Last week Debbie and I went on a day trip and had an amazing time. No it wasn’t the shopping-dining-sightseeing kind of trip you might expect. It was a drive out of Calgary to the beautiful Alberta countryside. We were going to view the progress of our client’s new home.
Alberta doesn’t get called ‘Big Sky Country’ for nothing. For the entire two hour drive, there wasn’t a moment that we weren’t looking at something beautiful.
We love visiting construction sites. It’s exciting to see piles of wood and hear the hammers and machines. We were lucky with the weather as the day turned out gorgeous and the coloured leaves looked spectacular.
Doing the selections and advising on the design for a new build is exciting work for us. There are so many decisions to make that I’m always glad when a homeowner calls us in at the beginning of a project. It really makes for a better end product.
Today’s visit to the job site was to nail down the exterior.
Exteriors are interesting because, not only does it set the tone for the interior, it needs to harmonize with the natural location and complement the homes nearby.
We were lucky to find the inspiration photo above. As soon as Debbie and I saw this photo we knew this was the inspiration for our exterior.
Yup, that’s right… inspiration for the outside of the house. We don’t want the inside looking like this, but what we did like was the balance of warm and cool for the exterior. We like the dark mixed with some white, wood with stone and rough and smooth.
It just felt right.
And here’s a picture below of the samples laid out on the back deck. If possible, it’s always good to do the final check on-site so that you can see the colours in the natural surroundings. Colours will change depending on what’s around them so always double check your selections in the space they’ll be used in.
Once the exterior was nailed down, we moved inside so that we could walk the space. Of course we couldn’t resist spending some time on the interior colours, wood choices and counter selections.
I always feel that if you’re very still and listen carefully, a home will tell you what it needs. This home was saying that it needed to be a balance of organic and luxe with simple, clean lines.
And that’s what we’re setting out to do.
The layout of the home is pretty much complete, but we’re working out the final details of the kitchen. Here’s Debbie laying out the kitchen island so that our client could stand behind it and see if it feels right.
If you’re doing a new build or a renovation, please call in a design professional to help with the project. There’s a million and one decisions to make. Keeping the look cohesive and the selections co-ordinated is not an easy job. And I guarantee you that when you work with the right designer, you will actually save money. We’re trained to do it right the first time.
Karen Fron Design is a full-service Interior Design Firm located in Calgary, Alberta. We specialize in bespoke residential & commercial interiors, custom furniture & draperies, and whole home renovations.
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