Winter wonderland in an enclosed porch!

The home has a variety of things to offer in terms of functionality and services. I’ve said it once and I will say it again, the home has tremendous potential to become a character of its own. The only limit to what you do with your home is the limit of your imagination!…alright there might be a few other things too but those are currently irrelevant.

Something that is often overlooked, and that I think holds great potential is the idea of an enclosed porch! An enclosed porch can offer great potential for use all through the year, no matter the season, and connects the occupants with an intimate relationship with the surrounding nature! Be it storming, snowing, or a bright beautiful day, the enclosed porch will always stay relevant in the home.

So what do you need to consider when planning your remodel for the enclosed porch?

Let’s break it down!

 

Aesthetic

I’m like a broken record, I know, but aesthetic is a strong element in a home that must not be overlooked. The feeling you get when you walk into the enclosed porch should compliment the natural environment in all of its forms. A strong manner of accomplishing this is to extenuate the roofing, by installing glass panels on the ceiling, to feel further engrossed in the environment. The colors of this room should be painted with the surrounding environment in mind. If you have strong greenery around then use colors that would compliment green. Often cool colors can work well in these room, like a blue/grey, or on the opposite side, a nice tan/cream color has been known to work well. Finally consider the texture relevant in the room. Will you have a stone fireplace and exposed wood supports on the ceiling to match the rough forest in your backyard?  These questions can really decide how well the room ties together with the outside and rest of the inside areas.

 

Maneuverability 

There should be a flow of movement in the room that allows for comfort, because this room is for relaxing and contemplation, or family game night, you name it! Either way this room should allow strong movement which means, don’t pack the room full of furniture to try and overly impress yourself or your guests. This room works best with minimalism. Another thought should be how you enter the room. Will the room be open from the kitchen or living room, with no door for a strong connection to the rest of the home? Or will there be a sliding door to separate the rest of the home and keep that room its own atmosphere?

 

Elevation of the room

Finally, lets consider the elevation of the room. Will this room be level with the rest of the home and have stairs leading downward to the ground level from the enclosed porch? Or would you prefer to have steps leading down from the home, into the porch and then you can walk out into your backyard? Or will you just get rid of the stairs all together and have a slopped entry way into the porch? These forms of entry can decide who can and cant enter the location, while also causing more or less difficulty in certain areas of life. It’s important to consider who will be enjoying this room and what this room will be used for! Maybe you will install a miniature ceramic studio to work under the stars on those inspired nights? I can dream!

 

I hope you have some ideas swimming about for your homes new enclosed porch! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us and we will walk with you through the whole process!

Home library remodels, a space for the mind to wander and the soul to flourish

Master suite with sliding door and hardwood floor and chandelier and hallway to walk in closet

Our home can be an energy filled place, excitement, pre-teen angst, you name it. We need to have a place that allows  us to engage in a calm energy to process the day and get lost in worlds of the mind. Books! Stories created from the minds of silver-penned artists to engage the reader in a carnival of curiosities and allow them to rest the body and mind.

Enticed yet? Great! We need to talk about your next home remodel idea! A home library, for you or the family or your neighbors cats, you name it!

So what do you need to think about when building an environment dedicated to reading and studies?

Let’s break it down!

Environment

The environment of this room is especially important. The energy you feel in this room will determine your ability to concentrate on the resting function, and really immerse yourself in what your doing. this means there should be an aesthetic that has calming colors and clutter-free energy.

There should be plenty of room to walk, wander and wonder. When concentration is broken from the random inaudible noise outside the room you need to not get distracted by something else in the room. Ensure the room has very specific objects in it, so books and maps and things that are studied and involving sitting or laying and relaxing the body.

Noise

Noise is another important aspect to consider, as seen from the section above. Maybe consider having the room dedicated to soundproof so the neighbors mowing their lawn doesn’t cause distress and broken concentration. Think of the type of door you want to use because they all have different forms of noise cancellation. Maybe add an attachment to the bottom of the door to close the gap between the floor and the door but still allows it to open and close smoothly. Technology in the room can be another source of noise, so consider the hum of the computer or the buzzing of a radio when your planning the items inside the room.

Lighting

Lights! Naturally you need to be able to see what your reading. Think about all times of the day when your in this room. Will there be an abundance of natural lighting during the day? What kind of lights will be used during the night hours? It’s always a great idea to get lights as close to natural sunlight, this is good for mental health and is known to improve the mood and put stress on the decline.

Structural Layout

How will the flow of the library feel? You need to consider the layout of the walls and how the air flows in the room. There is always an option for a loft style, which is popular for libraries/studies. Enter the room and pick out a book then walk up the stairs that overlook the lower level that holds shelves abundant with your future journeys. You could also consider a lovely window seating, the stereotypical library functionality, but always a deeply loved location. A window seat can be a great place to cozy up and read or study, while being close to the outside world without the possibility of an icicle falling from your nose!

 

Home libraries/ studies are places of retreat and regeneration. They can improve a homes charm greatly and become one of the main attractions as well. Give us a call today and lets discuss some ideas so you can be ready before the winter hits to cozy up and get lost in wonderland with Alice.