Friday, March 22, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
What are your thoughts on this year's HGTV Dream Home? Do you have a favorite room? Would you do anything differently?
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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Home owners use different approaches when choosing colors for the exteriors of their homes. Mr. Hani Rihan chose to paint his home after purchasing in 2004. He went to the selections of Lowes Color Palettes and chose a suggested combination that he felt enhanced his home, landscaping and surrounding neighborhood. “I thought it was going to be ugly”, was Mr. Rihan’s first comment when he began painting. However after his completion, he appreciates the enhancement the colors have made in identifying the different architectural features.
The controversy will always be personal preference of you and your neighbor when painting exteriors. Interior colors are your own personal space, neighborhoods are shared.
So often we believe neutral is best, that it is risk free. However the beauty of color is appreciated by all. Well, maybe except for the neighbor who does not like color!
Architecture is a beautiful element of design. There are times when architecture needs nothing more than the brilliance of sunlight or the casts from colors of natural surroundings.
The houses have come a long way. The interior framing is completed, wires are being pulled... And now we are painting exteriors. It isn't easy attempting to tie in color with the neighborhood and still make the color palatable. So more often than not, I will blend with the colors of nature in the area.
Before you enhance your home with color, take all aspects of architecture and design into consideration. If you choose not to consult with a professional, it is simple to access information online. There is a plethora of websites with good advice available.
Three key points to remember:
· Focus on a combination of 2-3 colors that enhance your architecture
· Light colors add size, dark colors create drama
· Borrow from the nature that created one of the most beautiful places in the world!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Tom's New Office in the garage of 316 Calle Miramar
He really needs a nice rug and lamp, don't you think??
And here is Tom. He is the reason we will have two new homes under roof in 4 months! Tom has an easy smile and everyone likes him. However, I think if you tell Tom you are going to do something and don't do it - at the time you say you will do it - Well, I know I would personally not want to be on or below his B list!
The plumbing fixtures for 320 Calle Miramar are Lacava.
Monday, September 26, 2011
In the past 10 days, I have reviewed all interior products, priced all options and made those last minute critical decisions. Like deciding tile for a guest bath shower should not cost $5000.00... but remember, the less money you spend, the more work you have to do!
You look at these two houses, at this phase, and you need to know what colors are going work for the roof tile, on the decks, color of stucco, on the trims and for the railings...
Then you begin to contemplate how the colors of the landscape will affect the outdoor and indoor finishes. Regardless of years of training and experience, there is always the chance you are going to forget something that is important. Like where will the sun be hitting the surfaces inside and what shadows will that create? So first you go over everything on paper, and then you walk through it visually, a couple of times... Sometimes it becomes a little overhwhelming!
The more contemporary home is the one on the back lot, 320 Calle Miramar.
This company reclaims snow fence in Wyoming, remove the nails, and turns it into tongue and groove 3/4 wood floors, paneling and planking. In the midst of all the contemporary finishes, I have decided to use this reclaimed wood on the 2nd and 3rd floor. This is going to be a massive focal point with a lot of movement and in reality; most people would believe it belongs in a log cabin.