Category: A Space of His Own

A Space of His Own Part 9: Paved with Pavestone

Finding a 2 ½ acre wooded lot may seem like a dream come true to those of us who live in an Urban setting. But the reality is, it adds a lot of work and cost to the price of building a home and developing the land. The property had several gentle rises and falls as it spread before us. The landscape architect, survey company and builder worked with Bill and I to position the house on the property. Our goal was to maintain as many trees and natural plantings as possible while providing Bill with privacy and terrific...

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A Space of His Own Part 8: Garage Doors

Almost every home has a garage even if they don’t they want one. Garages don’t just protect your car and you when the weather is messy, they also provide lots of storage space for all our garden tools, sports equipment and junk. Due to lot size restrictions, many houses have what are called “front-load” garages, making the garage door a major feature on the house. Even with the 2 ½ acres that we had to work with for Bill’s house we still designed a layout with a front-loading garage. That wasn’t a problem. In fact, I had been wanting...

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A Space of His Own Part 7: Organized Living

A lack of storage is one of the top reasons homeowners choose to build a new house. Traditional home plans generally include some type of extra storage space in an attic or basement. Contemporary home designs often feature flat roofs thus eliminating the possibility of attic storage. Bill’s house is no exception. To capture over flow storage space, we added a second floor to the three-car garage. In the scullery floor to ceiling shelves were installed to hold dishes, food, small appliances and party ware. Inside we maximized closet space by using a closet system by Organized Living. I’ve...

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A Space of His Own Part 6: Hardware

Hardware is the “Bling” of the house. I’ve worked with Top Knobs for years. They have the largest most versatile cabinet hardware selections. Pulls in various lengths, coordinating knobs and even matching bath hardware. Hardware needs not only to be beautiful it must be functional. Bill wanted sleek lines but didn’t want something that looked or felt dainty. I selected several different styles and finishes for his consideration. Top Knobs will send free samples so it easy to see how they feel in your hand and fit on the cabinets. I selected two different collections for the kitchen. For...

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A Space of His Own Part 5: Cabinets

Designing perfect work centers for a home takes skill, knowledge and quality products. As a custom designer, you must know how to maximize every inch of space in what can be a limited area. You must understand building codes and requirements and have a working knowledge of all the appliance and cabinet manufacturers options. All these design tools are important but the biggie is knowing how your client lives. Bill loves to cook and entertain. He is also 6’5” so height and plenty of room to move about is key to making his kitchen function for him. He likes...

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Vicki Payne is a nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert. Each week, for over 15 years, millions of viewers both nationally and internationally have tuned in to watch her popular television show, For Your Home. read more

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