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Finishes Have Arrived!

December 6th, 2017 Posted in New Home, Uncategorized | No Comments »

We are excited to see final finishes being put in place throughout the new home. Many are covered and protected after installation, but we’ve found a few we can show off here.

The kitchen backsplash tile looks great with the counters, and it echoes the linear look of the Great Room fireplace opposite it. Here you can see the cooktop, pot filler, and hood. Notice that the hood has an integrated warming shelf.

The Great Room fireplace has really come together, though there are still a few items on the To-Do List: the gas fireplace awaits its finished glass face, and cabinets await doors that will be installed in the next few days. The Douglas Fir mantel is protected here.

The Copper kitchen sink is installed with Caesarstone “Buttermilk” quartz countertops. The edge of the Oregon maple island top can barely be seen here, above the backsplash tile.

The Den fireplace is now complete, with its Douglas Fir mantel and new hearth extension. Wall sconces are on the way.

In the Master Bedroom, the fireplace stone is in place. The gas fireplace’s finished front will be installed soon. On the floor beside the fireplace, you can see some of the hardwood flooring that will border the room.

Wallpaper abounds throughout the home. Below is a view of the wallpaper accent wall in the Master Bedroom, looking through to the Master Bath beyond.

Here is a view of the wallpaper accent wall in the Guest Suite. Again, you can see the hardwood flooring bordering the room; carpet will be installed in the center of the room. Notice the combination of stained windows and painted trim.

In the Guest Bath, all of the finishes are in place. Once the faucets are installed, this will be the first finished room of the house!

The Douglas Fir front door has been lacquered, and it is gorgeous! We love its design and details. It has is a beautiful stained glass light, protected here.

Stained Douglas Fir doors throughout the house are paired with painted trim and satin nickel egg-shaped knobs and arched rosettes.

At the covered back porch, paver installation is complete and the gas fire pit is in position. Once installation is complete, flames will rise from a bed of fire glass in the center of the fire pit. S’mores are calling!

And lastly, the paver walkway and steps to the front door have been built. Landscaping will follow in the spring.

We will continue to provide updates as things come together!

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Innovative Remodel Allows Aging in Place

November 30th, 2017 Posted in Aging in Place | No Comments »

The main driver behind this whole-house remodel was a desire to “age in place.” Our clients had a comfortable three-story home near family and friends, and they wanted to stay in their home as long as possible. However, they worried about the safety of climbing stairs as they became older, especially with a laundry basket in their hands.

Part of the innovative solution was to turn a small master bath on the top floor into space for an elevator. A three-story addition then provided room for a beautiful new master bath with a walk-in shower and separate Jacuzzi tub.

On the main floor, the addition includes a new laundry room, a new sunroom, an extended deck, and an expanded kitchen with a walk-in pantry.

The remodel also gave the homeowners an opportunity to update elements that had become outdated, such as flooring and cabinets. The new kitchen is both very functional and gorgeous, with custom maple cabinets and polished quartz countertops. A new custom handrail in the entry is safer and a work of fine craftsmanship.

The result is a safe, beautiful home where the homeowners can enjoy their retirement!

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New House Enters “Home” Stretch

November 22nd, 2017 Posted in Lodge Inspired Open Concept, New Home | No Comments »

This custom home is heading into the “home” stretch, so to speak, with final finishes being installed daily. We haven’t posted photos in a while, so we have some catching up to do!

First, the exterior: paint and siding are complete, along with windows and trim.

The beautiful Douglas Fir front door with its stained glass has yet to be hung, and plywood is still protecting the Fir sidelights, but one can begin to get a feel for the home’s entrance. A paver walkway will be built this week, and the column bases will be clad in stone. The circular window over the front door brings light into the Entry Hall and Great Room.

The covered back porch awaits installation of concrete pavers and the fire pit, which is sounding appealing about now as we head into winter! The 16’ sliding door at right will allow the Great Room to fully open onto the porch in good weather. The Breakfast nook is at the center of the photo below, and doors to the Den are at left, beyond.

The Den and its picture windows face a beautiful panoramic view of the Cascade range. The full masonry fireplace chimney is being finished here, and is now about ready to be fired up for the first time.

Inside, the Den fireplace is nearly complete – in the photo below, the upper half is still wet from construction. Only the hearth extension near the floor is left to be installed. This is a “Rumford” fireplace design. (Click here for a great history lesson!) The hemlock ceiling and the Douglas Fir beams are already warming up the room. Cherry paneling on all the walls will begin soon, along with library cabinets and shelves. A wood mantel and wall sconces will be mounted on the fireplace face.

Looking east from the Den (a.k.a. A Room with a View), this room features large beams and a tongue and groove ceiling.

The Great Room fireplace is taking shape nicely, its chimney slipping deftly between the heavy timber trusses. A wood mantel has been installed (protected for the meantime) and a TV will be mounted above. The gas fireplace is linear and wide, and ductwork distributes its heat into the room. This is the first photo we’ve posted of the glazed cabinets used in the Great Room and Kitchen: they are truly a work of art!

Below is a sneak peak of the Oregon Maple slab countertop for the kitchen island. The incredible beauty of the figured maple is bound to become the centerpiece of the home. The edge facing guests at the island will be the “live edge” shown at the bottom of the photo below. Anyone will be happy to belly up to this bar!

The Master Bedroom is mostly trimmed and awaits flooring, wallpaper, and light fixtures. The reading nook at the corner of the room will enjoy natural light from three side, and is sure to become a favorite spot.

Cherry cabinets, quartz countertops, wallpaper, and floor tile have been installed in the Master Bathroom. Plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, and custom mirrors are on the way!

We are grateful for all the craftspeople – both subcontractors and our own carpenters – as well as the vendors who are working so well to bring this project to completion.

Stay tuned as we head to the finish line!

 

 

 

 

 

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Huge Strides on New Home

October 3rd, 2017 Posted in Lodge Inspired Open Concept, New Home, Remodeling Projects | Comments Off on Huge Strides on New Home

We’ve made great strides since our last post, and the house is really taking shape.

Exterior photos from last week (already feeling outdated!) show the finished roofing, newly installed windows and exterior doors, progress on the siding, and more. We’re looking forward to installation of the stone wainscot that will cover the green sheathing along the base of the front of the home.

The covered back porch is coming together, with the 16-foot-wide sliding doors.

The wiring, fire sprinklers, and insulation are done, and now we are into drywall. It’s at this point where one really gets a sense of the scale of the different rooms. In this photo, taken from the front entry, you can see the main room of the home, with the trussed ceiling taking shape.

The Kitchen and the Breakfast Nook (up a step and to the left, in the photo below) are adjacent to the Great Room. The kitchen gets additional natural light from a skylight.

The Breakfast Nook will enjoy morning light:

The Master Bedroom has its fireplace installed now. It will be clad in natural stone. The sitting area at the end of the room already looks inviting!

The east-facing, vaulted Den (photo below) will have expansive views of the Cascade Range and Willamette Valley below. The windows have a natural cherry interior finish, which matches the paneled walls to be built soon!

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Stainless Steel Counters Brighten this Corvallis Home

September 23rd, 2017 Posted in Remodeling Projects, Stainless Counters | Comments Off on Stainless Steel Counters Brighten this Corvallis Home

This Corvallis kitchen has captured our imagination!

stainless steel countertops

In many ways, this newly remodeled kitchen is a simple design, but the material selections and design subtleties make it a much more exciting and functional kitchen than previously. We only slightly enlarged the kitchen, so this is mostly a replace-in-place design: appliances and plumbing remained in the same locations.

But first, the shiny and colorful aspects! The kitchen is graced with stainless steel counters. We designed them with a custom integral sink and a recessed drain board (on the right side of the sink above). One end of the counter is cantilevered to allow for a bar stool to be pulled up for a helper or guest, or just for oneself while reading today’s cookbook.

The backsplash is a Fireclay Tile in their ‘Picket’ shape set in a ‘braid’ pattern that lends a sense of visual movement. The color is Aegean Sea blue, and gives the kitchen a wonderful depth and vibrancy – especially with the natural maple cabinets. The tile has a crackle glaze and is paired with black grout.

At the window sills, we used blue-gray Carrara marble, which contrasts with the cool stainless counters.

The kitchen contains mostly new cabinets, but these were all made, remarkably, to match the existing cabinets in style and color. Our cabinet maker showed off his skills in color matching here, to the point that it’s difficult to separate new from old!

Both new and existing cabinets were outfitted with lots of accessories that make for an efficient kitchen that’s a joy to cook in. Let’s take a peek inside!

The picture below shows drawers tailored for storing cooking tools, frying pans, and lids:

cabinet dividers

This photo shows a spice door, an appliance garage with a fold-out door, and a shallow pull-out upper cabinet for storing supplements off the counter but within easy reach:

lazy susan and appliance garage

We also added a corner lazy Susan cabinet, a trash and recycling drawer, a pull-out bread board, tray storage above the fridge, and a two-tiered cutlery drawer.

Because of careful attention to the homeowner’s specific storage needs, the kitchen is now far more efficient and less cluttered than the one it replaced – though it grew only a foot or so larger. The homeowner has enjoyed all the clever new accommodations and accessories!

We also added a new top to an existing cabinet that acts as a buffet, separating the kitchen from the dining area. The top is a slab of Oregon-sourced Black Walnut, and has amazingly beautiful figuring in its natural grain patterns. At another location, we topped a desk countertop with a slab of English Walnut.

The addition of natural materials like wood and marble lend balance to the more industrial stainless steel of the counters and appliances. Marmoleum (a true, natural linoleum sheet flooring) replaced the worn and tired hardwoods that were in the original kitchen.  The shift in materials between the kitchen and dining room provides a welcome visual separation in the open floor plan of the spaces.

In the picture below, the black walnut slab counter can be seen in the foreground. Beyond, under-cabinet lighting brightens the work space and highlights the handmade tile.

A new serving board with a “live edge” (made from some of the unused length of the wood slab) shows the beautiful graining of the black walnut:

The success and beauty of this kitchen is a direct result of close collaboration with a homeowner who has a particular vision and a discerning eye.  She envisioned the stainless steel, the tile, and so much more, while we finessed, facilitated, and fabricated to bring it all to fruition. We are honored to have been part of the team!

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