Client Recommendations

March 26th, 2015

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

March 24th, 2015

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.

 

The  Vistas at Entrada Plan 1 Front Elevations

The  Vistas at Entrada Plan 1 Floor Plan

The  Vistas at Entrada Plan 2 Front Elevations

The  Vistas at Entrada Plan 2 Floor Plan

The  Vistas at Entrada Plan 3 Front Elevations

The  Vistas at Entrada Plan 3 Floor Plan

The  Vistas at Entrada Plan 4 Front Elevations

The  Vistas at Entrada Plan 4 Floor Plan

The  Vistas at Entrada Plan 5 Front Elevations

The  Vistas at Entrada Plan 5 Floor Plan

The  Vistas at Entrada Plan 6 Front Elevation

The  Vistas at Entrada Plan 6 Floor Plan

The interiors of The Portrush home were designed to not distract from the outdoors landscape that is visibly accessible throughout the home.  The light colored floors, walls and furniture allow the eye to be drawn to the stronger striking landscape just beyond .  Thank you again to the photographer; Adam Stoker, and  Jack Fisher Homes for providing these great pictures.

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Thank you to Adam Stoker; the photographer, and to Jack Fisher Homes for supplying these great shots of our St. George Parade house this year.  This home was designed to incorporate the spectacular environment it is built in.  Every living space and bedroom opens to an outdoor patio.  There is a seamless flow from the outdoor and indoor living spaces .

The Portrush Side ElevationThe Portrush Side ElevationThe Portrush Front Elevation St. George Parade of Homes 2015The Portrush Front Patio St. George Parade of Homes 2015The Portrush Front Patio St. George Parade of Homes 2015The Portrush Living Room Patio St. George Parade of Homes 2015The Portrush Living Room Patio St. George Parade of Homes 2015The Portrush Side Courtyard St. George Parade of Homes 2015St. George Parade of Homes Master Bedroom Patio The PortrushThe Portrush Master Bedroom Patio St. George Parade of HomesThe Portrush Bedroom Patio St. George Parade of Homes 2015The Portrush Center Courtyard St. George Parade of Homes 2015

 

 

As I was enjoying working in the St. George sun for the Parade of Homes this year, I reflected on all the great projects I have been awarded in Entrada.  And, I remembered one that I haven’t shared yet.  I was able to work with this wonderful client from breaking ground all the way through the interior design.

PILLOWS, PILLOWS, PILLOWS!!!

Pillows are definitely one of my favorite things!  They are so effective in warming up and personalizing a space.  Many of my pillows are custom made and meaningful to me.  Making a pillow out of a piece of handiwork, an old favorite shirt or blanket, or even patches you’ve collected is a great way to preserve a memory.   Pillows are tactile and interactive, making your memories have life again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unique Commercial Spaces

March 2nd, 2015

In 2010 I designed this custom office building for Gold Medallion Homes.  While having a unique, fresh, and inviting feel it maintains a professional quality.  This commercial space is a great example of  how a corporate office can maintain high esthetic quality.   Designed specifically for the needs of Gold Medallion’s business at the time as well as for future expansion, it was unfortunate they did not occupy the space longer.  I really enjoyed working with the owners of Gold Medallion Homes.  However, the space is again being used by a home builder, and we are happy to see Wright Homes using the space.

Tip #4 Make a House a Home

February 25th, 2015

Add Plants, Add Life!

I love plants!  Those of you who know me well know how much I adore plants , indoor and outdoor.  All of my personal spaces have living greenery.  Adding plants to your home will literally add life.  The care that goes into maintaining these living decorations is felt in a space and is sure to add warmth.  I like to include trees inside my homes as well as smaller plants with interesting shapes.  One of my favorite plants the last few years is a lemon tree. The lemon tree sits beside me all winter at work and then I move it outside for the summer. It smells wonderful and has actually produced a few lemons!

This is my lemon tree when it was just tiny.

DuMc Place For Sale

February 20th, 2015

The Beauty of Sheetrock Phase

The interiors on the main and upper floors are currently being finished.  These pictures were taken just a few days ago after the hardwood floors were installed.   I love walking through a home during sheetrock phase.  The space has a pure form that allows for the architectural details to stand proud.    I have to make an effort to stop myself from thinking about all the awesome finishes that are still to come and just appreciate the beauty of the structure.  The natural light and views through the windows are amazing.  The ceiling details, thickened walls and niches are eye candy, not to mention the 20′ column spanning from the main floor to the upper loft.

This townhome is for sale.   If you are interested in more information please call, 801-292-1512.


The Portrush, Front Page News!

February 18th, 2015

The St. George Spectrum featured my Parade House on the front page!

Here is the article.

Portrush home in the parade offers luxury living, great views

Ken Hedler February 17, 2015

Photo: Chris Caldwell / The Spectrum & Daily News

ST. GEORGE – The Portrush, No. 9 in the St. George Area Parade of Homes, offers luxury living with outstanding views of the nearby red-rock mountains.  The views amount to its biggest selling points, said Christine Fielding, a real estate agent with Jack Fisher Homes, the builder in the gated Vistas at Entrada subdivision off Snow Canyon Parkway.  The rust-colored house, located on a cul de sac, blends in with the nearby sandstone rock formations.  Fielding said the retired couple who bought the house for $1.2 million was already living in the 33-lot subdivision but wanted more space.  The couple, from Pacific Palisades, California, structured the house in memory of their deceased child, Fielding said.  The house, which has 3,219 square feet of living space, took a year to build and was completed just in time for the Parade of Homes, Fielding said.  The Southern Utah Home Builders Association conducts the parade, which started Feb. 13, concludes Sunday and is marking its 25th anniversary.  The house has four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and a number of other features.  “This location is unbelievable. It is private. It is secluded,” Fielding said.  The views played a role in SUHBA picking it for the parade, Fielding said.  Jack Fisher, based in Centerville, also is featuring a home in The Ledges in the parade.  The homes in the subdivision appeal to a demographic group of people in their 50s who expect visits from grandchildren and friends, Fielding said.  Fielding referred to the amenities both inside and outside the house.  Outside, the house has a courtyard as well as a separate private courtyard off the master bedroom suite.  All the bedrooms have private patio space.  The back patio space overlooks Red Mountain, Fielding said.  The house has four patios altogether.

The house also has three fireplaces and a firebox, which is near the entrance, Fielding noted.  “It showcases Jack Fisher Homes really well,” Fielding said.  Jack Fisher specializes in building “exceptional homes that match the beauty of Southern Utah,” Tyler Meyers, Southern Utah division president for Jack Fisher, said in a prepared statement. “It’s been exciting to receive all the positive reaction about the Portrush.”  The house opens to the right to a casita that has a desk and private bathroom, Fielding said.  She added the owners plan to use the casita as a meditation room.  She said all the bedrooms have flat-screen televisions. Fielding said all the bedrooms have separate bathrooms, with a half bathroom serving guests who do not plan to spend the night.  She walked into a large living room dubbed “the Great Room.” Its seamless glass windows open to views of the mountains, a lava field and golf course.  The room also has a wall-mounted, 70-inch flat-screen TV.  The Great Room adjoins a spacious dining room with two tables and the kitchen.  The kitchen has “high-end” Wolf appliances and a pantry, Fielding said.  Fielding said the homes in the subdivision have flat roofs and are limited in height to 18 feet so as not to block views.  She referred to the patio for the master suite that contains a water feature and fireplace.  The master suite also comes with a bathroom with a large sunken tub, Fielding said. The homeowners have his and her closet space.  The Potrush has a 3-car garage, which has complete built-in cabinetry and an epoxy floor.  The Portrush impressed at least three visitors during the parade Tuesday afternoon.

“I thought it was beautiful,” said Pat Larson, a retired elementary school teacher who lives in Layton. “The interior courtyard — that is what I like the best. It is just the outdoor feeling within the home.”

Larson said the Portrush was the 10th home that she visited on the parade list, adding she plans to see 10 other houses.

Parade participant Tenney Jensen of Nassau, Bahamas, commented, “I love how it blends in with the environment. Views – almost 360 degrees. Fabulous views.”

The colors in the house caught the eyes of Wayne Newson, a LaVerkin resident who is retired from the Ford Motor Co.

“I like the light colors … just the light, airy feel,” he said.

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