Last summer Candace came to me with a beautiful house plan her brother in-law designed for her family. She had a few things she was hoping to incorporate into the design and also wanted to seamlessly blend both her and her husband’s styles into one beautiful home. She leans toward a modern farmhouse style and her husband wanted something more craftsman.
After the initial consultation to tweak the house plan we met a couple more times to pull all the interior and exterior colours and finishes together.
The house had to be built high because it is on a floodplain. In order to keep the house from looking awkwardly high the cultured stone was applied to look like a foundation wall, making the top of the wall act as the “ground” for the house to sit on. It basically just fools the eye into thinking the house sits lower.
Candace had a good idea about which colours she wanted to use on the exterior and just wanted some advice on how to apply them. The window trim and facias will be painted white and they’re still deciding on a shake colour. The plan is to paint the front door Benjamin Moore Caribbean Teal which will look so good!
BM Caribbean Teal
The one concern I had was mixing yellows with the cedar posts and railings on the front poch. As long as they are stained a very brown colour there won’t be a problem… so I’m looking forward to seeing how they turn out.
The laundry room is directly off the garage on the ground level. Candace finished the concrete floor herself and I LOVE it. This is exactly what we would like to do in our basement.
From the laundry/mud room we walk up to the main level.
Built in cabinets between two closets offers great storage and looks pretty too.
The brick around the fireplace will be painted white. I will definitely show you pictures when that is finished! The main wall colour is “Cedar Bowl” from General Paint.
This is the view from the living room to the kitchen and dining. One of the changes we made was to take some room from the living room to make the dining room a couple feet wider. This allowed for nicer beam placement, making a perfect space for a coffered ceiling in the living room. It also gave us the opportunity to place the kitchen island perfectly centred on the dining room.
Ignoring the range in the middle of the kitchen and the microwave on the island, I think this is my favourite spot in the whole house. I love a good kitchen sink window that looks out to a red barn:)
The original plan had an L shaped kitchen so we brought the sink wall in two feet on the left side creating two separate walls of cabinetry. This allows the cabinets to sit nicely between the walls and eliminates the upper and lower corner cabinets. It’s also what gives us that perfect sink vignette. Another important detail is the ceiling height cabinetry. Originally they weren’t going to go to the ceiling but the cabinets on either side of the range were going to be glass. I suggested they get rid of the glass and spend the money on full height cabinetry instead. In my opinion, that makes a much bigger statement.
If I was a better photographer (and wasn’t holding a squirmy baby while taking pictures) I may have captured how this all actually lines up.
The view to the foyer.
This will be their 4 year old daughter’s room.
I love the nook that leads to the closet. It sort of reminds me of one of my bedrooms when I was young.
The Ikea PS MASKROS pendant is in the process of being assembled and will be hung above the tub in the ensuite.
I’m loving how the house is coming along and think it’s the perfect combination of their two styles.