Do you remember when the hottest bathroom features were gold-plated swan faucets? Those days are long gone and best forgotten, and other design excesses of the time, including pink marble heart-shaped soaking tubs, are now equally laughable.
At The Buckingham Group, we respect tradition. We tend to think that good design is ageless, and that building homes to nurture, sustain and delight residents of all ages is a calling. It's a concept that we believe should drive all architecture and interior design.
Easter is much more than a time for egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. In addition to its religious significance, Easter celebrates hope and new growth, the promise of warmer temperatures, and family. The focus differs from one household to another, but honored traditions and casual fun share top billing. Easter ushers in a renewal of mind and spirit, and spring celebrates a return to warmer temperatures, natural beauty and more time spent outdoors.
It didn’t happen suddenly over a cup of coffee or while reading the newspaper. Over a period of time, our clients had come to the conclusion that their existing home no longer fit their needs. It was time to make a hard decision, one that would involve thousands of dollars, should they stay or go? For over a year, they had gone through the normal and frustrating process of looking for a home that would accommodate their vision. After inspecting a variety of homes and the options they presented, our clients came to the conclusion that they would remodel their existing home. Initial factors influencing the decision were the home’s prime location and its proximity to their places of employment. Pushing the decision over-the-top was the unique and irreplaceable topography of their heavily wooded rear yard, which contained a crystal clear stream flowing through a rocky ravine.
There is little doubt that celebrating in the company of family and good friends is what makes the holidays special. But if your home in Tulsa felt a little cramped this season, you may have looked upon the festivities as a kind of mixed blessing. Whether your home is considered the hub of neighborhood activities throughout the year, or it qualifies as "Grandma's house" from Thanksgiving through New Year's, if it's not designed to handle a crowd, your holidays can become less than happy.
It's not too early to begin planning for next year's celebrations. Gaining space doesn't necessarily have to mean a new addition.
A wall separating the kitchen and family room was removed creating a combined space that would become the focus of family activities within the home. The ceiling of the family room was raised from 8’ to 10’ taking advantage of unused attic space. The traditional brick fireplace was replaced with a Cross Cut Travertine fireplace surround. Pella windows were added for additional light.
Our client, like most of us, had focused their attention for upgrading and home remodeling on its interior. Over a series of several years, their design daydreams had stimulated and provided the impetus for contracting for a new kitchen, powder room and master bathroom. Complementing these major projects were new furniture and paint throughout. As the husband contemplated retirement, there was one thing that still bothered them. It was the exterior of their home which was still locked in the 80’s. They wanted a home whose exterior would make them beam with satisfaction as they entered their driveway.