The amount of colour choices that go into the exterior of a house is ASTONISHING! I always anticipated that the interior design decisions would be hard but it never crossed my mind that choosing colours for the exterior materials would make me want to tear my hair out. Grab a cup of coffee cause this might take a while...
After narrowing in on the look we were going for, we set out to finding the right materials to accomplish it. It turns out - we simply live on the wrong coast. Who knew?? Apparently the exact type of house we love is so popular on the other side of the continent that it's coined it's own style. A quick google search of 'West Coast Modern" and you'll know what I'm talking about. We found a ton of information on expressed joint panel systems, & cedar cladding materials in the Pacific North West, but we were hard-pressed to find building practices & materials for that style of home locally. Sadly, we no longer live in Pennsylvania, otherwise we would have called the best West Chester roofers in town! They do an excellent job but it was now up to us to try and replicate some of the fantastic work they have done in the past.
Today kicks off our second Design Week and this time it's all about the exterior of the Dreamhouse. When we left off last time, we revealed the conceptual elevation drawings & first colour renderings of the exterior. Of course drawings are easy. The hard part is bringing the drawings to life to achieve the look we want within budget. We've been looking for the best place to get materials and have been looking for local contractors who will be able to offer us a good rate. Luckily, this North Florida Residential Roofing Blog has a great article on red flags for roofing contractors so that has made the hunt easier. There are obviously still a few things we need to iron out and compromise on but we're taking steps in the right direction!
Happy Thursday folks - and Happy Thanksgiving to all our Ameri-friends! First of all, I feel like I should apologize for the radio silence over the last couple of weeks. Between broken laptops, business trips, a sick pre-schooler & some much needed family time, there hasn't been a whole lot of room left in my schedule for the blog. I know...BAD blogger!! Not to worry though cause I promise to make up for it.
Well Design Week is coming to a close. In case you missed it be sure to check out the rest of this week's posts. We first took you through our search for inspiration, then outlined how we focused in on our full wish list and created our look book. Today we're finally revealing The Dreamhouse on paper as we go through Kevin's design and it's evolution from rough sketch to colour rendering.
Once we got through the initial research, we took a more in-depth look at the photos we had compiled. What we figured out is that overall we love modern contemporary architecture and we want our house to reflect that in its design both inside and out. That said, we'd still like to maintain a bit of neighbourhood charm because let's be honest, we're not trying to create an art installation in the middle of the suburbs!
Today we're kicking off Design Week - or probably what will become the first of several recurring 'design weeks' as a project like ours just has so many different phases of the design process. This week we'll be focusing on the architectural design.