Monday, May 23, 2011

New TBH Website!

We've been working on our new Web site and we're so excited to have it up and running. Well, the blog is up and running (we're still working on collecting all our portfolio pictures). Please update your links to and follow our projects. We've got some great ones coming up along with finishing the landscaping and garage at our Holladay project.

Monday, May 16, 2011

It's all about the details..

One of my favorite things about this house are all the details. It's not just the kitchen and the fireplaces that are awesome. All 2800 sqft are beautiful and enchanting starting right as you walk in the front door.

Front entry with two closets and a great spot for guests to take of their shoes.
Hallway leading to the rest of the house with floor to ceiling trim and the reoccurring shiplap overhead.
Kids bath with vintage classic feel. And hallways with built-in linen cabinets and contemporary light fixtures.
The mud room with the continued shiplap and storage space for the family. And then the door to the utility room has a custom made intake vent that goes along with the Greek key pattern above the living room fireplace.
Photos by Meikel Reece.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The perfect canvas for Caitlin Creer

As we approached the end of this project, we began to realize the overwhelming task the homeowner had of furnishing this house. So we thought who else but Caitlin Creer to bring everything together. We are so excited to have Caitlin apart of this project. She so is talented and has such great style.

Here are the canvases, ready to be filled..

Living Room
Dining Room
Family Room
Girls' Room
Boy's Room
Master Bedroom

Pictures by Meikel Reece.

Loving the White Kitchen

We are wrapping up this amazing project and I can't believe this is the first time we are posting about this kitchen. This kitchen was crafted by the talented Benjamin Blackwelder. We are so happy with how everything came together and the backsplash was especially exciting. You can find something kind of like it at Contempo for $30/sqft but after a couple hours of research Steve found it for $8/sqft on It was an awesome find!
PS- All the paint colors turned out perfect! More pictures by the awesome Meikel Reece to come.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Time for Paint

Picking paint colors can be a stressful task because what you see on the swatch is never what you see on the wall. I've found some colors in my research but it always surprises me how different colors look from house to house and room to room. That's why most the house looked like the pictures below.

Here's our inspiration picture for the family room. Posted by Caitlin Creer (more about her later :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A sneak peek..

There is something about having a cherry cabinet in an all marble bathroom. It's a great contrast. Especially when you have the talented Benjamin Blackwelder making the vanity. We used hex tile in a couple places in this house. It has a early 1900's feel.

And nothing like a 1923 original clawfoot tub to compliment the other finishes for this bathroom. If you need one of these call Mike at the Tub Doctor. He has 70+ of them and he can re-enamel them any color. If you're going to do a tub, it may as well look classy. And no, I'm not a fan of the space-wasting corner jetted tubs. They're so 2002.

And this is the kids bathroom vanity, still needs drawers. We did a 1" white ceramic hex tile with a black inlay. This yellow light fixture is going to be a perfect accent in this bathroom.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Generally, the finish work phase of building can just take a couple of days doing the base and case throughout the house. However, if you want a house to be done right, the finish work needs to be well designed and look as if it's been part of the house for years.

Here are two of my favorites. The Living room fireplace.

Family room fireplace.

Exterior Update

Before moving to the interior, we needed to give an update on the exterior.

As a reminder, here's the before..

This is the siding going up. Using cedar verses hardy gives a more authentic coastal look.

Once painted you can see variation due to the variation in the cedar. Like a box of fine wine, with age it patinas and only gets better.

This front door turned out amazing with it's side lights and trims. Once all the trims are painted and the wood porch is framed it will really pop.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Kape Kod Kick!

And just when I thought I'd never get over Craftsman/Arts and Crafts. I've spent a lot of time studying cape cod and shingle style to identify it's root design in order to implement them well on our current project. In it's original form it is at it's simplest and resembles many homes common in the older Salt Lake neighborhoods.

Born out of Cape Cod influence you get Shingle Style homes which are frequently done as huge coastal retreats.

Of all the homes I've snapped photos of in my "field research" I had this home on my laptop's desktop. My brother-in-law saw it one day in passing and said "hey, I painted that house" That's great cause I've referenced this home for colors, shingles, trims, etc. Now I can get the paint color matches.

And here are some other awesome EXTERIORS I've collected om my Pinterest account.

Here's a sneak peak at the kitchen. I found this article and it contained some similar details we are using. We are keeping with the traditional theme of Cape Cod throughout the home with a more coastal/casual feel.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Holladay Remodel - Exterior Before Shots

This is our current project that we are extremely excited about and we'd like to post regular updates because it's been so fun to see this house transform. Plus the homeowners have put a lot of trust in me so I've been able to flex my "design muscles." It's been my 3rd baby because I've been able to design everything from the floor plan, architectural details, windows, trim details, and everything in between. So if it turns out terrible, it's my fault. But if it turns out awesome.... it's also my fault.

Here's my design of the exterior...well some of the details are inconsistent. This is where I can try everything out first. I have literally buried my head in the cape cod/shingle style homes and am now a self-certified expert on their authentic design. I'm a fan of the cape cod look and will probably incorporate it into my own home...some day. I'll post some pictures of cape cod homes I'm using as inspiration.

And this is what the house looked like as you walk up the driveway. Notice the lack of a front door... confusing.

Ah, here's the "front" door.. it's facing the side yard.

But of course, it's in Holladay so the lot is amazing with lots of potential.