Hillside with Verve
area housing stock is built by contractors and they usually
don’t put good design or quality on the top of their
priority list. This was the dilemma facing a couple with two
small children who moved into a ‘builder’s special’.
One of the most serious problems in these homes is the lack
of quality lighting and too much of the wrong kind of lighting.
Most of the down lights and track fixtures were removed to
make way for more pleasing wall sconces which give softer,
diffuse light. Other fixtures were replaced with small, focused
halogen fixtures to illuminate art.
The rooms, although open to one another, had their own sets
of walls, which worked beautifully together when painted complimentary
colors. These colors brought some of the disparate areas in
harmony with the rest of the house and gave a light and happy
energy. Some places, such as the living room and master bedroom,
have more subdued colors and a more sophisticated texture
palette, while the kitchen and family room are bright and
lively – just like the young boys who spend time there.
This home is an example of how non-structural changes were
used to transform a standard home into one with the unique
character of the family who lives there.