Pine Street Reveal -Part I

Let there be light! The house on Pine Street has been completed as of June. We have been doing finishing touches and moving in since then. We are happy to share photos with you. The original 2 bed/1 bath 1924 Craftsman style bungalow has been expanded into a 2 story home  with 4 beds and 3 baths.

Our aim with this project was to take a home that had some existing charm in a great location and bring it into the 21st century. The governing principle was to balance the old and the new, in design as well as materials, mixing clean and modern with elements that add texture and depth.  

We also strived to create a sophisticated and custom looking home while using off the shelf, affordable materials, and techniques in creative ways.

Living room fireplace to the north

Living room fireplace to the north

The palate is simple and dramatic with dark cobalt paint on the existing trim, white walls and light maple floors. This works well in the tall space and will allow us to use bright textiles and art to add color, warmth and interest. 

Living room south 

Living room south 

In the front living room we exposed the many southern windows by eliminating the den. This has brought light deep into the house and created a large front room in which we can create multiple seating areas while still having a large space to entertain.

Centralized kitchen looking toward stair and breakfast area

The Kitchen is now the center of the house with the stair, dining, breakfast, and living areas opening onto it. A large Island will eventually anchor this room. We added new windows on the kitchen wall and a windowed door to the backyard connecting the outdoor spaces with the interior. The large slate backsplash and stainless steel hood create a focal point on the long kitchen wall adding depth and texture. Wood butcher block countertops wrap the modern cabinets and refrigerator as well. 

Dining room looking toward kitchen

Dining room looking toward kitchen

Pantry cabinet wall

Pantry cabinet wall

A cutout in the pantry wall is also wrapped in wood and opens the breakfast room to the rest of the house  We accomplished this look using ikea base cabinets with locally sourced door fronts that we painted in a  deep saturated teal with brass hardware. It achieves a custom look while staying within a reasonable budget.

View from kitchen to dining and living rooms

View from kitchen to dining and living rooms

We strive to find moments like the opening onto the stair landing from below. Opportunities like this often present themselves as a project evolves. Being able to take advantage of them adds character and transparency to a home. 

Opening to stair landing

Opening to stair landing

Window at stair landing

Window at stair landing

Stairwell and Upstairs hallway

Stairwell and Upstairs hallway

The new stairwell is a room of its own. Its ascending height and vertical window create an elegant gallery like space that draws you up to the second floor. The doors and frames that were eliminated on the first floor were reused on the second floor bedrooms. This brings some older detailing to the new upstairs build. 

Child's room

Child's room

Child's room

Child's room

Additional light was brought into the childrens' rooms by adding small porthole sized windows designed to fit easily between the framing studs. They are already favorite spots for the kids to gaze. We refinished the existing douglas fir attic floor, adding yet another element bringing age, depth and texture. The roof pitch is reflected in the bedroom ceilings recalling the sloped ceiling bedrooms of many of the traditional homes in the area. 

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

The bathrooms used off the shelf products in an interesting way to create fun and efficient spaces. 

Closing credits:

This project is the product of the hard work of many tradespeople, family and friends. We are thankful for their help and honored to acknowledge them!

General Contractor - Wilbur Construction, LLC                                                                                             HVAC and Plumbing Contractor - Trudell  Plumbingand Heating                                                                      Electrical Contractor - Mandel Electric                                                                                                   Wood Floor refinishing - Charlie Kronschnabel at U.P. Wood Flooring                                                 Window Contractor - Joe Dost at Pella Windows                                                                                 Custom Cabinet Doors by North Oak Manufacturing

Additional thanks to Ben Thierry, Charlie Hill, David Rom, Sean Leahy and Julie Laituri Olson at Select Realty, Lowe's Marquette, Mbank

 

 

 

A sense of home

       Everyone one of us has a sense in our mind that represents home, be it a memory, an idea or an aspiration. Embarking on a residential project whether it is a small renovation or a new construction should be a journey towards uncovering and developing that sense, and the result should be timeless. Engaging the services of an architect can turn what may seem like a daunting undertaking, involving seemingly endless technical and design choices, into a joyful one by guiding you through the process while helping you discover what really matters to you in a home.

        Your home is the intersection of the financial and the personal.  A successful residential project balances these considerations and hopefully goes beyond to achieve something greater than the sum of its parts. We all know what if feels like to enter a space that fills you up, and inspires you. The way the light lives in a room. A sense of proportion and space. It goes beyond creating a single wow moment or having one element that says luxury. It is about creating a function and a flow of space that makes your home live, breathe and grow with your family. The truest function of an architect is to study all of the considerations from the mundane to the intangible, guiding you through the choices that get the most out of your budget, site and structure while reaching for that greater sense of home. 

          For many people, their residential project may be the only time they ever deal with a contractor. The reality is, an excellent contractor is not necessarily the best person to walk you through the design process. The architect is trained to mediate the space between finding the solutions to your desires for your home and executing that vision. With knowledge of construction, cost, sustainable technology, municipal and zoning considerations and the latest materials and products available an architect will walk you through the process and help ensure that you achieve your vision for your home. 

3D model interior visualization

3D model interior visualization

       One of the key tools an architect utilizes to uncover your vision are visual programs to create plans and three dimensional models that can help you see the impact of the different choices available to you. Being able to sit with multiple floor plan options or travel through a three dimensional model are invaluable tools in helping you work through your options and feel confident about your choices. It also helps you understand the issues and ramifications on construction that will arise and helps to avoid unanticipated problems.     

Plan options for a kitchen renovation

Plan options for a kitchen renovation

Example of a Material Board

Example of a Material Board

         An architect is equally as thorough in helping you choose materials, providing multiple physical samples for you to touch, mix and match while educating you on the properties of each.  Assembling these samples together can give you a strong sense of the way the materials will come together to create the sensibility you desire whether it be warmth, sleekness, rusticity or modernity. 

3D model Exterior Visualization

3D model Exterior Visualization

        Many feel that this level of service and attention is out of their reach but we have found over and over that bringing on an architect reduces or maintains overall cost through upfront planning and organization, allowing you to create greater resale value while making the process a joyful rather than trepidatious one.