This past fall SBaird Design was approached by a new client to help them with a multi use room that was not meeting their needs. the room is used as an office/ library/ music room. We were challenged to meet all of these needs in a small space of a 11′ x 13′ room.
Space planning is a challenge but meeting several needs in a tight space is a quite a challenge. Luckily, we enjoyed this and saw it as a fun exercise in problem solving. The first step to solving the problem was better educating ourselves on the proper set-up and functions of specialty music/recording equipment. We consulted our friend Beau Sorenson, a sound engineer, about the pieces of equipment and musical needs of our clients. His knowledge and professional opinion proved quite invaluable in our space planning.
With his input and guidance and a vintage design book we found one weekend, we made a mental “kit of parts”.
After a few design charrettes, we developed 3 floor plans and sets of sketches to show our clients.
We have discovered in the past that the best designs to meet a clients’ needs usually are a combination of several parts of our different designs. We are excited to see which pieces of each designs they decide to incorporate into the final product.
Which one do you like?
It took several months but after plans, revisions and submissions to the city we finally have our permits!
The City of Portland is in the middle of a remodel/construction boom, so the permit office is backed-up with more work than they can handle. It does not matter how simple your plans are, or how big your project is, everyone is having to hurry-up and wait. Luckily, our patience prevailed and the permits were issued to begin work on this remodel this week.
As soon as the permits were in-hand, the General Contractor, Tod Phillips, and his team started demolition. Here are a couple of images we captured while taking the initial tour of the deconstructed site.
Memorabilia, items and images found inside the ceilings, walls and floors during deconstruction.
A blank canvas.
Plumbing from the main bathroom.
Preserving the main arch from the dining to the living room is a top priority.
This arch will be repeated in the widened opening from the dining room to the kitchen.
Gorgeous light pours in from the upstairs windows.
The guest bedroom.
How sweet that the natural shape of the dormer is the iconic shape of a home.
Former clients of SBaird Real Estate contacted us for assistance for the redesign of their den. Jessica and Dave, the homeowners, were stuck on what to do with their room. The space is open to their large kitchen and overlooks the backyard. As they were overseeing the remodel of their kitchen, they realized they needed to redo the den to coordnate with the updated space. The old layout was just not working as efficiently as they would like. The couple is also planning for a family in the future, so all designs needed to be thought-out for a little one in mind.
A young, fun couple who enjoy hosting friends for sporting events, they also needed plenty of seating for entertaining. They had been contemplating an L-Shaped Sectional but could not figure how to fit it into the room. After meeting with them at their home, SBaird Design developed 2 recommended plans, each optimizing efficient space planning, soothing color palette, and a casual yet crisp design.
Below are the 2 options with the recommended furnishings. Which do you think they choose?
A repeat design client contacted SBaird Design to assist in choosing final finishes, lighting placement and paint selections for a remodel in the hills off of SW Broadway. The remodeling contractor was a pleasure to work with and needed a cost effective solution with quick turn around time for design services, so that he could get the home ready for market.
A cottage-bungalow hybrid perched in the hills.
A skylight was placed above the future vanity sink. Choosing good overhead lighting posed a challenge that the contractor wanted SBaird Design to resolve.
The new tub/shower combo in the master bath will be built to follow the roof profile of the home. A rain shower and handheld unit will make it a luxurious sanctuary.
Living Room and entry way.
Living Room and new fireplace.
An overhead beam designates the separation of space between the living and dining areas.
Material samples the contractor already had and wanted to work into the design.
SBaird Design came up with a neutral palette that would appeal to many potential homeowners looking to buy in that location.
In having lived in my tiny home for a couple of months now, I am starting to realize the importance of my home office desk. Does it function the way I need it to? Is taking up too much space? I find that when I need to spread-out with papers I always migrate to the dining room table. Currently, my home office is located in the heart of my ADU. That means my vintage Tanker desk is the center of my home. I love the Tanker desk but it is a … tank. A gorgeous, big tank.
After reading articles and research, I am considering parting ways with the beloved behemoth and making my home office more efficient and petite. The best examples I have come across are desks with storage, cubbies, designated spaces. They become something else. They hide the clutter. These are a new generation of desks, adapting to smaller living spaces and more laptop users. Here are a few I have come across. If you have any more you know of, send them my way. What do you use in your home?
This Mid-century vintage one just might be the start of something…
Several of our projects this past year have all had repeating themes.
In every one of our residential projects we have had to specify window coverings. In our commercial projects it has been a constant hunt for the ideal office chair.
Funnily enough, after dealing with these subjects for months and finding great solutions and product, Remodelista (one of our favorite design blogs) came out with two articles covering these topics with a lot of the same results we found.
It is invaluable information to have. Read over the findings and tuck away the information for when you come across these challenges.
Below is great article about deciding to use roller shades in the home. I have had them in my home for years and have always loved the simplicity.