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Step Up to Style: Stair Design in Your Whole Home Remodel

November 14th, 2014
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pecsarA staircase design is often one of the elements of your home first seen from the entryway. It’s also a heavily travelled area that needs a safe and durable design. Skillful staircase remodeling artfully balances creative and practical elements. From grand staircases with sweeping curves to meticulously detailed stairs crafted from handmade tiles, your staircase can be one-of-a-kind. Here are some ideas for staircase design in your whole home remodel:

murphyShape and Scale
This graceful curves of the sweeping staircase above make a dramatic statement in the entryway of an award-winning home. Crafted from maple hardwood with a custom-designed wrought iron stair rail and cherry hand rail, the staircase impresses with the details, while bringing definition to an expansive open living space.

Color and Art
Staircases can serve as mini-galleries, creating an intimate space for viewing and appreciating artwork. In this vibrant home alive with vintage and industrial elements, the staircase is created from iron bars punctuated by reclaimed wood cubbies with painted glass backs, creating the effect of a transparent wall of art.

gregstairsMaterials and Individuality
The stairs in this home with a Spanish-influenced design are built with an attention to detail that makes guests stop in their tracks! Vivid hand-painted tiles light up the entryway with color. Each pattern evokes a memory of the client’s globe-trotting lifestyle, making the design feel intensely personal.

Make the stairs in your whole home remodel a stunning expression of your personal style. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can guide you toward the best combination of style and durable function for your lifestyle.

Design is Looking Up! Ceiling Design in Your Whole Home Remodel

October 17th, 2014
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MCMCeilingFrom floor to ceiling, every detail of a whole home remodel affects the final look and feel of the design. An experienced design team explores the creative options that will make your home stand out from bottom to top with a design uniquely suited to its space. Consider the following concepts for imaginative ceiling design:

Restore Original Beauty
In the Mid-Century Modern home shown above, originally designed by noted architect Dale Naegle, the ceiling was meticulously restored to its authentic grandeur. The paint was freshened between the beams to bring renewed attention to the architecture.

perryceilingArchitectural Layers
To define the kitchen in this expansive modern home, the ceiling was built in three layers to create a striking architectural element as an interesting design transition between the kitchen and the open living area.

Take Recess
As an inventive alternative to dropped beams or a soffit, a recess with indirect lighting defines the kitchen in the open area of a contemporary home (shown below) while bringing additional light and comfort to the space.

Pecsar1Architectural details and creative thinking lead to a design for your home that is like no other. When you work with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can discover a myriad of ways to make your ceiling a design element to look up to in your whole home remodel!

A Place for Your Furry Friends in Your Whole Home Remodel

October 3rd, 2014
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soldogWhen you have beloved pets, their comfort is important as you plan your whole home remodel. Pet needs do tend to be simpler than their humans’ needs but they still require careful consideration. Here are some ways to elicit a contented purr or happy woof from your furry friends in your whole home remodel:

hollandkittyA Place to Eat
A few of our recent kitchen remodels include a dedicated space for pet feeding with a custom area built in the kitchen island. This serves the dual purpose of keeping your space clutter-free and
giving your pet a calm and convenient place to nibble.

murphydoggyA Place to Clean
Staying clean may not be your pets’ top priority but as a human you will probably appreciate a convenient place for washing and storage of bath supplies. This colorful room off of the kitchen includes a doggie door for easy in and out.

A Place to Stay Safe
The custom-designed trash storage solution in this Rustic Modern kitchen keeps our clients’ dog, Peanut, from making a mess and
rusticpetgetting into any garbage that may not be good for him.

Pets bring unconditional love and joy into our lives. Show your appreciation by making your home friendly to your furry creatures with the help of our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals. We will help you arrive at a creative and stress-free solution for making you and your pets comfortable and happy in your whole home remodel.

A Kitchen Face Lift vs. a Personalized Design

September 26th, 2014
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Hinrichs_KitchenWhat is the difference between a kitchen face lift and a custom, personalized design? A kitchen face lift typically includes changing the color of cabinetry and adding a new backsplash, countertops or appliances. An update improves the look of a kitchen but not your lifestyle. A kitchen designed by an interior designer is a space that suits your needs, improves the kitchen’s relationship with adjacent rooms, and enhances the way you live.

Perry_KitchenProfessional designers are able to see possibilities in your space that are not evident without experience and expertise. We start by asking you a series of questions that help us get to the core of how you want to live in your new kitchen. Innovative space planning is one of the most significant features that distinguishes a designer kitchen. A designer helps determine where walls can be removed or space planning improved within the existing space to dramatically enhance the kitchen’s relationship with adjacent rooms, along with its visual appeal and functionality. Elements of a personalized kitchen can include:

  • Improved storage capacity
  • Better planned working surfaces
  • More efficiency while cooking and entertaining
  • Optimal circulation between the kitchen and outdoor living areas and the kitchen and other areas of your home
  • Space planned to encourage family gatherings
  • Innovative space for a home office
  • Dedicated areas for beloved pets to eat or rest

While there is nothing wrong with a face lift, it’s important to recognize how it differs from a kitchen designed just for you! When you are planning your whole home remodel, our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals guides you from start to finish to create a kitchen that enhances your lifestyle every day.

Gather Round the Table: A Dining Space for Your Whole Home Remodel

September 19th, 2014
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Pecsar1Sharing a meal at home is a time-honored ritual that brings family and friends closer together. When you are planning your whole home remodel, consider how you would like to gather around the table for meals. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind:

Create a Mood
Unlike other rooms in your home, a dining area is typically used for one purpose only, serving and eating meals. What mood do you want this space to have? Are you looking for something intimate and elegant or something more formal and traditional? Start with an idea of how you want the room to feel.

maglaquePlan Space
How will the dining area integrate with the rest of your space? If you are planning on an open layout for your home, rather than a separate dining room, the dining area needs to work visually within the space while also being distinctly defined. This can be accomplished with ceiling treatments, such as soffits, or with window placement, color transitions, flooring transitions, and many other options. Working with a professional designer, you will discover which ideas are most appealing to you.

lovealvRemember Details
Deciding on a focal point and defining style for your dining area helps make the room memorable and unique. A focal point could be artwork, a dramatic light fixture, or a striking piece of furniture. Will your dining room style be traditional, modern, transitional, or some combination of styles? Choose the right furniture and accessories to communicate your vision with the help of a design expert.

Sharing meals in your home is a simple joy that makes a big difference in how much you enjoy your space. The dining area in your whole home remodel can add wonderful rituals and memories to your lifestyle with the help of an experienced team.

What Hue are You? How to Choose and Use Color for Your Kitchen or Bath in Your Whole Home Remodel

September 12th, 2014
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pascalWhile experimenting with a palette is one of the most exciting phases of the creative design process, the number of options and combinations involved can make color selection in your new space seem daunting. Where do I start? Which colors go with each other? Are there certain colors that make more sense for the kitchen or bathroom in my whole home remodel? These are just a few of the questions we answer below.

The Big Picture
Before you start choosing color for your kitchen or bathroom, it’s important to envision the whole room. Keep in mind that color is on all the materials you choose for your space (not just the walls or tile). The combination of these elements will create a composition.

raynesThe Mood
Color has a strong influence on mood. Determining the feeling you want in your home is an essential first step in choosing colors. Consider if you want a light and airy feel, or a more intimate enclosed space, which may have darker tones. Remember that cabinetry is a significant design element in a kitchen or bath and will be one of the most important sources of color in the room.

The Details
After determining the visual feeling you want to create, select your countertop material and color: granite, wood, quartz, tile, etc. For a bathroom, you may want to select the tile style and color before your countertop, since tile is an important design statement in the room. Then choose your flooring, and finally the wall treatment, which should be in a hue that unifies all the different colors in the room. If you are daring about color, experiment with unconventional shades on permanent pieces, such as countertops, tiles and appliances or fixtures. If you want to take a more cautious route, first try playing with color in places where it can easily be changed, such as walls, art and accessories.

perryYour Individual Style
It’s helpful to understand your personal relationship to color before you start choosing colors for a room. One client tells us how much she enjoys waking up in the morning to her apple green kitchen countertops. While that color wouldn’t work for everyone, it makes her happy and invigorates her for the busy day to come!

Color inspires the imagination and brings distinct character to your home. Working with professional designers who have years of experience in creating successful color palettes, you can experiment with what works best for the kitchen or bath in your whole home remodel.

A Home Office That Does a Good Job in Your Whole Home Remodel

September 5th, 2014
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Office2With the multi-tasking lifestyles of today’s families and the increased tendency to work outside of a 9 to 5 routine, an office has become an essential element in many modern homes. Whether you choose to create a separate room for an office in your whole home remodel or to find a place within your existing home to strategically place a workspace, here are some ideas to keep in mind:

1. Space Planning
An efficient and appealing home office starts with thoughtful space planning. The layout should be determined by how you will most use the space: will you be sitting at a computer most of the time, or will you be writing or having meetings at a desk? Home offices also require careful consideration of electricity and lighting to accommodate various tasks. A professional design team is particularly helpful in the crucial space planning phase of designing your home office.

lyon2. Choose Your Focal Point
While significant work takes place at this home office in an oceanside condo, the client wanted to enjoy his spectacular views at the same time. Is there a view in your home you would like to take advantage of for your home office space? Perhaps the focal point in your office will be a striking piece of furniture or art. Choosing a visual focus organizes and sets the tone for your office.

vibrant3. Integrate the Design
If you are borrowing space in a kitchen or hallway for your home office, you usually want the option to conceal your work area when it’s not in use. This kitchen design integrates an innovative wall cabinet to store supplies for a mini home office that can easily be hidden when guests arrive or it’s time for dinner!

Your home office should be as carefully and imaginatively designed as every other area in your whole home remodel to assure a consistent look throughout your space. Have fun collaborating with our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals to create a space that works for you

Beautiful Lights for Shorter Days: Lighting Fixtures for Your Whole Home Remodel

August 29th, 2014
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With Labor Day’s arrival, it starts to feel more like autumn even though summer doesn’t officially end until September 22nd. As days get shorter and natural light in your home decreases, it’s a perfect time to consider imaginative lighting choices for your whole home remodel. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

Lighting as Art

This stunning lighting fixture in the kitchen above was custom designed for a couple who love and collect art and have filled their home with their collection. They wanted their kitchen to reflect their love of art.

wellsLighting as Style
Period lighting and vintage lighting bring character to your home. This bedroom’s color scheme was inspired by the clients’ treasured vintage lamp from a company in NYC that specializes in industrial vintage pieces.

MaglaqueLighting as Definition
Define areas of your home with lighting, particularly when your space is designed with an open plan. In this home with an expansive open layout, the family room, dining area and kitchen are each given a sense of place with careful lighting choices.

Lighting as MoodLoveAlv
The type and placement of lighting in a home is an essential element of planning that all professional designers carefully consider during the process of creating your new home environment. The glittering chandelier above the dining area in this home for a couple that loves to entertain promises elegant dinner parties with fascinating conversation.

Lighting awakens, inspires and relaxes us. Working with a professional team of designers, you will discover many ways to illuminate your style during your whole home remodel.

Five Elements of a Fantastic Family Room in Your Whole Home Remodel

August 22nd, 2014
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familyroom2With the demanding schedules of today’s households, it can sometimes seem difficult to get everyone together in one place. A comfortable family room where family and friends can easily gather together for board games, movie nights, and sporting events inspires quality time with those we love. Here are five ideas to make the family room in your whole home remodel shine:

1. Space Planning that Promotes Togetherness
Working with a professional design team, you will discover ways to place furniture, accessories and lighting to inspire conversation and promote shared activities.

2. Decide on a Focal Point
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Whether it’s a fireplace, a large screen TV, a colorful piece of art, or stunning views, one focal point in a room helps the whole room design pop with personality and style.

3. Organized Storage
A good family room design includes practical storage for entertainment center accessories, books, toys, and games. Keeping the area clutter-free makes the space feel more welcoming and relaxing.

4. Integrated Design
With the emphasis on open layouts in today’s home design, many family rooms are open to the kitchen and living area of the home. If this is the case in your house, it’s important to work with a professional design team to ensure that your family room integrates with the rest of your home while also establishing a distinct, comfortable area for family time.

familyroom35. Lighting
An emphasis on natural light and connection to your home’s surroundings brings comfort to the family room. Also consider task-oriented lighting for reading and playing games.

A family room in your whole home remodel is a delightful space to share activities with family and friends. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can create a memorable space for spending time with those you love.

 

What Makes Your Island Stand Alone? Kitchen Island Design for Your Whole Home Remodel

August 15th, 2014
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diningA kitchen island is the centerpiece of many kitchens, serving as a gathering place and as a functional anchor for prepping, cooking, serving and entertaining. Working with a team of professional designers who are familiar with the many options available and how they can be customized, you can arrive at the ideal kitchen island design for your whole home remodel. Here are some considerations:

Purpose:
How will you use your island? Perhaps you are a baker who would like extra storage for baking trays and accessories. Maybe you’re a small family who wants space to do office work and homework at your kitchen island. Good design starts with knowing what function the design will primarily serve. The family in the Mid-Century modern home shown above loves to gather round their island on comfortable white vintage chairs for intimate family meals.

JDRRetro5Scale:
For those who entertain in their kitchen frequently or who plan to gather as a family for meals around the island, a larger island is often preferred. Those who use their kitchens for more functional purposes may prefer a smaller island. Choosing an unexpected scale is a design decision that brings visual interest to the room. The unusually small island in this nostalgic sunny yellow kitchen can be moved around the room, achieving a high level of functionality and navigation.

Materials and Colors:
There are hundreds of combinations of granites, marbles, woods and tiles to
choose from when selecting a kitchen island. Some decisions are practical: will marble stand up to the amount of kitchen prep you will be performing on a daily basis or would quartz be a better choice? Some of the choices are about style: do you want a natural look that 1_6801606_vt52276-101 (1)would best be achieved with wood or granite? Color is a powerful design choice as well. The dove gray island in this fresh white kitchen is a significant centerpiece and helps to define the kitchen in the open
layout of the space.

Whatever the design of the kitchen in your whole home remodel, the kitchen island is a functional hub and gathering place to share with family and friends. A unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals guides you through the process of remodeling your kitchen to encourage an enjoyable, stress-free experience.