Dreaming about my new kitchen

I’m excited and nervous about my kitchen choices. When you look around pinterest and the design blogesphere, 90% of the new kitchens you see are white. While a white kitchen is classic & beautiful, I’ve decided to flaunt convention and go with slate (greyish brown) stained cabinets. I love the richness of the colour and the wood grain. The interior trim, interior doors and ceilings throughout our new home will be white and the walls off-white, for the most part. My subway tile backsplash will also be matte white with white grout. I think the other materials I have chosen provide some warmth to an otherwise conventional and clinical aesthetic. 


Building Permit Issues

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We are one step closer to breaking ground. The town of Saint Andrew has issued us a building permit. Next step is meeting our contractor on the lot to stake out the corners of the house. Following that, we will simply be waiting for mother nature to co-operate so we can do some lot clearing and dig/install foundation. We were hoping for an early spring but a few late winter/early spring snow storms have spoiled our hopes. In the background, materials are being ordered by Mapleleaf Homes in preparation for building the main portion of the home in the factory. That will take approximately 7 weeks from start to finish. Once ready, it will be delivered and set on the foundation. Tentative delivery date is May 8th but I’m quite sure that is going to get pushed out a bit.

The humble 8 foot ceiling

I live in Atlantic Canada and 8 foot ceilings are the norm. Sure you see the odd “great room” with vaulted ceilings or newer higher-end homes with 9′ or even 10′ ceilings but most homes have 8′. Until just recently I had never given it a second thought.

I’ve been led to believe that, in some parts of North America, most houses are now built with a minimum 9′ ceilings. If you visit any design advice website, designers are quick to poo poo building a new home with 8′ ceilings. If money were no object, I would tend to agree but building a home is expensive. I would think that the overall costs is an important factor for most people.

8 foot ceilings are pratical. They are cheaper to build due to less cutting/labour and less material waste (=greener). It’s not a coincidence that most building material comes in 8 foot lengths. When you live in a cold climate like we do, 8 foot ceilings are easier to heat (=greener). I have to believe this would also be a consideration in warmer climate where cooling in needed.

In a world of excess, 9’+ ceilings feel extravagant. An extravagance that I don’t need. Don’t get me wrong, I hope to have a new home that feels bright and airy and I will use design strategies with paint, furniture, window coverings and lighting to acheive this. Some great ideas HERE

Here’s another great article that embraces 8′ ceilings and lists advatages such as boosting productivity and making decorating easier. Check it out HERE

Photo Source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com

I’m happy & looking forward to living in my new home with humble 8 foot ceilings!

In kitchen design, form follows function but what about fashion?

“Form follows function is a principle associated with 20th-century modernist architecture and industrial design which says that the shape of a building or object should be primarily relate to its intended function or purpose.” Source Wikipedia.

This principal can be applied to a kitchen. The first thing to consider in designing a new kitchen is function. You want the kitchen to be functional. Once the layout is established for functionality you can step back and ensure that the resulting “form” is also pleasing to the eye.

“The phrase “form (ever) follows function” became a battle cry of Modernist architects after the 1930s. The credo was taken to imply that decorative elements, which architects call “ornament”, were superfluous in modern buildings.” If this “credo” were taken to heart in designing a kitchen no one would add crown moulding, “furniture corners” or decorative brackets to their kitchen cabinets. Many designers still adhere to this philosophy. If the “bracket” that is holding up the counter on the end of your island is purely decorative then it’s just “lipstick” and it would be better to omit it.

Home design and decor is very personal and I say do whatever makes you happy.

Top 99 decisions to be made when building a home

Once you’ve chosen a plan and have a contractor, you will have to make A LOT more decisions. The following is a list of 99 more decisions that will have to be made. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but definitely should hit the highlights.  This list could easily be expanded because I lumped some decision together . For example #57 – “Kitchen Island. Function, design, size, material and colour” is actually several decisions which I’ve only counted as one. How many “micro” decisions do you think are actually listed here…

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