I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and had room to accommodate them all. We just hosted family and Thanksgiving at our house, and I love the grace our renovatedhome invites; so much connection and interaction. We made cookies with grandchildren and daughter-in-law in our expanded kitchen and danced through the great room with the whole family to “Baby Shark.” We gathered withextended familyfor hors-douvres infront of the fire in the living room, and dinner in thedining room, the table large enough to seat twelve comfortably. And we all shared what we are thankful for....so many moments I cherish.
What do you cherish and how does your home support your family life and gatherings? How does your home make you feel? Can you do what you want? What you need? Does your home nurture your interactions with your partner, your children, your pets and your friends? It’s important to consider this, since the spaces you inhabit shape and influence your interactions, and how you function in your life.
For some of you, I am sure your home, the placewhere you live and buildyourfamily, fosters living the way you want. Just the other day, aclientwhose whole house I renovated years agoto work better for their growing family, told me that her children didn’t want themto sell thehouse. Her sonwanted it. He loved living in it while growing up and wanted his children to share similar memories.I live for that kind of story –hearing that the houses I have renovated for clients have made their lives better by creating spaces where they feel they belong, that feel great and work well and function easily -cozy places where they can talk with their daughter, or gracefully share the two sink bathroom with their partner, or comfortably sit in a space that inspires them to write the next report for work.
And for others, I imagine over Thanksgiving you may have felt how your home isn’tquite as accommodating as you would like. Maybe your kitchen didn’t have enough space for all the cooks, or the dining room was too small to fit everyone at one table, or the kids didn’t have a place to run around in after dinner and everyone got a littlecrazed. Or maybe you found out that your mechanical systems -like heating, plumbing, etc., weren’t able to handle the extra load from visitors. Perhaps your home can serve you better.
Maybe you just need to update/upgrade the mechanics of your home –those that provide shelter, warmth and comfort such as a roof that doesn’t leak, a dry basement, an efficient HVAC, or an electrical service that can handle your electronic lives, safely and cost effectively. Or maybe you only need to renovate one space, like creating an island kitchen with room for many to cook/help and some just to talk; or maybe you need more space and want to add a family room connected to the kitchen, so you can share the winning touchdown while doing the dishes.Usually, if one space isn’t working well, then the flow through the other rooms on that floor need help too. This is when you might want to consider a whole house/floor renovation.
So,what is a whole house renovation? It’s not as overwhelming as it may sound! Basically, it involves assessing how your house can provide more family connection, light and comfort. Then creating the spaces within your home that will make you feel good and serve you effortlessly. It also involves looking at how the outside of your home integrates withthe inside. How the drive, entry, garage, garden, deck, lawn and/or patio all serve the house.
Many of house renovations I have designed have included changes such as;
Breaking down the walls of an isolated kitchen, so that it is connected to the rest ofthe house,or so it opens to the rear yard, giving the kitchen more space, light and views and easier access to the outdoors.
Merging two bedrooms to create a larger Master Suite, that includes a closet and an en-suite bathroom.
Creating additions off the back or side of a house (or even adding a floor) that provide additional living spaces, guest rooms, closets, bathrooms, offices, or laundries and mudrooms.
Changing the entry to the house, or a stairway to help make the spaces function better. Installing new environmentally friendly systems (like geo-thermal, solar panels, and high efficiency glass and appliances, and better insulation.
When all of these spaces work well, they support you in living well too. Imagine sitting in a family room reading, your book illuminated by the soft light coming in from the glass wall that looks out to your backyard. You can see and hear your kids in the kitchen, doing their homework on the island while eating a snack. Let’s break out of your isolated kitchen, discover your rear yard, come and go with ease and space, give your rooms some light and views.
This vision isn’t a pipe dream. I have seen good design affect people’s bodies, health and spirit. I believe that the neuro-easthetics of beauty and elegant function enhance your well-being, providing a huge return on investment beyond the dollars you spend.
As you can tell, I am passionate about creating spaces that people love and that nurtures them and their families. If you would like to explore how to make your home more functional and nurturing by doing a whole house renovation (or any other project), give me a call. I am happy to set up a time to come over and provide a consult.
I always love hearing from you about what you love about your home. If there is any way I can help you create belonging and make it even more of a dream home, let me know.