METAL ROOF TALK

Some homes require an accent roofing material to visually break up the texture of the exterior. I can't think of a better building material, than metal roofing. I mean, who doesn't love metal roofing, right!? Yeah it's more costly than your standard comp roof or cedar shake, but I think the charm factor makes it worth while! 

To piggyback onto yesterday's blog post "The Real Deal," I wanted to talk also about the different kinds of metal roofing: copper roofing versus steel coated (colored) roofing, and why some might cringe over the use of a steel coated product and why I don't necessarily agree with that. 

I'm a sucker for copper roofing because well, it's the real deal!  It's the OG of metal roofs and it tips it's hat to the past. The purist in me loves that! You can't beat the lustrous, matte finish that is acquired over time -it's absolutely gorgeous. However, the biggest reluctancy folks have with using it, is cost. 

With that being said, I actually think steel coated metal roofing (or even a zinc material at that) is a wonderful compromise for metal roofing. There's an array of different manufacturers who offer many color options, including a soft bronze that emmulates aged copper. But perhaps the best compromise here, is the cost. You save typically over half the cost than you would if you used a true copper roofing material; And we all know that building a home is expensive. So if you're looking for ways to save, then I think substituting your copper roofing for a steel coated product, is an excellent way to do so.

Based off of yesterday's post "The Real Deal," you're probably reading this and thinking this contradicts everything I said in that blog post. But the difference here is that you're not substituting copper roofing for a different type of material like a composition roof, you're substituting it for another metal. So the integrity of the material and the design has not been effected. And hey, you're saving a ton of money! :) 

X Kat

A lovely example by Hyrum McKay Bates Design, revealing that the use of steel coated roofing is as equally charming as copper roofing and more cost effective

A lovely example by Hyrum McKay Bates Design, revealing that the use of steel coated roofing is as equally charming as copper roofing and more cost effective

Another example of steel coated roofing. It's possible that this also could be a zinc product

Another example of steel coated roofing. It's possible that this also could be a zinc product

 A gorgeous example of copper roofing

 A gorgeous example of copper roofing

Steel coated roofing

Steel coated roofing

A modern farmhouse with steel coated roofing

A modern farmhouse with steel coated roofing

THE REAL DEAL

 

One of my biggest pet peeves are materials that try and replicate something else. For example, solid surface, quartz countertops that are manufactured to resemble marble. While I understand the durability factor that comes along with a manmade countertop, it's lacking authenticity. Authentic materials are materials found in their natural, organic state; they're unaltered in form. When we use materials that are replicating something else, it's typically because it's a cost savings and the material has been engineered to perform in a more durable fashion. But when we use a more durable material, we miss out on the opportunity for patina, character, and most importantly, luxury. Because to me, luxury is found in the use of authentic materials. 

I don't mean to knock materials like solid surfaces, because there's definitely a need for them in the marketplace. If a client really needed the performance of a solid surface countertop, I would only recommend one that's more pure in color --like a solid gray or white. That way, it doesn't feel like it's a replica, rather it feel like it's own original material. 

X Kat

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my followers, friends and family!  This year, I'm overwhelmed by all of the things I'm thankful for.  I'm thankful for sweet mister, church family, my pups, the new design business, my family, my lovely roommates, friends, God's faithfulness, and my new home. 

I come from a large family; I'm one of four and I'm the last born. My siblings all have multiple kiddos and as an auntie, I'm so thankful to have them all in close proximity. As most people feel, family is really important to me. It's one of the reasons why I'm so happy to have the new home, as I now live closer to family. My Dad recently moved down to Florida to be close to his immediate family and I miss having him near, especially here at the holidays. 

This year, I'm hosting Thanksgiving and this is first! I've never been much of a cook (until recently... I blame Max, my sweet mister, as I love cooking with him) but I love having the ones I adore over at the house. In my family, we rotate hosting locations for Thanksgiving and do a potluck-style meal. My mom's family from Oregon usually comes up and the house feels complete with all of the kids running wild. My ma has always been such a lovely decorator; at holidays she always decorates so creatively and for dinners, the table is always so beautiful. I think each one of us kids have been influenced by her lovely style. Today, I'm excited to treat everyone to a table adorned with intimant candles, warm brass flatware, fresh floral and neutral shades of linen tones.  I hope everyone enjoys our quality time together in the new home.

Here are some photos of the table details. I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends too! Happy, happy Thanksgiving!  X Kat

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THE COLLECTED HOME

I think every home can afford the use of at-least one antique. Even if you're someone who is a diehard modernist, I encourage you to make a purchase of something old; even if it's a 1960's modern accessory of sort. A piece of furniture or accessory from another era tells a story, and everyone loves a good story. It also makes a home feel collected, interesting and it brings an element of charm. Piece by piece, and purchase by purchase, a home is curated and collected. And a collected home, just feels so dang good! 

I think every home can afford the use of at-least one antique. Even if you're someone who is a diehard modernist, I encourage you to make a purchase of something old; even if it's a 1960's modern accessory of sort. A piece of furniture or accessory from another era tells a story, and everyone loves a good story. It also makes a home feel collected, interesting and it brings an element of charm. Piece by piece, and purchase by purchase, a home is curated and collected. And a collected home, just feels so dang good! 

INVISIBLE KITCHEN

THE INVISIBLE KITCHEN

I love a good blend of the simple and the ornate. This kitchen by Blakes London is a solid example of that! But what I love even more, is the use of full-depth, full-height cabinetry and a paneled-out module system, to create this invisible kitchen concept. Obviously things like exposed sinks and faucets will reveal that you're standing in a kitchen, but I think the overall approach is quite clever and super fresh! 

I love a good blend of the simple and the ornate. This kitchen by Blakes London is a solid example of that! But what I love even more, is the use of full-depth, full-height cabinetry and a paneled-out module system, to create this invisible kitchen concept. Obviously things like exposed sinks and faucets will reveal that you're standing in a kitchen, but I think the overall approach is quite clever and super fresh!