You’re hosting a hockey party (all watching, no playing, but everyone cloaked in jerseys of course). A ridiculous amount of people are expected to come over, but your kids do still need to hit their 8pm bedtime.
Check this out:
Everyone coming over can use the secondary outdoor access to the basement, where you can have the bar all set up with drinks and nachos (obviously). Then, when everyone is heading home for the night they sneak out the door (hopefully quietly), and your kids stay asleep on the second floor.
Bonus points? You don’t even need to clean up right away. Just leave the mess downstairs for the night and tackle it the next day; it’s not even in your way for the morning getting-ready-for-work tornado.
The kitchen is where everyone gathers when you have company over. Of course, that’s where the snacks are!
Kitchens are becoming more open these days rather than tucked in a corner to be functional and that’s it.
Check out this kitchen’s layout:
Here’s what I love about it:
The stove faces the great room. Now that there are pop up vents, you no longer have to face a wall while cooking
The built-in table allows people to sit with you while you cook, or gives an informal area to eat breakfast without needing a separate room
Easy access to the rear porch for BBQ’ing
The pantry creates a visual buffer from the kitchen to the formal dining room; go ahead and leave the cooking tornado until after everyone is gone without having to stare at while holding conversation!
The entry of your home doesn’t have to be two storeys to be impressive.
Adding ceiling details and large chunky columns can make your home’s entry raise the bar. This plan made multiple tray ceilings creating a grid pattern which could be left drywalled or be finished with wood up in those trays for extra warmth.
This homeowner is also a bit of a car enthusiast, so the addition of the windows to see directly into the garage was a bonus feature. Now he can show off his cars up on a lift to any guests coming over, without having to go into the garage.
Mixing materials is my jam. You can create texture, highlight certain areas of your home or push other areas to the background.
You could also obtain the same effect by mixing colours.
This house is a bit of both:
The darker portion of the second floor masks it and allows the main peak to be the star. Adding in the wood columns on the porch gives the house warmth and another deep, rich colour to play off of the other elements.