Episode 06 - The Pick A Door House January 17, 2017 The Wixsoms, Dean and Brittany, are both Baylor grads who moved back to Waco from Colorado. They were looking to settle into a family home that matched their modern style, but wasn’t too far from the natural elements they both loved about Colorado. KITCHEN Objective: Create an open space that reflects the same modern industrial vibe as the rest of the house. Plaster walls made to look like cement were added throughout this space and the living area to give the Wixsoms the modern feel they were looking for. Plaster was used in place of real cement because of the weightiness of actual cement walls. Black cabinetry, cement countertops, stainless steel appliances, and modern light fixtures finished out the space. The black cabinetry was designed without hardware to give the room a more sleek look. Natural wood open shelving, light hardwood floors and wood beams warmed up all of cement and modern elements and added the natural feeling to the space. A few brass accents added throughout the kitchen made for a fun, modern addition to the space. Rather than doing a typical eat-in, we built this bar seating facing out the large oversized windows out onto their land. Oversized windows flooded this space with natural light and became one of my favorite design features in this house. LIVING Objective: Convert the existing fireplace into a focal point that gives the entire room something unique to center around. The focal point of this space really was the fireplace. We created the new look using a water barrier, metal mesh, and gray plaster to mimic the look of concrete, and we scored the plaster and added plug holes to look like pre-cast concrete panels. To finish off the fireplace, we added a small concrete hearth and an oversized, slanted cutout to hold firewood. The color of the firewood warms up all of the gray and gives it the cozy feeling you want in your living area. This modern bookshelf can actually be done in your own home. We had these simple cubes built out of natural wood, and all we did to “build” the shelf was stack them into the shape that we wanted. DINING Objective: Build a nook that feels like an extension of the rest of the house, and has easy access to the kitchen. The most unique features of this space were the sliding glass doors. They match the windows to make it feel like one cohesive home, but provide clear separation from the rest of the main living spaces. We extended the oversized windows into this room as well to give it the same open and light feel as the rest of the home. The Wixsoms’ dining space is situated right off of of the main living and kitchen area, making it easily accessed when entertaining. OFFICE Objective: Give the Wixsoms a practical, quiet space to get work done. A large custom shelving unit really made the space practical and helped it feel like a true office. The home office was another area that was right off the main living areas. It made the most sense to make it mirror the dining space by doing the same sliding glass doors and large windows. MASTER SUITE Objective: Transform the garage into a master suite with plenty of space for the Wixsoms. A wall of black shiplap took a classic look and made it fit with the feel of the rest of the Wixsom home. Using brass piping, we built a custom plant hanger that would help bring green life into the master suite. The macrame plant hangers bring a whimsical softness to the space that I love. We love this custom dresser that I designed and Clint built for this master bedroom. It wasn't quite like anything he'd ever built for us before and it matched the feel of this room perfectly. To match the black shiplap wall in the master bedroom, we chose to go with a modern shaped hexagonal tile for the bathroom flooring, and a black rectangular tile for the walk-in shower. A spacious custom vanity with concrete countertops and two custom mirrors gives the Wixsoms their own individual areas to get dressed in the mornings. interview with HOMEOWNER Q. We love the modern style of your home. Have you always had this type of style? A. Our style has definitely evolved since the beginning of our marriage. One thing that has remained the same is our love for simplicity and minimalism. We love spaces that feel open and airy. Less is more around our house. Q. This modern style is quite different from The Gaines farmhouse. Was this a challenge in the design process? A. We knew going in that our style was out of the norm, but we had confidence in the Gaines. Their ability to capture a client’s vision and remain true to their aesthetic allowed us to feel at ease throughout the renovation. Q. Is it difficult to keep the simplistic style of the home on a day to day basis? A. It can be challenging to keep our space uncluttered, especially having a one year old. We try to avoid impulse purchases and choose pieces that are meaningful to us or contribute to the functionality of the home. Q. What was the inspiration behind your home? A. The first place we called home as a married couple was an industrial loft in downtown Denver. It utilized a lot of raw elements like concrete. Ever since, we’ve dreamed of incorporating industrial features into a home for our family. It’s been super cool to see that dream become a reality. This is by far the most modern home we’ve ever gotten to design, and I loved every minute of creating this space for the Wixsom family! The Wixsoms’ willingness to trust us and let us design a home we knew would be perfect for these two ensured this would be a unique project for the books!