Archive for August, 2012

Once inside, this home feels much bigger than it looks on the outside. Today I am going to take you on a tour of the upper level. There are three charming bedrooms, a play room, project room ,bathroom and laundry room. Much of this space was attic space and part of modernizing the home was to open up and create more living space.


I wanted the home to have a space for creation…. crafts, homework,hobbies, etc.


Because of all the unique roof lines I wanted this upper level to be very imaginative with the window seats and built in play house. I wanted the home to have a space for everyone including children and as the owners grow into the house, grand-children.
I wanted these rooms to have crisp white walls (a trend I think is on its way back in).


I did several things to E-Gress the home such as placing a window seat below the skylight window in the south bedroom. The bed in the west bedroom was also placed to allow it to be stepped on so you could sit on the window sill and wait to be rescued. I also wanted to centralize the stairs so as you exit the upper floor you go right to the front door-during the remodel we rotated the staircase to allow for this.


In preserving the original roof line of the home I was left with some unique spaces once we opened up the attic. The small nook to the west of the bathroom became a space for the family pet. I used blue concrete in the bathroom for a sense of playfulness for children.



Aesthetically I designed the cabinets to look like furniture pieces as historically a kitchen of that era would have had. The rubble wall in the kitchen was preserved to show the original structure.
The counter tops are concrete. I wanted to use a modern material; granite didn’t seem appropriate and marble would have been typical to the era but felt to fancy for the home.
The ceiling has a new framing system that depicts the original behind it. It is also a reference to how the floor was framed in the original space.


It appeared that the dining room was originally a bedroom as it was wallpapered. When we entered the space it was being used as a mechanical room and housed the furnace and water heater. I moved the furnace and water heater into the boot room so I could reinvent this space into a dining room. We tried to restore the original wallpaper and were unsuccessful so I had craft paper added back into the space.

I loved the idea of using tungsten lighting to reference the era of the home.


The master bedroom was an addition that was added to the home in the late 80’s or early 90’s. The goal was to reference even that period of time. To transition from the sitting room I used white which would have been typical to the ear of the remodel.

There were originally windows on the west side which I had filled in to allow for privacy as there are now neighbors to the west. I added French doors on the east wall to exit to the back patio and allow easy access up to the pergola.


I used craft paper in the master bathroom. The tub is original and I used penny tiles on the floor and in the shower which were typically used in the 1900’s- again connecting the old and the new.
The concrete counters bring a modern element into the space. The curves of it introduce softer angles.


As I mentioned before the back porch had to be completely rebuilt so I modernized it into a boot room with a half-bath. The brick wall depicts the original exterior of the home. I used yellow concrete in the half-bath to add playfulness to the space.

To see the before shots of the interior of the home you can watch this YouTube video.

Brinton-Dahl Remodel Interior

August 24th, 2012


You can see the original owners, the Brinton’s, above the fireplace. When we started restoring the home, the neighborhood and descendents of the home owners were thrilled. We had several people stop by with bits of history about the home and a few photographs. I wanted to honor the Brinton’s as they were responsible for the charming architecture of the home.The second owners, the Dahl’s, took the home to another level of detail and improved upon the house adding the fireplaces when they purchased the home. I wanted to keep the connection from the Brinton’s to the Dahl’s so we kept the original fireplaces with their unique tile and woodwork. We believe the front door and window casings were original to the home, so for uniformity in our design we kept as much of the original as possible and replicated what needed to be repaired or restored.I opened up the wall between the great room and the kitchen to modernize the home and create more purposeful living spaces. There was originally an arch over the entry to the stairs and this inspired the arch into the kitchen. I also love to architecturally frame views from one room into another, linking you to the space and to the history of the home.
The floors in the main house were originally wood floors. We placed a new wood floor on top of the original going the opposite direction to reinforce and stiffen it and still give credit to the original architecture of the home.
Utilizing interior details, color, and scale throughout the home I was able to combine elements of old and new to add value and interest to the home. I selected the paint colors based on the period of the home and used modern furniture to compliment the historic elements of the room.


The fireplace and unique tile work, window casings, and pocket doors in this room are original to the home. During the Parade of Homes we had someone inform us the Dahl’s hired an artist who had done some professional LDS works of art do the faux finishing on the pocket doors.The phone booth is an antique from the Newhouse Hotel in Salt Lake City.
The two maps hung next to the pocket doors were found in the home. I love having a bit of actual history from the home displayed!


In the era the home was built it was common for the wealthy to have a room where the men would go to smoke. It was often a billiards room. I loved the idea of doing table tennis for a bit of English influence. This game room is nod to the more modern ‘man cave’.
The shape of the window is original to the house but the art glass was most likely added in the 70’s. I decided to leave it as a throwback to that era.


I wanted to find new uses for the spaces in this old home. I used white walls in this room to transition into the master bedroom – a link from the old to the new (addition).

To see the before shots of the interior of the home you can watch this YouTube video. Interior pictures of the rest of the house will be coming soon!

Brinton-Dahl Remodel Exterior

August 21st, 2012

I am excited to take you on a tour of the remodel I designed for the Professional Builders Group that was recently featured in the Salt Lake Parade of Homes.

The restoration of this home exemplifies what I believe life and design are all about. Life is about history and we are all a product of history. I feel that each generation can and should improve upon itself. Think about the purpose of creating the constitution – to provide a better world for future generations.
The Brinton-Dahl house, originally built around the 1890’s, was built with good basic design. Our builder Gordon Wood of the Professional Building Group also loved history and was invested in “historically saving” the house. We took several measures to preserve as much of the original structure and its Queen Anne style as possible. To improve upon the home for this and future generations I reinforced structures, converted attic space into living space, and modernized the interiors and additions.

The back porch, now the boot room, needed to be completely rebuilt. I modernized it spatially to allow for a mechanical room as well as more storage and a ½ bath.

The home originally had an open deck at the rear. I wanted to find a way to marry the old with the new. Adding the pergola was my historical nod to a roof top garden atop an old building on Exchange Place where high society would socialize. It was also a way to draw the eye up from the addition to the beautiful columns.

The carriage house was placed in such a way to reference the original carriage house (now converted into another home). The original entrance remains from the east swinging around to the west- another throw back to the original design.

As the home was originally a farm house I thought it would be fun to add chicken coops! Talented Joe Lookingland has created a modern interpretation of the chicken coop.

If you didn’t get a chance to see the house in the Parade you are invited to our Open House Saturday August 25th from 5-8pm. The furnishing will be for sale. The home is located at 1501 East Spring Lane, Holladay, UT 84117.

Portland Street of Dreams

August 17th, 2012

This past weekend I traveled to Oregon to visit family and attend the Portland Street of Dreams. It is amazing to be able to attend a homeshow where all the homes are on the same street. Every home exemplified unique architecture and style. My trip was quite inspiring and I took pictures to share! Here you can see the exteriors and then I’ll take you inside so you can experience the different styles from traditional, Pacific North West, modern, Tuscan, and East Coast style.



The Calistoga

Rivendell Manor had a separate cottage in back complete with a fireplace and bath!

Mystic Ridge



Eldredge Manor Reception

August 14th, 2012

Last weekend our very own talented Lauri had an exciting event. Her son got married and all of us at the office had the pleasure of attending the beautiful reception and luncheon.

The reception was held at the historic Eldredge Manor. The home was originally a stately home built in the early 1900’s for Afton Eldredge Moss, who’s father owned the Deveroux House in Salt Lake City. He built a special temporary railroad spur from his home to his daughter’s home in West Bountiful so that “his daughter could receive Salt Lake City society in style.”
I had the privileged several years ago to design the remodel and additions of this building. With the remodel the goal was to carry on the tradition as a place of entertainment while preserving as much of the original materials and fixtures as possible. To allow for larger parties yet preserve and compliment the main structure, a great hall and music room were added as wings to the East and West of the home. During the remodel workers uncovered hidden modifications made over the past 100 years that were not in the original floor plan. Bricked up windows were opened, extra wall taken down and false ceilings removed.

Talented landscape architect David Racker and I worked together to create an outdoor space for entertaining. His challenge was to dampen the noise from nearby I-15 which he did wonderfully.

[photos from Eldredge Manor]

The luncheon was held at non other than our favorite Herm’s Inn! Lauri and her husband as well as the bride’s father grew up in Logan so many of the guests had stories about their history and experiences with the original Herm’s Inn.

Thanks Lauri for inviting us to these wonderful events! And CONGRATULATIONS McKay and Emily!

Parade Home- Before & After

August 6th, 2012

This is amazing! You can see the before and after of our Parade House. Thank you to Gordon Wood and his team at the Professional Building Group. It has been a pleasure to work with you on this project!

We were honored to win Best of Category 2012 (for $600,000- $1,000,000 homes) as well as Best Architecture/Home Design!!
Have fun at the Parade of  Homes and share your favorites! Don’t forget to use promo code: SLHBA2012 to get your tickets online for only $10!

Just a fun clip from Studio 5 to get you excited about the Parade of Homes starting tomorrow! Our house #7 Brinton-Dahl is the charming historic home that is mentioned and shown at the end of the clip. Thanks again to our amazing builders at the Professional Building Group and my staff here for their hard work, talent, and time getting ready for the show!!