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Lake Tahoe new construction rustic modern home

Rustic kitchen, hickory cabinets, leathered black granite counters, wrought iron fixtures and lighting, real rock veneer back Splash, clerestory windows, hard wood flooring
Rustic kitchen, hickory cabinets, leathered black granite counters, wrought iron fixtures and lighting, real rock veneer back Splash, clerestory windows, hard wood flooring

This was a new construction spec home in Lake Tahoe, where the investor wanted a rustic (but updated) feel. So I used real stone veneers for the backsplash, rustic hickory cabinets and a black leathered granite counter. All wrought iron accents in the lighting and hardware helped achieve the look.

Rimrock master bath

As a designer/ specifier for new home construction, I get given a blank slate to work with. The architectural plans just have walls, windows and doors. In designing the layout for rooms like the kitchen and master bath, I can suggest window or door changes in order to complete a more usable, functional or aesthetic space.

Rimrock kitchen 3

With the direction of the homeowner, or in this case the investor, telling me the general style they want to achieve, I set out to specify fixtures, fittings, lighting, cabinets, counters, tile, paint and architectural details from inside to outside of the home.

Rimrock master bath 2

I convert the architectural plans from DWG files to my Chief Architect program and then design the layout of the kitchen. My program allows for 3D color renderings so the clients can see the direction I am taking as I go. All the while, I am keeping close tabs on the cost of the items I specify to stay in the price per square foot budget I have been given.

I think this project turned out pretty well.

Rimrock hall bath

Rimrock  2nd hall bath

Rimrock powder room

Planning a kitchen remodel? Why you should hire a kitchen designer, even if you are a DIY er!

So you think  it’s time to remodel your kitchen? The kitchen design…… the form part….or how it looks, can be done by you, the homeowner if you are a creative, do it yourself type. And if you have done large remodel projects before, you have probably made some mistakes and learned what not to do again.

Yorktowne/Medallion cabinetry
Yorktowne/Medallion cabinetry

But many people don’t have both the creative and the technical know how to “do it all yourself”  without the costly mistakes and headaches that come with a big remodel. This is where a kitchen designer can come in handy. To rely on your contractor, is an OK idea but in most cases, Continue reading Planning a kitchen remodel? Why you should hire a kitchen designer, even if you are a DIY er!

Use design boards in your kitchen remodel…. especially if you’re a DIY(er)

015Ok, so you have decided not to hire a professional to design your new kitchen. That’s OK, but please do me a favor and heed my advice.  Unless you’ve done this before successfully, without do-overs or mistakes…. use a designers technique to look at the big picture first! Get all your surface materials and paint colors together and lay them out on a neutral colored surface  and live with  it for a few days before you pull the trigger and order any of those items for your remodel. DSC_0257You might be saying…” oh I know what I like “. Well, I’m sure you do and you probably have great taste most of the time,  but not everything in your closet goes with each other does it? You bought all those items because you like them, and they are most likely all very nice! However, that doesn’t mean that the brown and pink paisley shirt goes with the teal green striped skirt! They are both nice, but don’t work paired with each other, now do they? Continue reading Use design boards in your kitchen remodel…. especially if you’re a DIY(er)

DIY Kitchen Remodel Guide

So……you are planning a complete remodel or an addition to make your kitchen grand. Well the first place to start is with the design. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, don’t go tearing out your walls and cabinets until you have everything planned. This is the phase where it pays to hire a designer who can help draw up the plans. If they do CAD (computer aided design) with 3D renderings, even better. This way, you can see how your ideas will look and work before you get started. Kitchen designers do this day in and day out so they can help you avoid common mistakes. Mistakes cost time and money. Better to pay a few bucks for a professional kitchen design, and get it right the first time, than to waste time and materials (money) and have all the headaches that come with the mistakes. (go to the how I can help you tab to inquire about hiring me to help with your layout and design) Continue reading DIY Kitchen Remodel Guide