Today, I’m taking you behind the scenes of the boys’ bedrooms and bathroom in this refined custom home we recently designed for a wonderful family in Burnaby. Get ready for clean lines, custom details, and a personal yet timeless feel designed for longevity…
If you prefer to watch my video tour of these spaces, join me here! Or, keep reading below for the classic version.
Meet the Family
This active family of four — Mom, Dad, and their two sons — were keen to build a forever home that would support their busy lives now and long into the future. The family is always bustling from school to sports, and Mom and Dad play chauffeur when they get off work.
Their previous home was small and dated, with limited kitchen space and not much room for entertaining. The boys were also sharing a bedroom, and with each passing year, things were getting more and more… squishy.
Our clients’ biggest goal was to create a home that would transition with their family’s life. A place that would simplify their existing daily routine, that would become the perfect hang-out spot during their teen years (where Mom and Dad can keep a sharp eye), and where they would want to return after leaving the nest.
In other words, a forever home and haven. Of course, translating these needs into design-speak leaves us with these actionable goals:
- Create longevity with durable materials and personal yet timeless style
- Provide space for entertaining family and friends
- Make sure every space is highly functional and supportive
- Give the boys separate bedrooms and bathroom vanities for household harmony (been there!)
When to Bring In an Interior Designer
In this blog post, I shared the custom home building process and when to hire which professional roles. Here’s a quick summary:
Option 1: Hire an interior designer and architect around the same time, since the home’s footprint and the interior design heavily influence each other.
Option 2: Hire an architect first and bring in an interior design to help you finalise the plans.
Option 3: (Not suggested!) If you bring in an interior designer after construction has already started, your designer will have a very limited ability to influence the design of the home itself.
In this particular case, our clients brought us on after the architectural plan had been developed (Option 2). They wanted our help making design decisions, and it was fortunate they did — I made some important tweaks to the floor plan that make more sense for their family. Then, we worked alongside the builder.
Our clients said:
“When it came to building our new home, we had a million decisions to make and the best decision by far was to hire Maria De Cotiis. She has been invaluable to us throughout the whole building process. Her patience, openness, honesty, and, above all, incredible taste have made our dream home come to life.”
Ready to see how it turned out? Come take a look…
Boy’s Bedroom Design: The Green Room
When it comes to children’s spaces, I think it’s important that kids be involved in the design of their room. This ensures that it suits them, is a place they want to be, and it can help create meaningful memories. It feels special.
I talked to each of the boys about what colour they’d like to see in their rooms. We then pulled together a palette and presented it to each of them to make sure they loved what we had selected. They were very excited to be a part of the process.
The older son requested the colour green for his room. Because we wanted to create longevity in the design, we decided to add white, black, and grey to the space. These are timeless classics that will never go out of style. We added a pop of green with this extra-tall custom headboard with black nailheads to tie it all together.
The bed is topped with custom pillows in fun patterns to add a delightful texture to the room. We also selected large nightstands for increased storage. The result feels masculine yet personal and incorporates some accessories that speak to his interests,
Designer Tip: When decorating a kid’s room, stick to an overall colour palette and add playful elements with accessories. You can easily change out accessories as they grow up without designing a whole new room.
Boy’s Bedroom Design: The Blue Room
The younger son chose blue for his room, so instead of painting a wall (or two) blue, we went with classic white for the walls and bedding, weaning in a rich navy blue throughout the design. This custom headboard is the star of the space, with incredible texture, a menswear-inspired feel, and finished with chrome nailhead detail.
Since there wasn’t room for a chair, we added a bench at the end of the bed, which can be used for sitting or leaving clothes or toys (as kids do). We also added two woven baskets for easy laundry sorting, a fun area rug, and cotton drapes in navy. Last but not least, if you look to the far right, you can see a glimpse of his favorite piece in this room — a llama print! Ready to greet him with a smile when he wakes up each day.
The Boys’ Shared Showstopper Bathroom
In the boys’ shared bathroom, we continued the black, white, and grey themes to make it feel cohesive with the rest of the home. However, it absolutely has its own unique style and feel… with this showstopping tile!
The floor has cement-like tiles with black and gray designs that add interest and a touch of energy to the space. The gray also perfectly matches the shower tile. For a touch of warmth and masculinity, we found these almost industrial-inspired wall lights in dark brass and matte black.
Designer Tip: I always try to install a double vanity in shared bathrooms wherever I can — it helps prevent fights in the morning when getting ready for school… or for work. Adults have been known to fight over sink space, too! 😉
For the vanity, we used a black quartz countertop, chrome hardware for some classic shine, and this black hexagon tile backsplash (for easy maintenance) that stretches all the way up the wall.
A unique feature of this bathroom is hidden behind the door… a floor-to-ceiling built-in designed for extra storage. The family had sacrificed a linen closet for plumbing, so this extended storage was a great addition to their home.
Well, that’s the end of the tour! Both boys LOVE their new spaces and, last we talked to them, couldn’t wait to spend more time there with their friends. Mission accomplished.
If you are building a custom home, we would love to help you make it fit your family and your lifestyle. Let’s chat and see if we’re the right fit for each other.