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Poolside Cabana with fireplace, outdoor kitchen,

The Cabana

As the temperature plummets into the single digits tonight, what better time to think about warm summer nights, maybe a pool party, and to gather ideas for your outdoor spaces.
This exquisite outdoor living space, designed by  Jennifer Stoner Interiors, and featuring furniture from Janus et Cie, hits all the marks.

Pool & Cabana

Pool & Cabana

Inside the Cabana

Inside the Cabana

Inside the cabana is a fireplace with a flat screen TV above, a full kitchen, and plenty of seating. And a stunning view over the lake.

Dining Table & Kitchen

Dining Table & Kitchen

Al fresco dining - Nice!

Al fresco dining – Nice!

Comfy poolside seating

Comfy poolside seating

Great seating for working on your tan!

Beautiful pieces from Janus et Cie

Beautiful pieces from Janus et Cie

A lovely spot for reading or a quiet conversation.

Outdoor Shower

Outdoor Shower

The outdoor shower and adjacent bathroom/changing room, with washer and dryer, put the finishing touches on this amazing space.

1'2 Bath with washer & dryer

Bath with washer & dryer

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I have a deep admiration for bloggers who manage to blog regularly!! I started this blog with good intentions to blog at least once a week. hahaha.  This is my third post, nearly two months since the last, and the time between entries is getting longer, not shorter…….
Anyway, this is the third and final installment of the magnificent French Country project by Elizabeth Cabell, and features the children’s and guest bedrooms. I will post Elizabeth’s comments verbatim – she is a marvelous writer as well as a talented and accomplished designer. Enjoy!

French Country Blue Bedroom vignette

Blue Bedroom

In Elizabeth’s words –
This bedroom is a guest bedroom for the owners grown daughter and new husband.  The Aubusson was imported from their previous home and was the guiding point for all other items in the room.  The chair and screen were purchased in an antique store for their textural qualities.  The aqua blue silk and corona were designed for the room and installed to create a special nook.  The wallpaper is an historic damask from Schumacher.  The bed is a hand made French bed made from alder wood, very hard and durable, by a wonderful company in California.  This room reflects a haphazard design process…. the planning of this room was secondary to many of the other rooms in the house and as a result items were added randomly as we found them.  The wall paper was actually installed at a much later date.   

Blue Bedroom Vignette

Blue Bedroom Vignette

This is one of my favorite photos… it’s very light and simple and portrays the design ideas so thoroughly… texture and pattern which complement and enhance each other instead of overwhelm.  The two little painted cane chairs were purchased by the owners on a buying trip in Italy and fit perfectly into the Blue Bedroom.  The light coming in from the windows offers the opportunity to read the blue and gold diamond pattern on the backs of the cane.   The large scroll was found hanging in an antique store.  This is such a peaceful spot… a great place for a demitasse of espresso and a book, or a quiet place for a chat or meditation.  It reads wonderfully as a stopping point, as intended.

Guest Bedroom

Guest Bedroom

This bedroom was intended as a guest bedroom for the owners grown son.  The etchings of Sienna, Italy, above the desk, were a guiding point in the design development of this room.  A rich historic paint color, Benjamin Moore Tyler Taupe, was selected to highlight these etchings and provide a deep rich warmth for the room.  The heavy draperies are a damask and animal print stripe from Old World Weavers and were fabricated to puddle on the floor.  The upper flags were fabricated in silk to lighter the mass of the heavy drapery beneath and to draw the viewers eye upwards towards the light reflecting texture.  Both the desk and the chair were purchased in an antique store.

Safari Tent over Beds

Safari Tent over Beds

This room was created for the owners two small boys and the entire tent was a surprise to the owner.  As the designer, I wanted to provide the children with a special place of their own.  So much attention was being afforded to the public rooms below and, while they would eventually gain an understanding of that preferential importance, for the children, their own bedroom was the important place in this relocation process.  The family had purchased several very large animals for their previous bedroom and it wasn’t a big leap into the safari theme.  The drapery workroom was totally on board with the surprise element and kept the entire project under wraps until installation day.  The fabric is all simple and inexpensive, gauze and muslin and cotton, and the basic element of construction was simple.  The impact, however, was tremendous, and I will never forget the moment when the family walked into the room.  The children were whopping and hollering and the mother simply started to cry.  It was a very special moment for me.  We have subsequently remodeled this room for one single child…. and the tent has remained 🙂

Jungle Tree Nook

Jungle Tree Nook

Again, same as above in the why of it all…. but this room had an alcove area which simply cried out for a special nook or, as I saw it, an inside treehouse.  A few of the large stuffed animals can be seen here, they provided the obvious leap into the safari theme and now currently reside inside the treehouse.  The leaves and trunk are all very inexpensive materials, expertly fabricated by the drapery workroom to convey the idea of a large hole in a tree solely for fostering creativity in exuberant children.  Apparently, as the story goes, on move in day, once the children found the nook, they didn’t leave it!

And there it is, a project so hugely splendiferous it took three blog posts to fit it all in!

This project was a treat to photograph; for the opulence of the furnishings, for the sophistication of Elizabeth’s design sensibilities,  and simply for the fun of working with Elizabeth.

You can see more of Elizabeth’s work on her website,
http://www.cabelldesignstudio.com,
and her Houzz page,
http://www.houzz.com/pro/elizabethcabell/cabell-design-studio.

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Graham Jones, the owner of Hawks Hill Builders in Mechanicsville, Virginia,  knew this project was going to be a challenging build, but until he actually started he had no idea just how difficult the task was going to be. The building site was a steep slope adjacent to an existing home, with another dwelling not too far to the other side. Designed by architect Scott Stephens, the garage was going to be a three story structure, with storage on the lower floor, a three bay garage on the upper ground floor entrance level, and a large room on the top level to be used as an office, with two dormers on the front and a long single dormer on the rear. Due to the steep slope and the need to support the garage floor steel supports were going to be needed to uphold the building. This was definitely not the average residential garage, in scope, or in construction.

The front elevation of the finished garage.

The front elevation of the finished garage.

The rear elevation of the finished garage, and an indication of the steep slope of the the building site.

The rear elevation of the finished garage, and an indication of the steep slope of the the building site.

The 'before' photo, taken from the backside of the building site.

The ‘before’ photo, taken from the backside of the building site.

To get started two massive trees were cut down and the stumps removed, and then the excavation commenced. (All progress photos courtesy Graham Jones, Jr)

Giant stump

Giant stump

Some rock was encountered, which was not that big of a surprise. What was a surprise was that the encountered rock was almost one solid boulder, extending almost the entire length and width of the dig, and clearly not certain how deep. The project almost came to a halt.

Like an iceberg, only a small portion of the boulder is visible

Like a giant rock iceberg, only a small portion of the boulder is visible

However, the homeowner gave the go ahead to proceed, and proceeding meant blasting. Setting off dynamite in such close proximity to existing homes was not without its hazards. But with the help of highly trained explosives experts from Blasting Services of Rockville, Virginia, the massive boulder was slowly broken into manageable chunks.

After the dynamite -1

After the dynamite -1

These boulders were then used to shore up the new grade elevation at the bottom of the slope. Once excavation was complete, the garage proceeded to go up as originally planned. There were problems encountered, but none as big, literally or figuratively, as the enormous rock formation that nearly stopped this project before it got started.

Note the close proximity of the existing home. Not the ideal place to setting off dynamite!

Note the close proximity of the existing homes. Not the ideal place for setting off dynamite!

As seen in the above image, the rear yard was raised some 4 to 6 feet, anchored in place by the boulders blasted out of the garage site.

It took a huge amount of steel to not only anchor the building, but hold up the garage floor, the weight of three vehicles, plus the remainder of the building.

Steel beams support the weight of the building.

Huge steel beams support the weight of the building.

The steel beams are installed

The steel beams are installed

Of the three garage bays, the far left bay doubles as a wash station. A fully functioning, restored antique air pump fits in nicely in the back corner of the wash bay.

Wash Bay

The top floor, the office, is one big room with a fireplace at one end, and the stairwell, half bath, and cabinetry at the other. The front of the room has two dormers, while the rear has one long continuous dormer.

Fireplace

Fireplace

Stairwell wall, with cabinetry and half  bath

Stairwell wall, with cabinetry and half bath

Hawks Hill Builders, LLC, R. Graham Jones, Jr., Owner, 7029 Hawks Hill Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23111 hawkshillbld@comcast.net

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