With this project, one of our interior designers became a client with a vision for a home inspired by the French country style. This was an especially fun collaboration because we knew the client so well and the homeowners could be involved in more ways than we were used to.
We like custom projects and seeing what homeowners come up with. These homeowners wanted to upcycle some materials to save money without sacrificing the aesthetic they wanted. She used her skills as an interior designer to find unusual yet usable materials. Using his technical background, he designed a next-level home security camera system and built a motorized, drop-down TV mount right into the kitchen cabinets. Together, they took the idea of “custom” to a whole new level.
Two of this home’s more unique features had even more unique sources. The basement home office has a wood floor made from an old semi-truck trailer floor that we distressed and installed by hand. The result is a beautiful floor that is also protected from water or any other challenges inherent to a floor covering on concrete near a lake. Meanwhile, the master bath upstairs has tiles designed by the interior designer-turned-homeowner. All we had to do was install them.
It wasn’t all beautifully customized and smooth sailing. On a Friday night three or four months after the homeowners moved in, they discovered water coming into the basement bathroom. It just so happened that the team who responded were the president of the construction company and the president of the plumbing company, who had both been out on dates with their wives at the time. We responded within an hour and found a solution that night so the homeowners could get back to their weekend as quickly as possible.