Side Yard Design

This is my design for our side yard of the home we purchased a year ago August. I can hardly believe we’ve been here for over a year already! Perhaps it’s because we’ve been working away at remodeling it bit by bit (on the inside) since we moved here. We’re about 3/4 done with the master bath and the Home Depot crew is coming to measure the floor for carpet for the master bedroom on Halloween. (I picked that day because I wouldn’t forget and the measure was free and would be good for up to a year.) I promise when we get the master bath done, I’ll post the before and after pics!

Meantime, I have been dreaming of what to do about our tiny outdoor space. I want it to be as low maintenance as possible. I’ve posted my ideas for the front and have “tried on” many paint colors. We’ve finally decided on a warm medium brown color. I think we could live with it for a long time and we really don’t like it’s current sad gray color.

Now to give you an idea of what the side yard is now:  There is a long metal awning that spans the whole side of the house. An item of contention between my husband and I. He wants to keep it but I think it’s a worthless eye sore. It’s a typical “mobile home” type. (You know the type– with the scrolling cheap metal support posts.) It is also on the northeast side of the house so really does nothing to protect the house from summer heat. It keeps the sun out on the side that could really use it. In the past year we’ve had rain approximately four days, so that’s not a great reason to keep it either. Most of all, it blocks the views of the great old pepper tree that is always home to a variety of birds and provides lovely filtered light. It also blocks the view of the gorgeous liquid amber that is turning multiple shades of gold and red this time of year.

In addition there is a very large shabby looking sad storage shed that takes up much of the space. It’s so bad that the last owners left lots of stuff in there because they simply didn’t want to go in there after it. I don’t want to either. So (one thing hubby and I agree on) it needs to go.

My plan? Replace them both with a great big deck that we would actually use. So here you go.

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Side Yard 2

Side Yard 3

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Side Yard 5

Side Yard 6

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Here are my most recent proposed ideas for the front view that faces south:

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Notice there is no grass. We do not want to water or cut grass. (Overwatering is now considered a criminal offense here in CA so I’m sure this ‘zero scape’ would go over very well with the city if not our park managers.)

Remodelling the Mobile Money Pit ~ Renderings

We’ve lived with construction and most of our stuff still in boxes now for a couple of months since moving to Sunny Hills, a 55+ manufactured home community in Santa Maria, California after moving from our somewhat larger stick built home in the same town. It’s a triple-wide manufactured home that’s a little over 1700 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths a large living & dining space, a separate family room and has an attached two-car garage. The lot is small but backs up to a green belt area with many beautiful birch, maple and cypress trees. The ‘coach’ was built in 1987 so is ripe for updating and came with a lot of deferred maintenance from the former owner.  We had the cottage cheese ceiling scraped, retextured and painted throughout. We also removed all of the carpeting and replaced most of it with laminate floating flooring that looks like hand-scraped maple hardwood in a darker finish.  The kitchen and laundry/pantry will have a floating vinyl floor that looks like tile, is resilient and easy to clean. The only room to have carpet will be the master bedroom. We’ve also repainted most of the place and installed new window coverings. (I’m proud to say I installed the blinds myself in the sitting room and family room myself and was surprised at how easy it was!) Most of the house will be rewired during the kitchen remodel and we are still debating replacing the plumbing. (Much will be determined when we get into the kitchen remodel.) We were fortunate that a new roof was added only a year ago and there is a new furnace.

Since we moved in, we also moved and reconfigured a non-load baring wall which entailed expanding the ceiling, adding a light fixture and retexturing and painting the walls. It seemed like an awful lot just to move the wall a foot or so and make it longer, but the result was spectacular! You can no longer see into the guest bath now when entering the front door or sitting in the dining room! We also had to completely rebuild the front stoop outside the front door and the wall and floor inside the front door entry that had dry rot and mold from an old roof leak. The leak was repaired when the roof was replaced, but the damage caused by it was not. So that was our first undertaking when we moved in.

So, I’m biding my time waiting for our new kitchen remodel to begin. I’ve created a few renderings that I think will reflect the after photos pretty closely.  I’ll do a post of the ‘before and after’ photos when the construction is completed. The kitchen should be completed around the end of December. The other spaces in the house might take a bit longer. The exterior might be years from now. We won’t even start with the landscaping until springtime.

Kitchen:

triple-wide kitchen 3

triple-wide kitchen 2

triple-wide kitchen 1

Adjoining laundry room is also the pantry. Comes from Home Depot. Mine is primed for painting and the frame will be painted barn red as shown in the  rendering.

Adjoining laundry room is also the pantry. Comes from Home Depot. Mine is primed for painting and the frame will be painted barn red as shown in the rendering.

Dewils Cherry Cabinets in Frost stain. The door style is Oneida in the Designer Series. The countertop material is LG Himacs -Galaxy pattern in Cosmos colorway.

Dewils Cherry Cabinets in Frost stain. The door style is Oneida in the Designer Series. The countertop material is LG Himacs -Galaxy pattern in Cosmos colorway.

This is the backsplash material. I've not decided whether it will be installed vertically as shown in the renderings or this way. What do you think?

This is the backsplash material. I’ve not decided whether it will be installed vertically as shown in the renderings or this way. What do you think?

Master Bedroom & Bath:

Master Bath View 1

Master Bath View 1

Master Bath View 2

Master Bath View 2

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Sitting Room/Den:

This is the "formal" end of the house. (See front door on left.) It's adjacent to the dining space. Notice the truss work on the ceiling that is the same as that in the dining room rendering.

This is the “formal” end of the house. (See front door on left.) It’s adjacent to the dining space. Notice the truss work on the ceiling that is the same as that in the dining room rendering.

Den, Dining Room and Entry Area:

Entry (Next to fireplace)

Entry (Next to fireplace)

View from Entry & Den into Dining Space

View from Entry & Den into Dining Space

View through Dining Space toward Entry.

View through Dining Space toward Entry.

Exterior/Landscaping:

Entry

Entry

Front View- we won't be watering grass anymore. We're planning to replace the landscaping with mostly succulents with some day lilies and canna . lilies. The rest is river rock and some large boulders and driftwood features.

Front View- we won’t be watering grass anymore. We’re planning to replace the landscaping with mostly succulents with some day lilies and canna . lilies. The rest is river rock and some large boulders and driftwood features.

I’ll add new spaces as I produce the renderings to this post.

Alameda Project

I’ve currently posted some views to my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/pamdesigns-3D/129609572712?ref=hl of some renderings that I created using Chief Architect software that will ultimately be added to my website portfolio. These were from a plan that I designed using Chief specifically for a portfolio piece.  All of the rendering (ray tracing) was done with Chief as well. Some minor touch ups were done with Photoshop Elements. For my fellow Chief users:  each ray trace took about 10 to 15 hours to run using the ‘high quality’ setting with variations of photon mapping and final gathering settings depending on the surfaces. I’ve learned that shiny metals can create all kinds of havoc and getting stainless steel to ‘represent’ is probably the hardest thing to render. Each view has a corresponding file where I deleted everything that wasn’t in the view to shorten the rendering time as much as possible.  All in all, I started this design about three weeks ago and the rendering process for about two of those weeks.

The current seven renderings are of the “public” indoor spaces that includes the kitchen, dining and livingroom spaces with views to the entry foyer and the outdoor deck that overlooks the hills in a rural setting that you would typically find in the area known as Alameda just outside of Oakland in the Bay Area of Northern California.. The views take place in the winter (date/time set for current) and vary from afternoon to night lighting.

My style choice for this design was decidedly modern. Primarily because my portfolio to date has represented traditional styling. I wanted to show that I am equally adept at modern and contemporary design. I also pointedly chose cool colors, sleek linear lines, hard edges and lots of stainless steel to show that these materials and shapes can exist in a space without making it seem too cold and uncomfortable. The success of this space has much to do with lighting and complementary textured pieces as well as lots of greenery and organic elements that soften the space. The effect I think is very livable.

Next, I will be working on the master suite. And in the future, designing the outdoor spaces and landscaping. There is a media room I may throw in eventually.Dining Room 1 Dining Room 2 Kitchen 1 Kitchen 2 Living Room 1 Living Room 2 Living Room 3

Seaside Ensuit ~ A Collection of Renderings.

This past week I have been creating a set of renderings inspired by a single photo of a design by Gary Riggs Designs.

Gary Riggs Design

Gary Riggs Design

The imaginary scene I created included an ensuit bath overlooking “somewhere” on the California Central Coast in the late afternoon in June.  The background scene is typical of sea views at the time and season of the year in that it looks a little misty.  Like the fog is going to roll in as it usually does at night along with some wind sometimes.

Seaside Bathroom

Seaside Bathroom

Wouldn’t it be nice to sit in this foamy warm bath with scented candles watching the sun set into the fog rolling in just beyond the horizon?  You can almost hear the waves lapping at the shore on the beach below.

Seaside Bedroom

Seaside Bedroom

This is the view I created inspired by Mr. Rigg’s design.  I just love that bed!  I wanted to give it more of a “Pacific” flair with a nod to the Far East and added more seagrass and wicker items.  The colors are a bit more subdued with the colors of sand and sea.  I enjoyed the opportunity to use blue and white accent pottery.

Seaside Bedroom

Seaside Bedroom

We’ll be closing the doors soon because it tends to get a bit nippy when the wind kicks up and the fog rolls in.

I’ve added some views!  You will likely never see a space from this perspective, but 3D plan views are much more interesting to look at than line drawings.  Bird’s eye views show you the floor plan in 3D of a room.  3D axon views of floor plans show you how an ensemble of rooms are adjoined and relate to one another in scale and material textures and color:

A bird's eye view (orthographic plan view) of the bathroom.

A bird’s eye view (orthographic plan view) of the bathroom.

A 3D plan view (Axon) of the total ensemble of related rooms and spaces.

A 3D plan view (Axon) of the total ensemble of related rooms and spaces.