First place Fireplace at St. Louis At Home Architect & Designer Awards 2015

We were excited to be a finalist and now we’re thrilled to be a winner of the St. Louis At Home Magazine Architect + Designer Awards!

Our residential fireplace design won first place. It is an honor to be mentioned among the best in St. Louis. We love working with clients to enhance their visions and create a space they’ll love!

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A little more about the design….

After living with the builder grade finishes for ten years, the Martens decided it was time to give their living space a new image. Striving for a functional and inviting space, the Martens goal was to create a focal point with a dramatic fireplace upgrade. The asymmetrical design of the fireplace created the unique, custom feel that the Martens were hoping to achieve. The clean lines of the smooth shaker style cabinetry by Allen Graham anchored the room and created functional storage spaces. The fireplace surround, mantel, and hearth, crafted in concrete, added a strong modern element to the space. Lighted alcoves created the perfect backdrop for the owners to display some of their favorite accessories. Whether the Martens are spending an evening watching a movie or entertaining guest, the functionality and comfort in this space will not disappoint.

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Building A Better Home

We would like to give a big thank you to home builder Jeff Bogard for giving us a tour of the recently completed home in Creve Couer, a St. Louis suburb. This is an Energy Star certified home and as we toured this beautiful space, you could see all the hard work that went into putting together every little detail.  The foundation of the home is the most important- the foundation of this house was waterproof and insulated which caused these walls to be room temperature and not cold like usual. IMAG5200

The kitchen was designed to accessible for all- counters were low, appliances i.e. microwave and stove were low, the space between the counters were wide allowing much movement, and there were no upper cabinets, which meant all storage was under the couter tops. There will never be too many cooks in this kitchen! This is a great example of how beautiful universal design can be, and helps the potential buyer understand that this will enhance their life for years to come.

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It was such a blast to be able to tour this green home and learn how much effort and love went into building it.  To learn more about this home click here.