This stunning three story home on the bay has contemporary architecture with a palette that is both clean and welcoming. Building a custom contemporary home is like playing chess, you have to think ten steps ahead due to the preciseness of the design. The entire construction team is very pleased with the outcome of this project.
We were fortunate to have a client with a diserning eye who was receptive to using all the latest technology including LED lighting. The recessed ceiling fixtures are a 2" square, beveled design that are flush with the ceiling plane and almost invisible. The design of pendant fixtures, in general, has expands dramatically since there are no traditional 'light bulbs' and we were excited with the final selections. All the latest switching and electronic systems were applied, as well, making this a very efficient design.
The finishes and colors were selected for their indoor/outdoor practicality which help integrate the adjacent beach into the home's aesthetic. We feel confident that this structure's design will hold up through the decades.
It took them three years to find the perfect lot in the perfect location. It had to be on a quiet, tree lined street where the kids could played outside until dark. When they did, we set out to build a family home that would grow with the kids and offer a fun but organized lifestyle. We used a soft gray/blue/green pallette because of its longevity and freshness. The warm wood tones on the floors and some furniture created a great contrast but also made the whole place homey. I loved their artwork so we let it be the star!
A Baker's Kitchen
When baking is your passion, you need lots of counterspace and everything needs to be conveniently organized for easy access. We used a dark synthetic quartz on the countertops and a beautiful Quartzite on the dark gray island.
With the staircase as a central feature of the entry we decided to 'keep it simple'. The newell post had to be of a stately proportion and be detailed to coordinate with the chairrail. Square pickets that die into walnut treads introduce the look you are about to enjoy as you enter.
Mud Room Organizer
Each family member has a cubby with plenty of storage and a small charging shelf.
This lovely family had long collected quirky artwork and wanted a simple ‘beach house’ that would showcase their collection. The oddly shaped space was configured to accommodate everything from small family ‘tea-time’ to large gatherings. What started as a kitchen remodel blossomed into a much larger project. We transformed all of the bathrooms, redifined the old bedrooms, and created a new look throughout.
We had a limited space around the fireplace but the clients wanted an intmate 'girl talk' area. The scale of the furnishings, including the swivel chairs, are perfect for the 'petites' of the family.
Our challenge in this 'above it all' master bedroom was light control. We solved it with two layers of remote control draperies.
How do you get maximum storage without ugly medicine cabinet? The touch latch on each large mirror panel reveals a 6" deep space with three adjustable shelves and an outlet.
Hidden in the rows of recycled glass tiles are tiny ceramic sea characters. Your shower is probably half over before you discover them!
Every good Butler's Pantry needs a chalkboard refrigerator face, and extra dishwasher and a tall cabinet for table leaf storage.
This guest house refelcts the finishes and color pallette used in the main house. Because this is steps from the beach, we polished the concrete floors downstairs for easy maintenance but used a brushed hardwood flooring in the upstairs master suites for warmth.
With three teenage boys, the theme of this project quickly became ‘bullet-proof’. This active family wanted a true California, inside-outside home that incorporated the pool and family room almost as one. Finishes were only considered when they fit the contemporary styling and were practical. Some three years later, everything is holding up beautifully.
This pullout kick step makes standard counter heights more comfortable for the 'height challenged'.
How do you keep an active family on schedule? Having a 'command central' is a big help. Must haves include a file drawer and charging station.
This floor plan was set with a priority on cooking and entertaining. The clients generally related more to a sophisticated eastern seaboard style than casual California elements. The floors and furniture are polished, the upholstery plush and the art collection very well integrated by its colorations and framing choices.
When they had had enough of the Texas heat, this family decided a house on the water in Long Beach was just the ticket. A lifelong seashell collector, she wanted a gallery for her extensive collection. We decided to support that with the use of sandy colors and punch them up with navy blues. We utilized some of the new ‘fade proof’, outdoor fabrics to insure a long life for the furniture in these sun drenched rooms.
This family had an heirloom dining table and chairs that they treasured but didn’t want to match in the rest of their furnishings. We designed ‘head of the table’ chairs to enhance the scale of the set and more transitional pieces in the adjoining room to compliment it. The artwork was selected at the outset of the project and the edgy color scheme was pulled from the art.
This couple would probably be more comfortable in Hollywood but liked the quiet streets of their Long Beach community. With extensive doll and art collections, our color pallet needed to be rich and varied. Pink was requested as an anchor color in the living room but an accent in the rest of the home. The end product was a lovely reflection of their personalities.