Archive for October, 2009

Nice closet

Author: Travis Kinney

I’d love to take credit for this closet design, but I can’t. I think my client or the guy who built it came up with the layout. It is installed in one of my projects though and looks sweet.

Her side

Her side

His side

His side

Nice Laundry room

Author: Travis Kinney

farmers sink

farmers sink

From single season to four season

Author: Travis Kinney
Here’s an outdoor patio that a client wanted to convert to living space.
patio

patio

closed in four season room

closed in four season room

Extra room – more kitchen

Author: Travis Kinney

A client of mine had a great kitchen that was fairly new, and didn’t want to renovate any of it. He needed more refrigerator storage and cupboard space. Off the foyer/ mudroom was a large circulation space that was under utilized. I designed a direct vent gas fireplace that faces the dining room directly across from it. Flanking the fireplace are pull-out refrigerator drawers with full height upper cabinets above. What is not shown in the sketch are a couple of comfortable overstuffed chairs for enjoying early morning coffee or late evening cordials.

existing space off kitchen

existing space off kitchen

fireplace and cabinets

fireplace and cabinets

Saving money in a down economy

Author: Travis Kinney

It’s obvious that in a down economy, material costs are down and labor cost should also be down. Early this spring, clients kept talking about how hungry builders must be. My clients were hearing all the gloom and doom on the news and how bad the housing market was doing and assumed all the builders around here were slashing their numbers. However, I wasn’t seeing it this past Spring. I was telling people that a lot of custom home builders were still busy fulfilling their obligations that were in the works from the previous fall. There’s a lag time in the pinch of economic decline for the custom builders. However, I was noticing that the speculation building had ground to a halt. There’s a 60-house development across from me here in Scarborough, where everything just stopped. It’s that type of construction you’re hearing about on the news.

I noticed too that builders were desperately trying to continue to do things as usual and weren’t quite ready to put in that extra effort that was being asked of them. What I have seen over the summer and into this Fall is contractors providing more detail in their pricing and actually lowering some of their labor rates. This is the kind of economic response clients were expecting this past Spring.

I’m going to try to write more about ways to save money on construction so that people can take advantage of the slow economy and depressed building material costs. I also hope to provide some examples of executing great looks without a lot of cost.

Garage study

Author: Travis Kinney

I’m currently working on the design of a three car garage with storage above. The garage and storage room above will be heated to keep furnishings and stuff from ending up smelling like mildew.The garage is ell shaped in order to get extra storage on the first floor for outdoor furniture, riding mower, snow blower etc.

We started with real basic detailing; minimal roof overhangs and simple flat trim casing around doors and windows. Looks ok, but not great.

very simple garage detailing

very simple garage detailing

The elevation below shows a larger roof overhang, frieze board along gable end,water-table trim band along ground, wide corner boards and roof over side entry.

Little more detail - eave overhangs and corner boards
Little more detail – eave overhangs and corner boards

I then added a similar roof over the garage doors which would have decorative brackets. I added the shutters which I kind of like and makes it look historical, but I think it’s also kinda grand-motherly looking.

grandmotherly?

grandmotherly?

No shutters - little roofs over windows

No shutters - little roofs over windows

Below is my current elevation drawing. We’ve added dormers to the second floor which will be priced as an alternate and could always be added later. We’ll make sure the structural engineering takes that into account so we don’t box ourselves into a corner later on. Garage doors have gotten larger and ceiling height in garage has been raised to 12′. Side door off the ell is 12′ wide by 10′ for possible boat storage. Widened the ell from 20′ to 24′ as there is a stair to contend with on the right hand side going in through that large door. Dormer with three windows has an amazing view of the ocean.

The latest version

The latest version