Thursday, February 5, 2015

To Build or Not to Build

Hardly a week goes by that one of our clients isn't faced with the dilemma of selling their home and building new, or staying put and remodeling their space. As designers, we ask clients to consider a few basic reasons for needing or wanting a change.

  • Has your family outgrown the space?
  • Is it outdated in style and floor plan?
  • Are you in a position to create your dream home?

Next, make a list of the "can't live without" features you need. Is it a chef's kitchen or a luxury master bath? Fewer bedrooms and a bigger gathering place is a big motivator for empty nesters while a young growing family's must-have's might be a playroom loft and multiple garages.

Lastly, don't forget the old adage: location, location, location. The most important factor in a homeowners' decision to stay put is that they love where their home is located.  One client shared ownership in a swimming pool with two adjacent neighbors while another was a 10 minute walk from work.

Sandy and Eldon Haacke have lived in their Sandy home for over 20 years and had already invested in an extensive exterior renovation.  Their basement was featured on our website last year after partnering with designer Leslie Warren.  After taking a breather from that project, plans for a much needed update of the kitchen and great room, master and guest baths as well as the laundry room were undertaken.  All of the amenities the couple wanted were meticulously outlined before demolition.  

Master Bath

Since the basement could now be a refuge from the construction, the master and guest bathrooms were gutted at the same time.  Almost all of the tile, fixtures and cabinets were selected prior to demolition to keep sub contractors' on schedule and avoid delays.

Guest Bath

As those spaces neared completion, the main floor cabinets were removed and all were donated to a local private school. The blinds were donated to Habitat for Humanity.  

The only major footprint change was building out the cramped corner closet.  Now it's a real pantry with pull out shelving and a motion light for convenience.  The microwave is also housed there.

We opted for slimmer doors to avoid blocking traffic by the island.  The Sub-Zero refrigerator is counter depth to create a clean sight line from the eating area.  

The cabinet hardware came after an exhaustive search but the pulls on the desk area reminded Sandra of pieces of jewelry that she owns, so it was worth the hunt.

The custom sized sectional and accompanying chair and ottoman were ordered well in advance so they would be ready for delivery just in time for Christmas entertaining.  The original sectional was Wesley Hall, so Sandra insisted we order her new one from them.  The wall covering is linen on paper and gives a softer look to the great room.

Great Room

Sandra was adamant that her powder bath have a big wow factor.  The foil wallpaper was ordered from London and the chain pendant added drama to this windowless room. The counter top cabinet affords much needed storage in the back entry of the house.

Powder Bath

After 20 years of doing laundry in a lack luster and not very functional laundry room, 3-Form which has a warehouse in Salt Lake City provided the inspiration for this funky cabinet detail.  With an almost limitless array of colors and textures to choose from, circular wire embedded 3-Form for the barrister doors were settled on.  The orange hued doors are bits of fabric sewn together in a cottage industry in Sri Lanka and shipped to the US for production. The drawer and cabinet pulls are glass.

Laundry Room

The partnership between Leslie and the Haackes has spanned over a decade and has resulted in a home that will serve this couple for years to come. 

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