Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 VRBA Care Awards

The VRBA CARE Awards Gala was held last Friday at the very beautiful Fairmont Empress Hotel.  Members of the Victoria Residential Builders Association gathered in anticipation to hear the Gold winners out of the many amazing finalists nominated this year.

Jenny Martin Design 
(Mari, Julia, Jenny, Samantha, Sarah)

We are so pleased to announce that we have been awarded Gold in four categories. 

1. Gold - Best Traditional Kitchen 225-500 sq.ft "Castleview" 

 Teaming up with Maximilian Huxley Construction, we converted an awkward kitchen and mudroom into a beautiful classic kitchen to suit the elegance of this 1922 house.  The maple stained wood island showcases a custom motif designed by Mari O'Meara. 

"This kitchen needed something special and unique which it lacked when we were shown the space.  The house itself is such a beautiful gem with fine details and millwork original to the house that the kitchen needed to make just as much of an impression."                  - Mari O'Meara BA BID 


Cabinet Colour: Benjamin Moore - Cloud Cover - OC25
Countertop: Island Cambria "Bellingham"
Countertop: Perimeter Cambria "New Quay"
Hardware: Restoration Hardware
Backsplash Tile: Marble Venus Tumbled Mosaic "Milky Way" by Olympia Tile

2. Gold - Best Bathroom under 100 sq. ft.

Maximilian Huxley & Jenny Martin Design

 The challenge we faced with the Amphora bathroom was the lack of space.  We wanted to ensure that a sense of luxury was not only achieved by the finishes selected, but also by making sure that the space was not overcrowded.  In the end, by adding a new window and finding the right proportions to the size of the room, we were able to create an award winning Master Ensuite.


Cabinet Colour: Farrow & Ball - Skimming Stone No. 241
Countertop: Bianco Carrara Marble
Hardware: Victoria Specialty Hardware Jeffrey Alexander Belcastel Handles Schaub Classic Knob in Polished Nickel
Backsplash Tile: Accent Tile in Shower from Decora Tile D-16356F

Contractor: Maximilian Huxley Construction
Cabinetry: Southshore Cabinets

3. Gold - Best Contemporary Kitchen under 230 sq. ft.
4. Gold - Best Interior - Residential under 2,800 sq.ft

Chris Clark (Coast Prestige Homes) & Jenny Martin Design

 This waterfront condo had so many attributes: from large spacious rooms to panoramic views.  We strived to ensure that any of the new elements introduced would not take away from the breathtaking view.  The palette was kept neutral and inspired by the existing travertine fireplace.

 We had the pleasure of working with Coast Prestige Homes and Thomas Philips Woodworking who transformed our vision to reality.


Cabinet Colour: Benjamin Moore - Cloud White - CC40
Base Cabinets: Stained White Oak w/ custom V-Groove
Countertop: Pental Quartz - Cascade White - BQ201
Hardware: Richelieu BP811120-180 in Polished Nickel Pulls
Backsplash: Beyond Surfaces - Fiandre Calcatta Porcelain Slab - Polished
Hardwood Flooring: Island Floor Centre - Beaulieu, Classic Series - Voltaire Oak #5009

Contractor: Coast Prestige Homes Ltd
Cabinetry: Thomas Philips Woodworking Ltd

 We would like to take this opportunity to thank Casey Edge and Debra Dahlgren from Victoria Residential Builders Association.  

Friday, June 6, 2014

A Seaside Gem

When we met with the owner of this 1970's condo, we were immediately taken aback by the spectacular panoramic view.  It isn't often that we get the chance to stand in a space which literally sits on the edge of the water.

Despite it's age, the unit certainly had some beautiful perks.  High ceilings, ample storage, and a floor to ceiling vein cut Travertine wood burning fireplace!

With an amazing client, this project became a designer's dream situation with the opportunity to transform the space with the sole motive of making it look nicer than what it was.  Light, bright and beautiful.

Even though this condo had high ceilings and large windows, the view could only be truly enjoyed from the living room and master bedroom.  With a galley kitchen tucked in behind a demising wall, we decided to do what all Designers are cliched to say "Let's take that wall down!", so we did  just that.   By removing this one wall we are now able to see the view from the moment the front door opens.

BEFORE : The demising wall between the living room and kitchen.

 BEFORE - Original travertine fireplace

BEFORE: Master bedroom built-ins  

BEFORE: Master Ensuite
We had the pleasure of working with Chris Clark of Coast Prestige Homes Ltd, who was able to transform our vision to reality.  He and his team collaborated with Thomas Phillips Woodworking,  Allied Power, Munro Plumbing and Gas, Island Flooring Centre, and Versa Tile in what became one of the most enjoyable transformations this year!

In the kitchen, custom v-groove white oak cabinets, which were perfected through a vigorous process were balanced with clean, off-white slab upper cabinets.  Clean 2-1/2" built-up quartz top by FloForm spanned an impressive 14 foot island.  To minimize grout on the backsplash, we featured the new Fiandre Slab provided by Beyond Surfaces (A division of StoneAge Marble and Stone).

 Porcelain slab backplash called "Fiandre" by Beyond Surfaces

 We sacrificed one of 6 closets and converted it into a message centre.

 The 14 ft island with lots of storage, seating and counterspace! 
An entertainer/cook/baker/messy person's dream!

 A wine room tucked in the corner of the dining room

The original Travertine fireplace wall with the gorgeous view!

 Master Ensuite


Master Bedroom Built-ins with custom walnut cabinets

 Master Walk-In Closet

 Guest Washroom

This was truly a thrilling transformation we were so happy to be a part of.  Thank you to our wonderful client and amazing construction team who made this all happen so smoothly!  We are so lucky to have had this opportunity!

Amazing photography by  Joshua Lawrence Photography

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Stunning Countryside Estate Could Be Yours...

We are happy to share with everyone that this stunning home in Central Saanich, Victoria is now on the market.

Designed by Jenny Martin Design in 2011, this 4,750 sq. ft. home is set on 1.78 acres surrounded by beautiful acreage.  The home has beautiful natural finishes including Peruvian travertine and rich oak hardwood floors.  With 6 bedrooms and 4 full baths, it is the perfect home for your large and extended family.  Also on the lot is a detached 1,500 sf workshop with an additional self-contained 1,250 guest suite above.

 A timeless and elegant kitchen - custom cabinetry with a beautiful combination of quartz and Calcatta marble countertops

 Professional grade Wolfe Cooktop and Sub-Zero Refrigeration

 His and Her vanities with herringbone travertine floors

 Extra large shower with two rainheads and a spacious soaker tub.  
The toilet is tucked away.

A "to-die-for" master closet!

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