We technically moved in a few months ago after I got temporary occupancy. It made a big difference living and working on it vs driving to and from. So let the pictures start...
We will begin the house tour on the exterior and work our way through. Below is the south elevation. Obviously the solar design come into play here as it had from the beginning. Later on the inside you will be able to see the difference it makes.
Part of the issue with the solar design and the plan with the garage was placement. The house does not face due south, but slightly south east which is about ideal. The issue with the lot is it falls 7' from the north east corner of the house to the south west corner. Obviously the ideal placement for the lot and the driveway was to place the garage on the south west side to make the drive nearly flat with slight fall to the street. However that would block a great deal of sun from the house as it works its way around the south west around to the north west. So the garage had to go on the east side, which resulted in a steep driveway. Being as I do not play basketball, I figured that was not the end of the world. It is not too bad however....we shall see with our first winter.
Dirty slate tiles. Have not had a chance to clean it again, as well as the windows. Its a little different, and we debated between a black, grey, and redish stone vs this, and chose this. Its hit or miss for me really. I liked both options, but sometimes I wish I could have seen it with the stone too. Oh well...
With the natural cedar beams and columns, I wanted to continue that look on the roof and floor. I wanted the wood to direct you in, so the cedar deck was a must to flow out of the stone and down the stairs. No concrete stoop here.
Getting around to the back of the house, here is the covered porch. It is approximately 24x12 in size, so next spring when we build the deck that will be a nice space to be at. I ran speaker wires out to the columns so we will add exterior speakers as well.
Finally ending the garage, which is a work in progress. I plan on insulating it this winter probably, and finishing it this spring. It is a full 12x24 deep back area that is the storage and work shop space, but can fit a 3rd car if needed too (like when I get my Mustang)
Moving inside, we enter the mud room which still have a few things to do yet, like hang the doors on the cabinet and finish up the toe kicks. We built the bench, shelf and cabinet for storage. The blue cabinets are Ikea. The 2 side units doors pull out, and there is a trash on the right side. The dog supplies are in the left side, and its a perfect spot to bathe them in a large deep basin sink. I think eventually I will had a back splash however since they can shake sometimes and throw water on the wall. This space is also great for cleaning things from paint brushes to vegetables from mom's garden. Other uses can be overflow washing of dishes from the kitchen if we have a large gathering.
view of the tile on the floor
Lets move on into the kitchen.......lots of pics here.
One thing we hated about the previous house was the small galley kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home and always is the place of gathering. So a few things were very important to use in the layout and design of the space. It needs to flow and not trap anyone in. So with modern kitchen design open plans and large islands are the trend, but they really work well. I also wanted to make sure various "stations" did not interfere with other work areas. There are 3 general work zones. The sink, baking and prep, and then actual cooking, either stove of oven. Then the fridge has to be accessible mainly to the last 2 zones, but also a 3.1 zone, which is open to the rest of the house so it can be accessed without congestion to the other spaces. As you can see below, this is how it ended up working. We have had several large gatherings and everything seems to work just as planned. People are all in the kitchen, but there is plenty of room to walk around them, access the fridge and the sink.
A continuous row of double T5 florescent fixtures were installed above the crown on the cabinets. I build an angled ledge for them to sit on to project light out into the space. The ceiling was painted with a gloss white to reflect the light around. This is the main source of lighting at night and creates great, indirect lighting that fills the space and creates 0 shadowing. I was anxious to see how well it would work, and it works great.
Now the space is illuminated with indirect lighting, it needs task lighting placed at the location of the task...your hands. Pendants were used over the island and over the sink for task lighting. T5 fixtures were placed under the cabinets for task lighting there. I chose T5 over LED since LED can look "spotty" as its made up of separate lights. The florescent T5 creates a nice continuous light source and is almost as efficient as LEDs are, just do not last as long. Every light source is on its own switch so light levels can be varied, left on for night lighting, or used for mood lighting. Everything works great and I love how the lighting design turned out.
You can see where you enter from the garage, into the mudroom right into the kitchen. It was important to place these 2 spaces close to the garage for carrying items into the house.
Shot of the sink. Its a granite composite sink. Its quieter and supposed to not chip and scratch. We shall see how it holds up...so far so good. With an open kitchen design, a quiet dishwasher was a must and we knew we had to spend more $$ to get one. We selected a Kenmore Elite model that is around 42 db I believe on sound. So far its great, can barely hear it run. Can only slightly hear water sloshing against a door, but with a tv on you can't hear it at all. Great dishwasher so far.
Large exterior windows were important for natural lighting in the kitchen. Plus the placement allows Shannon to be washing dishes while keeping an eye on future kids playing in the back yard. (yes, I said all of that correctly).
Since the ceilings are 9', I went with 39" tall upper cabinets for extra space. The top shelf is very hard for me to reach and impossible for Shan, but we can fit soooo much stuff in these. All plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, coffee, etc all easily fit in these with room to spare.
A glass and stone tile back splash was added to the wall behind the stove. Lots of splatter possible in this area.
The stove is a Samsung flex dual range. LOTS of debate between induction, smooth electric and gas stove, and ultimately we ended up going the smooth glass top for cleaning. Lots of people loved induction with great reviews, but other features of this stove we liked and that out weighed induction. The cool thing about this range is it has a dual oven feature. It has separate controls for an upper oven and lower oven which is separated by a removable metal thermal divider. Remove the divider, and you now have a full range. Have only removed the divider once so far. The 2 separate ovens allows things to be cooked at different temps upper or lower, or use just the small one to bake a pan of fries or a pizza and preheating is just a couple minutes. So far we really like this range...but maybe the next home we go with the 6 burner gas chefs range!!
Another important part of the design was drawers. You can fit, organize and access so much stuff in drawers compared to doors, so 85% of the kitchen is drawers. Love all the drawers. This is a view of the "cooking" zone. Drawers on the right have pots, pans, and pot holders. Drawers on the right have cooking utensils, baking pans, etc. The large upper cabinet to the right of the stove has spices and oils used for stove top cooking. The large cabinet over the microwave has tray dividers for baking sheets, pans, drying racks, etc.
More drawers on the island. This is the "baking zone". The top drawers have baking utensils and baking spices. Large drawers have flour, sugar, mixing bowls and baking pans are in the bottom drawer. Trash is located on the far right side with dual pull out trash cans. This works great to have the trash pulled open and work on the island and push stuff off the counter into the trash.
The far left cabinet is the only non drawer unit and is used for the couple large things we have that fit better on shelves.
A shot of the granite. It is called River White. was sort of hard to find a great white granite, but see an earlier post about selecting the slab.
Continued the granite as the window sill ledge. Great spot for placing things.
Lets move on....shot into the great room. Note the speakers in the space.
LED fireplace from Modern Flame. Again, lots of comments on this too. Flame is very realistic as far as electrics go, and it can produce heat if needed.
Shot of the media cabinet. Still need finished as far as stuff inside, but its the heart of music and tv for the home. All speakers feed to this location so we can listen throughout the house. Obviously use it a ton.
Shot of the dining room with the large 7'x8' window. Still need to replace the light fixture in here with something large. This was just a temporary left over pendant from the kitchen.
View of the dining table with some cool white leather chairs we found on line. Wanted to blend modern with the rustic, and I think these fit the bill perfectly.
Moving into the entry. The door is painted green for a pot of color. We were searching for a unit to place here, as we wanted to find something old and redo it as needed. Well it was hard to find something we wanted (that didn't cost a lot) so I decided to make one. This purple unit is built out of reclaimed barn wood 100%. The only items not reclaimed on this is the paint and hardware. Was not hard to build, only took an evening to design and build it. Not sure what we will put in it yet, but we like the piece. Selected the purple color for a pop in this area as well as something that goes well with the green door.
View of the windows in the dining room. All of the windows I used scrap bamboo flooring to build the sills and apron out of. Wanted to durability and matching look of the wood. Really like how it turned out.
View of the 1 3/8" triple pane glass.
View heading down the stairs. the sconces on the walls create perfect mood lighting for watching tv at night.
Door hardware. Continues the modern look and feel to the home.
View inside the laundry room. Put the wire shelves for hanging clothes to dry since I do not like machine drying my shirts and pants.