home!!!!!!!!

Love, love, LOVE every single thing about it. But most of all, I love that wall of windows. You would never be able to tear me away from that view.

I want Kate & Gordie to adopt me so I can breathe in the beauty every single day!!!

I cannot wait to see the house once it's completed. You have to promise to show us every little teeny-tiny detail.

Now I'm off to pout over the fact that when I look out my windows, all I see are other houses. And now I see snow too -- boooo!!

I am totally & completely enthralled!!!


Ideezine said...

What an exciting project for all of you! I'm sure this will be a dream come true for your clients Kate and Gordie.

Beautiful washes of color and great furniture pieces, tile colors and flooring. How fortunate that you all enjoy the details and processes involved a great team guarantee a great project. Cheers!


DesignTies said...

Everything you and your client Kate have planned for this wonderful house is fantastic!! LOVE!

Can't wait until you post about the finished spaces...

Victoria @ DesignTies

Vanessa said...

Hi Susan,
Love your blog!
Great work on this project. I love all of the finishes, especially the Ceasarstone counter.
Yes, please share when everything is done!

DesignTies said...

Thanks for you vote of confidence on Edgecomb Grey -- I had a feeling you'd approve ;-)


Maria Killam said...

Wpw this is such a beautiful house and I love your aesthetic!!

Donna @ dh designs said...

What an amazing project! You must be so psyched to be working on such an amazing house!

I love your colour palette, creams, browns and soft blues - so warm and inviting. And the furnishings look perfrect!

Can't wait to see more!