There are always challenges and surprises when working with a sloped site, but the final product and satisfying our clients’ needs makes it so worth the extra steps to get to the finish line. The client had a dream which we always make a reality. Their wish list included a modern home with great sight lines between spaces and a master retreat.
Starting a project from the design stages really allowed us to push the boundaries to fulfill their wish list. As both designers and contractors of this project, we were able to ensure that the client received everything that was presented in the designs.
The inspiration materials used to interpret the style of the family’s home.
The client loved the colour blue and the simplicity of modern clean lines. We had fun incorporating tall windows that took advantage of the views and allowed for great cross-ventilation, open but defined spaces and a distinct separation between public spaces such as the bedrooms and bath. We were so excited to implement these design elements into the actual design.
Objective: Maintain clean lines while introducing the client’s personality.
A traditional column and beam foundation was constructed to deal with the drastic slope of the land. We used a new technology of building called steel framed construction. The steel frames were used for all the walls and roof trusses in the house. A radiant barrier wrap was placed around the walls and roof as an insulation barrier to combat the heat, rendering better thermal comfort on the inside. The frames were then clad with ply rock cement fibre board on the exterior wall and galvanized sheathing on the roof.
LIVING ROOM & DINING ROOM
Objective: Create a space big enough for the client to gather and entertain, while keeping a cohesive look.
On the inside, we cladded the walls with ultra-light gypsum board in general areas, concrete board in the shower areas and water resistant board in all wet areas. After all walls were mudded, sanded and primed, we painted it using light grey (essential Grey Sherwin Williams) to give an airy feel. We incorporated different hues of blue to tie back to the main theme the client wanted.
Objective: Create modern kitchen that opens up to the dining area.
The kitchen as we all know is the heart of the home. It was really important for us to create a functional space that opened out into the dining area. We chose dark shaker style cabinets to contrast with the light grey walls. We also incorporated a textured glass mosaic backsplash which gave movement to the kitchen. Granite countertops and sleek handles and pulls also tied into the modern scheme. The flooring was a 24”x24” porcelain tile which ran throughout the kitchen dining and living to give a cohesive and unified feel.
Objective: Create a spa-like retreat
After the kitchen, the bathroom is the most important space. We wanted to create that unique spa-like retreat for both the guest and master bathrooms. We used another blue tone in the guest bathroom to tie back the theme of the house. The patterned tile in the shower created a unique and interesting accent. In the master we wanted to portray luxury. With patterned accent tile running vertically in the shower with a beautiful glass shower enclosure and modern vanity and faucet, we achieved a master bathroom that you won’t want to leave.
We really enjoyed the opportunity to design and construct a home that reflects the clients’ wish list. Thank you for trusting us with this project! May you enjoy this new season in your life in your new home!
Q: What was something that surprised you about the design process?
A: What surprised me most about the design process was the time it took for KKCD to create the design for my house. They were attentive to our needs and created a home that we were pleased with. Also another surprise was how exact the actual house was to the initial design.
Q: What is your favourite room in the house and why?
A: The kitchen. It is very attractive and it draws you into the space. It is the show piece of the home. It inspires me to want to cook and invite people to gather.
Q: What is your favourite feature in the house and why?
A: Space, space, space. The interior spaces are so organised and gives an open and free feel. It brings another level of comfort to living. If I had to rank each space first would be the kitchen, the master bathroom, then the dining area, basically all the spaces yes.
Q: Why choose KKCD?
A: I have known KKCD for a while now and knew about their work with steel framed construction. I was hesitant at first to use the steel frame, however instead of them forcing the system on me, they advised me to go and research all the information about the systems myself. If I was uncomfortable they told me we can always go the traditional way. I did the research and exactly what they advised me on was the information I found. What sealed the deal for me was knowing that they had the expertise and working knowledge of the system so I said Let's Go! I've seen their previous jobs and was comfortable with their quality.
After KKCD completed my project I was blown away. What KKCD has shown and told me from inception is what I got at the end. My home now looks like something out of a magazine. I didn't have to be on site at any point in time. I could have been in Barbados, Jamaica even Japan while my house was being constructed and come back to see the finished product that I was promised. They were very open and communication was above and beyond. They ensured I knew what was taking place every step of the way . I will definitely recommend anybody to use KKCD for their projects.
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