Smart Closets

No one wants to settle for just getting-by when it comes to closet space. In fact, most people are very overwhelmed with their wardrobes. Statistics say that we wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. Add to that, The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that households spend, on average, $1,700 a year on apparel, footwear and related products and services. That’s an incredible 3.5%   of the average annual household’s expenditures. So things tend to build up if one isn’t careful.

Waypoint's style 730S in Cherry Java

Built-in storage can supplement existing storage or be the primary closet. Here base height cabinets add more storage and provide the perfect place to hold a television for nighttime viewing. Waypoint's style 730S in Cherry Java.

In older homes, closets are almost non-existent. At best, they are small. Even they can be improved by enlarging the doorway so the whole space is accessible. Adding double rods expands storage by two. Double rods also discourages the clutter that tends to build-up on closet floors.

But when there is just nothing to work with, bedroom built-ins are the perfect solution for a an older home. Utility cabinets become hanging storage; shelving holds everything from undergarments to knit tops. Drawers are prefect for socks and sweaters. Cabinetry styles and finishes come in a wide variety to compliment every decorating style.

Waypoint's style 630F in Cherry Chocolate

Double rod storage maximizes hanging space. Tall bookshelves hold foldede garments in this large walk-in closet. Waypoint's style 630F in Cherry Chocolate Glaze

When a generous walk-in closet exists, the possibilities are almost unlimited. Sections can be customized for each person if it’s a shared space. While I’m a fan of double-rodding, most closets benefit from single rods also. Usually, that space is for dresses but men need it too if they prefer to hang their slacks by the cuff instead over the knee.

Waypoint's style 630F in Cherry Chocolate Glaze

A bit of counter space in the closet always comes in handy. Waypoint's style 630F in Cherry Chocolate Glaze

Some other things that add to the convenience of a walk-in closet are:

  • Lighted closed rods…they really exist
  • A full length mirror
  • A built-in ironing board
  • A place to sit with putting on shoes and socks
  • A ventilation unit similar to a bathroom fan that will keep air circulating eliminating shoe odors and dry cleaning fumes

Dual Vanities Make for a Peaceful Morning

As much as we might love our spouses, first thing in the morning is not the time for extreme closeness. We are usually not at our best and there is always that pesky morning-breath to deal with. Two bowls in one vanity are an upgrade for sure but completely separate vanity areas are the best way to start the day: no whiskers in her basin and no clusters of makeup containers to get in his way.

Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Hazelnut Glaze

Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Hazelnut Glaze

Another advantage of separating the vanities is that it allows varying the height of the countertop to suit the user. While most people today prefer the higher 36” vanity, still some need a lower height to be comfortable.Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Hazelnut Glaze

These vanities happen to be installed floating above the floor which gives an open feeling. The structural walls support the one on the right and the one on the left has a supporting base cabinet to the floor, which contains a nice surprise. It is a Full-Height Base Pantry Pull Out cabinet (typically used in a kitchen) works here as storage for toiletries. Every homeowner’s dream.

Kitchen Filled with Great Lighting Begins with a Plan

Every good lighting plan begins with…well a plan. Some of the first considerations are the size of the room as well as the depth of color and reflective quality of the finishes. Darker cabinets, walls, and floors are going to absorb far more light than white cabinets, polished stone countertops, and light flooring. This room falls in the mid-range between light and dark.

Waypoint's style 610 in Maple Spice

Photo compliments of Sorensen Design Concepts LLC of Fredricksburg VA

Interestingly, natural light doesn’t’ play into a scheme. They are wonderful in the daytime (just look at all that glorious light pouring in from the French doors and window over the sink) but become black rectangles at night. So, it is up to the artificial lighting to carry the load. This kitchen by Sorensen Design Concepts LLC of Fredericksburg VA is well equipped to handle the task. Here’s how:

GENERAL LIGHTING in this room is provided by recessed ceiling lights. They are more than sufficient to illuminate the room for a midnight snack or a quick job in the kitchen. Even at night.

TASK LIGHTING is well handled by the hanging pendants over the island, an over the sink light and abundant under cabinet lights.

DECORATIVE LIGHTING is bonus lighting but it primarily adds a decorative quality. In this case, it would be lighting in the glass door cabinet on the left.

Some other things that I really like about this kitchen are:

  • The raised area on the island back provides a safe and  convenient location for outlets….that’s often a challenge on an island
  • The reduced depth pantry area allows for more aisle room and still provides great storage.
  • The wood flooring is a great match to the Maple Spice cabinetry.
  • Even though this is a large kitchen, the work triangle is compact so food prep is super-efficient.
  • Heavy top molding makes the perfect finish between the cabinets and the ceiling…no dust gathering gaps for me!

Ten Interesting Things about This Maple Linen Hutch

When more storage is needed look around for places in the home to tuck a well thought out built-in that compliments the space. Here, a hutch fills just such a space in the dining room. Let’s look at what makes it special:

Waypoint's style 760F in Painted Maple Linen

Waypoint's style 760F in Painted Maple Linen

  1. A deep cove molding build-up elegantly tops the wall cabinets.
  2. Stacked wall cabinets are trimmed with a center molding for a pretty detail.
  3. The wall cabinets are increased to 15” deep for extra storage.
  4. Clear glass inserts, glass shelves and added interior lights make the wall cabinets sparkle.
  5. Open cabinets below are trimmed with molding and hold frequently used items within easy reach.
  6. The shallow dish display area in the center has guardrails made from decorative molding that hold the dishes in place.
  7. Decorative corbels finish off the bottom of the wall cabinets and add charm.
  8. Decorator Matching doors finish off the ends of the wall and base cabinets.

    Waypoint's Peg Dish Organizer

    Peg Dish Organizer

  9. Deep drawers are fitted with Peg Dish Organizers which make lots of sense located near the dining table.
  10. The center of the base is pulled forward. This gives more counter space and shows off the beautiful countertop that complimenting the style 760F maple cabinetry in painted Linen finish.

A lot of thought, convenience and beauty were packed in this hutch, don’t you agree?

Colorado Log Home Provides Design Challenges

Waypoint's style 512 in Maple Hazelnut Glaze

Photo compliments of UNI Design of Greeley Colorado

The homeowners of this large log home had worked their way through renovations in the rest of the house and now it was time to tackle the kitchen.  As with nearly every kitchen project, there are challenges of one kind or another. In this case, it was the structure of the home itself that  demanded special attention.

Anytime unusual architectural elements  exist, the design really has to be carefully calculated. Here, the irregularity of the log walls would have caused problems installing the cabinets. So the walls were made flat by  building a drywall box behind the cabinets. This can easily be seen on the far left of the photo near the doorway. The false wall also provided the room  needed to freely locate outlets where needed…something that can’t be over looked.

Another design challenge was the log ceiling beams infringing on the cabinet space. ForWaypoint's style 512 in Maple Hazelnut Glaze the most part the cathedral ceiling kept the beams up and away. But one beam proved to be a real problem and the designers at  UNI Design in Greeley Colorado solved this  by selecting an open cabinet above the refrigerator and working around the beam.

Once the basic design challenges were resolved, it was time to think about what the homeowners wanted from the space.  On their wish list were an old-world finish on the cabinets and free-form shapes to soften the space. Maple Hazelnut Glaze painted cabinets  gave that old-world look and contrasted beautifully with all the wood in the room.

There is a repetition of shapes in the curve open shelves, the rounded counter at the snack area and the sought-after free-form counter space. Continuing the rounded theme, logs were used as the support for the free-form countertop. It’s an unusual choice but one that is perfect for this rustic home.

Waypoint Introduces New Painted Stone Finish

Waypoint's style 650F in Painted StoneSerene, sophisticated and uber cool. That’s gray. It’s a color that works with a variety of decorating styles. It’s just as appropriate in a country setting as it is in a room with an industrial edge. Long the designers’ darling, the color continues to gain in popularity. Gray is everywhere and shows up in fabric, paint, decorative accessories and now in Waypoint Living Spaces cabinetry.

Really we shouldn’t be surprised at gray’s popularity when taken in the context of kitchen design. How long have stainless steel appliances been in vogue? By my count, more than ten years .That makes it a true trend and not just a fad. Interestingly, Jenn-Air appliances recently introduced a refrigerator with an Obsidian interior. It’s nearly black but not quite and it’s a real revelation in the appliance industry. It looks like gray has a long life ahead of it.

Gray makes all other colors sing. It’s the perfect background color. Yellow, red or green. Pick your favorite color and it will likely work with gray. I love it with dark woods too. . There are true neutral gray’s derived solely from black as well as grays that lean to the blue or brown. Waypoint’s Painted stone has just a touch of blue in it and that makes it very livable.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces