Excerpts from Home Show presentation, part 2

This past weekend, I was invited to present at the Charleston Home + Design Show on “Charleston HOUZZ Worthy Homes”.  I focused this presentation on trends in three areas of the home that are typically high on a homeowners list.  Kitchens, Bathrooms and Storage.  For this second excerpt, I’ll focus on the Storage.

Most people tend to think of storage as closets and this isn’t wrong.  But, it also is not comprehensive – storage can and should be so much more than simply closets.  Here is a brief list of other storage items found in homes:

  • Food Pantries.
  • Built-in cabinetry and shelves – these are often found in a home office/study and mud room

    built-in bookshelves and cabinetry

    Home Library

  • Entertainment centers and Audio/Visual cabinets in family rooms – these are great places to hide equipment, cables, gaming systems, extra blankets or pillows.
  • Entire rooms can be dedicated to storage and may even be concealed with non-traditional doors.

    hidden door

    “Hidden” craft room

  • Kitchen storage may be more than simply having base and wall cabinets: built-in bookshelves for cookbooks, under counter space for stools, or glass display cabinets are three common examples.
  • Specialized closets for dedicated use – a child’s art closet, your quilting collection, etc.

    storage_art closet

    Art Closet

  • Rooms built into roof systems often have opportunities to utilize eave storage.

There are several good companies that focus on optimizing closets with organizer systems.  As I’ve shown above, storage can be found in many places other than just closets.  This can be particularly important if you’re renovating your home as you may not have the physical room needed for optimal closet space.

Excerpts from Home Show presentation, part 1

This past weekend, I was invited to present at the Charleston Home + Design Show on “Charleston HOUZZ Worthy Homes”.  I focused this presentation on trends in three areas of the home that are typically high on a homeowners list.  Kitchens, Bathrooms and Storage.  For this first excerpt, I’ll focus on the Kitchens.

Grand Pavilion Blvd - kitchen

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchens are often the social center of the home.  We do many things in the kitchen other than simply cook – we eat, we socialize, we do homework, we pay the bills… The list could go on, but the point is the kitchen is extremely important for many reasons, including the preparation of food.  With that in mind, here are some important features that many people are looking for in today’s kitchens:

  • Spacious aisles, with enough room for multiple persons to maneuver around each other
  • Eating/seating area – this should be outside of the work zone (or work triangle) of the kitchen
  • Open communication to adjacent rooms – people don’t want to be isolated if they are working in the kitchen.  They want to be able to interact with what is happening nearby.
  • Lighting is incredibly important.  Natural light is wonderful and should be incorporated as much as possible.  But, artificial light is at least as important in order to provide optimal task lighting at the work surfaces at all times of the day or night.
  • Clean or open countertops – people want as much work surface available as is possible.  A lot of countertop appliances are being housed in cabinets to keep the work surfaces open.  With the increased popularity of microwave drawers, these appliances are also becoming more often located in the base cabinets.

Octagonal porch – In Progress

porch framing

Octagonal porches – in progress

I stopped by a project under construction this afternoon.   We’ve designed this project to have two symmetrical octagonal structures.  The portion in the foreground will be an open porch, while the far section will be screened in.  Between the two will be open deck space.  The framing on this project was challenging, utilizing timber construction details and difficult angles.  But the team at Renaissance South Construction has done a tremendous job of executing the design.  I am always excited to see the progress on this project!