This is one of those projects that I am lucky enough to be involved in from conception down to its final product! I’ve talked about why having a designer in on a project from the very beginning is a huge pro when it comes to designing a house from scratch, and Project Ava is a great example of this!
My clients and I have been able to shape our vision from the very beginning, and as we exit the long drawn out phase of skeleton work where we take care of electrical and plumbing, we are finally getting in details like tiles and cabinetry, hardwood floors, all those layers and finishes that really make the house start to feel like it’s coming together!
My clients involve a young and contemporary family, so fitting their vision to this house as it was built from the ground up, working together with the builders and the architect has been a blast – here is where we are now with just the first floor!
The Front Hall and Office
My client works from home and wants a large office at the front of the house. The front hall and office are separated by a stunning floor to ceiling glass partition, complete with matte black frames for a really industrial look that feels open and modern! We are also about to add built in cabinetry along the wall where the window is for the office, for added storage and opportunity to display her favorite objects and knick-knacks that she has collected.
I also got to work closely with the architect to build stunning lighting from top to bottom in the front hall to make it feel really sleek and contemporary!
The Kitchen and Family Space
This has been my favorite space to work with so far – it’s at the back of the house, so we made sure to include oversized sliding window doors to make for gorgeous backyard views.
That’s not all – the open concept area involves the family lounging area and the kitchen, so that even when you are cooking up a storm in the kitchen, you can also stay involved in family time! It’s really designed to become the hub of the home. We are also adding a feature wall around the fireplace, cladded with stone and fitted with extra storage space to center the whole space.
Right off the kitchen we’ve carved out a little nook area that will have a wrap around bench, perfect for a breakfast area. It’s still open to everything and feels included in the hub, but adds an element of coziness the family will definitely enjoy in years to come.
The Dining Room
We were originally going to have a dining and kitchen area, but opted instead to make this long room into a separate dining space that will be sure to entertain guests. The ceiling will be a point of interest, reminiscent of old world dining rooms with its small architectural lights for added glow, as well as two oversized chandeliers hanging over the guests’ heads for a regal vibe that will definitely add to the wine and dine experience.
Project Ava has barely started, so stay tuned for more updates! I will be sharing more about the second floor very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more blueprint style fun!