Connecting More Than Just Floors

For many, the “Wow” factor of entering a home is important.  After all, people remember their first impressions.  In most houses with two or more stories, stairs are a necessity.  But, when combining the stair and the entry space, our designs can not only be efficient, but also a “Wow!”  While this modern design might not be right for all of us, there are some things that we can all learn from its design.

Details, Details, Details

Beautifully crafted details, whether modern or traditional, represent quality and a sense of caring.  This stair, with a monorail support and glass rail system, is meticulous.  By really working through details, an overall feeling of craft is conveyed, subconsciously connecting the design with the people who built it.  Also, note the lightness of the stair.  It adds to the perceived volume of the room, easily gliding upward with little effort.  And, don’t forget the “Pop” – see how color adds to the space.  If there wasn’t any art, we would have a completely different feeling.  Your Modern Cottage should be crafted with detail in mind.

Design an Experience

The way we experience space is often subconscious.  We move through it without thinking.  However, designers take time to craft these experiences.  Note how the exterior gate leads to a path with a clear view of the stair.  Guests know where to go subconsciously, eliminating any concern of how to navigate the space.  The exterior courtyard with its fountain also offers visitors a zen moment.  The entry to the home becomes more than just a door.  It becomes a sensory experience that we can all appreciate.

High Spaces Need Something

Most of us enjoy the thought of high ceilings.  They add drama to a home.  However, without proper handling, these spaces can often feel cold and overwhelming.  The designer of this space uses the beautiful light fixtures to break down the scale of the space, making us feel better connected.  The subtle color of the light fixtures adds visual warmth to the space, making the room feel more comfortable.

Design and Photos by: Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

Design Exploder is a “tool” used by Your MODERN COTTAGE to help explain why we like (and don’t like) the homes that we live in.  It explodes design elements into their basic form and gives us insight into how designers think.  We hope that this tool will empower you to understand your own homes and give you the confidence to make the changes that you need in order to improve your life.

We look forward to your comments, questions, and continued conversations!