It’s to spend more time with friends and family.
It may not be the first answer I get, but if you scratch the surface that’s always what’s at the core. Take the request of a “Bigger Kitchen Island” as an example. It’s one of the most common requests we get when renovating a kitchen. Although it can be a good functional change for preparing meals or baking , you’ll find that it’s a great place for friends and family to gather. It’s where your teenager does his homework while you cook a meal, it’s where you have late night conversations with your partner making plans for the future, it’s where you have a cup of coffee with a friend.
And that’s what it’s really about, isn’t it?
Great design is all about creating opportunities to connect. By getting to know our clients routines and lifestyles, we can come up with those opportunities. Because that’s how our designer brains work.
I recently built a home for my own family and having two (almost) teenage girls, opportunities to connect can seem few and far in between. Between school, work, sports and a busy social calendar(theirs, not mine) we are lucky to get together for a few meals every week. The one thing we all love do is playing games. Board games, cards, badminton…any games really. We have a small area on the second story outside my kids bedrooms and I furnished it with two comfortable chairs and a table that always has a game set up. It’s so convenient and in a spot we often walk past so we often make use of it.
It’s those moments of face to face time that matters to me and I know that it’s what matters to you too.