To say this home was a collaborative effort is an understatement. Don't get me wrong - every home is a collaborative effort between choosing a floor plan, customizing the floor plan, choosing finishes, ordering finishes, posting work/ purchase orders, auditing each house, making sure the house is built properly etc.. It takes so many people to make each house possible. BUT this house it seems like everyone had a hand in each aspect of the overall design. Because this was a new neighborhood for Pratt, we really wanted to make sure that we nailed everything from the overall exterior down to the minor details. I love "Model Homes" because as a designer, I am given a large budget to get to incorporate some really fun things!
From the Foyer, if you look to your right, you are looking straight into the Dining Room. Lucy, the owner's wife staged each room of this home with furnishings and accessories. This was another room that was able to get some fun trim details. These are some of our "go-to" details including the coffered ceiling, craftsman window and door casings, and tall craftsman wainscoting. I love how Pratt has always united old world details with new construction. I love old homes because of their character, so being able to accomplish this in a new space is exciting!
Yet another fun trim detail we got to play with is a built in bench with cubbies in the Mud Room - which is also accessed off the main foyer as the entry into the home from the garage. Our team has been playing around with these in many homes trying to come up wish a standard way for these to be built that are cost efficient and aesthetically pleasing! I think the team nailed it! Its a great place to kick off your shoes, throw down your bags, and hang your coat while still appearing "put together." It is also a fun "pinterest" detail that many people want in their homes.
My favorite part of this space is the built-in tech area. I know a lot of "thinking outside the box" went into this little nook. Our Cabinet Designer, Melissa and the rest of the production team pieced this area together and wanted to do something a little different than what we've done in the past. Typically we just install granite at these tech spaces and usually match the granite to the one we chose for the kitchen, but this time we ventured out to Southeastern Salvage to find a wood counter-top. I am so glad that we did. Kelly had seen these wood counter-tops out and we decided to give them a try. I think it really helped tie in the rustic elements we wanted brought into this home while still keeping with the transitional theme. It matches the kitchen, cabinet-wise, but still becomes its own unique space separate from the kitchen with the use of a contrasting top.
The Dining Room and Kitchen meet with a Butler's Pantry. The same backsplash and counter-top are used in this space, but the cabinets are a contrasting color to separate it from the the other spaces. Glass doors and a "bump up" were again added for a custom and unique look. Details down to the "cup" pulls for the cabinet hardware were added to fit the transitional style. This little space is small and cozy but offers a nice place for resting plates, and serving pieces when entertaining guests. I love the function of a Butler's Pantry.
The original Lynden plan does not have a guest bathroom or a bedroom downstairs, but for the model home, we were able to add both to the main level. To make the guest bath look a little nicer for visitors, the tub surround is tiled instead of having a fiberglass surround. The space also features granite in lieu of cultured marble for a nicer finish.
At the top of the stairs there is a small, open bonus area which is a great place for a kid's "hangout spot."
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