A Florida Renovation: Kitsch to Classic No. 1
Updated: Dec 11, 2022
Kitsch appeals to popular or lowbrow taste and is often of poor quality.
Architects and interior designers often use the word "kitsch," borrowed from Germany, to describe objects and buildings created without regard to style, harmony, and proportions. Even Colors, randomly selected by the untrained eye, can also be "kitschy."
Great design is an investment for the same reason an artist's work increases in value. Color, space, rhythm, and proportions are thoughtfully blended in harmony, creating an enduring beauty.
This client expressed a desire for a minimal Spanish style. We have renovated properties within the Admirals Cove community in Jupiter, Florida, and are presently in the early phases of concepts for two additional homes. Below are design concepts to transform"kitsch" design to a fresh classic look.
AFTER: OUR EXTERIOR CONCEPTS
Exterior shows all new windows with the stucco smoothed out and painted white, hand-painted tile accents, new roof in LUDOWICI Terra Cotta handmade tiles, pavers are limestone finished for outdoor by HAIFA LIMESTONE and windows are by MARVIN. There is a new front door of iron and glass with a French "art nouveau" design.
BEFORE: EXISTING FLOOR PLAN
AFTER: OUR NEW FLOOR PLAN [rough sketches] WITH NEW POOL HOUSE/OUTDOOR KITCHEN AND LANDSCAPE LAYOUT. THE LIMESTONE IS ON THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR.
AFTER: OUR CONCEPT FOR A NEW ADDITION PLAN ON THE 2ND FLOOR.
If possible, I try to make sure every room has two windows/sources of light, all bathrooms have a window and the three bedrooms are of equal size.
A handmade in Nepal area rug by HOLLAND & SHERRY, hardwood flooring by ABSOLUTE HARDWOOD, has a "dry" raw wood look and feel and brings a clean natural look to the house. The limestone goes through several stages of sanding and polishing to reduce joint lines and offers a straightforward design for the interior by HAIFA LIMESTONE. NANZ HARDWARE throughout in burnished brass with no lacquer.