banyan master bath part 2. which option do you like?

i’ve done some revisions to our banyan master bath and i’m thinking it is really looking architectural. the client and i were concerned about the tall storage cabinet being too big so i decided to cut the cabinet and let the counter continue underneath. you’ll notice in option 1, the base cabinet touches the floor, and in option 2 it floats completely making much more a a horizontal statement. i also cut the wall next to the cabinet back as well.

i have a couple ideas on things to tweak further but i want to know what you think. tell me which one you like and why?

option #1 – revised                                                                                option #2 – revised                    

option 1 - revisedbathroom_rev_3b2

westbourne tour part I

our westbourne project is almost complete. the owners will be moving back in in about a week and a half. we have a couple things to finish inside but i’m excited to show you where we are at with the project. over the course of the next week or so, i’ll be posting short videos showing off each room or rooms so please check back often.

westbourne tour part I from david doucette on Vimeo.

everyone hangs out in the kitchen

 it seems no matter how small your kitchen is or how hard you try and keep people out, when you have friends over, they always end up in the kitchen. it’s inevitable. i must admit, i’ve even tried to leave the kitchen a little dirty, maybe even leave a few dishes in the sink before having people over for the sole purpose of keeping them out of the kitchen ( it never works by the way, and i end up washing dishes with one hand and flipping  mushrooms in the other in front of an amused audience). so i decided to not only accomodate people in the westbourne kitchen, but really create a kitchen that will be sure to be the center of the party, that embraces the gathering and celebration of good food and great friends. from family gatherings to cocktail parties, this is one kitchen that will see a lot of smiling faces.
kitchen-plan1
floor plan

 

we created an open kitchen that features a large sliding window system by nanawall that will allow for great cocktail parties as the outside/inside line merge to become one. we’ll also be building a countertop on the outside side of the nanawall window system. the countertops will be caeserstone, a product made from crushed quartz and extremely durable. the drawing below is the floor plan of the kitchen (layout);

Elevation looking at cabinetry, sliding window system
elevation looking at cabinetry, sliding window system

 

the drawing to the right is an elevation (as if you were standing in the kitchen looking out) of the cabinetry and sliding window system. the windows will all slide to the left allowing a gracious 10′-0 opening;

 

  

elevation of cabinetry and 4'-0" range
elevation of cabinetry and 4'-0" wide range

 

the drawing to the right is an elevation looking at the 4′-0″ wide range and cabinetry. notice we’re not installing uppers along the back wall which we’ll keep a nice open feel in the kitchen (we have plenty of storage).

 

 

elevation showing refrigerator and upper cabinets
elevation showing refrigerator and upper cabinets

 

the drawing to the right shows the upper cabinets and refrigerator wall elevation. the cabinets will be made from FSC, forest stewardship council, rift cut white oak. the cabinet construction will be 100% formaldehyde free.

welcome from david doucette, aia leed ap, founder of reside architecture, inc.

welcome to my blog for the office i founded, reside architecture, inc. this is new territory for me but i’m hoping to share thoughts on architecture, residential design & construction, green building principles, green living, and share updates on our own projects as well.

one of our more exciting projects at this time is an existing two story home in west hollywood, california that we are performing a major remodel on. we are providing design and construction services and are currently in the middle of construction. the most interesting aspect of the project is that we designed the home to qualify for the LEED for homes rating program, a new national green building program and the most comprehensive green building program in the country click here for more info.

another project i am very excited about is the complete restoration of a 1956 airstream travel trailer. this particular model has the beautiful name “flying cloud”. it is a work in progress and i’ll be writing more about this project as well.