Congratulations to the 2011 Houston's Best Winners!
For more than 30 years, the Houston's Best Awards (formerly PRISM) have paid tribute to the best and the brightest in the home building industry. Honorees were recognized for excellence in the categories of People, Product and Promotion.
Melissa Snow Designs was able to work on a custom home with Mealy Builders recently that received high honors in Houston. The Builder, Mealy Company Builders, is one of the first builders in Houston to certify a custom home under the ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard, and is the first in greater Houston to certify a home at the silver performance level. This Standard is the first consensus standard on sustainable green building for residential construction that has been approved by the American National Standards Institute. A collaborative effort between the International Code Council and the National Association of Home Builders, the Standard was adopted at the national level in 2009. In 2010, the Greater Houston Builders Association replaced its earlier green initiatives with the Standard. The GHBA is an adopting entity of the ICC 700-2008 and the controlling entity of the Green Built Gulf Coast Program. Professional third party verification is required for every performance level of certification achieved under the Standard.
Green Building of Single Family Home with Mealy Builders.
Project Playhouse GHBA 2009
Interior Design for HomeAid Houston
In order to create the interior design of the Home aid Playhouse a lot of time was spent meeting with the other key volunteers. We brainstormed many different approaches to what style of interior would be most appreciated by a young individual or parent. Finally, we decided on a Farm house theme that incorporated as many "green building" techniques as possible. After creating a sample board of all of the desired Playhouse donations needed many materials were sent to the GHBA office. Next, we selected the Sherwin Williams exterior color of Great Green to show off the detail work of the exterior. A gray metal roof was installed and the front balister details and woodwork stood out in a white color that tended to remind someone of a farmhouse. Hence, our Farmhouse theme was utilized. We chose a dark mahogany front door with substantial iron hardware. Upon entering the playhouse the main back wall has a Benedettini mahogany long cabinet that can be utilized for toy storage. We selected the stain to complement the front door. The denim cushions were custom made to be placed on top of the cabinet. The cow print fabric TV frame ties in again the Farmhouse theme that surrounds the large flat screen as a central focal point for our Playhouse. The ruffle trimmed drapes were created using a plaid fabric with a combination of green and other complementary colors that repeats our farm theme. Children are also able to enjoy the train set as well as a John Deere riding tractor. We hope everyone will take a moment to enjoy the Home aid Playhouse that is located at the Astros Minute Maid Park.
Navigating the Seas of Design
At our initial consultation, the expectant mother Krista revealed her thoughts for a new nursery. She was ecstatic and overwhelmed with the idea of pulling all of the nursery design together by the time her baby arrived. We started with a blank palette of a pseudo exercise room without any furnishings.
The next step was to create a story board to relay the company's design scope for the nursery. The design conceptualization included all the fabrics to be used for the baby's bedding, changing pad and window coverings. It also included some inspirational pieces and some main furniture selections that were suggested.
Once the concept was determined the component selection process began. We decided to purchase a dark mahogany crib as a focal point that would eventually turn into a bed for the new arrival, Evan Christopher. The oversized denim glider and ottoman were one of the practical features of the nursery design.
To complement the overall nautical design three custom painted portholes were positioned over the crib. Unique color and design for the portholes' paintings were chosen to coordinate with the custom made baby bedding.
The main walls were painted a neutral khaki color so the design elements would be noticed in the nursery including the compass that was custom painted by a muralist on the ceiling. An endearing ship pattern blanket was used to design the custom bedding that had blue and white gingham stripes; which are reflected in the coordinating treatments on the white fabric seen on the window coverings.
As another design component of the expectant mother's nursery we purchased a changing table to match the dark mahogany crib. The red and white ship pattern fabric was used to cover the changing pad which highlighted the red and white striped nautical cushion for the denim chair.
To continue the nautical nursery theme we bounced off the red, white and blue striped pillow just mentioned. A hanging canvas was custom painted to include some roaring oars, a tranquil ocean scene, and a life preserver personalized with the baby's name.
Timely completion has made the baby's arrival a blessed event and the family is enjoying his new quarters.
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