So I am finally ready to share with you all my kitchen! Nick and I have worked so hard for the past few years on this space. We had to do things little by little as we could afford the changes, but I will say that this space was definitely renovated on a budget (meaning that there is so much more we would have done with unlimited funds ha!). I didn't choose fancy quartz, an expensive backsplash or refinish the floors (which I would like to :)), but I am so happy with my quaint little kitchen and am excited to share.
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!
Thank you so much for reading!
I began working at Pratt Homebuilders (www.prattliving.com) in July of 2014. For the first few months I shadowed the head interior designer of the company, and after I had learned how to conduct a meeting, I was set free to meet with my first client. Keep in mind that as I was working with buyers, I was also a full time interior design student, so it was exciting but intimidating to say the least. Through the luck of the draw, my first client was the sweetest person I could ever hope to work with, and she also had exquisite taste to boot.
Her home was built on the lake, so we took advantage of the beautiful view by installing tall ceilings with plenty of windows. She also asked for her porch to extend across the entire rear facade - YES!
My favorite part of her entire home was the kitchen. I am obsessed with the rustic transitional style, and being in the south, why not take advantage! She came up with adding stone to the back of her island all by herself and I was all for it. Being my first client, I had help from my lovely boss and we worked hard to make this kitchen everything the client wanted it to be. It all came together so beautifully from the cedar columns & pine ceiling to the white cabinets and traditional backplash - I could not have asked for a better turn out. Not to mention, the client was very pleased with her results.
As you can see, the day I got to visit, there was still work being done on the exterior. I hope to visit soon and be able to share with you the finished product as well!
Seeing this project come to life was very gratifying. After going through four years of school and designing project after project of hypothetical ideas, I finally got to see something I worked on actually come to be! I cannot even tell you how it feels to be able to improve peoples lives by helping design them a home that they can enjoy for many years! A home is such a personal place, and people actually trust me to be a part of it. It is very humbling.
I also want to share how appreciative I am that Pratt Homebuilders trust me to meet with client
"By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all pleasant and precious riches." - Proverbs 24: 3-4
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