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July 2021 - Novell Design Build

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Jul

Elevate Your Kitchen Cabinets – Advice Featured on Redfin

  • By London Camaclang

We were recently featured by Redfin with some advice for elevating your kitchen cabinets. As the largest feature in most kitchens, cabinetry is always one of our top considerations!

Here was our top tip for homeowners:

“To upgrade your kitchen cabinets, consider requesting all visible end panels match the finish on your door fronts – these are called gable ends. Often millworkers will have a standard flat profile for end panels. The additional cost is worth the added visual interest it brings to the space.”

Novell Design Studio

Our Kitsilano Residence is a great example of these gable end panels in a modern, eclectic home. For this family, the kitchen, dining and gardens were key gathering spaces in their home. We’ve designed these spaces with this in mind, and added details to keep them visually tethered. With gable end panels, and with storage wrapping around the corners of the kitchen, these cabinets maximized space while creating a soft transition between rooms.

Novell Design Build Kitsilano Residence Kitchen and Dining
Kitsilano Residence – Kitchen and Dining Room with Custom Cabinetry

Read the full list of tips on Redfin here:

15

Jul

Looking Back on 2020 with Gratitude

  • By Laurel James

As we look back on the previous year, one thing is for certain. It has been a brighter, and more joyous year thanks to our clients!

I’d like to share a heartfelt thank you on behalf of our team to our new, continuing and returning clients for promoting kindness and creativity during such a uniquely unprecedented year. The world opening up again, slowly, but for us, our network has been full of reconnections.

We’ve had an unprecedented number of returning clients this year. Some are embarking on their next home and have asked us to help find the right development opportunity; many are installing home workstations, doing renovations to their home, repairing decks, and installing new tech for their home, like car lifts and new garage doors.

It has been a joy to know that these homes have grown alongside families and that they’d trust us again with their next projects. We’ve been so happy to provide services again — and even more excited to touch base with these families again!

It can feel daunting to set goals and plan for the future when 2020 was such a tumultuous year. Our relationship with our homes and our families has changed. There is a renewed need for beauty, calm, and purpose in our home – perhaps now, more than ever. 

Ironically, this past year was going to be the year that Angelito and myself planned to travel. We downsized our home to an apartment downtown and planned to take more adventures. Instead of plane trips to new places, we’ve instead found new ways to explore BC, and have had the opportunity to revisit many homes from Novell’s past!

There is some light ahead as we all stretch and stumble back into familiar routines. The cycles of work and rest are carved deep into us, but we can be a little more flexible as well. We’re looking forward to continuing our design build work to make this possible within your homes. 

Sincerely,
Laurel James

12

Jul

Felicity: a shared space for Vancouver’s independent creators

  • By London Camaclang

Welcome to Felicity 

Felicity is a personal office studio and creative space located in the Dunbar-Southlands Neighbourhood in Vancouver. We design-built this Signature Shed with Novella Outdoors in 2020 and are now opening the space to Vancouver’s local creative community.

Felicity provides some much-needed flexible space for artists, writers, remote workers, students and independent creators. In exchange for free creative space, we will ask for your feedback on Felicity, on Google Reviews or Houzz Reviews and for your participation:

Visitors will be featured in an artist profile, writer’s spotlight, or visitor’s profile, and will have the opportunity to connect digitally with other visitors. We hope to provide a platform for visitors to share stories, connect with each other and support other local creators.

‍We look forward to hosting you!

Features and Amenities

  • Private workstation in Felicity
  • Access to the garden and green space
  • Covered, outdoor table in the backyard
  • Eight electrical outlets
  • Dimmable ambient lighting
  • Built-in floating table
  • Storage bench with cushion
  • Work chair and small seating poof
  • Electric heater with thermostatic control
  • Openable windows and skylight
  • Lockable door from the interior
  • Natural light and green surroundings
  • Lush garden surroundings
  • Outdoor table under cover
  • Water station
  • No wifi
  • No washrooms on site

There is no cost to visiting Felicity. In exchange for a free shared space for creators, we ask visitors to:

  1. Respect the space, and follow our general site rules
  2. Provide feedback on Felicity via Google Reviews or Houzz Reviews
  3. Participate by providing some information for your artist’s profile, writer’s spotlight or visitor’s profile. This profile allows visitors to connect with each other, share their work, their thoughts and stories. More guidelines for respectful content will be shared upon your visitor’s confirmation.

Availability

Felicity is available for single-day booking requests, with 1-2 people per booking. After receiving approval, visitors will be given the exact address of Felicity. Visitors are free to arrive and leave within that day, as long as they follow our general guidelines.