Episode 09 - The Holmes Home January 29, 2018 Our client this week, Jake Holmes, is our dear friend Jimmy Don’s son! He works with his dad in the metal shop, and wanted to stay nearby the shop in his hometown of Crawford, right outside of Waco. Since he was looking to stay close by, he and Jimmy Don decided he could renovate this old home on Jimmy Don’s land. The building hadn’t been updated in years, but it was pretty well-maintained. The real challenge was that the entire house was only 750 square feet. That’s right—a tiny house! Thankfully, this being a bachelor pad meant that Jake only really needed the basics, so with some creativity and a new style direction, we were able to turn this little place into a perfect first house for him. DESIGN ELEMENTS The inspiration materials I used to interpret the style of the family’s home In this space I wanted everything to feel really natural and cozy—like a cabin, but also clean and modern. Incorporating the outdoors was at the top of my list, and I also loved the idea of incorporating the nostalgia of a simpler time. Jimmy Don really wanted us to change the pitch of this roof. He was not a fan gambrel roof style, so we changed things up and went with the Salt Box architecture which Jimmy Don and Jake both liked. Overall I went with warm wood tones, a dark, masculine color palette, and modern iron details. KITCHEN Objective | Create a kitchen that is large enough to be functional without completely reworking the footprint The kitchen layout flows right out to the living room and is completely open. We created as much storage as we could in here, without adding upper cabinets—which would have felt really heavy in this small space. This iron hood matches the masculine feeling of the rest of the iron details in the home without overdoing it. It really served as an anchor piece for this kitchen. We enlisted Jimmy Don to make the metal cabinet fronts for Jake’s cabinetry. I love the way they turned out! Some simple bar seating was all Jake needed for his eat-in area. Having outdoor gathering spaces was important because entertaining space on the interior of the home is limited. The awning windows that our friend Dustin installed on the back porch are a great solution because they come out on hydraulics and really make the outdoor and indoor areas feel like one. This entire home just naturally lends itself to the feeling of being outside. LIVING ROOM Objective | Maximize the square footage by being creative with design To open up the living room space, we took out the existing traditional staircase and built a floating staircase. This is one of my favorite features in the home, because not only did we save square footage, but we created a really interesting design element in the room. I love the iron details paired with the natural wood steps. The wood-burning stove nook made for a neat addition to the home. It’s an element that is functional, but also gives the space personality. To give this little area definition, we took the flooring up onto the wall, rather than using the shiplap that we used for the rest of the walls. The ceilings in here weren’t high enough for a ceiling fan, so we went with an oscillating fan mounted on the wall instead. I love the way this turned out! You’ll notice throughout this design that I used every opportunity I could to install windows. The picture windows behind the couch, the windows in the french doors, and the windows in the kitchen all contribute to the shared goal of bringing the outside in. I love the beautiful land this home is built on and I wanted to give Jake a view of it in every room. These windows also serve as all the art Jake will ever need, and they make this tiny house feel much larger with all the natural light. Shiplap seemed like a fitting material to use in this space because, especially when painted a darker color like this one, it feels really cozy and nostalgic—just like an old cabin. The iron wood storage rack attached to the wall created another visual focal point that was really practical to the space. Elevating the wood storage rack was also a way to increase the space in the room and keep it feeling uncluttered. MASTER BEDROOM Objective | Utilize windows and the new pitch of the roof to make this master bedroom feel large for Jake To brighten up the master bedroom, we added triangular picture windows to match up with the new pitch of the roof. I love this look from the inside and the outside of the house. This not only made the room feel much bigger, but it also provided a ton of natural light. Instead of adding in bulkier side tables, we saved space by building shelving that matched the stair railing to go behind the bed and extend out on both sides of it for extra storage. I designed this to serve as a headboard, shelves, and railing for the new staircase. We added a shiplap barn door that is is the same color as the accent wall leading to the laundry room and closet. This gave the room a monochromatic textured feature that gave the space additional dimension. EXTERIOR Objective | Update the exterior to look like a masculine mountain cabin For the exterior of the home we lifted the pitch of the roof to allow for more space in the master bedroom upstairs and to give it a more modern look. We installed all new siding and painted it a dark color and incorporated natural wood framing around the windows and doors to make the exterior feel more masculine and woodsy. With the additions of a tin metal roof, the vent pipe and the giant picture windows on the side of the house, this place looks like it belongs in the mountains of Colorado. Having outdoor gathering spaces was important because entertaining space on the interior of the home is limited. The awning windows that our friend Dustin installed on the back porch are a great solution because they come out on hydraulics and really make the outdoor and indoor areas feel like one. This entire home just naturally lends itself to the feeling of being outside. I’ve loved getting to work with Jake and Jimmy Don on this one-of-a-kind mountain cabin right in the middle of central Texas. So many of the elements of this home were custom made especially for Jake’s tiny house, making it truly unique. Jake, I hope you enjoy your cozy new bachelor pad! Welcome home.