The homeowners recently purchased a 1950’s ranch home with 3 beds 2 baths 1,284 sq ft. in Santa Clara. They wanted to add a Master Suite so they can have 2 master suites available as an additional master suite when their in-laws visit.
By the time, I was brought on to the project, the floor plan set already. The owners didn’t want to make any further changes because they had been waiting close to a year to start the project.
The architect who was referral from several coworkers did not provide a full set of plans which delayed the start of the project. Before the general contractor could move on, the architect failed to complete energy calculations (Title 24) and pull the permits from the city. He claimed that it was not his responsibility but the general contractors. This delayed the project about three weeks. In my experience working with architects, it is responsibility for all the plans as well as pulling the permits from the city.
Comment from an Interior Designer I work with:
“We are now seeing cheaper architects are not completing the drawings such as plumbing and HVAC and the Title 24 Home Energy Calculations.”
Quartz are the most popular countertops today. My favorite brand is Caesastone. They are like Apple’s iPhone. They make the best looking material everyone else is just an imitator for now. However, they better look out because Dekton and Neolith will probably starting taking over the next decade since they use digital printing technology.
Neolith: Looks like marble but has the strength and properties of porcelain tile
2. Cooking with Steam.
This new kitchen appliance is set to take over the microwave oven or make you buy another appliance. You can steam your fish like at the Chinese restaurants or your vegetables at the hofbrau. People claim microwave is bad for your health but I have yet to see a true scientific study.
Here are some Medline Articles if you are curious:
You don’t need to drop $6000 on a model from Wolf to bring it home. (Wolf 24″ E Series although it is pretty sweet) Cuisinart is will set you back about $300 on Amazon or at Bed Bath and Beyond. “Drop it like it’s hot.”
3. Versatile and Elegant: White and Off White
According to National Kitchen and Bath Association 81% of the kitchen used a white or off white scheme. I did.
Why is white popular? It is the ultimate neutral tone which allows you to accent it whatever color you want.
White cabinets compliment well with light and dark counter tops.
White Cabinets allow you to have more open kitchen even if your space is small.
White reflect more light so your kitchen is brighter and not a the “Bat Cave”.
White cabinets allow you to use mosaic tiles as an accent wall.
4. Need more Champagne: Look in the Door:
Low tech is awesome. Just look through the fridge door.
Husband/Boyfriend/Lazybone: “Shorty! We are out of beer.”
Shorty/Wifey/Fine Dime Brizzle: “Buy it yourself!”
How do you design an interior bathroom to overcome a lack of natural light while making it look like a spa for your in-laws/grandparents and unexpected guest who enjoys bringing over a beerzooka to a wine tasting party.
“Rubber duck duckies. Joy oh joy.” Children’s bathrooms can be fun, functional and chic while protecting it from destruction from young rambunctious boys. I will show you how effective design is integrated into modern living. I hope I made this bathroom safer because boys will be boys even if they are in their late 30’s.