Let’s face it, there are some things that are best stored in drawers, and others that work best on shelves. But what happens when function gets in the way of fantastic design? Well according to Designer Jennifer Cross, AKBD, it’s time to get creative.
“Function is always paramount when it comes to designing a space,” says Jennifer. “But you don’t have to let the function completely dictate the aesthetic, especially when it comes to cabinetry.”
It’s very common for a grouping of cabinets to be a combination of shelves with a door, mixed with a grouping of drawers. “Think of your kitchen or even bathroom vanity as great examples for when mixed use makes sense,” notes Jennifer. “While there’s nothing wrong with a cabinet door looking like a door and a drawer looking like a drawer, there is a way to create consistency by making all the openings, regardless of function, appear as though they are drawers.”
By joining the drawer fronts together into a single larger piece, it can open and close just like a door, but from the outside, you would never guess it isn’t a functioning drawer.
“These faux drawers are a great way to achieve symmetry in a space,” says Jennifer. “I like to use them when trying to create some repetition in the space or when we’re trying to make a piece seem more like a furniture item, rather than a grouping of cabinets.”
There are so many ways to create a one-of-a-kind look in your kitchen or primary bathroom. Talk with Jennifer about your thoughts and ideas, at a time that works for you. You can also find more tips and tricks at an upcoming webinar, or by following Normandy on Facebook and Instagram.
What if you could enjoy the outdoors without worrying about the rain, bugs, or even the temperature? There are several ways to create a space that allows you to connect with nature, and choosing the right type of addition depends on just how close or how far removed from the outdoors you would like to be.
A screened porch is the simplest option, since it’s basically a roof and screened walls over a deck or patio. It keeps bugs out and gives you a covered spot to enjoy those summer and fall nights to the fullest, regardless of a slight drizzle, but it is not a year-round option. “A screened porch is more of an extension of your backyard that can feature some cozy outdoor furniture for lounging or entertaining during the warmer months of the year,” says Normandy Designer Jeremy Paris.
3 Season Room
Three Season Rooms take the outdoor protection a step up, often featuring a finished vaulted ceiling, perhaps even cedar lined walls, and plenty of windows to allow fresh air in. “3 Season Rooms don’t typically feature a heating and cooling system, but might have a separate heater to help take the edge off of those chilly nights,” Jeremy notes. “This also means that, as their name implies, these additions are also not year-round option. Typically, people choose to use a 3 Season Rooms as an entertainment space, which can host guests while also providing that indoor/outdoor connection during the late spring, summer, and early fall months.”
A sunroom is a year-round home addition that features insulation, heating and cooling, and a full-foundation; acting as an extension of your home’s interior versus an extension of the outdoors. This also means that you have a bit more freedom when designing, so you can integrate hardwood flooring, skylights, and even a fireplace. “What really differentiates a sunroom from a family room is the amount and size of windows,” Jeremy states. ” A sunroom addition acts as a bright lounge area that feels as though you’re outside, when in reality you’re in a temperature-regulated room.”
Deciding which outdoor-centric addition is right for your home really depends on how your family is looking to use the space. Is it more of a summer entertaining space, or are you looking to use it year round? Regardless of which route you choose to take, adding-on to your home will expand your family’s options for finding a quiet space to soak in the beauty of the outdoors.
If you’re considering an outdoor addition and not sure where to begin, set up a time with Jeremy to discuss your home’s possibilities. Not quite ready to remodel? Then register for one of our upcoming virtual seminars where one of our design professionals will teach you all there is to know about a variety of project-specific remodels. For even more home inspiration, make sure to follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram.