Hiya! How is everyone doing today? I am ready to camp, ready to make s’mores, ready to get mosquito bites, and ready for a tan!
This summer I am very excited to be working on a kitchen/living room remodel project that is dear to my heart because the client happens to be a teacher at my son and daughters school. Now, I know it goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway: there is no more noble a profession than teaching! I have the absolute utmost respect for teachers and this one in particular is spectacular! She’s bilingual, a math wizard, an amazing presence in the classroom, and she took the required 5th grade puberty talks and handled them like a Boss! I did not handle them like a boss so if I can deliver a design that is half as great as my clients teaching ability, we will be golden.
In this client design we will be working with a compact footprint, but in a house that has a ton of charm. As a designer, my specialty is remodeling or building homes that range in size from cozy to comfortably mid-size (2-3,000 sq. ft. range). I love creating spaces that are well used and aren’t just there to add square footage to a home because in my humble Zen opinion, lived-in spaces create good energy.
However, lived-in spaces can also translate to a cluttery, cramped disaster – especially in smaller homes where space is at a premium. But, no worries! I’m here to offer a few ways to optimize storage, make your home feel bigger, and utilize trick furniture ideas that work.
DITCH THE UPPER CABINETS
Free up your sight lines and visual weight by eliminating some, not all, of your upper cabinets. If you look at the super cute kitchen below, you can see that there are still some uppers in there, but none along with back wall. By removing the storage along the window wall, the outdoors blends with the indoors which makes the room feel bigger.
INCORPORATE A SECTIONAL FOR MAX SEATING
Let me expand on that for a little bit. A sectional is the best solution for a tight space because you are maximizing seating without sacrificing floor space. I recommend investing in a custom piece that is sized to fit the room to a T and be sure to source a sofa that has a low, minimal frame. Also, keep in mind that buying a sofa with narrow arms with allow for more sit room. Bye bye overstuffed couches!
INSTALL BUILT-IN FURNITURE
Built-ins are a commitment on a few levels, financially and time-wise, but so worth it. For example, a built-in dining bench gains you at least a foot of space around the table because you don’t have to make room to pull out a chair. Can’t pull out a built-in bench!
For the love, utilize your wall space! It provides valuable storage space and is too often overlooked.
USE MIRRORS TO REFLECT LIGHT
Not much more to say on that topic.
VAULTED CEILINGS FOR THE WIN
If the budget allows, it’s always worth poking around to see if you have a dropped ceiling underneath a vaulted ceiling. So many times, the house is built with a vaulted ceiling frame but then the drywall is added to a standard 8′ height for heating purposes, making the room feel way smaller. A GC can tell you wether or not it’s worth pulling down the drywall and insulation, and it’s not the cheapest renovation, but gaining 5-10 feet of ceiling height will make your house feel like a completely different home.
GO KONMARI ON YOUR HOUSE
Declutter and be free!
The time is now to get after it! And get tan.