Dental Office Design

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Our design goals:

  1. Create a Waiting Area that is Stunning, Sophisticated, Yet Calming
  2. Establish Flow Throughout the Office
  3. Make Material Selections with Usage, Practicality and Budget in Mind

To accomplish our goals, we started with a beautiful remnant of Taj Mahal quartzite that will serve as the under-lit, drop edge desk in the waiting room and check-out area.  We added texture and a sense of calm using a side-lit oversize 12×36 tile that emulates a wave of water on the accent wall surrounding the reception desk and on a hallway accent wall.  We created additional depth using an espresso wood beam, tile surround and suspended shelving.  Calming neutral paint colors were selected to help put patients at ease.

Practicality was a priority.  Coordinating laminate countertops were selected for the front office and treatment rooms.  A taupe color COREtec 7″ plank flooring was selected to hold up under heavy use in the treatment rooms.  A coordinating textured carpet was selected for the reception area and hallway for sound control.

This office will be so soothing, I may need to consider driving an extra twenty miles to have my teeth cleaned.



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Fireplace Update Adds Drama and Space as a Bonus

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“Ornate and overdone” is not my client’s style, so the fussy fireplace surround and mantel had to go.  Clean-looking 12×24 porcelain tile from floor to ceiling lifts the eye to take in the 14′ ceiling.  By eliminating unnecessary bookcases and clutter, we created space for original art and two additional accent chairs.  The Barbara Barry exposed wood chairs provide important seating space for a large blended family to gather in their favorite room.  Glass sculptural art, crystal and brass candlesticks, a folded brass wall sculpture and a gilded iron twig fireplace screen combine to provide a burst of glam.  The oversize, globe-shaped artisan-sculpted metal pendant light adds to the drama.

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Contemporary Master Bath: Living Vicariously

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What’s particularly fun about my vocation is that I get to design vicariously through my clients’ projects.  This project was exceptionally fun, since these are materials I might pick for myself if I were starting over from scratch.  Projects are especially enjoyable when the impact is big.  In this case it was enormous.  Eliminating the walls enclosing her shower and replacing with frameless glass and heightening her shower tile dramatically enlarged her space.  The freestanding tub selection feels so decadent, I’m hoping for an invitation.  The sleek, full overlay cabinets finished in a dark espresso stain match the faucet and Roman tub handle inlays and the oversize chrome pulls provide the contrasting “punch”.

We started with a special purchase quartzite and selected all other materials based on that starting point.  It is impossible to tell that attention was paid to budget.  My client has been a friend for many years, and I’m happy to say she remained a dear friend from project start through completion.  Dust and noise tolerance was put to the test for both my client and her cat as this was one of three bathrooms we remodeled in sequence.  New wood floors, a new wood staircase and painting bedrooms and hallway were thrown into the project scope as well.  This client has definitely earned an “ideal client award”.

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Current Kitchen: Smart Remodeling to Sell

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A budget that might have been used exclusively to overhaul a kitchen was invested wisely so that other home improvements could be made to sell this home quickly: new and refinished hardwoods throughout the downstairs, a new wood staircase with iron balusters, a refreshed front door and fresh paint throughout the home.

How did we accomplish this?  Three “tricks of the trade”:  instead of replacing cabinets they were refaced with updated doors and drawers, with the exception of a sorely needed new island and drawer bank to replace an outdated and unused kitchen desk.  New stainless appliances were purchased benefitting from the combination of a package and contractor discount.  Stunning Lennon countertops were selected from my fabricator’s special purchase options and the island countertop was purchased as a remnant.

Numerous improvements in the kitchen make this 30-year-old home look new:  new LED ceiling and undercabinet lighting; lowering the breakfast bar to counter height and removing door casing between the kitchen and family room to visually expand the space;  converting the cooktop to gas; the combination of incorporating the microwave into the second oven and installing a retracting venthood to open the head space over the cooktop; installing a new stone backsplash; installing a new stainless faucet, undermounted sink and cabinet hardware.  Bright white cabinets, newly refinished floors and a neutral taupe wall color all feel fresh.

Word got out about the improvements being made and the home sold even before going on the market at a price that validated all the improvements made.  Both buyer and seller were happy with the outcome.

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Home Office: Space Designed with Practicality in Mind

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The number one priority on all design projects:  create a home to best suit my client’s personal needs and ideal use of space.

This client benefits daily from having efficient home office space in a quiet corner of his home.  On occasion, he’ll have weekend guests.  It didn’t make sense to dedicate a bedroom year-round for his occasional guest.  So we got creative.

Using custom-designed cabinetry, we created useful work and storage space for the room’s primary function.  Abundant storage helps keep clutter under control.  When guests arrive, the pull-down desk folds into the cabinet and double pocket doors close to conceal not only the desk, but also books, records and files.  A comfortable queen-size Murphy bed, normally hidden behind cabinet doors, pulls down creating an inviting guest room.

Add some fresh flowers and chocolates on the pillows and guests will feel totally indulged.

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Dramatic Impact with a Kitchen “Remodel Light”

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In this kitchen the flooring, cabinets and the majority of appliances stayed in place.  But what a difference relatively minor updates can make.  Refinished cabinets, a fresh paint color on the wall, the addition of nickel cabinet pulls and a hip pendant and LED canned light combo replacing a time-stamped fluorescent ceiling fixture combine to totally reinvent this kitchen.  Lowering the breakfast bar to counter height connects the kitchen seamlessly with the nook and family room.  The new White Exodus granite countertops with a curved extension that enlarges the island and a 2×12 staggered Silver Mink glass tile backsplash provide the wow factor.

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Sleek End Table with a Purpose

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This end table looks innocent enough.  Nobody but the homeowner knows that it was cleverly designed to house all their ugly TV boxes allowing us to remove the oversize cabinetry and create more living space.

Now there is a conversational grouping of the furniture without blocking the walkway to the master suite.  As a bonus, the stone fireplace gets top billing as the focal point of the room.


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