"We were really sold on how Matt put it all together. It was beyond are wildest dreams."

~ Ed Redmond, happy homeowner 

log cabinThough it would seem pretty obvious, one very important factor to always keep in mind is people actually have to live in the houses we design and build. A clever bit of designer flash that seemed great on paper might not work so well for the family living in the real space. Many times we come across houses that feel empty and void, which is exactly what happened with the Redmonds' home.

Even though the house was relatively new no one felt comfortable in it. The house sits at the end of a cul-de-sac, the centerpiece of the block. When we first saw the house, a large bow window took up the entire living room. The window was simply massive and low-set for furniture to sit in front of it. The family felt extremely exposed and vulnerable, and since no one enjoyed living on display for the neighbors, the room ceased to be of any use.

Our mission was to transform the living area and make it a comfortable space for all. Replacing the massive window was a must. This was a modular home with an open floor plan; the marriage walls (where two modular units join) were short and, like the Redmonds themselves, felt out of place. We turned this to peculiarity to our advantage, using these walls to create small niches and openings for light. What had been a nuisance was now a source of character and aesthetic beauty. Dramatic wall colors helped to warm the space, as did recessed lighting on dimmers, remote fans, and the three-sided open fireplace wrapped in cultured stone. For the mantles we used Lenrok, a handsome stone native to the area.

The pervasive sense of warmth and distinction -- not to mention the removal of the "fishbowl" window -- changed an uncomfortable house into a beautiful and inviting home.