Peachland Project: The First Steps

Our client came to us with a dream project: they were building their forever home on an acreage lot in Peachland that had been in the family for years. Surrounded by woodland, with vineyards right outside their future back door and sweeping views of blue lake and sky, it was an absolutely perfect location. They had one catch: their contractor was starting construction in a matter of days and they needed some quick designing in order to start – and finish – on schedule!

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Though we were caught a little short on time, the first step – and the most important step to the process – was to create a concept board that outlined the vision for the home and a detailed budget to stick to. We did this over a few meetings with the client and then set about detailing out the layouts in order to solidify window and door sizes so that the framers could do what they needed to do.

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It didn’t take long for a house to take shape. With this progress on site came the need for many more decisions to be made: plumbing fixtures and locations, lighting and electrical locations, flooring type, interior door sizes, etc. It can be overwhelming to make these choices without any parameters, which is the case with a new build as almost anything is possible. Having a strong concept and fully fleshed out room schemes at hand in order to select product and feel confident about the decisions you are making is an asset to every project.

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The concept for this project was ‘contemporary white farmhouse with natural elements to bring warmth & character to the spaces’  - a nod to the wooded and natural surroundings of the house but keeping the finishes fresh and bright for a young family.

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The kitchen was the room that was the most demanding on this project, not in terms of layout but in terms of colour. Luckily, initial hesitations were swept away and the client approved a striking blue kitchen. It’s going to be a stunner!

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It is often a challenge, as a designer, to convince a client to go for a bold colour in a space, especially with something so permanent as cabinetry. It’s a massive commitment and I’m always asked ‘will it go out of style?’. Everything will go out of style, and then likely come back into style again, enter wall paper, textured walls and un-lacquered brass, but if you love it, it’s worth doing.

Furthermore, the main space of the house with great room, dining area and kitchen, is about 1000 square feet with 10’ and 12’ high ceilings. I was confident that this immense space could take a saturated hit of colour at one end to provide some focus and visual mass.

Designing and building a home is a daunting task but the elements of all renovations are the same and should be led by a strong concept. Whether refreshing a guest bedroom or designing a new kitchen, having conceptual parameters and a budget outline will alleviate stress by narrowing down options: no need to look at 1000 pendants if 500 of them are over budget and 300 of them are not in line with the concept!

We are looking forward to seeing the remaining elements come together and we will be posting a ‘part II’ to this project next year.


- Francesca