California Remodel: Part 1

In a quaint and quiet neighborhood right outside of Orange County, California a 100-year old gem of a home rests. Our clients purchased the property from a real estate company who had plans to tear it down and build two homes on the existing lot. The real estate company simply saw it as a structure, but our clients set their sites on this home for a future place to...

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Pheasant Way

In the heart of Holladay sits a simplified home with clean lines and traditional elements. The large windows provide winter sun and summer shadows to view the abundant green surroundings. The library has high ceilings and tall bookcases that give the homeowners plenty of space for their treasured books and accessories. Our client says this about working with Kevin:...

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Video: Making a Toy Store Wonderland

While we love designing custom homes and remodels, occasionally we step out of comfort zone–ok, so this was a giant leap out of comfort zone–to create spaces that cause a different kind of awe. This behind-the-scenes video of the Grand America Hotel’s JouJou Toy Store shows how a creative process distills the efforts of architects and designers. This has...

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Beautiful and Rare: Glass Front Doors

Look at these gorgeous glass front doors. The frames are made of stainless steel and have sand blasted patterns on the glass. Full glass front doors are very rare. They were chosen so the owners and their guests could enjoy the beautiful mountain view and lovely backyard water feature from inside the house. In addition, when guests walk up to the front door they are able...

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Master Bathroom Shower

Imagine showering in a luxurious master bathroom where all around you are beautiful scenic views. This is exactly the shower we designed for the owners of the Limekiln Gulch home (see below). The owners of this home wanted to shower in a location where all around them were amazing views. They wanted to be as close to nature as possible without actually being in...

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Conversation Starter: Powder Room Colored Light Faucet

Need a conversation starter? We have one for you: temperature-sensitive LED faucets in the powder room. Believe us, this one is a winner! We implemented this design element into our Limekiln Gulch home because the powder room is a high traffic area for guests and the owners wanted to catch their guests’ attention with a striking and surprising water feature. It got...

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Limekiln Gulch Detail: Exterior Stone

To continue with our Limekiln Gulch home detail post series, today we will focus on the home’s beautiful exterior stone. The stone was supplied by Mankato Kasota Stone and was used on the exterior walls, the front walkway, on portions of the driveway and around planters. The stone was chosen by the owners. In this case, the stone color was affected by the way...

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Inspired Interior Wood Doors

We believe beauty lies in the details and want to highlight the beautiful details of our Limekiln Gulch home (check out more photos here). So get ready for a series of Limekiln Gulch detail posts that will highlight doors, showers, facuets and exterior stone. We hope these posts will inspire you in your own home design projects. We will begin with the inspired interior...

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Salt Lake City Buildings We Admire: #1 The State Capitol Building

We thought it would be nice every once in a while to highlight buildings and architectural structures in Salt Lake City that we admire and inspire us. So, today we are pleased to highlight The Utah State Capitol Building. She’s truly a beauty!   To give you a little history, The Utah State Capitol Building was designed by Richard Karl August Kletting in...

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The Motorcycle House

The owners of the beautiful house below wanted to work with a personal architect (us) to complete their expansion project because they really wanted to maintain the integrity of their property and the look of the original home (an 100 year-old English Tudor). “From the outside we wanted the home to have a very tradition look,” one of the owners said....

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Personal Architect vs Builder

Recently, we were asked why someone looking to build a home should hire a personal architect rather than a builder. This question made us laugh out loud because although we both build, there are several differences between what we do and what they do. Ultimately though, we feel it comes down to this: builders build houses while architects build homes. Let us explain....

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Altitude Design Summit: A Deep Well of Creativity

The Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake this year was incredible! It was our second time in attendance and let’s just say it won’t be our last (and not just because the food was delicious and (GASP) we may be speaking at the conference next year). The presenters and the people we talked with were passionate, REALLY PASSIONATE. In addition, they were...

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