details, details, details

High-end residential design isn’t about mass, gaudiness, or punch, it’s about details.  It’s that feeling you get, ‘wow, they really thought about this’.  This project has been so carefully contemplated by my clients, the contractor, myself, and all of the extraordinarily talented craftspeople we’ve put together.  It shows.  Take a look at what can happen when you approach a house like it’s a canvas, not a hurry-up and build-it-on-the-cheap environment:

Bruce, the Mason, places every single rock with thought and care.  I love the custom stone cornice framing the beautifully stunning front door:

Berens Bruce

The built ins were created off of my basic hand sketch and hand elevations.  Shane has added the tricky details that can only be created by a true sculptural artist.   The lightness and sophistication of this built-in media and art showplace is exactly what we were after.

Berens builtin

I love a good book match!!  It makes my heart sing.  Not many put this amount of detail into woodwork.

built in book

Notice the copper toekick detail we’ve worked in.  You’ll see this throughout the home, in unexpected places.

built in corner   I’m loving how this angled TV housing is not feeling too bulky.  Gorgeous, and not an easy task to execute.  Thankfully, Shane put the geometry I snoozed through in high school to use.

Jim, the Tile Guru, put the seals on the stone work today.  Wow, does it pop.

Berens master bath

berens wall 2    Meticulously polishing the travertine hallway wall.  Perfection. I’m proud to be part of a team that puts so much care, thought, and talent into what they produce. More to come!


project progress

Today was a busy one on site.  Cabinets are being set and countertops were being templated today.  Fine finish work is being installed by Shane around the fireplace, which will have a stone face similar to the travertine accent wall in the kitchen, but a bit ligher in tone.

berens counter
berens counter 2
berens wall

This has been such a fun and remarkable project.  The finished home will be so lovely and inviting. The homeowners allowed my input on everything from driveway design and exterior paint colors to all the stone and wood interior finishes.  Dave Schmid is the contractor and has been so accomodating and talented throughout my experience working with him.  It’s really been a fun process for all.