We’ve just finished up our second interior design over on Knaus Rd in Lake Oswego! This home takes full advantage of the gorgeous greenbelt surrounding the two-story back patio. One of the nice things about a design like this one is that when you walk in, you’re on the main floor, but your other level is below you. This means there is a beautiful light, airy feeling to your main living space–highlighted by tall windows and vaulted ceilings.
We continued these muted neutrals into the bathroom with natural stone tile, polished nickel finishes, and a stunning, free-standing tub.
The design for this home is approachable and inviting with materials that bring a unique take on the culmination of modern design without losing sight of traditional elements. Bridging the gap between modern and classic, this home will appeal to a wide range of clientele.
Although these two projects, Knaus I(on the left) and Knaus II are right next door to each other, their overall look is dramatically different. The builder wanted each home to feel unique and bring something new to the neighborhood. This is such a refreshing approach to design. Check out our first project from Knaus Rd and let us know which design you prefer.
This lovely family, two teenage daughters and their father, decided it was time to take advantage of all of the underutilized space their gorgeous 1928 Eastmoreland English cottage. They asked us to create a plan for a three-phase total home remodel. Goals include the addition of a basement bathroom, turning their basement storage space into a bedroom–with walk in closet(!), moving some walls and creating a better flow for the main floor, a dormer addition and new bathroom for the second floor, and some space layout adjustments for all three floors. The end goal is to have each member of the family feel like they have their own space: oldest daughter in the basement, father on the main floor, and younger daughter on the second floor.
For Phase I, we’re starting in the basement. The oldest daughter, who has been sharing a room with her younger sister, is beyond ecstatic to be moving into her very own basement bedroom–it’s almost like a private apartment!
Here is a little Before, Demo, and Reconstruction for the staircase:
And the bedroom:
In the next post, I’ll show you how we took a cramped laundry room and turned it into a beautiful laundry/bathroom.
A warm, rich brown sets the tone for this Summer Palette. Try the AS07S for your walls or ceiling, and the AS05S as your trim or door color.
You’re comfortable in your own skin, expressing your personal style no matter what the trends say. The true-to-nature shades in this bold palette play up your strengths. When choosing fabrics, try mixing in a touch of teal to make it all pop!
Our home remodel project in North Bend utilized a chocolate brown and sandy gold from this palette. For the bathroom, we went all-in with spa style. Pebble tile, a walk-in shower, a rustic chandelier, and tons of natural light from new doors and windows.
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We continued this palette into the adjacent master bedroom, adding a bold pop of red in the form of throw pillows.
Having worked in China previously on a western-themed resort community, Jackson Hole, I already had a feeling for how to work through the language barrier. When working on new construction in the States we’re able to focus on the details and oversee the implementation of our designs in person. When sending a design to China, you never know.
Step 1: Materials and Layout
Choosing the materials is the fun part where we get to work out how the project is going to feel; what kind of vibe it’s going to give off. Our contact in Shanghai, Andy, provided us with photos of the bare bones of this large apartment building so that we could create a plan. Our job is to create an inviting apartment that will appeal to the expatriates, some of them from the States, who are living and working in Shanghai. This model unit needs to show the potential of the building and draw in new occupants. It really has to shine.
Using only these photos, AutoCAD plans, and a little help from our friend Andy, we were able to come up with a design theme: Post-Industrial Posh. Walnut flooring set in a chevron pattern, Carrara marble tile, black and white paint, exposed concrete and some painted brick round out our design board.
Because we cant be there in person, we decided to create a 67 page instruction manual for implementing our design. This may seem like overkill, but flying to Shanghai every time there is a question about flooring installation just isn’t an option. To get it just right, we have to be specific.
We started with the floor plan layout. This building has 4 apartments per floor, and 12 floors. We only have to design the model unit, which is on the southern corner of the fourth floor. The only obstacle at this point is working within the existing structure; the developer would like a three bedroom, two bathroom unit. Fitting all three bedrooms into this space while maneuvering around support beams, fire doors, and concrete columns, is a challenge, but nothing we cant handle.
We opted for an open-concept living space that takes advantage of that large wall of windows. Even though furniture wont be specified, the best way to get a feel for how the space works was to throw in some generic furniture outlines.
Step 2: Flooring and Ceiling Design
The ceilings in this unit are relatively high but there is a sprinkler system and concrete support beams are scattered throughout. To give the apartment a clean look while keeping our post-industrial theme alive, the solution is a dropped ceiling in some areas, and exposed beams in others. In the living room and bedrooms, the ceiling will be at it’s full height–about 11 feet–for the bathrooms, foyer, hallways, and above the closets we’ve decided to drop it down to 9 feet so that we can add recessed can lighting.
To make sure they understand the look we’re going for, we threw in this rendering(on the left), drawn on top of the actual photograph of the living area of the apartment. Once the brick is up and painted, they can install the custom cabinetry we designed for this space(right image): shelves on either side for coffee table books, and cabinets in the middle to hide your components and wiring. These cabinets will have the same finish as the kitchen–a medium-tone reclaimed look with satin black cup pulls.
Step 3: Lighting and Finishes
The rooms that have raised ceilings still needed some lighting, so we added soffits with recessed cans. The lighting schedule is very simple for this apartment, with the most ornate fixture above the kitchen island. The bathrooms get a little extra love in the form of sconces around the mirrors.
Step 5: Explaining the Design through Imagery
Our in-house graphic renderer was able to put her new skills to the test with this project. Bathed head to toe in marble, we needed to show the tile layout for both the master bathroom and the second bathroom. Even though the images are just rough digital sketches of how the rooms will look, we feel they get the point across.
For the final renderings of this apartment, we opted to hire a professional to ensure that we can provide top-of-the line detailing with the representations of our design. Any point where the language barrier cant be broken down, these images have to pick up the slack and explain our intentions. We were so happy with how they turned out; they almost look like photographs! Hopefully, once the apartment is finished, our friend Andy will send us some pictures. For now, we just have to hope that they love our design as much as we do and can create this beautiful apartment.
Last week we took you through the preliminary design process, the part where moving a wall requires an eraser, rather than a sledgehammer. This week it all starts to become real. Our amazing team of contractors have been working so hard to get this house together and their efforts can finally be appreciated as we walk though this home in construction.
A big, open house like this one is such an amazing blank canvas to work with. We’ve chosen a soft palette with light yellows, sage green, beautiful white and gray marble throughout, crisp, white trim, and creamy soft carpet. A dark hardwood flooring throughout the first floor will set the stage for our muted palette to pop.
Lighting is such an important mood-setter, especially in this home. We’ve chosen an array of polished nickel light fixtures to add sparkle. Hanging from the two-story vaulted foyer is one of the most impressive chandeliers I’ve ever seen with 90 crystal-clear prisms on two circular tiers. The big reveal is sure to be full of drama!
From the foyer, the house opens up into an impressive, light-filled, two-story great room with dark hardwood floors, and an upper balcony.
This home also has some amazing luxury features such as a wine pantry, butler’s pantry, and a two-way fireplace separating the breakfast nook from the dining room.
Moving into the master bathroom, we have created a marble-covered oasis with a walk-in shower, free-standing tub, two vanities, and a walk-in closet. This gorgeous spa-like bathroom will be bathed in tons of natural light from its three windows.
The last sneak-peek we’re dishing out this week is a preview of the beautiful front porch with whitewashed brick.
Stay tuned for next week’s big reveal of the finished home in all its glory!