Dytecture


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(Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies, Master of Architecture) Residential Designer with focus on Renovation, Infill Housing and New Construction

My design style is contemporary with clean lines. Every home should have a space where home owners are proud to show guests. It is my intention to find or create such a special area in each of my designs with any types of budget.
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Depends if you like the location of your current house and how would the more expensive house fits with your lifestyle.
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Photos of the exterior would be helpful.
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If you stick with white trims, most come pre-finished.
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Ann
I like painted trim. When our house was built 10 years ago, stained trim was definitely an upgrade as Sophie described.
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mfwolfe
I think the difference is pretty clear. When you want to change the color of painted trim....you paint it. When you want to change the color of stained trim, at the very least, you sand it, stain it, and varnish it. There is a stain, varnish treatment in one can, yes. But there is still a lot more work to change the color of stained wood. Also you are pretty much committed to having all the woodwork on one floor the same color. If you go with a stained stairway you might even have to make the whole house that color.
Why would you stain? If you have a particular style in mind for your house and do not intend to change it anytime soon, then a stain might work for you. One warning, your typical builder grade woodwork looks really poor when it is stained. To really make stain work you need wider woodwork with some detailing. BTW I have that kind of detailed woodwork and still painted it.
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I never could figure out how to shorten those links! :0(
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Doesn't necessary need to be a corner sink.


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8 foot diameter table would provide plenty of room when entertaining.
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It does depend on what else would go in the room...most times there is some kind off buffet which will close in the area where the dining table and chairs would be placed and you will need approximately 3' around the area for using the table so...maybe a slightly smaller table like 7' would be best...one way to really see the area is to do a template and see what you think or have it drawn onto CAD.
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In most cases the location of the TV outlet would help guide where the main seating should go, given that it can be on either side of the living room. The dining area is a bit troubling due to direct door access to the bathroom.
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Agree with stone or tiled surfaces over the fireplace.
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I would update the fireplace doors with classic flat black (maybe change shape to square or rectangular doors if in the budget) and I like the idea/pictures of the of the faux stone. I agree about adding some can lights and getting rid of track lighting. A beefy wooden mantle with squared off ends (not those goofy angled kind that looks like a shelf) would look nice here too. Flooring color....not so sure?
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A floor plan would be helpful for layout ideas.
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Natalie
Hi---wow, that's a mess. I would find out if you can relocate the toilet-it's such an eyesore upon entering. A walk in shower with no curb-linear drain, would be ideal for this space. Pocket door-hopefully can go inside right wall. Make every inch count... Pics for layout/design inspiration. Keep us posted. Good Luck!
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You can place your shower where your tub is now, your wc remains where it is and the sink unit (with storage beneath) below the window. You could install a long shelf to run along the entire window side to double your storage capabity. I would suggest you ensure you measure your new elements (WC, vanity and shower base to be sure that all fits adequately).
I don't believev a pocket door will not work, due to shower fixture plumbing, nor a barn door...
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Glass on a roof usually if referred to as a skylight.
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The layout looks logical. There are lots of photo ideas in the search section.
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A floor plan would be helpful with layout ideas.
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auntba
I have no layout. It's a blank canvas. We are even thinking of removing the 6 panel entrance door and replacing it with a sliding barn door, similar to some of the others in the cabin, on the outside of this small bathroom.
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I am looking for suggestions for the layout.
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You are on the right track with compiling some ideabooks for different areas of the apartment. Otherwise there isn't enough information provided for suggestions.
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Anything is possible with enough budget.
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There seems to be plenty of room. Perhaps have the ensuite occupying the right side of house while the walk-in closet could be in the middle to provide some separation.
22 hours ago   
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zzipy
Thanks. Were would have the bathroom in that case?
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Black sinks would show the same, if not more water marks. But it would be an unique design touch.
Yesterday at 5:43AM     
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PH Interiors, LLC
Actually, like a black car, they will show more marks than a lighter color. Plus, my two cents, I think they are dated and not suited for a transitional decor.
Yesterday at 5:45AM     
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Carol
Black will show much more!
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Consider removing the mantel above the fireplace opening for a cleaner look.
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Photos of the furniture would be helpful for suggestions.
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White should be fine as long as it relates to the furniture in the living room area.
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The furniture is the same colour as my kitchen cabinets?
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A material board would be useful for design choices.
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A larger sized backsplash would help with less visual clutter between the upper and lower cabinetry.
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You do not mention the color of your cabinets or the color of your counters. I do suggest you either do the tile the same color as the counters or the same color as the cabinets. That will help visually, as well. Do not introduce another color.

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Cabinets are light wood, and counter is brown granite. Thank you
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Photos of the powder room would be helpful.
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Rikke Holmberg
This is how it looks now
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ASVInteriors
I would paint anything I could white or any other colour (even a pale warm grey). Then you can think about a proper plan of attack later
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Photos of the kitchen would be helpful.
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Looks like your post got cut off towards the end.
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Much brighter and updated look for the kitchen area.
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No. We're from Whittier, California.
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123 Remodeling Inc.
The white cabinets give it a refreshing look. Nice work!
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OTM Designs & Remodeling Inc.
Great improvement. Feels so much cleaner.
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Looks like there is opportunity to put in upper cabinets.
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Not sure which one is my favorite! I love them all! Congrats on the new looks!
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What fun color schemes and unique decoration for each room.
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Don't see a sidewalk or parking lot.
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jennateufel
I guess I just dont see it as a common area for everyone since there is literally no purpose for people to be over there, as previously stated. come to find out, they are children from another neighborhood down the street.
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hayleydaniels
I feel for you, but it's like Sophie said. If you much a fuss, you're the one that's going to look bad, not the kids.

We've got a little girl down the street that is allowed the run of the neighborhood, and it's starting to turn into a problem. We had to ban her from our house as she kept trying to get our big lab all riled up so she's go into her crazy mode, and wanted to ride her like a horse. We couldn't risk either of them being hurt so I told her she can't come over any more. I feel bad, but I don't want to be sued. She's moved on to a neighbor just up the street. I'm sure they'll end up with the same problems we did. There are always going to be kids whose parents put them out like the dog, and don't see them tilll dinner....
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Try hanging large pieces of artwork on the walls for sound absorption.
Yesterday at 5:30AM   
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What is your floor covering? If it is anything other than carpet, cork or rubber I'm sorry to say but you have just produced an echo chamber with "hang time". Noise polution/noise abatement is one of the toughest things to deal with in modern buildings practices. Ideally, you would have stopped this before it started = not having a vaulted area OR going with wall-to-wall carpet/cork/rubber in this area.

At this point in time, there are very few things we can do. The flooring should be the first to be looked at. and then after that you can look to the ceiling and see if a soft surface can be added (nice and expensive...can be extremely elegent or horribly ugly...depends on how much money you can spend). Another "less than ideal" option is to add soft coverings on all walls (stuff like wall tapestries, etc). You would have to look at 80-90% wall coverings to get more than just a little benefit...think "recording studio" with the egg carton walls.

The two most effective options is to A) STOP the noise from bouncing off the floor and hitting the ceiling (soft floor covering such as cork, carpet or rubber), B) STOP the echo coming back into the space (soft coverings on the ceilings), C) Soften the walls (tapestries) or D) COMBINATION of all of the above.

I would look to new flooring...and I'm saying that not because I am a cork flooring person...but because I understand sound/noise and know that most noise begins with the flooring (foot steps) or with the "mouth" (conversations) or with wall mounted TVs....that is to say it is all produced by humans = reduce the noise at the "human" level.

Once the flooring has been changed, you can then decide if "soft coverings" on the ceilings are in order. If you work with carpet you will probably get rid of almost every stick of echo. If you work with cork and rubber there may still be a bit left = other "soft" coverings.

If you can't face replacing your floors have a look into "ceiling baffles" that are used in opera houses...this is the level of "fix" you may have to work with...and it is UGLY!
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Thanks for your expertise. Much appreciated!
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Perhaps something with a 'warm' undertone.


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Here is the coverlet.
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One option is to go with the green tones as the rest of the house.
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No, I am sorry but I don't have that capability. The woodwork is older and stained therefore pulls orange out of most granite so I am leaning towards Scottish Meadow. The home has green tones but I need a grayish green to repaint.
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hayleydaniels
I absolutely love grayish greens! I have it in my living room, dining room, kitchen and hallway and can't tell you how I much I like it. I know green is a cool color, but I find it very soothing.
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Perhaps remove the mirror, fill up the niche, and make the upper portion as one surface.
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Would be helpful if you provide a floor plan or at least give the dimension of this space.


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mbebawy
@leelee these are shelves already installed with mirrors in their background and supposedly very primitive lighting that the old tenant has installed.
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@Dytecture still don't have the exact dimensions..will provide them tomorrow :)
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So no grouts or thinset?
Yesterday at 5:19AM   
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Depo SD
Lindola, ppf is correct, find an old school tile guy to do this. If you've been on houzz for any period of time, I'm sure you've read all the horror stories of GCs not knowing what they are doing regarding tile. I had three baths remodeled about eight years ago and my tile guy floated the tile. It looks awesome and people always remark about how substantial it looks.
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lindola
Thank you for the comments! I have been reading horror stories and because I live in earthquake central...I'm even more concerned. After a "big one" hit several years ago, we had a tile guy use wonder board in one of my two baths. The tile looks like its very close to wall hence not that substantial look. It also has a few corner cracks but there is a tub. My other bath which is currently being riped up as I type, is from the 50's and heavy duty! No tub, just shower. Will ask my GC about DITRA. FYI... My flooring contractor told me my cookie cutter 50's house is really custom quality compared to the new houses they build today.
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Allocate around 3 feet by 5 feet for the island.
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i need to find a tall table around 104 cm high, still hunting
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If you are using mirrors, consider something with chrome edges to compliment the light fixtures.

Tyrol Hills Modern

Modern meets traditional home in the suburbs
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Leelee, where did your paintings come from?
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Photos of the room would be helpful.
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Finding someone in your area to ReFinish your cabinets is an excellent way to go. The pics attached here, are using a water based product that I tint myself to achieve the stained look. Frame was done by hand and the doors were sprayed. Cost is typically half that of most re facing quotes and the finish is very durable. If you are looking to paint them yourself, another good product is "Monamel" sold by General Paint. there is no need to prime with this product (unless spot priming for tannin bleed through). Cabinets just need to be thoroughly cleaned and given a light sand.
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Fantastic transformation.
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Great use of an overlooked space.
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Angel18432
Great use of space. What a difference it makes to the look, never mind the extra storage.
Thanks for sharing.
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SoCal Contractor
Looks great! Built-in units are always a great way to provide additional space in tight areas!
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Consider solid surfaces for resale value.
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There was recently an article on this subject. Maybe this and the comments will help.

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Interior Affairs -- Vickie Daeley
Turn the mirror vertical and have it come down from the ceiling a bit...the wall that is joining the two rooms is the only wall that needs to stay consistant...the goal here is to make the entire space flow and look larger.
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If not solid colors then the other option is a stenciled or textured treatment.
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Nothing beats a view to the outside especially to a backyard.
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beachlily
We just renovated...put sink in island with nothing under kitchen window! Still can view outside while doing dishes ...works fine!
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leelee
There are also some great looking Formicas.
on Sunday at 3:46PM   
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Anything that picks up from the brick color. It also depends on the style/color of cabinetry you are thinking of doing.


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Photos of the space would be helpful.
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groveraxle
It's a smidge too high, but you could split the difference and it won't look too bad. Lower it 2 - 3"; it'll be fine.

However, what is more disturbing is that it's not centered on the couch. I would move the end table and lamp to the other side, center the couch under the mirror and sconces, then stick a floor lamp in the empty corner.
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abbyjean
Lowering the mirror will not only help it connect with the couch, but it will also make it lower than the window. I think the table will look so much better on the other side, too, as it just looks crammed in there now.
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Patricia Colwell
Get alaptop.
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A drawer underneath the table can be useful to hide all the cords and messy items that go along with an 'office'.
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Most contemporary styled exterior can have a more playful form the division isn't as obvious.


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Thanks , are their any plans for this house to have a preliminary look
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A hallway is a must given the relatively long and narrow basement.
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Kaiya McArdle
What if you moved the first bedroom to the side of the storage room and made the main living/kitchen area long and eliminated the hallway altogether?
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I like that. but the side of storage room is not able to get egress window, It is not allow to rent out as bedroom. Thanks for the suggestion though.
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A black sink does show scratches more easily.


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If you have hard water they will show spots easily. The so called 'cast granite' ones are impossible to clean, it will be grey after awhile. A glazed cast iron is fairly easy to maintain.
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Don't think the fireplace wall needs any more accessories.
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Nancy Travisinteriors
I would change out pots to ceramic in a red. Get 3 one being 3 ft tall or taller. No fake flowers leave bare . TJMax has great things.
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Add panels to end of windows. A print with red in it.
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White cabinetry tends to work with a variety of design style more than off-white.
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Right now the trim is a light beige and the appliances are white. I am considering changing the appliances. They are all working but are 6 to 12 years old, as far as I can tell. That also makes the decision harder, as I hate the thought of throwing out working appliances in good condition. It is an interior kitchen with no windows, just a pass through that faces a patio door. However it gets limited light because of a balcony over the patio. I need to brighten up the space, but didn't initially pick pure white because of the harshness of that color.
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feeny
If you end up keeping either your old white appliances or buying new white ones (or some combo, but all involving white) I would choose cabinets that are the same whiteness as the appliances. Otherwise bright white appliances tend to bring out the pink or yellow or gray undertones in off-white cabinets in ways that make some people unhappy. The beige trim shouldn't compete with white cabinets in problematic ways. Personally, I prefer off-white or even ivory cabinetry, but only when it is set off by stainless steel appliances. So if you decide to switch to SS, then I think it won't matter whether you choose bright white, off-white, ivory or beige for your cabinets. Any color could work nicely. The amount of natural light shouldn't make as much of a difference as the amount of artificial lighting you put in the kitchen, and the less natural light you have the more artificial light you'll need for both function and aesthetics.
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Scope of work requires consulting an architect.
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Great remodel. A floor plan would be helpful for furniture layout ideas. In the mean time, look through some photos and some the ones you like in an ideabook for future references.
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Would need a floor plan for layout ideas. Looks very tight to have a separate shower.
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Agree with upper level laundry in favor of basement as it is more easily accessible.
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I love my 2nd story laundry room and can't imagine having to haul all that laundry up and down the stairs any more.
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Would need to know the exact measurement of the hallway. Looks like it is 36 or 42 inches wide.
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narrowhouse
I don't think it's too narrow and like the idea of a low bookcase as it doesn't make the space above any narrower.

I like the idea of trying it out with other furniture to see.
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houseatthelake
Our hallway is only 36 inches wide which is plenty of room for a hallway.
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Perhaps do a bar lighting so there is some flexibility for centering over the sink.
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I thought the same! Thank you!
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pictures
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Photos of the house would be helpful.
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katiede
Lucky you! I'd go with cream walls and trim, especially if it's a smaller home, and hardwood flooring. Tan or sage furniture will stand out and look warm and inviting. Artwork framed in black or dark brown will pop. Have the popcorn ceilings removed.
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Personally I wouldn't have the computer facing the view since it could be quite distracting.
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I did miss that wonderful feeling of walking through my front door after a day at work. That sigh of relief that I can finally switch off. I soon realised that I needed some other trigger to signal the end of the working day. Nothing says "YAY! End of day!" quite like a glass of wine... don't overdo it! It's supposed to be a solution, not a new problem!
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bungalowmo
Yes...I sell stuff on Craigslist! It helps pay for my Elastomeric metal roof paint! ($180 - 5gal!)
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Dytecture
Perhaps you could attach some before and after photos of the projects you have done.
on Sunday at 5:44AM   
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Dytecture
Great shoes storage solution.
on Sunday at 5:43AM     
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Agree with going with your current design direction, or even just a blue and gray window treatment.
on Sunday at 5:42AM     
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galonthego
I'd paint the chest the same color as the bed. Personally, and this is just my taste, I would pull the blue from the rug into the curtains and/or put a rich coverlet on the bed. I like color. But if you like it more like this palette you could go for really soft textures. I could see a super soft cream colored throw or comforter on the bed.

Another option would be to paint the side tables a complimentary blue or same shade of blue as the rug.

Hope that helps. Good luck.
on Sunday at 7:47AM     
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Dytecture
Photo is too dark.
on Sunday at 5:41AM   
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asquithoatley
What room is this? Not enough information to give you any help.
on Sunday at 6:11AM   
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Dytecture
Perhaps a mirror with brass finishes as well.


on Sunday at 5:39AM   
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Carol
Tile the wall with the faucet, a decorative mosaic or the mosaic from the shower floor. It needs something for water protection.
on Sunday at 5:45AM   
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Vielle Frances Interiors
Tile would look amazing in this bathroom. or if you're going to do wallpaper do a grass cloth
on Sunday at 6:40AM   
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Dytecture
You can use it anytime, would be ideal for smaller spaces.
on Sunday at 5:37AM     
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peggylayman
Saw your family room and I agree you need to change upper cabinets. Love the bottom cabinets and they look like they are similar to your new kitchen. Glass tile backsplash with granite or quartz counters, glass doors on some of the uppers with in cabinet lights. Just a thought.
Yesterday at 5:21AM   
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mgconnor
Thanks for your comments. I plan on gel stain in Java to darken the cabinets. They are oak in a natural finish. The kitchen is maple in a natural cherry finish. Can't afford to change uppers...wish I could. Maybe later. Backsplash in glass sounds good and we can install ourselves. Will post pix when done.
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Photo is too small to see, and would be helpful if you provide the view of the TV wall as well.
on Sunday at 5:36AM   
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You are on the right track with the elements already picked for the bathroom. If possible try having the same finishes as the rest of the house.

Powder Room Vanity & Leaded Glass Window

Shornecliffe Residence Bath Vanity
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groveraxle
I purloined this from your ideabook:

Do this. You're halfway there.
on Sunday at 5:51PM   
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groveraxle
Rough edge flagstone counter, miner's pan sink, darker wall:
on Sunday at 6:43PM   
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hayleydaniels
What do you prefer? I love oil rubbed bronze hardware so that's what we have, but it's very much a personal decision based on personal preference. Go with what you prefer.
on Sunday at 4:13AM   
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Ideally use the same finishes of your choice throughout especially when building new.
on Sunday at 5:32AM   
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Best to ask your clients.
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Rich Improvement Establishment
It doesn't look that you have more space lift in the kitchen, my suggestion is to play with the lighting. You might add lighting fixture that would be hanging on the open window. You might have to add wooden base to complete the look
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LilyAnn Cabinets
That's cool ideas thank @rich
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Dytecture
Not sure why the one week deadline.
on Sunday at 5:30AM   
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Patricia Colwell
Yellow Pages , granite and stone.
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How short?
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Thanks
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Agree with changing the color of the trims and add some landscaping, but the photo is too small to see the house in detail.
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leelee
Remove all the whimsical stuff around the front door and opt for a bench.
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Olympic Lawn and Landscape Inc
Landscaping with different heights up front will help add extra depth. Concrete curbing around that landscape will help add additional detail and protect your landscaping beds
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