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Here I share the projects that I am currently working on, or that have been newly released to the wild...or for permit, but saying I released them to the wild is much more fun.

Bedroom Balconies

Any of my past clients who have requested a balcony off of their bedroom knows: I’m going to push back on it.

Everyone who dreams of a balcony always paints the picture that they will get their morning coffee and go enjoy it on the balcony.

Now let’s look at the reality of that:

You get up.

You shower, get dressed.

You go downstairs.

You get your coffee.

Are you really going to all the way back upstairs just so you can drink your coffee on your balcony? Would you not just go out to your patio on the main level to do that? Or sit on your comfy couch instead?

I joke that unless there is a coffee machine right in your room on a timer, it’s just not going to work the way you think it will.

Well, today someone took my joke to heart.

With a coffee machine on a timer, the freshly brewed cup can wake you up instead of that annoying alarm. Then sip it as you go through the morning motions of getting ready for the day. This was the one time I said ‘okay, a balcony makes sense’.

Playing With Roof Levels

Interesting curb appeal can be created simply by playing with roof lines. Raise up some areas to create a sense of height, or punch through the roof line with a separate roof over a bump out.

Contrast in Textures

Juxtaposition is my soul sister. Here’s another take on it if you don’t want to go opposite in colour:

The rough texture of the stone vs the smooth brick bring contrast to the eye even though they are close in colour.

Try the ‘contrast in textures’ technique when choosing exterior materials for YOUR new home.

Powder Room and Bathroom 2-in-1

If you’re looking for a place where guests can go to the powder room, but don’t want them to see the shampoo bottles or haphazard towels that your 13-year-old leaves strewn about, and you’re tight on space, may I interest you in a 2-in-1 combo?

The bedroom has direct access to the bathroom to act as an ensuite, but the bathing area can be closed off to have a more formal powder room when guests are over for taco Tuesday.

It’s the best of both worlds, while using your space efficiently!

Narrow Modern Farmhouse

New property sizes are getting smaller, but your new home’s style doesn’t need to be compromised. Just check out this modern farmhouse home that is only 39′-6″ wide!

Simplicity Speaks Volumes

Simplicity is what helps your home transition across the ages. There isn’t a specific part of the façade that screams a specific era.

Simple doesn’t mean boring. Simple means classic.

Luxury Ensuite

Bathrooms are becoming an area where people go to unwind. A spa at home, if you will.

This one is no exception:

With a curb-less shower, windows up high that allow light in but keep privacy, and a large soaker tub against a feature wall – not to mention the open floor space – this bathroom allows these homeowners to enjoy some time to themselves.

Mix Up Your Textures

A mix of materials brings visual interest to the curb appeal to your home. The difference in textures next to each other up-levels your look, especially if they are all in the same colour family.

Here is an example of a facade that combines the smooth faces of paneled bump-outs with the roughness of stone, and tied together with an in-between texture of brick. The peaks follow the same idea with shake siding and smooth panels over the entry.

Colour Changes Everything – Part 4

Here we are with another edition of Colour Changes Everything. Below you’ll see the same house done two different ways. The first version chooses a more modern linear brick with modern touches in the garage door and the entry door, whereas the second version goes a more traditional approach with a red-toned brick and board and batten siding.

Both versions set the tone for what you’ll find inside, and even influence the style of landscaping.

Side Screened-in Porch

If you have a corner property and like to people watch, consider adding a covered porch to the side of your home. Bonus points if you screen it so you can stay out later without the annoyance of bugs.

This one includes a fireplace for cozy nights doing neighbourhood watch.