All entries for January 2020

Redefine Your Home to Fit Your Lifestyle

Have you been in your home a while and want to change things up a bit? Or are you in the process of building and aren’t sure what to do with the space?

These sorts of questions come up more often than not, and it typically has to do with how a space is defined. Floor plans typically “define” areas in order to help clarify the space, and the tendency is to go with those parameters as you are designing your home. However, you don’t necessarily need to follow these definitions (a simple example would be using your “den” as an “office”). What I’m alluding to in this case is something that I’m sure many of you have experienced: the “multiple dining syndrome” (yes, we’re coining the phrase!). This “syndrome” is defined by having your “dining room” next to your island, which is right next to your “breakfast area” and adjacent to your “bar.” You end up with four spaces contiguous to one another that all serve the same purpose of being the landing point to eat. Why do you need so many so close together? What tends to happen when they’re all in such tight proximity to one another is that at least one of the spaces typically becomes a drop zone for a vast array of things (those of you with piles of mail, laundry, etc. in your dining room because you don’t use it know what I’m talking about!), so in essence, it becomes a wasted piece of square footage. I’m here to tell you, there is a solution!

What is that, you might ask? You’ve all heard the term “re-purpose” as it is associated with design, but what I am proposing is to “redefine.” You have a formal dining space you want to keep… check!  Now, you eat your breakfast mostly at the kitchen island, so what should you do with the “breakfast nook?” Why don’t you make this a sitting area? These areas are typically right next to a bay window or a view to the outdoors, so why not remove the table and chairs, add a couple of lounge chairs (or if you’re feeling frisky and debonair, how about a pair of wingback chairs?) and use the area to enjoy your coffee in the morning or read a book.

All of this to say, just because the space “says” it should be one way, doesn’t mean it has to be only that. Redefine and “re-purpose” to suit your lifestyle!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe Clark is a passionate designer, lighting specialist, published writer, English Premier League fan, and Porsche/Automotive enthusiast who uses his technical background from years of experience in the design, engineering, and building industries to help inspire his clients to journey through the creative process with him.


Selling or Staying, it's Time for a Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is one of the first rooms homeowners explore when it comes to renovations. It’s the main gathering place in the home for families and friends after all. It’s the area where socialization happens most of the time, so it makes sense to choose this room to remodel. A kitchen remodel can be extremely fun, and it should be. There are so many small changes that can be made to completely transform a kitchen that it’s mind-boggling. But the big question is, is this remodeling project a sound financial decision? Let’s see…

What you need to do first is look at the long-term picture. Are you remodeling the kitchen for your preferences, or will you be selling your home in the near future? Either way, renovations to the kitchen can help save money down the road. If you’re planning to stay in the home, you can explore some new choices that can help save your monthly utility bills. You can opt for new energy efficient windows that can save you on electricity. You can install low flow faucets to save on water consumption. You can buy appliances that are more energy efficient. You’ll also experience personal satisfaction that your new kitchen is more operational and updated than it was previously.

If you’re planning to sell your home, you can expect a very significant return on your investment with a renovated kitchen. If you ask any realtor, they’ll tell you that one of the first things a potential buyer is interested in is the kitchen. If your kitchen is fresh and updated with contemporary designs, it will make your home stand out against homes that have an older kitchen. You can expect to get a return of at least 40% of your remodeling investment when you list your home.

A home kitchen makeover is a very sensible choice, especially if you have the budget to remodel only one room. The kitchen is central to the home, and you can spend a lot of time cooking, eating, and socializing in it. The benefits of new and updated appliances and other elements far outweigh the costs you’ll incur. You’ll be surprised at how far you can get with virtually any proposed budget. When your project is finished, you’ll realize it was money well spent.

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Dream Big for the New Year

So, it’s the New Year. You’re setting new goals, planning for new endeavors, and dreaming about things to come. As someone who is creative, I understand the importance of dreaming and allowing your creativity to expand. If you are going to dream, dream big! Dreams will stay dreams forever unless you come up with a plan for that dream.

Half the battle when you are creating is implementing these great ideas while whittling them down to a concise and manageable design. A great first step is to write those ideas down in a notebook (or something similar), but when it comes to designing a space, it may be helpful to take it another step further. How about a dream board?!

You want to redesign your space, right? You’ve been on Pinterest and Instagram perusing photos and coming up with ideas. You have all of these great pictures saved (or liked), so don’t be afraid to go that extra mile and turn it into a collage (which you could do on your computer, an app, or on your phone). Grab your favorite pics and organize them together by room or space. Once they are all in the same place, you will begin to see a vision for the overall look for your design. Organizing your thoughts into a concise idea truly does help motivate you to begin implementing those ideas too. (Design tip: don’t just add pictures for one room; add photos to your dream board from all different spaces throughout the home… the kitchen, dining, living… that way you can capture the entire vision and confirm a cohesive look). This not only helps you get a clearer vision of what you want for your space, but it helps us, as designers, help you define your style, AND it gives us a great launching pad to take your ideas and turn them up a notch to create a unique space tailored to you.

Let’s start the New Year off right. Get that dream board “on paper,” and we can start creating your new space together!

Have your dream board ready? Let's talk!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe Clark is a passionate designer, lighting specialist, published writer, English Premier League fan, and Porsche/Automotive enthusiast who uses his technical background from years of experience in the design, engineering, and building industries to help inspire his clients to journey through the creative process with him.


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