Dictionaries will define interior design as “the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for people who use the space”. This description puts significant emphasis on the importance of the practice. Some may dismiss its importance in the homebuilding process, but in Long Lake Village, builders bring incredible knowhow and dedication to this often undervalued art form.
The importance of interior design is not a new phenomenon, just ask Philibert Le Roy, who designed the Palace of Versailles in the 17th century (photo 1). Obviously, principles of design have evolved since then, side by side with architecture and engineering. Perhaps the biggest change is that these days, thoughtful interior design is much more available. The latest of which has been on display in the homes of Long Lake Village for the last few years. At its heart, interior design is a blend of design, architecture, fashion, and construction. Interior trends come and go, but some looks are timeless, some looks are classic, some looks are just so successful that they stand the test of time regardless of what happens to be in vogue. So let’s take a look at some of the latest interiors from the builders in Long Lake and explore some of the latest spaces they’ve created.
The kitchen at Mayabella Homes’ 65 Darjeeling Drive is literally a shining example of sharp design and modernity (photo 2). Immediately the themes are clear, and four words jump to mind, white, grey, bright, crisp. As guests move from the entry to the kitchen, the smokey grey hardwood floors become beautiful white tile with meandering veins of grey. It’s worth noting that this same pattern is matched perfectly on the island countertop. From there, clean white cabinets rise from the floor to the ceiling. Again, these cabinets are accented by simple yet luxurious steely handles. Where the island countertop is white, the rest of the counters are a dark grey, matching the floors and base of the kitchen island. Three warm lights encased in metallic housing hang from the celling, consistent with the theme for this kitchen.
Behold the bathroom at 108 Hadley Crescent, designed and built by the team at Ramar Homes (photo 3). Contrast and style are the prevailing themes here. 2017 and 2018 have seen the rise of dark accent walls and this bathroom takes that concept to the next level. The white countertop, walls and toilet are offset by the dark wall on one side of the room. The matching grey cabinetry and tile help ground the space and augment the effect of the floating vanity. Keen eyed viewers will notice that the white trim continues even on the dark wall and subtly helps to reinforce the idea of the accent wall as a design feature of the room.
Hexagonal mirrors show reflections of the white walls and overhead fixtures send warm light down toward the sinks. Both of these help to soften the boldness of the nearly black wall. The simple yet elegant taps match the colour of the wall and make it seem as if water were pouring out of the wall itself.
With such a striking exterior, so modern, so architectural in nature, it can be difficult to shift the focus inside. Of course, now we’re talking about 38 Hadley Crescent, built by MRB Contracting. At 38 Hadley, the design elements in the kitchen aren’t inspired by trends in modern architecture; they are helping set local standards in modern architecture. The tiled kitchen floor meets the hardwood on a diagonal line that flows through the space. The hardwood itself is a warm, light colour that breaths life into the space. This colour pallet is extremely prevalent in modern, architecturally designed homes found throughout Nova Scotia. Check out the photos on the listing page for 38 Hadley Crescent and on our Facebook page!
For the record, all three homes featured above are currently for sale in Long Lake Village, and with two more premier builders working on homes in the development, there will be no shortage of opportunities to own a brand new, modern home 10 minutes from downtown. As always, keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest news from the community!