Hi All! I took a few days off this week with my family during what would have been our April break, had it not been cancelled for continued remote learning.
I don’t know about you, but we needed a few days without a schedule!
First of all, I want to congratulate reader Barbara Houldsworth, who was a participant in Home Glow’s “Sheltering in Your Forever Home” Challenge! She won an email consultation on the design dilemma of her choice. Thanks to all who joined in the challenge! I had so much fun seeing how you each implemented the tasks, and I hope you learned something new and gained new insight into your own Forever Homes!
I wanted to come back today and give you a *tiny* sneak peek at a long-term project that is in the “vision” stages up here.
Sneak Peek: HGD Project Summer Sunsets
To say that I’m excited about this project is an understatement to be sure! The clients are a lovely family who live in Connecticut, but have spent their summers on one of New Hampshire’s beautiful lakes for generations. The husband and wife already work remotely from home a large part of the time (even pre COVID-19), and they plan to make this New Hampshire location their empty nest Forever Home once their teenage sons fly the coop.
The wife brought Home Glow Design on a few months ago at the beginning of the architectural phase. Bringing in a designer at the beginning is such smart move and a money saver down the road. We have been helping them review the plans for style, space planning, lighting design, and storage options, among other things.
Whole House Vision Planning
We’ve also been helping our clients by thinking how to unify and detail certain spaces, how they will flow from one to the next for a cohesive design, both inside & out.
Below are a few inspirational images collected by the wife and by yours truly.
The clients’ house on the current site, a 1970s build, will be demo-ed at the end of the summer. The new structure will be designed by the award-winning Bonin Architects.
Though the house will be a new build, the lot has been passed down in the family for a few generations. We want to give the new structure a sense of history, reminiscent of the old New Hampshire lake camps, but update it for an active family looking forward to many years of family gatherings.
The clients have said they like deep and cozy seating, plenty of fern-y greens, some family mementos, and a mid-century twist. YES, PLEASE!!
When working on new builds in the development stages, Home Glow will develop a “Style Guide” that communicates an overall feeling, aesthetic, and potential flow from room to room. The Style Guide is done before concrete space planning and item selection to make sure that we are all on the same page up front. It really helps both client and architect visualize how we envision making their hopes a reality.
A few pages from HGD’s Project Summer Sunsets Style Guide:
Seeing your home from a “whole house” perspective is imperative to creating flow and a consistent feeling from one space to the next — and can allow you to be more creative with color and pattern!
Overall, the clients are thrilled with the direction, and we are moving forward into the next phase of planning, with projected completion before the end of spring 2021 (fingers crossed, coronavirus!).
A few “summer in New England” posts from the past:
I have an exciting (and time-sensitive) opportunity for Saturday Blog readers that I’ll be ready to share with you in the next few weeks, that you won’t want to miss! Be sure that if you aren’t already subscribed, that you sign up in the sidebar.
See you next week!