Friday, November 30, 2012

Interior Design I Final Project




Today was a glorious day of turning in the project I've been working on all semester in Interior Design I!  The project was an entry in the National Kitchen and Bath Association's (NKBA) student competition.  We were given the client's information and requests and then followed the NKBA's accessible guidelines to design a basement apartment.

I can't begin to count the hours I've put in the project, but it all paid off with a beautiful set of complete plans, design statements and sample boards.  Plus my instructors seemed pleased with the end result, so that makes me super happy!

What's even more amazing to me is that when this semester started, I didn't even know how to use AutoCAD and had little experience with Sketch Up and now they feel like old friends!

If you want to skip reading the design statements, keep scrolling for pics...

(Warning:  All guests in my home over the next 6 months will be forced to look through my portfolio!)


 
Kitchen Design Statement:

The challenge of this project was to meet the client’s requests and accessibility needs while creating an attractive mid-century modern kitchen. The NKBA accessible guidelines were used to ensure all the client’s accessibility needs were met. These solutions include:

-Clear opening of doorways meet or exceed minimum requirements

-Neither entry or appliance doors interfere with one another

-Correct work triangle distances that are not interrupted by traffic patterns

-Primary work centers are not separated by tall obstacles

-Kitchen island represents the shape created by meeting the work aisle and clear floor space standards

-All walkways meet or exceed minimum requirements

-Permanent knee space provided at sink and at preparation area with -protection from water and drainpipes

-Correct placement of and landing areas adjacent to all appliances


The client specifically requested a location for her sausage maker so a low counter with a dedicated outlet was provided for her ease. The client’s requested mid-century design was incorporated in both the kitchen and the attached sitting area, where the client requested space for her lift chair, TV and lamp. Mid-century design influenced the following design solutions:

-Asymmetrical shelving used in sitting area and kitchen alcove

-Sleek, floating kitchen cabinets

-Modern range top

-Mid-century modern influenced drawer and cabinet pulls, furniture, flooring, lighting, back splash and fabric

-Repeated angles and curves seen throughout the space

-Repeated lines of windows, door panels, cabinets and drawers


The Lithuanian art chosen for the sitting area not only fits the color scheme but also brings a bit of the client’s ethnic background into her new space.

Providing plenty of natural light in the space greatly influenced the choice of double patio doors and large, counter-to-ceiling windows in the kitchen.

Overall, the newly designed space meets the client’s design requests while providing for her accessibility needs.

 

Bathroom Design Statement:

The challenge of this project was to meet the client’s requests and accessibility needs while creating an attractive mid-century modern bathroom with laundry area. The NKBA accessible guidelines were used to ensure all the client’s accessibility needs were met. These solutions include:

-Clear opening of doorways meet minimum requirements

-No entry of fixture doors interfere with one another

-Clear space for each fixture meet or exceeds minimum requirements

-Correct turning space provided

-Permanent knee space provided at sink and vanity

-Shower compartment and seat meet size and accessibility standards

-Correct grab bar, toilet and accessory placement

The client specifically requested a hidden laundry area so a closet with storage, clothes rod and folding counter was provided. The client’s requested mid-century design influenced the following design solutions:

-Lithuanian art displayed in toilet alcove

-Sleek, floating vanities

-Mid-century modern influenced drawer pulls, flooring, lighting, tiles and fabric

-Repeated angles and curves seen throughout the space

-Repeated lines of windows, door panels and mirrors

The Lithuanian art chosen for the toilet alcove not only fits the color scheme but also brings a bit of the client’s ethnic background into her new space.

Providing plenty of natural light in the space greatly influenced the choice large windows in the bathroom. The mid-century pendant and 1950’s vintage wallpaper meet the client’s request of mid-century design.

Overall, the newly designed space meets the client’s design requests while providing for her accessibility needs.


 

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Kitchen Floor Plan:




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Kitchen Mechanical Plan:




Kitchen Elevations:

 
 
 



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Monday, November 26, 2012

Lessons in Genesis

This year's BSF study in Genesis has been so rich and I'm reminded weekly that God's word is living as it speaks to me right where I am. I also love how a passage can speak to each of us in such personal and individual ways. The biggest lesson the Lord's been pointing out to me this year is the boundaries He's placed in my life.

I first saw boundaries in Genesis 2:16:

"And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

This verse reminded me of Psalm 16:5-6:

"Lord, You alone are my portion and my cup; You make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance."


Adam and Eve had the entire garden at their fingertips. The only boundary given was for their protection...the boundary was in a pleasant place. But Adam and Eve didn't see this boundary as provision and protection, they saw it as a punishment.

This first lesson in boundaries really grabbed my heart because I realized that I often view some of the boundaries the Lord has placed in my life as punishment and not provision and protection. 


The next time I saw God's boundaries was in Genesis 7:15-16:

"Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark.  The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in."


Noah had obeyed the Lord's command to build the ark and then the Lord shut him in.  Closed the door.  Protected him from the flood that destroyed every living creature on earth.  Seeing this boundary of God shutting him in away from the storm reminded me that during my stormy times, the Lord has boundaries in place for my protection.  My problem is taking a step back from the storm and recognizing the boundaries around me. 

This week's lesson led us to Genesis 12 where even in the midst of being called away from everything familiar, Abraham obeyed God's calling.  The boundaries in Abraham's life might not have been obvious to him, but just like in my life, if I'm living in obedience to His call on my life, I can be assured the boundaries are from Him and are in pleasant places. 

I think the Lord's pounding this lesson in my heart because He knows my inclination is to push against, question or ignore boundaries all together. 

I pray He keeps teaching me and helping me recognize the protection and provision in my life.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

My week in pictures

Monday
Saw this precious baby on Pinterest and wondered why I don't have one...



















Tuesday
Worked on this hand-drafted elevation in my Technical Drawing class.














Wednesday
Celebrated Dawn's birthday early with a TN Vols blanket I made her at the last Pinterest party. 



















Thursday
Worked on this hand-drafted plan in Technical Drawing...















Friday
Spent ALL day working on my Interior Design I final project...here's a sneak peak...

 
Saturday
Abby, Lora and I drove to UNA to hear Christy Nockles and Kristian Stanfill in concert...AMAZING!  Look up Chrisy's song "Wonderful" and start worshiping!



































Sunday
After church, I joined the Phillips at Andrew's jazz concert where his talent amazed me all over again! 


Monday, November 5, 2012

ASID Shadow Day

The American Society of Interior Designers hosted a shadow day where interior design students could spend a day with a designer.  I had the great opportunity to shadow the president of the Alabama chapter of ASID, Richard Cable of Richard Cable Interiors here in Huntsville.  Our day was a bit out of the ordinary for him because it consisted of setting up a table scape (along with several other firms) at a luncheon hosted by the Christian Women's Job Corp. 




Richard and his team designed this sparkly table scape...


Over 850 people attended to visit the display tables and hear from former White House Chef, Roland Mesnier.  Chef Mesnier was the chef to Presidents Carter, Reagan, G. Bush, Clinton and GW Bush and told hilarious stories!
I was especially excited when our program listed "Presentation of Dessert: President Reagan's Chocolate Mousse Cake." It was everything you'd expect!


Here I am with Richard, his mom, Chef Mesnier and Richard's assistant interior designer (and UNA grad!) Brittan.


I also was able to get a picture with one of my favorite Huntsville celebrities, former mayor Loretta Spencer!  She's so sweet!


After our wonderful morning and delicious lunch, we headed back to Richard's shop where he shared a lot of insight from his 26 years experience.  I'm so thankful to get a behind the scenes view of the industry and meet such nice people!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Alabama Happiness

Don't just be proud of your state...get out & enjoy it!


We stayed close to home for our fall get-away...Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville, AL.  I drive through Rogersville on my commute to school and love the small town feel and the surrounding landscape, so the lakeside cottages at Joe Wheeler were the obvious choice when we were deciding where to go.





Words can't begin to describe how beautiful the view was from our deck!

We saw many speed boats and fishing boats, but there was just something vacation-y of seeing sailboats!
 


Our weekend was one of the best we've shared as a family because it was a true vacation...beautiful, peaceful, quite surroundings.  I loved having a kitchen and getting to cook breakfast for the family on Saturday and then devouring Daddy's French toast on Sunday morning and Moma's crock pot of chili was the perfect pairing the nail-biting Bama game Saturday night!  We also loved eating at the local steak house, Stanfield's, on Friday night.  The homey-feel and delicious food...including life-changing corn dip...was the perfect way to kick-off our weekend!




Being the city-fied folks that we are, we don't get enough of enjoying the great outdoors, but we couldn't get enough of it at Joe Wheeler. 


We saw at least 2 dozen deer and this little guy, who seemed used to having an audience!



The sunsets were absolutely breathtaking.  These pictures are great (and so are the rest of the 300 I took!) but they can't do the beauty of God's creation justice.




We ventured out Saturday afternoon and visited the cute shops in downtown Rogersville but the rest of our time was spent in rocking chairs on the deck or playing board games or roasting marshmallows or just sitting and talking to each other.


It was actually hard for us to leave, but since we can't permanently move to Joe Wheeler, we are comforting ourselves with a promise to visit again next fall!