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Photography by  Jeff Rosinbaum Photography Construction by  Jadee Construction,  Andrew Johnson


Text by Denise Parkinson
Photography by Jeff Rosinbaum Photography
Construction by Jadee Construction, Andrew Johnson

 

Jadee Construction

Hot Springs builder Andrew Johnson shares innovative solutions and successful design strategies.

Today’s savvy homeowner has access to limitless examples of the utmost in design and construction techniques. Jadee Construction founder Andrew Johnson sees this trend toward personalized space and custom homebuilding as a fascinating challenge: “People are more evolved in what they want in home design,” he observes, citing websites like Houzz.com that archive home improvements and innovations. Andrew appreciates research and interviews the homeowner, tailoring his design to complement each family’s distinctive lifestyle.

“I like to put together a team,” Andrew says. His collaborations with Dan Sater, the guru of custom home design, have resulted in several stunning custom homes. A recent tour of a Mediterranean-style show-stopper on Lake Hamilton illustrates current architectural solutions to space, form and functionality.

 

Photography by  Jeff Rosinbaum Photography Construction by  Jadee Construction,  Andrew Johnson

 

Sightlines: a home’s first impression can be closed or open, depending on the flow of sightlines. Andrew points out that a home with a lake-facing view can be transformed by simply allowing the view to extend from the portico through an entry door of glass and ironwork and beyond, thanks to placement of windowed spaces.

 

Photography by  Jeff Rosinbaum Photography Construction by  Jadee Construction,  Andrew JohnsonCeilings and cupolas: Ceilings extend and/or add curves to potentially static spaces. Exposed beams and vaulted, cross-vaulted or barrel ceilings do more than supply height and a place to display chandeliers: “They’re cool!” notes Andrew. Cupolas add even more height, and windowed cupolas take the design a step further. Andrew praises cypress as an ideal wood for waterfront homes with plank ceilings indoors and out. He also extends over-mantels to accentuate ceiling heights above the hearth.

 

Asymmetrical archways and tray ceilings: Andrew favors varying the heights of archways and the shapes of tray ceilings. “Movement makes the eye interested,” he explains. His geometrical tray ceilings fit corner spaces and add style to hallways; he also varies ceiling heights to create cozy or open spaces. Updating a paneled study, he extended the paneling outside the room to surround the doorway. “It may be slightly more complicated, but it brings out the characteristics of the room,” he notes.

 

Niches, vestibules, nooks and display areas: Maximizing space and creating display areas for family photographs, art and collectables can be achieved simultaneously, in rooms large or small. Niches built using textured plaster and West Coast adobe-style design allow for storage space as well as shelving. Andrew likes to illuminate built-in shelving with recessed LED tape-lighting. The more shelving, the larger the family photo gallery: “Every home should be a house of memories,” he says.

 

Photography by  Jeff Rosinbaum Photography Construction by  Jadee Construction,  Andrew Johnson

Plunge pools, whether heated or cooled, access recirculated water from different depths and temperatures.

 

Technology: Andrew praises space-age sounding gadgetry like the Koehler Digital Thermostatic Valve, a plumbing breakthrough that prevents leakage and makes repairs simpler. He also uses an iPhone app to easily control anything in the home that can be powered by a remote, from lighting and stereo/radio, to swimming pool settings. “Most pools have a remote to control chlorine, temperature, fountains—but they’re not user-friendly like a digital control,” Andrew explains. “Radio frequency control means there are no dish or cable boxes in view.”

 

Photography by  Jeff Rosinbaum Photography Construction by  Jadee Construction,  Andrew Johnson

Baths and spas: Recognizing a trend toward more bathrooms, especially en suite baths for each guest room, Andrew also sees a desire for larger, separate his-and-her master bath spaces. Freestanding spa tubs are always popular, along with newer cylinder-shaped walk-in shower rooms. Pebbled ceilings and floors, opaque glass tiles, plus multiple shower sprays create a “grotto effect.” An actual grotto—something called a “privacy garden,” is a recent addition to the lady’s bath, where a slender doorway opens from the bathroom to a walled outdoor space. “If you’re on either coast, these privacy gardens are everywhere,” Andrew says. The meditative spaces allow total privacy for sunbathing, reading, or napping. Steam rooms with barrel ceilings and walls of marble offer a vintage bath house feel.

 

Kitchens, indoor and outdoor: High-end appliances remain a solid investment; Andrew prefers Thermador. Marble backsplashes and countertops join ever-popular polished granite, including a trend toward contrasting hues of thicker granite for kitchen islands. Indoor-outdoor living features kitchens, fireplaces, seating areas and flat-screen televisions situated along breezeways and back decks to allow flexibility for the homeowner. Plus, these spaces are great for entertaining guests.

 

Photography by  Jeff Rosinbaum Photography Construction by  Jadee Construction,  Andrew Johnson

Tile flooring, ideal for a lakeside retreat,
complements clean lines and gleaming spaces in this ample kitchen and dining area.

 

Pools and poolside accents: Andrew chooses cast stone for columns and balustrades surrounding pools and courtyard fountains. “It’s great to be able to incorporate the pool into the home, intertwining indoor/outdoor areas,” he explains. Some custom homes make use of resort-style features: fountains and waterfalls (activated by the iPhone app); grottos with water-massage elements; cold or heated plunge pools; hand-worked concrete edging and rock medallions; a shallow tanning shelf along the pool’s edge; beach entry-decks wide enough for furniture and walking areas—even a space where caterers can set up poolside. Natural fencing around pools using landscaped hedges is a favored option.

 

Photography by  Jeff Rosinbaum Photography Construction by  Jadee Construction,  Andrew Johnson

Custom home designs that feature pools can adapt “resort features”–from
waterfalls and water-massage elements, to grottos and fountains.

 

Some custom homes include specialized features like in-home salons and massage rooms, while fitness rooms and in-home theatres are increasingly popular in custom home design. When asked about his “must-haves” in a new home, Andrew is adamant: “Geothermal heating and cooling is a must; also, upstairs laundry rooms!” But mainly he focuses on the individual family’s living experience. Whether it’s a game room, a wine cellar, a “girl’s loft” or a man-cave, form follows function. Although, Andrew says with a grin, “Never underestimate the importance of a nice balcony.”

 

Photography by  Jeff Rosinbaum Photography Construction by  Jadee Construction,  Andrew Johnson

Waterfront living offers an indoor-outdoor lifestyle that combines the best of what Hot Springs has to offer,with natural settings as a backdrop to creating lasting memories.

 

 

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