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s we approach Christmas and the festive season, many of us are scrambling to get our homes and spaces really right to share with family and friends. From kitchen and bath upgrades (where everyone will gather or surely notice) to a fresh coat of family room paint or decorated entry, everyone is in a hurry to finish on time. As a designer/architect or architectural technician, it is our learned craft to experience the project before it is actually created. Much like an artist approaches a painting but in 3D (let’s not forget the senses). And what a wonderful experience it truly is when you find yourself arriving there and you truly ‘nail it’. All rooms flow, the lighting has a changeable nature to it and the colours and surfaces transform as Nature’s daily mood swings change. Then there is the mechanics or ergonomics that get fine tuned so one can literally run up and down a staircase of any shape or size with blinders on because it is so perfectly crafted. Everything is within reach,

nothing requires padding or protection to avoid contact, speed bumps are eliminated or at least minimized, doors swing the right way and switches and plugs are within easy range as if you were connected to the grid. Floors are either Spartan to give a sense of volume or covered in hand knitted rugs to create cosiness and a sense of place. Windows frame landscapes and become vehicles of light without a burning source. Doors offer character, privacy and at times intrigue. Focal points are created using dramatic sculptural shapes, tall corridors or simply viewscapes. Then add the layers of vibrant colour or better yet, textural hues that define a thousand years of patina for a real organic feel like stone, marble and ancient plastering techniques. Let’s not forget the sense of smell. Whether it be the freshness offered by a quality air handling system to the warm perfume smells off a hand rubbed piece of wood furniture. The cedar, the leather, the sisal and the radiance of a hearth or oven add visceral textures that need to be imagined

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#4 -5777 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan BC 250.748.2056 www.soulescape.ca before they can be created. This is experiencing the home and the project you are trying to create with your designer or perhaps partner, friend or valley artist.. So for those last minute shoppers, I always insist you buy a gift certificate from Cardinos Shoes for that woman in your life. A box of Rembrandt chocolates and gift card from

Volume One Books will work every time as well. Or perhaps a gift certificate from your favourite artist or designer here in the valley. Give the gift of experience. David Coulson is a local certified Built Green design builder. He has a staff of 25 that have built throughout the Island for over 20 years.

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December issue 73 web  

For those who love to eat, live, play and shop in the Cowichan Valley.

December issue 73 web  

For those who love to eat, live, play and shop in the Cowichan Valley.