Building Your Dream Home
I love being able to design someone’s dream house. I was able to create this custom home plan for a couple who have a wonderful lot in Bountiful. This plan is so fabulous that I can’t stop my mind from taking a virtual tour through the whole house completed. Starting with the stunning dining room right at the entry creating architectural interests with its’ two- story high hendecagon shape, yet still conveniently located next to the kitchen. The living space along the back of the house has eight exterior French doors to let in ample light and seamlessly extend into the outdoor living space. There is a large master suite with a grand entry, fireplace and private veranda. However my favorite part of the master suite is the direct access to the laundry room from the master closet while still having a second entrance to the laundry room from the hallway. I’ve walked through this house in my mind so many times that I can hardly wait to be inside when it is finished. Construction starts soon, and I’ll keep you updated with some progress pictures.
Main Level Floor Plan
Upper Level Floor Plan
Right Side Elevation
Left Side Elevation
A Unique Twist on Plantation Shutters!
Plantation shutters have been around forever and have a very classic feel to them, however as with most classical design elements I like to put a little twist on it. After my last post about layering window coverings I really wanted to just highlight the unique usage of shutters. Plantation shutters are so versatile, the options are endless!
In this master bedroom I have used the shutters only on the top half of the windows. Also notice the shutters are top hung.
This is a great shutter application where they are used just on the transom windows and are top hung.
In this home I placed shutters above the windows and doors creating the illusion of transom windows and giving extra height to the room.
For this dining room I extended the shutters past the window all the way to the floor for a clean consistent feel.
In both of these lofts I have used shutters has a partial wall. They can be used for privacy or just a visual divide.
These shutters are above a bath tub and I only took them as high as needed for function, leaving the top half of the window open.
I thought a shutter was a great way to accentuate this accent window.
The simplicity of plantation shutters make them a great window covering for small square accent windows.
In this home I used shutters on several of my doors.
Layered Window Coverings!
Layering is used to add comfort and warmth as well as a transitional element. People layer their clothing to create options and interest. I layer my window coverings for the same reasons. Windows are often focal points of a room and should have treatments that create optimal interest and function. The following window treatments consist of different combinations of sun-shade rollers, black-out rollers, shutters, balloon shades and draperies.
These windows have a sun-shade roller, a black-out roller and shutters. The three white layers create beautiful texture and depth without competing with each other.
Both of these window treatments employ the white on white concept, but with shutters and balloon shades. The shutters add architectural interest while the balloon shades soften the space.
This is a really unique window arrangement with the art glass transoms, shutters and balloon shades.
I love this combination of custom black-out roller shades and white shutters.
This is a great combination of bronze sun-shade rollers with white shutters.
Nothing is as attractive as a fully adorned French door! Starting with a true divided light door fitted with hand-poured bronze hardware then comes the sun-shade roller, custom stenciled black-out roller and a light cafe curtain.
Here is another set of French doors worth admiring- heavy canvas balloon shades on top of a black-out rollers and light cafe curtains below.
Here the two sets of roller shades have been paired with full length drapery pooling on the floor for a super soft finish.
This adorable cafe curtain is paired with a sharply contrasting custom black-out roller shade.
Black-out roller shades with soft white balloon shades on top create a balanced window treatment.
A symbolic entrance, a greeting, a pause when changing from one space to the next, may all be accomplished with a well executed gate. A gate is often is the first impression, setting the aesthetic mood for what’s inside. A gate is a very important beginning into mentally entering another space. It offers a chance to pause between where you are and where you want to go.
I loved designing this arched entry into a mini-vineyard garden. This arch is actually made of steel.
This entry gate blends with the natural surroundings and maximizes the views, which is a prefect representation of the space inside.
These are the gates to enter Kachina Springs at Entrada. They really sets the architectural tone for the community.
I designed several gates to choose from for the homes in Entrada. The kokopelli man on my gate gives a nod to the original inhabitants of the area.
West Week was invigorating, full of fresh design!
The furniture this year had clean simple lines and solid fabrics creating a pristine look.
Some of the best furniture was outdoor furniture. Indoor/ Outdoor living spaces have remained very important.
I liked the neutral colors ways with just a pop of color.
I thought this hand painted leather would create a great pop!
I had to include this light fixture- what an original piece.
Thanks West Week for all the new energy!
Often times when people are shopping for an architect or designer they ask me for past client recommendations. I recently asked some of my clients to write in about their experiences working with me. I was so flattered to receive such positive feedback.
The Vistas at Entrada is the exquisite location of The Portrush from The St. George Parade of Homes, 2015. This amazing area, owned by Jack Fisher Homes, is comprised of 33 lots ranging from .35 acres to one full acre. I have designed six luxury house plans for these lots. Each plan is designed to incorporate the red rock scenery with multiple patios and large windows.