This home is probably one of my favorites that I have had the opportunity to work on so far. This is the new "Model Home" at a new Pratt neighborhood, the Farm at Hampton Meadows. It is also a new floor plan we are offering, the Lynden, and everyone is loving it!
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!
The exterior design was something that I did not help with on this particular home. Sharon (my boss), Kelly (estimator/ interior designer), and the owner all got together and decided what look we were going for in this new neighborhood. I would call the style that they landed on a rustic/ contemporary/ transitional style - assuming that makes any sense. Whatever it is, I like it! We were a little nervous about painting the brick an overall color - It is very neutral, but some of the added exterior elements help it pop. One thing, per Kelly, we are doing in this neighborhood is fun accent doors which I love and I'm hoping buyers will love. To me, a front door is typically under a front porch causing the door to recede from the eye leaving it nearly unnoticeable, but fun and bright colors really help the door stand out. This exterior style is definitely different from things Pratt has done in the past, but I think it has a lot of character and charm.
The interior finishes is where I got to have a ton of fun in this home! The floor plan opens into a foyer with plenty of breathing room and great views into the main living spaces of the home. To your left, there is a spacious powder room. The owner asked that we do some fun trim details in this space so we went with what we call v-groove wainscoting. What I love about it is that it almost resembles a farmhouse/ ship lap wall detail. This is the reason I specified for it to be installed horizontally. I think it adds some character to this space easily and also helps make the room feel even more spacious with the light colors on the walls. Its a strange room to choose as one of your favorites, but I love the powder room.
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!
Moving on from the foyer, we open into an open-concept Great Room/ Kitchen. The Great Room is so cozy with the cultured stone fireplace, ledge mantle, and craftsman trim details. I chose a dark hardwood floor and "greige" walls to give the room a warm, contemporary appearance. Sharon, the director of Interior Design, aka my boss, and I have love playing with warm grays to create an inviting space. I would say that I have leaned more towards a "transitional" style as of late. I love mixing old/ new/ rustic/ sleek/ casual/ formal...
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.
I have never claimed to be a photographer so please ignore the lack of decent photos of the kitchen. Melissa did a great job laying out the kitchen cabinets - we added a few bump ups for a more customized look. Finish wise - this is where some of the money came into play. My favorite part of the Kitchen is the backsplash. I got to upgrade it to a porcelain subway mosaic that is designed to look like slate and paired it with an upgraded "greige" granite. The barnwood was added at the island back per the owner to tie it in with the rustic style. A subtle gray glaze around the details of the white cabinets give the doors a more defined look and help the design stand out.
This home is finished but not complete yet! We still have a few details we are wanting to add. I will be adding photos later of the Master Shower details and a BARN DOOR!
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The following images are from a project I worked as an interior designer for Pratt Home Builders. The staging, including furnishings and accessories was done by Lucy Pratt.
Sometimes a mistake can be a blessing. It was actually a great learning experience for me. I had become so accustomed to choosing boring neutral colors on all of the interior walls and I really needed to change things up. This mistake is exactly what did that for me. Paint is something that can be changed fairly easily, so it is a great place to pop a fun color. When designing to appeal to the masses, neutral is safe - neutral will sell. However, as a designer, I have to learn to sell the trends. I have to learn to make a buyer want something that they may not have realized they liked. No, my job is not to completely change a clients wish list or force my ideas on them, but I want people to see work that I've done and want to have the same look in their own home. I think that is something that every designer has to learn to do. Sometimes we learn through our mistakes and I believe that I am very lucky that my mistake didn't end up costing the company I work for hundreds of dollars.
I actually had a ton of fun working on this house. I love working with model homes because I get a larger budget to work with that offers me some room to play with new ideas and upgrades. This home was designed to appeal to the "empty nester" buyer - someone who is down sizing for aging in place. This helps dictate what style the house should convey. This home features a relaxed transitional feel that is very cozy and inviting. I got to play around with some fun upgrades including an "accent island," upgraded granite, subway mosaic fireplace surround, craftsman trim details, painted cabinets with glazing, a trey ceiling detail, wide plank hardwoods, etc.. I love being able to choose finishes and add design details that spark interest in our potential clients. My job is so rewarding because I get to help buyers design a place to call their home. It sounds so cheesy, but that is my favorite part.
Oh! Life lesson #2.... When you order a wide angle lens that is supposed to help you capture an entire space in lieu of only capturing whatever is right in front you, you in fact order a "fish eye" lens. You can send my designer of the year award to my office....
Home Staging (includes furnishing and accessories) by Lucy Pratt. She does such a great job with the decor to compliment the finishes perfectly!
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