Posts Tagged ‘Architectural Design’

Inspiration For Your Renovation

August 3rd, 2011 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Before you begin a renovation project of any kind it’s important to spend the time to seek out inspiration – and educate yourself as to what inspires you, what moves you, and what speaks to you and your family’s wants and needs.

So where do you find this inspiration?

Start With Print – The 2D Experience

 

The obvious resources such as books, magazines, online design sites, blogs and digital magazines are the easiest and most accessible.  These particular sources are terrific for details and overall themes, and design aesthetics of spaces within a home.

It could be a window style, a staircase detail, or a paint color you’re in love with. Just print pages and immediately note what you’re drawn to. Be specific. Is it the 6-burner stainless steel stove, the gorgeous entry doors, the cabinet detail or the sophisticated outdoor living space that you can’t live without?

Collect these ideas and begin your “Inspiration” File.  This is a great start – yet it’s only 2-Dimensional inspiration.  From these pages it’s extremely difficult to experience the physical feeling volume and space.

Venture Out – The 3D Experience

 

Get yourself out there into your community and walk into some open houses in and around your neighborhood. Seeing and feeling the way others live and the ideas they’ve implemented into their homes may actually inspire you in some way.

The 3-Dimensional experience of physically walking into a home and experiencing the environment provides a truer perspective.

How do the homes of your friends who share similar lifestyles to yours feel – and how could you implement those “must haves” into your home and make them your own?

Drive around and notice the homes’ exteriors as well.

Are there certain rooflines you feel will complement your proposed addition? What about the façade and the materials they’ve used? Is it board and batten siding you love for that cottage feel or concrete and wood for the contemporary design you’re drawn to?

In fact just yesterday after a site meeting, I hopped into the car with my client and took a quick drive through her gorgeous neighborhood looking at porch, trellis and pergola details – which we will be incorporating into her home as well.  It really is the best way to see the plethora of design options and details in a 3 dimensional environment.

Take as many digital photos as you can, print them out immediately and write while your thoughts are still fresh and your memory sharp – and be specific with what inspired you.  Then pop then into that file!

Finally, don’t forget the “Shows”!

  • Home Builder Shows
  • Kitchen and Bath Shows
  • Designer Showhouses
  • Contemporary Fairs
  • Antique Marts
  • Travels/Hotels

Where have you found your greatest inspiration for your home renovation projects?

 

Stay Inspired!

 

 

 

Please leave your questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation”

Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2011 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.

10 Proven Ways To Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

May 28th, 2010 by Lori Gilder | 1 Comment

Impressions are everything and you don’t have to be a real estate agent to know that a home with immense curb appeal is what makes potential buyers bite and at the same time gives us homeowners a deep sense of pride in our most valued possession.

Whether you’re planning to sell, or live there for years to come – if you want your home noticed, here are some projects that will provide a good return on investment at any time.

1.   Define A Clear Pathway.
Clearly define a path to your front door, which leads into your home.  Make sure to rid your pathway of any weeds poking through the cracks and line your path with some natural elements to draw people in.

2.  Upgrade Your Front Door.
Installing a new front door will instantly enhance your home’s façade and sets a tone for what lies beyond.  Make sure the new door compliments your home’s architecture, and if at all possible introduce some glass either within the door itself, a transom above or sidelights to the side.  Consider painting the new door red or black for some added drama – and to draw some positive energy in.

3.  Update Old Windows.
If your windows are single pane energy wasters it’s time to replace them with new energy efficient ones. Windows associated with the Energy Star label will save you money throughout the year and keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.  Dress up these new windows by adding some elegant window boxes with your favorite plants and flowers for a burst of color.

4.   Replace Your Siding.
If your siding is dated or damaged then it’s time to update it.  Replacing your siding is among the least costly upgrades you can make to your home and immediately boosts your home’s appeal.  It’s available in a variety of colors and styles and will complement any home style.

5.  Add a Porch or Deck.
Those charming front porches from years ago are back in vogue and decks, which have remained popular throughout the years, have evolved into multi-leveled outdoor living spaces complete with kitchens, spas and fire-pits.  So whether you’re adding a porch, patio or deck onto your existing home, for a seamless transition make sure to get professional design help.

6.  Architectural Details.
If the front of your home is void of details, then create some!  Draw attention to your entryway by adding some chunky moldings.  Create some visual interest by installing new window trims and shutters. You may even consider incorporating a charming new fence, trellis, or water feature.

7.  Landscaping.
Adding shrubs, flowers or container gardens add instant impact to your front yard.  Create an inviting entrance by investing in a pair of architectural pots, fill them with flowering plants, and place them on the landing flanking the front door.  Dig a new planting bed for flowers along the driveway or in front of your house.

8.  Roofing.
Your roof could potentially cover anywhere from 40%-60% of your home’s overall visual appearance, so you want to make sure it’s in good condition.  If any of the shingles need to be replaced then do so.  If you’re replacing the roof select a new roofing material that compliments the style of your home.

9.  Lighting.
Design a sense of drama by adding some energy efficient low LED or solar powered garden lights along your pathway and driveway, and highlight your home by accenting the façade with multiple layers of lighting. Include a pair of wall sconces flanking the front door and invest in quality finishes.  Creating a welcoming glow throughout your property will draw your guests (or potential buyers) in.

10.  Fresh Paint.
If the paint on your house looks gray, cracked and weathered then it’s time for a fresh coat of paint.  Either tackle it yourself, or hire a professional to help.    If cost and time are factors simply paint out the front door, window trims, shutters and any fencing in a fresh new color.

Oh and don’t forget to adorn your revamped exterior with some fabulous new jewelry!  New house numbers, door handles and a mailbox will give your exterior that finished and cohesive look.

I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation”

Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.

An Outdoor Lover’s Paradise

May 13th, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Summer is just around the corner and everyone is anxious to spend some serious time outside.  Here in Southern California warm summer weather tends to last a good 7 months or so  – substantially longer than many other parts of the country – so outdoor living is a way of life around here.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the 7 Tips To Consider When Designing Your Ultimate Outdoor Escape.  And since I’m now in the midst of planning a charming outdoor living space for my client that will compliment the new interior space, I thought it would be helpful to provide you with some added details to help you transform your yard into a beautiful outdoor paradise this summer.

Designate Zones That Reflects Your Family’s Lifestyle.

  • Know the activities that you want your outdoor space to have.
  • Playing: Sports Court, grassy area or swing set.
  • Lounging: Pool and/or spa, chairs and chaises or built-ins.
  • Cooking: Outdoor kitchen or simple barbeque area.
  • Entertaining/Dining; Dining area, fireplace or firepit.
  • Elevated deck or patio.

Outdoor Kitchen Details.

  • If at all possible and layout allows, plan your outdoor cooking areas as close to your indoor kitchen as possible. A shorter distance of travel transporting food back and forth will make outdoor entertaining easier.
  • Connect your grill to a permanent fuel line and avoid those propane tanks all together.
  • If budget and space allows,  keep the indoor/outdoor traffic to a minimum and install a sink, refrigerator and even dishwasher, and extra space to store your outdoor tableware.

Built-Ins.

  • If space is at a premium build in your seating.
  • Nestle a banquette-like sofa into your deck or patio, and build them out of the same decking material to give them a more architectural and integral appearance.  Provide storage below for seat cushions and pillows.

Don’t Forget the Shade.

  • For protection from the mid-day sun and those long hot days – add a trellis or pergola overhead. Umbrellas and awnings will also do the trick and shade you and your guests as well.
  • Wrap vines or bougainvillea up the trellis or pergola for some additional shade cover and color as well.

Extend The Summer.

  • If you feel that summer is just flying by, extend the season by designing a permanent outdoor fireplace, firepit and patio heaters to keep you warm during the cooler autumn temperatures.

I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation”

Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.

Mid-Century Modernism In The Desert

February 18th, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Every February for the past several years I head out to the desert with my family to visit my parents who migrate down to Palm Springs from Canada for a month or two – to escape the harsh tundra freeze.

The weather was glorious and the setting even more spectacular for a long- weekend get-away and a visit to Palm Spring’s 10th Annual Modernism Show.

Nestled in the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is the hub of Mid-Century modern design and architecture and offers many well-preserved examples of elegant homes constructed during the ‘40s, 50’s and 60’s.  So it makes sense for the City to host this event, and offers a week full of tours, lectures, screenings and the Modernism Show and sale.

Steven and I leave the kids with my parents, and head into town for a day to celebrate the modern culture, gather some design inspiration and transport ourselves back in time of the Rat Pack.

The Show features almost 80 exhibitors from across the U.S and Europe presenting some of the most refined and classic 20th Century decorative and fine art pieces.  Weaving in and out of the aisles, you can’t help but engage the dealer to learn of the history of each piece.

One of my favorite finds, was a one-of-a-kind spiral staircase where each shiny chrome sphere-shaped step is finished with its original red carpeting.  It’s truly striking and in the right home would make for a most compelling focal point.  The owners of the www.offthewallantiques.com have a keen eye for spying the most unique treasures.

Taking a drive through the old neighborhoods of Palm Springs you’ll pass by the historic Kaufman House – a 1946 glass, steel and stone landmark designed and built by the architect Richard Neutra – THE quintessential Mid-Century classic.  A restoration of the structure in the mid 1990’s spawned a renewed respect and interest in this Architectural style.

I realize this design style doesn’t appeal everyone, but should you have the opportunity to visit a Modernism show in your city – make the trip and at least enjoy the travel back in time.

I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “How to Avoid the 15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes”

Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc

Home Renovations and Geology 101

December 17th, 2009 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

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According to the Geologist, Liz and Mark Brown’s current home is built on liquefaction soil.  Welcome to California!

What is soil liquefaction?
Liquefaction occurs in saturated soils and sands. The soil transforms from a solid to a liquefied state.  When liquefaction occurs (as in the event of an earthquake) the strength of the soil can be compromised temporarily by the shaking earth, and as a result, that soil deposit has a tough time supporting the structure’s foundation, which could cause it to tilt or sink. Think of it in terms of a “quicksand” scenario.

This geological investigation will identify those soil conditions and literally tell structural engineers how the foundation must be designed. Now you can see why digging and testing the soil conditions for this type of home addition and renovation project is imperative.  Soil testing is an integral part of designing your home and more specifically the foundation it’s built on, as it has a direct link to the earth and rock below.

The required “Geological Engineering Liquefaction and Foundation Investigation”, will expose a variety of properties contained within the various layers of soil, which will in turn Week 5-2 Image 2provide the structural engineer with all the information he’ll need to design the proper, solid foundation for all areas of this home renovation project.

Now it’s my job to provide the geologist with a Topographic Land Survey of the existing property (which the Browns had copies of from a few years back), and a site plan, indicating each new proposed addition to the existing structure.  This information will provide the geologists with a roadmap as to the number of drill sites they’ll need to provide throughout the property.

I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “How to Avoid the 15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes”

Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca.
© 2009 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc