A PLACE TO CALL HOME

A PLACE TO CALL HOME

A Place to Call Home

Creating and Designing an Open Concept Bungalow for Entertaining

The Challenge:

This busy, travelling couple were looking for a place to call their own. They wanted a home to entertain their friends and family with minimal maintenance and up keep. They wanted a complete interior package and intended to add only their personal belongings to this new space. All furniture and furnishings to complete the look were to be purchased. As a seasoned artist the wife dreamed of an art studio, a place to call her own. Space to store the endless amount of creative supplies, canvases and works-of-art in progress or completed. She wanted to be able to enter her creative environment, be inspired then leave without care or consideration for its visual appeal.

The Design Solution:

An open concept walk-out bungalow with two bedrooms was a suitable choice layout. This left large open spaces for entertaining. A flow through kitchen with large pantry was anchored with a twelve foot granite topped island perfect to gather as the chef completes the meal. A spacious great room with a variety of comfortable seating to accommodate 10 individuals. All finishes reflect a quick clean solution with minimal long term maintenance. Prefinished hardwood is throughout the main floor. Porcelain tile accents the bathrooms, main floor laundry and front foyer. A dedicated art studio in the basement is washed with beautiful natural light, ample storage and cork under foot for maximum comfort. Inspiration is abundant in this artist’s dream studio.

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INNER CITY FOUR PLEX

INNER CITY FOUR PLEX

Inner City Four Plex

Calgary Inner City In-Fill Residential Custom Home

The Challenge:

The opportunity in the inner city in-fill business can be challenging. With a surplus of option available to the consumer your model has to stand out. The space planning needs to utilize each square inch, maximizing your storage and living spaces. One needs to provide the buyers the tools to visualize the finished product and see themselves living in the space. The modern family wants common areas where everyone is involved: kitchen, dining and living. Presenting value added suite that will sell fast was the mission.

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The Design Solution:

With the floor plans previously established an interior palette and finishes that were conducive to modern, low maintenance living were selected. Resale and appealing to a large portion of the buying community was always front of mind. A neutral warm grey with glossy cabinets and a wood floor keeps the spaces friendly. Carpeting on the stairs and basement reduces noise and maintenance. Staging a suite with furniture, artwork and accessories can be wonderful tool to help a prospective buyer visualize how the space can be furnished. The goal is simple: to portray the ideal space and ensure sales in a timely manner.

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RETIREMENT REALIZED

RETIREMENT REALIZED

Retirement Realized

Retirement Dream Home Comes True with Residential Custom Home Design

The Challenge:

The discovery of an ocean side lot in a secluded bay on Vancouver Island brought this couple back to create their dream retirement property. As satisfied previous clients of Decca Design, they knew the Decca Design team could accomplish the perfect custom plan and interior design that would include contemporary design – a departure from the classical styling of their previous homes. This retirement home required a guest suite to house the visiting family and friends. Individual rooms would become the backdrop to showcase years of international travel and the treasures that were accumulated along each journey. The finished project had to remain cohesive while reflecting the eclectic nature of years of travel.

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The Design Solution:

A large 6500 square foot seaside home with guest quarters above the garage, and ocean views from every room was realized. This contemporary design feels a part of it’s ocean environment with low maintenance stone block exterior construction and vast glazing windows and doors to integrate the outdoors with the interior design. Careful consideration was used to plan a large two way staircase with open treads and glass panel railings, while maintaining the panoramic ocean view only 120 feet away. Innovative design features enhance the casual retreat with outstanding water views. The resort like feel is complimented with low-maintenance materials – barefoot friendly cork flooring is found throughout the main floor. An open kitchen plan and integrated dining space makes for great entertaining and gatherings. Nestled I the corner of the great room is a baby grand piano. The voluminous room fills with beautiful music and makes any guest want to stay awhile. A primarily neutral palette lines the walls and mahogany accents are found in the trim, doors and built-ins off the library area.
The distance between the Decca Design office and the project site was not an obstacle for the builder. A comprehensive Decca Design trademark schedule binder was assembled to convey all the decisions made by the owners. The client, builder, trades and Decca Design all had access to the same package of information which minimized questions and provided overall vision for the challenges met along the journey. Retirement dreams indeed became reality with this project.

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A GOAL OBTAINED

A GOAL OBTAINED

A Goal Obtained

Combining a Custom Home Design with a Home Office Space

The Challenge:

After years of business success a life long dream to build a custom home was realized. With a clean slate to design and conceptualize the residence the task appeared over whelming. Locating a corner lot in a prestigious south west community was the first obstacle. Our in-take questionnaire helped to diagnose the wants and needs for this couple. Portions of the house would be dedicated to their in-home business for office and education therefore a fully wired, integrated home was also a requirement. Large gatherings would dictate open areas, flexible seating arrangements and entertaining rooms. This showcase would have a sixteen month timeline from design to possession.

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The Design Solution:

A fully brick clad exterior with high transom windows throughout the kitchen, dining room and great room flood this home with light. Outdoor entertaining is possible on the oversized wrap around deck with a smaller transition area as you first enter. This unique space allows two people to enjoy the benefits of the outdoor spaces in a more intimate environment. Main floor master bedroom and ensuite are tucked away off the main area. Triple garage access through the mudroom, laundry and front foyer is the transition to the south eastern kitchen. The lower level is a walk-out basement with a large entertaining area set up for business education seminars and guest facilities. A most impressive electrical panel is found within the mechanical that would impress anyone!

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THE DREAMS OF A FARM KITCHEN REALIZED

THE DREAMS OF A FARM KITCHEN REALIZED

The Dreams of a Farm Kitchen Realized

Farmhouse Restoration Achieved with a Custom Kitchen Renovation

The Challenge:

Originally from eastern Canada this couple struggled with bringing their antiques, history and love of the farm into their urban home. There were existing features that had to be incorporated in to the new design. Oak – it was throughout the home and all the trim, doors and furniture. Sentimental backsplash tiles with a cherry motif were top of the salvage list and the recently purchased white appliances. Upon first entry into the existing kitchen the passion for cherry red was obvious. The challenge was how to incorporate a traditional farm style with white appliances, oak trim and cherry tiles?

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The Design Solution:

You are transported back to the farm as you enter into this newly renovated kitchen. The details are sprinkled throughout. The farm influence is seen in the apron sink, the bead board wainscoting, rear cupboard accent panels and the oil rubbed bronze kitchen faucet. A dining room chandelier pays homage to the school house days and the salvaged cherry tile appears in three distinctive locations; the hood fan, desk area and wainscoting cap.

The cupboards have been color matched to the white appliances to blend seamlessly and the boarded white ceiling is complete with an oak cornice. A The pallette is fresh with a bold splash of cherry red. Red quartz countertops are the talk of the neighborhood. The decision to select this daring, bold color was not without many sleepless nights however the result is stunning. The prefect cherry on top of the realization of a dream farm kitchen.

“Thank you for all your contributions from design to project management to finishing our new kitchen for us. It is unique and suits us so well. After all the agonizing over the red counter tops, it really does look fantastic!”

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TWO CHEFS – NO SPACE

TWO CHEFS – NO SPACE

Two Chefs – No Space

Creating More Kitchen Space with Interior Design and Interior Styling

The Challenge:

A relocation to an inner city neighborhood meant the sacrifice of the modern kitchen amenities, appliances and space. After living in a more spacious suburban home this couple was struggling to make their new inner city home reflect their lifestyle. This professional couple has a common passion for cooking. The current kitchen was dated from the 1970’s with honey oak cabinets and linoleum floors. Inefficient workings of the kitchen did not allow for storage or counter space. Existing cabinets were not prepared to accommodate the latest generation of appliances and the myriad of gadgets, spices and dishes to elegantly prepare their famous international cuisine. This is a new era of cooking and this kitchen needed to be brought into the 21st century.

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The Design Solution:

A layout alteration began with the addition of patio doors to open out onto the beautiful backyard and to bring as much natural light into this small cave kitchen. An existing single entry door would later be repurposed for a unique pantry solution, with custom shelving, to accommodate it’s every need. The existing peninsula was removed and converted into a lower micro shelf and the cabinets were repositioned, still utilizing the existing frameworks to allow for the latest kitchen appliances including cooktop, double ovens and fridge.
Cabinets were capped with a paint grade bulkhead to run to the ceiling and the honey oak doors and frames received a dark walnut stain facelift. Additional lighting enhanced the dark corners and reconfiguration meant open shelving and display areas and the quantity of countertop space doubled! Additional lengths and a mobile prep island contributed to this success. A smaller table at the east end of the kitchen conceals a double sided bookshelf housing a stellar exotic cookbook collection.

 “I was very satisfied with the design process and team. Organization is excellent, good communication since it’s important to stay informed.”

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