And the wait is over, for the time being, just received the newly updated version of our new home plans. I had been going a bit stir crazy for the renderings as things got backed up for Matt (and rightfully so), especially since he’s a family man and is working on site for his many builds. Johnny and I were anticipating when we would receive an email from Matt, as we constantly checked our phones every time there was a “BING” sound. i can imagine what we looked like, as we jumped to our phones like Pavlov’s dog to get a tasty treat. I have to laugh about it now, but when we got the email it was a sumptuous delicacy to the eyes. Our Dream Home was going to look amazing!
We’ve moved on to the stage now of deciding the exterior finishes.
- A smooth concrete like stucco siding made of acrylic, in a greyish taupe.
- Sandstone accents for the feature wall out front.
- Windows frames to be a dark bronze in metal
- Exterior Entrance wall to be of reclaimed wood.
- Roof line in a kind of chevron pattern with asphalt shingles.
- Solar panels
- And lots of natural light beaming in.
I’m sure the list will expand, but that’s what we know at this stage of the game.
The whole upper floor will be dedicated to the Master, Ensuite and the Walk in Closet. A siting area to watch the teli, and sit by the the fire place. The main floor will inhabit the Art Studio, Powder room, Boot/Mud room, Laundry Room, Family Room, Kitchen, Dining Room, Conversation area, and a grand Foyer.
The Walk-out-basement will consist of the Entertainment area, 2 Guest Bedrooms with a Jack & Jill Bath, a Utility Room, Powder room and Butler’s Pantry with Wine Cellar. And perhaps a Workout room if space allows.
The house is not as large as it sounds, as it has a very small footprint. But seeing how we will have three levels, we were able to plan to have the best views from all rooms and still have a lot of room on our two acre lot and lot’s of room between the neighbors and us. The front of the house will unsuspecting, seeming like a small home with a three car attached garage. But once you walk in, it’ll be a sweet surprise as the layout is an open feel, making it seem larger.
So in the meantime, I will be on the hunt for new furnishings to fit the ultra modern feel of the home, and sell the furniture we have now. Moving from an English Cottage style home in California, to a Modern structure in Alberta will be quite the task. Since I will be using my interior styling knowledge to pull this home together, the selection of furniture really needs to implement a fresh new cohesive feel. Choosing the right colors and design structure will play a huge factor, since we’ve decided on White walls throughout to give it a art friendly feel, the rest of the decor will be bold yet simple, and should all look like pieces of art. Integrating different textures and subtle shades of warm grey, warm tones and accents of wood, shades of blue, and delicate patterns to keep it from getting to busy. The feel that we are after is warm and inviting as well as clean and simple. Oh, and clutter free, keeping everything looking fresh, pleasing to the eye, and clean.
Here is a sneak peek at the front rendering of our house to be.
So yeah, I’m getting my studio space! Yahoo! This is most exciting to me, as I am a painter/illustrator of mixed mediums. This is the perfect space for me as it will be flooded with light and will make my creativity more enjoyable, instead of working in a cramped corner. We still have to add a closet for storage but that’s all it really needs.
The light coming in the studio will be mainly through a large garage door made of windows. This way I am able to open it on warm sunny days and just breathe in the fresh air. It’s also going to be great ventilation for when I’m using oil based paints.
But really? It’s just freaking awesome!
Let me just start today by saying that working with Matt, the architect, has been more than we had expected. The copious amounts of renderings for our home, have been wonderfully overwhelming. He really gets us and what we are looking for. Between the three of us, this has been a most enjoyable creative process. My husband being a Creative Director, Matt’s design skills, and my background in home staging and styling have worked so well together that once this home is done, it will be amazing!
Unlike any thing we could ever imagine, our home has taken on a personality that’s sure to turn some heads. I know that it sounds like I’m bragging, but I’m so tickled pink of what we’ve designed that it’s hard waiting for Matt to send us the sketches of our personal tweeks and changes to make it our own.
Since we consider him more and more like our friend, I’m sure he doesn’t mind our constant texts and emails pertaining to the home. After all he said we were his favorite clients! Well just the same, he’s our favorite Architect. On that note, when staring a project like this, you want to be simpatico with whom ever you choose to be the one to design your home. You don’t want a constant struggle, as it should be a fun and educational process. If you work with someone who does value your opinion. Do your research and meet with a few architects before you make you’re decision.
Later today, we will receive a new rendering of our plans and I can’t wait to share a sneak peek of it with you. Blog later!
After the Home Show, we texted Matt, our architect, to see if he had any more sketches for us. Now so far we’ve received a few layout options from him already…
Building a house from scratch takes a lot of work, and the long road ahead of us, has my hubby and me in a constant state of preparation. I mean just yesterday we went to the Home Show at the Convention Center downtown. and we realized just how much we have to consider that weren’t top of mind at first. There were exhibits for windows, doors, security, solar power, heating systems, roofing, tile work and the list goes on. We spoke to a few of the booths there, getting information and pamphlets to take home for us to peruse through once we got home.
More and more options are becoming available to us that will make our house not only appealing but environmentally friendly. Johnny and I thought it best to use Geo-Thermal heat, Solar Power and using our rain water as a way to maintain our garden and landscaping without the costly bills that a two acre lot would demand. Yet there were so many questions still left unanswered but in time would reveal itself. In the meanwhile my side of the desk has nothing but stacks of magazines, brochures, catalogs and pretty much anything to do with the planning of our home.
My husband I were on the hunt, for a builder and a great architect. Who would we chose, or rather who would be our prime candidates in the building of our abode? We needed to build a team of experts that we could trust and have total confidence in, so our search took flight.
Going to a lot of open houses, show homes and new home builds we would take note:
- What was the quality of the build.
- Are the materials being used, good solid materials or were they taking short cuts.
- Who was most creative, the most inventive.
- Were their expectations of time, value and cost effectiveness equating with our estimations.
- Which ones were bold enough to magic happen, and not shy away from making a statement piece.
- Was the personality of the people we chose be copacetic with ours.
There are many things to consider at this stage, and the process if you do it right, will be tough because it can take awhile to create a group of people that will be to maintain your expectations. And remember you’ll be working with them for at least six months if not longer so make your decisions wisely.
After much consideration, we had found our architect first. We had gotten his name from a few people. It was totally word of mouth and we hadn’t seen his work before we decided to meet with him in person. Our time frame was in a bit of a crunch and we were only up in Alberta for so long before returning back to California. So meeting him would be our way of getting to know his personality and pick his brain about his theories, his accomplishments, his outlook and his overall talent.
We met with him for lunch and were nothing if not pleasantly surprised at his casual , approachable and down right awesome demeanor. There was no pretense. He did not come with a portfolio or a contract ready to sign. There was no pressure or hidden agenda. We ate, we laughed, we conversed about our dream and his answers to our questions were just what we needed to hear. He was full of information and came with the intention of getting to know us and see if we were someone he could work with. I mean you either jive or you don’t. Know what I mean?
We left the luncheon feeling satisfied but creatively hungry for more. We checked out some of his work and were more than pleased with what we had discovered. He was imaginative, loved his job, creative and best of all we liked him. He was originally from Las Vegas and had moved to Canada to be with his lovely wife. His company, WPL, meaning, Where People Live was who we were going to partner up with. Yes, Matt Klinkenborg was our man.
i emailed him a list of everything we wanted in our home. Each room with our list of demands. I wanted pretty specific things as did Johnny so writing it all down and creating our visual board of person taste and delights on Pinterest would be one of the ways we would communicate the eye candy we desired. It also gave him an idea of our personal tastes and solutions to creative dilemmas we figured we be faced with. After all we both knew our list was going to be a challenge for Matt. We would soon find out in the months to come.