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Design Choices


The home:

A pretty typical West Hartford colonial from the outside, however, the interior has a decidedly country feeling that was the motivation for the buyer to purchase the home. Vertical v-groove pine doors w/black wrought iron hardware, wide, horizontal, v-groove wainscot paneling and wood floors all support the charm of the home. In determining a “look” for the home, the owner has dubbed her style as “country-industrial”.

The Kitchen Design:


The kitchen will have natural oak floors, off white Shaker style cabinets and dark, brown quartz counter tops. The appliances, sink and faucet will be stainless while the cabinet hardware is brushed nickel to repeat the look of the other metallic finishes. Decorative light fixtures are black to match the door hardware. The Shaker style of the cabinetry is in keeping with the simplicity of both the country and the industrial look. The dark counter tops and matte silver finishes support the industrial flair. The back splash will be a 1 x 2, brick-set, tumbled marble, in a warm tan color. This contributes to the more rustic side of country design and sets up a nice contrast to the sleek, polished counter tops. Pictured is our faucet choice which is from Moen, a one handle, pull down model in spot resistant stainless.

The Bathroom Design:


Both bathrooms will have 6 x 24, rustic, wood looking porcelain tiles on the floors. The master bath flooring will use this porcelain wood look tile from Atenas in Taupe.


Cabinetry is in two different shades of warm gray, one lighter than the other. The master bathroom will have a custom shower with ceramic that mimics the look of Cararra without the high maintenance and cost. The shower floor is a 2 x 2 version of the bathroom flooring. The smaller 2 x 2 tile creates a more slip resistant finish. Counter tops will be quartz also in a Cararra look-alike for baths. Light fixtures and bath fixtures will continue the contemporary, but casual feel in brushed nickel finishes combined with sleek design to suit the homeowner’s industrial side.

Design Note:

Natural looking finishes in more durable materials are practical and safe in kitchens and baths and often more cost effective. For example, wood look porcelain floor and shower tiles are textured to offer slip resistance. Wood flooring would be less practical in a wet space. White, quartz counter tops are carefree & stain resistant giving the elegant look of marble without the high maintenance and poor durability.

Coming Up: Progress! Installing Beams & Countertops!

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