It has long been said that kitchens and baths are what sell a home. And, of course, it is true that we tend to want our kitchens and bathrooms to be stylish retreats that look great and function well with our daily routines. But in today’s busy world, it’s the “anywhere spaces” that will set your soul at ease and bring peace to often chaotic days. The closet: An obvious choice for an anywhere space. Not just a place to keep our things, our closets have turned into an oasis in and of themselves. Create extreme function and maximum beauty by bringing well-placed cabinetry and a luxurious island into your closet. A place for everything and everything in its place really does do wonders for the soul. The mudroom/laundry room: Perhaps a more fitting name for this room would be the “backpack” room or the “shoe” room. Without proper design, layout and storage, this room can be one of the most stress-inducing rooms in your home. Especially at around 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon, when backpacks overflowing with paperwork and shoes strewn hastily, can destroy this space faster than they can say “I need a snack, I’m STARVING!” Tucking […]
My husband and I had just purchased a vacation cottage in an idyllic community near Grafton, IL. To say we got swept away and bought the place on a whim is an understatement. To say the place needed a “little bit of work” is another understatement. Seeing that we hadn’t planned (nor budgeted) for such a project, I knew that our remodel would need to be frugal. I would need to be my own designer (or so I thought.) Measurements were taken, graph paper was purchased, and before long, I had chicken scratched out my very own layout for our new bathroom/laundry room. I was so proud. I couldn’t imagine how it could be better and I couldn’t wait to show my new friend, Jenny, who just happens to be a fellow cottage owner and the best designer I know. Thankfully, Jenny is also a visionary who is honest and direct in the most compassionate way. “Are you sure you want the toilet right here,” she said. “Well, I think that’s the best spot for me to fit it in,” I replied. You see, space is tight in the cottage, so this bathroom needed to function as a bathroom for […]
Before we meet with clients to discuss their project we encourage them to do some homework. We ask them to bring in pictures from magazines and their Houzz ideabooks so we can get an idea of their likes and expectations. But with so much information available, many people go a little overboard on some topics and neglect others. Here is a syllabus for preparing for your renovation project: Renovation Project Syllabus By doing your homework, you can save a lot of time and heartache as you prepare for a renovation project. Happy studying!
There is no “one size fits all” approach to our work. If you are ready to explore the possibilities, come by the showroom or send us your information. Let’s figure out together, how we can make the difference in your project.