A Kitchen that will leave You Beaming
Sep. 30, 2013
Many people believe rustic beams are meant solely for a living or family room, but they can be a beautiful addition to a rustic kitchen as well. Hand hewn beams lend a rustic feeling to this otherwise modern kitchen with state of the art Wolf and Sub Zero appliances and Calacatta Gold countertops.
Brimming With Warmth
Sep. 25, 2013
This luxurious and warm master bath in Wayne, Pennsylvania features a tumbled Crema Marfil heated floor in a soothing neutral color. The center mosaic medallion was imported from Verona, Italy and accentuates and mimics the copper chandelier dome, adding a nice architectural detail and giving this master bathroom a more formal appearance.
Sep. 19, 2013
A small millwork shop built the large armoire in this transitional kitchen specifically for this rustic kitchen. The piece of furniture was drawn by hand by Bobby McAlpine and crafted with strict adherence to the finest details from the custom radiused corners, to the hinges imported from France by European Hardware and Finishes/Gerber Hinge Co. This is the type of craftsmanship, which sets your home apart from other custom homes.
A Grand Soaking Tub
Sep. 13, 2013
When a homeowner wanted a freestanding bathtub in their master bathroom, the look had to be dramatic and grand. A custom wood apron was constructed around a unique Kohler tub to make it look like a formal piece of furniture. The large bathtub makes a big statement when you enter the room and acts as an elegant place to draw a bath.
Sep. 06, 2013
Throughout the planning process of creating your dream custom home, itís comforting to know that a premier builder like Mark Semerjian will be there to oversee every single detail of the project from start to finish. The first step in any plan, whether it is a new home or a renovation, is to address what appliances the homeowner wishes to have in their kitchen and then to lay out the room for maximum function. In this Semerjian estate home, the homeowner had a host of appliances on her wish list, so an entire wall was dedicated to her equipment and culinary needs.
A Nice Entrance to a Covered Porch / Loggia
Sep. 02, 2013
In this Semerjian custom home, an arched 9-foot high solid mahogany door was specifically created for an entranceway to a covered porch. The true divided light glazing adds a dramatic, additional light source into the home while the door is accentuated with a barrel vaulted alcove.
An Untraditional Kitchen
Aug. 29, 2013
Unconventional elements make up this open, airy Semerjian built kitchen. Whereas most cabinets are made in maple or cherry, these are made with clear and pecky cypress, harvested from swamplands mostly found in the South. The material actually comes from a fungal attack that leaves long, narrow burrows or cavities in the wood of the cypress tree. Once the tree is cut down, or harvested, the fungal attack stops, leaving the beautiful, unique patterns. In order to make finished cabinetry out of pecky cypress, a millwork shop has be skilled and experienced enough to assemble and craft a finished cabinet out of this material.
By blending the heavy graining and rustic feel of cabinetry with a Calacatta Gold marble counter top and stainless steel stink, the kitchen mixes modern with traditional elements.
While not the norm, the placement of the sink overlooking the salon/living room was done intentionally so that the owner can interact with guests while preparing their meals.
Drama in the Dining Room
Aug. 21, 2013
Corinthian columns and decorative crown molding were used to create an extremely dramatic effect in this formal dining room within a large Semerjian estate home. Having crown molding return around openings, or projected on top of openings, enhances its profiling and shape and creates a three dimensional effect. Itís a small detail but one that has a high impact to any cased opening.
Bricks and Stones will make our Homes......
Aug. 16, 2013
With stonework, a lot of homes simply feature the same stone throughout various elevations of a home. In a Semerjian home, these details are intricately detailed, mixing textures and materials, adding tons of character. This functioning custom copper leaderhead rests upon a tremendous amount of artistry in masonry and stonework. The decorative valance features site cut granite diamonds with brass rosette inlays. The brick background was used to enhance the diamonds and create another level of detail. Details like these are key in transcending the time and era of this Semerjian home.
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
Aug. 12, 2013
In this McAlpine Tankersley home, the salon /living room features clear pecky cypress post and beam and a pecky cypress tongue and groove paneling on the ceiling. All of the sage colored woodwork was initially installed unfinished. Faux finish artisans were engaged by designer Susan Ferrier from McAlpine, Booth and Ferrier Interiors and remained onsite for 6 weeks installing 8 coats of custom glaze throughout the room. The glazing brings the beauty of the wood to life, enhancing the characteristics of the defects in the pecky cypress and creating a dramatic and stunning space.
Une Influence Française
Aug. 06, 2013
In many old European homes, a date plaque was installed to memorialize the year the home was built. In this French Norman home, a limestone plaque was written in French to enhance the authenticity of the home and commemorate the creation of this masterpiece.
Details in the Dark
Aug. 02, 2013
Itís extremely important to properly illuminate your home to ensure that the details are visible anytime, day or night. Subtle landscape lighting is cast on this home to make it look like itís glowing. The placement of up cast lights show the texture of the stonework and highlight the abbreviated gables, a feature found on many old European homes. These soft lights are ideal for a home, making it feel warm and inviting, versus the use of a harsh spotlight that can make a home feel more like a commercial building.
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