Brett and I were recently having dinner with friends who are interested in building a new home. What began as a casual conversation full of hesitation, ended with questions answered, confidence and a list of contacts to get the ball rolling. It was a dinner we have become quite accustomed to in the past few years and rightfully so. There is so much unknown when you start down the path to build - what can I afford? What are my selections? Will I have a huge overage check at the end of the project? How long will it take? And the list goes on. The conversation always begins with a version of – how much does it cost to build? It’s without a doubt the gateway question, but it’s typically not the best starting point and in many ways doesn’t put you in the driver seat. Here are a few tips to get you prepared for your initial builder conversations.Read More
We've decided to make a comeback to the blogging world! Although our time away was quite necessary, we are ready to start pounding the keyboard once again. The past 3 years have been filled with exciting work and we can't wait to share some of our insights with you. However, to get you up to speed, here's what you've missed in our absence:
We started High Street Homes, our boutique building company, and have had the privilege of working with some incredible clients. In many ways, the business has grown itself and we've just said “yes” along the way. Most recently, we expanded into providing real estate brokerage services, as well as, remodeling.Read More
The next few months will be spent researching interiors, traveling the west coast and shopping for one of a kind pieces. We're intentionally setting aside time to contemplate our house plan and make any necessary changes before moving into the construction phase. Countless magazine subscriptions, brilliantly expressed thoughts and frequent stops through antique stores are all just a part of the creative process...you know
While flipping through photos of my trip to D.C. (here), I found this beauty taken at the National Museum of Natural History.
My obsession with all things turquoise led me to take this picture. I love the color variation and the veining. I want to wear it around my neck, prop it on a bookshelf and use it as a serving tray all at once.
Since my moment of inspiration, I've been determined to find a way for this to translate into a home. Then I discovered this photo...done.
(chapman interiors via ara design studio)
Designing the perfect house for lot 6 is dependent upon identifying the land's characteristics, so that we may enhance these areas as we move forward in building. Here's our list: - Airy and bright
- Uninterrupted views of Downtown
- Sweeping sunrises and sunsets
- And, well, it’s on a hilltop
Keeping in mind these qualities, we’ve drawn up a plan that will take full advantage of each. Our vision for this home is to create a classic look with contrasting colors and textures, giving it a fresh and inviting feel. Ultimately, we’re designing and building a space for both family game nights and large gatherings.
A few things that have inspired us: a guide to small gatherings, dark hardwoods, succulents and cozy seating.