Project Inspiration Archives - Novell Design Build
- 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.
Read the full list of tips on Redfin here:
- By novelladmin
If you’ve been keeping up with the latest technology trends, you know that virtual reality (VR) is on the rise. VR is quickly becoming more accessible with affordable hardware and mainstream applications. We all know that VR can be a fun way to escape reality with games, but what about in the home design and build space? It turns out that virtual reality can play a role in helping you envision what’s important to you with your home.
Why Virtual Reality?
When looking for inspiration for your major renovation or new custom home, websites like Houzz and Pinterest are a great resource. They allow you to browse thousands of images for design ideas, but the downside is you rarely get to see an entire home. Getting to truly experience a home from top to bottom can put into your mind the little things – important pieces you might not see captured in static photos. Viewing an entire home also allows you to experience all aspects of the space working together. Of course the best way to do this would be to visit homes in person, which isn’t always an accessible reality. Luckily, the VR world has given us the next best thing. By viewing a home in 360 degrees, you can experience the feeling of visiting a home without making the trip.
Where Can I find a Virtual Reality Home Tour?
Because VR technology is still on the rise, these types of tours aren’t yet very common. That being said, why not ask your builder? You’ve likely seen lots of static photos of their work (which are a great resource) but ask if they’ve got anything in 360 that can give you a more complete vision of a project. However, keep in mind that this technology is still new, so you may not find a whole suite of VR tours available with every builder.
Novell Design Build’s Project in VR
Here at Novell Design Build we are committed to staying ahead of the curve, so we’ve gotten in on the virtual reality game. Our Kitsilano Residence Rebuild is now available in 360 degrees! You may have caught a peek of this project already at the 2017 Vancouver Fall Home Show where it was available for touring in partnership with the Greater Vancouver Home Builder’s Association. Although VR is typically experienced through a viewer or set of goggles, navigating through the home on a computer or tablet still offers an experience unlike any set of photos!
Click the play button below to view the 360 tour. For the best experience, click the “View Fullscreen” button in the right corner of the viewer.
- By novelladmin
Residents of Vancouver, have you joined the #iceboxchallenge yet?
This year, Passive House Canada teamed up with the City of Vancouver and the local Construction Community to jumpstart the Icebox Challenge. This challenge puts the BC building code up against a super-insulated international high-performance building standard. The contest began on July 27th and will be concluding in the next four days (August 14th, 11:00am).
Two ice boxes – one built to the BC building code standard and one built to the Passive House standard. With all the heat coming our way, this is definitely going to be exciting! How much ice do you think will be left in each ice box?
- By novelladmin