Project Features

December 4, 2017

Featured: AD100 Interior Design firm Atelier AM

The Architectural Digest’s AD100 for 2018 list is out and interior design firm Atelier AM makes another appearance among the collection of tastemakers.

Led by husband and wife duo, Michael and Alexandra Misczynski, the Los Angeles-based firm specializes in “edited, elegant, cultivated interiors blending pedigreed furnishings with modern and contemporary art.”

Sebastian Construction Group teamed with Atelier AM and Hablinski-Manion architects on our Desert II project below, where we experienced the firm’s uncommon vision firsthand.

Atelier AM projects range from New York penthouses and Aspen vacation homes to luxe Las Vegas compounds. Profiled in the Wall Street Journal for their work with business titans and A-list Hollywood moguls, this exclusive firm “specializes in conjuring the effects of age in otherwise contemporary settings.”

Project Features

November 27, 2017

Featured: Eleanor Cummings Interior Design

Houston based interior designer Eleanor Cummings is the owner of the eponymous firm Eleanor Cummings Interior Design. Her work has been featured in Veranda, House Beautiful, Traditional Homes, Paper City, and Country Homes.

Cumming’s design style, described as “elegant yet welcoming” in a Traditional Home feature, uses a mix of materials, particularly reclaimed materials and “unexpected touches” to create visual interest while maintaining an emphasis on comfort.

A Georgia native, Cummings became a Houstonian in the 1980s, when she took at job with Houston Home and Garden Magazine. She formed her own firm in 1986, typically working extensively in the Houston area, but occasionally as far flung as California and Maine.

The designer’s own country house, a French farmhouse just outside Round Top, Texas, has racked up glowing features on blogs and magazines alike, winning accolades for its cozy charm and “elegantly practical” use of materials ranging from painted concrete floors to a “19th-century French limestone fireplace sourced from Chateau Domingue.”

Image courtesy of PaperCity Magazine | Photograph by Tim Street-Porter

Eleanor Cummings Interior Designs’ current projects include a collaboration with Sebastian and Fusch Architects on what we call the Memorial Residence. Check back for more on this amazing project as it’s completed.

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November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving

As we ponder the precious lessons we learned this year, we also look back at the wonderful memories and good people who were part of our lives.

At Sebastian, we have a list of core values that govern how we operate. One of those is particularly focused on our relationships with the people who team with us to build beautiful, high quality homes:

Build each project with the goal of developing lifetime relationships with the client, the architect and the rest of the team. We recognize that these relationships have been and will be reason for our continued success.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with love, laughter and remembrances of good times. Happy Thanksgiving!

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November 13, 2017

Three luxury construction pitfalls (and how to avoid them)

In the process of building luxury estate homes for the last 70 years, we’ve learned a few valuable lessons. We’ve been sharing those lessons through presentations that we’ve delivered to professional organizations and companies.

Here are three Misconceptions in the Planning of High End Residences that can plague residential construction projects. But there’s good news – they can all be avoided through strong leadership and firm project management.

Misconception 1

Misconception: “The design process is an organic thing that evolves uniquely for each project; you simply can’t schedule it and we sure can’t predict when construction can start.”

The Reality: It is a healthy thing for a project to have target dates for every phase in the project’s planning and development – including an actual commencement of construction date.

It keeps a client excited knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Having deadlines makes it real!

And if it gets delayed because of the client, it is important that they understand how their actions have affected the timeline.

Misconception 2

Misconception: “Some clients just cannot visualize what the design will actually look like, making it inevitable that you’ll have to tear out some completed work.”

The Reality: Do whatever it takes to make sure the client understands that they are getting by using 3D modeling, physical models, mock-ups, renderings, etc. All of these tools are going to much less costly than tearing out completed work.

Misconception 3

Misconception: “Our clients recognize when their actions (or lack of action) causes delays in the construction schedule.”

The Reality: The most emotional and contentious discussion you’ll have with the client is when you have to tell them that they caused a delay in their project’s schedule. They will not believe that they were at fault.

Prevent this uncomfortable conversation with “Hot Lists” that define the information and actions needed to keep the project on schedule. The Contractor should distribute this list weekly, with responsible party clearly noted. As professionals, we should all be accountable.