By Marsie Klug
I have found a way to make time speed up:
- Open an aspirational lifestyle site like Houzz, Pinterest, and Food Gawker
- Click through the creative possibilities for design, DIY’s, and baking
And voilà! The hours fly by like minutes.
The online world provides multiple opportunities for inspiration, information, and visual examples of almost anything. When it comes to a new home or remodel, we recommend to our clients that they use sites like Houzz as a way of “scrapbooking” images of their dream homes and remodels. Their “portfolios” help me (as a designer), to better understand the clients’ inclinations. Pictures definitely say a thousand words in this case.
However, there is no limit when it comes to “likes” and often times, this can be problematic. My Houzz ideabooks are evidence of this, as they include an array of styles from modern to classical. As a way to temper the randomness, I recommend distilling the array of “likes” to similar themes. One of the tricks is use to distill my photos down into something more manageable is to pick one or two projects and focus on what I like and dislike. Here is an example:
A current project I am focusing on is a remodel done by Hufft Projects, a design-build firm in Kansas City. The firm takes the familiar mid-century ranch house and transforms it with a modern addition. There is the juxtaposition of one form of residential design with another, while providing transitions from the original style to the new style. The marrying of the two styles is believable because of the execution of the exterior and interior transitions.
A few aspects worth noting:
- The front entry’s rectangular form functions as a visual transition, connecting the original house to the addition.
- The typical ranch floor plan is cleverly transformed to an open concept with the removal of non-structural walls and the extension of the ceiling to the bottom of the roof deck. The openness and geometry of the vaulted ceilings melds well with the geometric forms of the addition.
- A little says a lot. The firm uses materials like wood flooring, neutral carpets, tiles, and exterior cedar in what visually appears simple.
- Semi-transparent vertical partitions separate the dining room and entry, while maintaining an overall connection.
If you have a home that you would like to bring into the 21st century, I know of a few designers at Meadowlark itching to do a modern twist on a remodel in a similar vein to the Hufft Project!