Yesterday marked Day 1 of Our Big House Renovation. BUT, I could not blog or take pictures because our littlest monkey had some sort of stomach bug… 😦 So here is a quick little vine vid showing our Demo and some Before Shots!
So – you are probably wondering what this house looks like, and what “The Plan” might be. As explained before, it’s a 2000 sq foot rancher that was built in 1986 in Maple Ridge, BC. Therefore, it has raised panel oak cabinetry, pink p-lam countertops, blue/grey plumbing fixtures, single pane windows, 2 1/2″ mouldings/baseboards, shiny brass hardware, a burgundy double front door and 11 flooring transitions [GAH!] – which include linoleum, carpet and laminate.
As for layout – it has five bedrooms including the principal bedroom which includes an ensuite. There are two, three piece bathrooms as well – which is great for a growing family. The public areas of the home are compartmentalized and therefore, make it harder to entertain. I have always liked the way the home was laid out – but now thinking about functionality for our family of 5, there are definitely a few things that we are going to change.
By taking out some partition walls – and adding a beam in another area – we hope to create an open space. We will define the different areas of this open space with custom millwork and furniture – therefore, still allowing a separate feel for the kitchen, work space, dining area, and media area. We also decided to stack the washer/dryer to allow for an undermount laundry sink, and took out the closet in the boot room to allow for a built in to house shoes, coats, backpacks, etc. I feel that the riskiest thing we are proposing to do is take out our existing (tiny) WIC and use that space to extend the existing (tiny) ensuite – and include a freestanding soaker tub. To make up for the lost walk in closet, we will have full height built-ins installed in the bedroom instead. I will let you know if this is a disaster – or if the trade off was worth it!
Today, I thought I’d share with you some progress – Usually, before starting a project, I would ask my clients to compile some “inspiration images”, to give me a feel of what they are looking for. These would consist of some of their favourite furniture/decor pieces, their wish lists and dream ideas, and then finally some finishes that they LOVE! Since my client is: me, myself, and I … O, and my dear husband and lovely children, (can’t forget that their opinions matter as well!!!) most of my ideas are in my head as mental notes from when I have been sourcing for my clients or just doing research for the company. So, to include you as we take this wild ride, here are some ways you can follow along! This may help you visualize how this project will take shape and possibly give some direction on how to organize your ideas if you were thinking of renovating or re-decorating! Because Social Media is the bomb (yes, I just said that) – I thought I would use some neat little apps for sharing some of our selections. Enjoy! Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook – all under CCSRdesign – for up to the minute inspiration (or if I’m keeping it real – many quirky photos of my children and other strange things!)
TWITTER & VINE
(still new to Pinterest – my boards are kinda lame – but a great way to keep track of specs and pricing!)
Therefore, I will try to keep it simple!
This past Tuesday we got an email from the lovely Lynn Easton of The News, our local Ridge Meadows newspaper, asking if we would be interested in giving our opinion on design trends once more! I managed to gather a few decor pieces to show current design trends in our small little “Garden House” – and here is the photo and design story written by Lynn. Hope you enjoy – it is always such a pleasure to be a part of our small local design community – let me know what you think of our opinions!
QUIRKY, INDIVIDUALISTIC STYLES FOR 2013
If you are feeling a little blue this month as we head into the dark days of winter, don’t worry, you’re right on trend.
And with any luck, there’s a way to cheer you up while brightening up your surroundings at the same time.
Interior designers and home decor experts are already looking to embrace the deep warm shade of [Monaco] Blue that echoes the warm sunny [climates] as the next trend to make a splash in home design.
This Pantone spring-2013 trend will likely be seen both in new condos and home renovation project alike, says Christa Robinson a Maple Ridge interior design and owner of [CCSR] Interior Design.
“It’s such a beautiful blue,” Robinson says of the colour making its way from the fashion runway to our driveways. “It is very welcoming and warm”.
Whether you are planning to sell your home or just hoping to curl up and enjoy the many hours you’ll spend inside this winter, you will be touched by this year’s somewhat traditional hues.
The deep [Monaco] blue will be one of the strong new natural colour going into 2013 and by adding a touch of the season’s complementary red creates a welcoming winter combo.
“Red undertones feels just right for November. We’re all hunkering down for cold weather and this cozy, cozy colour warms everything from wearers to sofas,” says Lila Zargahmi of HGTV, echoing Robinson’s local take in her November blog.
Colour is not the only trend taking hold this winter and foreshadowing the next big thing.
Quirky and individualistic styles are taking off as we head from 2012 to 2013. People seem to be a bit more optimistic about the economy and are willing to open up their pockets and buy one or two bit items that say something unique about themselves, Robinson says.
“I do think people are getting out of the recession thinking and starting to want to invest again in something that will mean something to them for a long time,” she says, “People don’t want to be super frugal.”
That special item is often something like an oversized leather couch or a striking piece of art.
Meanwhile, bold shapes like chevrons and zigzags are big trends for accent pieces such as pillows and carpets. And wallpaper remains one of the 2012 trends that will endure.
“You can find gorgeous [wallpaper, in all kinds of graphic patterns] and it’s very contemporary,” Robinson says.
While designers are playing around with big and bold trends, homeowners are hardening back in time and some long-gone trends are making a comeback this winter.
Robinson says many of her clients are now asking for the once ubiquitous white appliances again, citing the clean lines and classic finish of white in the kitchen.
And a surprising resurgence of brass in the kitchen is taking hold.
“The brass we all hated is coming back,” she laughs. “Thankfully, it’s not done the way we used to see though.”
Instead, people are mixing and matching metals and using muted tones of brass that complement those white appliances and white subway tiles that are becoming staples in the kitchen.
And some of the urban-chic design of clean lines and bold colour that has been common in Vancouver for the past couple of years is making its way eastward to the Fraser Valley and can be seen both in new condos and some of our commercial properties.
Robinson points to the new Chameleon Cafe on 224th street in downtown Maple Ridge as an example of this trend.
“We are seeing younger demographic and buys,” she says, “There’s definitely a more streamlined design style out there.”
But as those young people look toward the end of a lousy economic slump and into a new year they are also in the mood for a bit of fun.
Animal prints and stylized moose or deer head sculptures are big this winter and are becoming a common site in upscale home decor stores.
But if you’d rather leave the moose to the hunters this winter you can huddle under your Hudson Bay blanket this year as all things Canadiana also makes a comeback.
If you really want to be on trend you could grab your Bay blanket, sit on your big overstuff [couch] and dream of the blue sky and warm blue water of that off Moroccan beach.
-Lynn Easton is a local freelance writer.
For more on Robinson’s take on these colours and trends go: www.ccsrdesign.ca