How do you make a spec home (a new build without a specific buyer in mind) feel personalized and warm? Hire Studio McGee. From its inception, the studio was hired to turn this new construction, right outside of Park City, Utah, into a dream space for potential buyers. Let’s just say that it won’t be hard to find new homeowners. But to do so, the design firm opted for customized details, including imaginative solutions to the unglamorous world of electrical outputs and switches – working with Legrand, specifically their “Collections” line that offers a sleek and seamless look.
“The moment you walk in the front door you step into this impressive entrance with a beautiful mix of modern and rustic elements,” Shea McGee, Co-Founder of her namesake studio said. “A custom patterned wood floor by Lemco Design really sets off the design and leads to a pair of unique custom steel doors enclosing the office.” Painting the office in a moody gray tone called “Nightfall” by Benjamin Moore, Studio McGee gave conceptual divisions to the different areas of the home to separate the spaces. The living room was given several coats of “Swiss Coffee“, the game room “Gray Mist” and the Jack-and-Jill bathrooms “Deep Space” – all by Benjamin Moore.
The key to the style of the home was to find the perfect mid-point between modern and its mountain location. “This home is in a mountain community,” Shea explained, “so we wanted to stay true to its natural and rustic surroundings, but give it a fresh, traditional feel at the same time. A lot of the time, mountain communities tend to be ultra modern or overly theme-y and we wanted something in between that felt approachable yet still sophisticated.” The kitchen is a perfect example of this: the island features iron details and the hardware, including a brass faucet and hardware to give it that rustic look. To bring in a modern component the chose Metropolis Dark Quartz by Arizona Tile for the countertops.
Finally, the team at studio McGee had to be sure that this was a home that could be enjoyed by a large family, most notably in their design of a multi-bunk room that feels cohesive, young, as well as sophisticated. “This room has a lot of beds crafted from a rustic whitewashed wood that brings plenty of texture to the space,” the designer said. “We kept the pillow look cohesive from bed to bed, and tied the whole design together with a gray and white woodgrain wallpaper.” If you look closely, Shea integrated the plugs and switches seamlessly into this room using Legrand’s customizable adorne Collection.
The home took about a year to complete, which is a significantly speedy turn-around given the scope of the project. It took a lot of hard work to design and produce custom pieces such as the steel doors enclosing the office and the modern black grid garage door. When it came down to it, it was about finding unique decor that had different profiles but that had a cohesive thread running throughout. “We wanted the space to feel cozy and put together for any future family that might make memories in it,” the designer shared.