Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Looking Up!

Our 12 x 20 coach houses are little, less than a one car garage, so getting the most of every inch is critical.  Planning and re-planning, thinking and re-thinking .... well, it all part of building a 12 x 20.
Now, stop and imagine, a 12 x 20 floor plan is divided in half.  Half, 12 x 10 is typically the kitchen/bath area ... the other half, 12 x 10 is the living area.  The height of the roofline is really short.   

 Now look up!  Here is where you will find some real creativity and tray ceiling designs in a little coach house can be tricky.  So, well, a picture is worth a 1,000 words.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A little bit of Tuscany in the Village

Full-timer RV'ers Pat and Garry just completed their coach house with our village 'go to guy' Raul.  Raul  construction guys take a simple storage shed and make it special.

Raul's crew transformed this 12 x 24 into a Tuscany retreat.  
Pat had the idea for the arches, Garry had the ideas for the ceiling.  It took Raul to pull it all together. This is the first time this technique has been done and the results are impressive.
Pat and Garry's coach house has a side entrance, and as you enter you see the ironed bristo chairs, the darling "WELCOME" and the family pictures. 

Step inside and you feel like you are stepping into Tuscany, Pats decor is inspired by the rolling Italian countryside, beautiful Italian art, and exquisite hand painted ceramics of Tuscany.

Raul's cabinet maker custom built the entertainment center which includes a fireplace, perfect for chilly evenings.

The tray ceiling is finished with hand cut tiles, the curves are soft and elegant.

Pat searched high and low to find this copper styled sink.  Love the wine glass holder!

The copper styled sink can be found in the bathroom too.  Love, love, love the mirror.  The storage on the left holds all the towels and supplies and includes space for a stacked washer/dryer. Perfect!

 Garry spent hours getting the stencils just right!  The warm "Welcome" above the bristo table are warm and inviting -- just like Pat and Garry!
Wine is popular in Tuscany (and Retama) , decorating with vintage wine bottles is one way to bring Tuscany into any room. Wine centerpieces on tables or lined up along a backsplash are ways to incorporate the look into a room.

Pat, Garry and Zoey love their coach house, their neighbors, and Retama.  Garry has several other projects that have been completed, I need to grab the camera and get some more photo's ...  his RV site is looking good.