Since July 2014, I have been working on a one story semi-custom home in the southwest area of Las Vegas. My client contacted me as he was signing documents to purchase the lot. With the opportunity to lay a solid foundation and make decisions that would affect the overall design, I was more than happy to take on the project! Construction started in August, drywall went up in November, and the home was turned over to us by the beginning of this year. That statement alone makes me chuckle because it sounds so quick and simple! If only….
Beyond the normal specifications of flooring, countertops, cabinetry, plumbing, hardware, etc., we made revisions to the builder’s original floor plan by incorporating contemporary elevations throughout. Major changes occurred with the kitchen island, soffit details, casita layout, and namely in the master bathroom. By reconfiguring the bathtub and shower placement as well as rearranging the toilet room, we added square footage to the walk in closet and bathroom. The original design was visually appealing, however a big waste of space. The new layout allows for an ample sized shower fit for two. There’s also more room for enjoying a steam! (Check back for the Master Bathroom Reno post)
While keeping a very modern aesthetic in mind, the materials we selected for the house are below. The cabinetry color is deceiving from the photos, in person it is a cool brown with heavy grey undertones. I would compare it to Pantone 19-0912 TPX Chocolate Brown or Umber. The Caesarstone countertops in “Ice Snow” are a nice neutral white; not too sterile or too creamy. The hints of sparkle and iridescence complement all of the other elements in the space. Hardware selection was easy with this very sleek design in stainless steel.
My client intended on installing rich espresso wood floors in all of the bedrooms, office, and casita. With much debate and thought over Las Vegas’ extreme climate fluctuations, we decided to go with 8″ x 47″ porcelain tile from Walker Zanger. The second photo includes elements covered above, PLUS the floor tile throughout the main body of the house and the wall tile in the master bathroom. From the photo you can see the ink-jet glaze on the porcelain tile, a unique feature my client loved.
The image on the left is a color sent by my client as inspiration for wall colors. We ended up painting the main body white and selected Dorian Gray by Sherwin Williams for the bedrooms, office, kitchen and bar island. From the image on the right, you can see that the walls are slightly textured. To keep in theme with the ultra modern space my client wanted, all walls were finished with a level 5 drywall. Good riddance orange peel surface!!!!
Next time I’ll share the flooring updates!
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