It’s worth mentioning that the range of fridges designed to be integrated is far more limited than the range of regular ones and, because they are generally designed to fit in shallower spaces, they may not be as big as other fridges. However, if you’re looking for a polished and streamlined look, it’ll be worth the small amount of space you’ll sacrifice.
Tip: If you’re looking for a refrigerator that has a water or ice dispenser, don’t forget the potential need to allow for running plumbing to the fridge. This is something that the plumber needs to know upfront.
Consider the key pieces of furniture you will be using in the room and draw inspiration from them to either match or contrast color and texture.
You’ll need to have the fire on a surface that isn’t sensitive to sparks and hot coals. River pebbles are a great option for their natural color and texture, as well as their unique ability to hide scars and burns from fires. If you have the space available, you may also like to consider built-in seating around the fire. However, my personal preference is to allow for a more flexible seating arrangement that might include outdoor chairs or wood stumps.
Tip: Make sure your faucets complement the style of the tub and that they don’t impede comfort. Floor-mounted tub spouts always look great, but make sure your plumber knows what you have in mind as early as possible, because he or she will need to rough in the plumbing connections in the floor rather than the wall (which is especially important to plan for if you have a concrete slab).
One of my favorite types of built-in cabinetry is integrated bookshelves that create a warm library feel when done with wood surfaces, as shown here. Another idea to consider is a concealed TV and entertainment unit. As TVs get bigger and bigger, there is a growing need to hide them so they don’t become the feature of the room. Woodwork is a wonderful option for hiding technology, so you can appreciate a lovely piece of built-in furniture instead of yet another screen.
Some cabinetry items need to be accounted for at the design stage, while others can be added during the build-renovation process. Your designer should be able to help you plan for each.
- Internal spaces are best for cellars. Consider ways to isolate the cellar from heating and general changes in temperature, such as avoiding external walls that gather heat.
- Your cellar budget will probably be influenced by the quality and value of the wine you want to store, so be realistic about whether you are really a wine collector or more of a wine drinker.
- Steel reinforcement mesh in sheet form is perfect for wine storage and extremely cost-effective.
- Consider a feature window in the cellar to create a unique point of difference.
- Consider the aesthetic qualities of each light as a sculptural piece, as well as the potential the light has to create ambience at night.
- Try to avoid runways of downlights. It’s a house, not an airport.
- Make sure you get the wiring right the first time. It’s important to plan in advance so your electrician knows where to rough in the cabling correctly the first time, rather than having to rewire when it’s too late and much more expensive.
Tip: If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of lighting design yet want to get it right, I suggest you seek help from your interior designer, architect or lighting consultant. Ideally, you will have a lighting plan that explains to the builder and electrician what lights you have selected and where they are located.
Try to design the shower to be big enough that it doesn’t need a door that would detract from the clean look. That usually means a minimum shower size of about 5 by 3 feet, with a piece of glass about 3 feet wide, allowing a 2-foot opening to get into the shower. Another thing to consider is water runoff. Consider incorporating a full-length grated shower drain to accentuate the look and to control runoff.
Another option, although it’s a bit more expensive, is combining subtle changes in ceiling height. Dropped ceiling details, as seen in the kitchen above, can add definition to large open-plan spaces and are often used in kitchens with great results.
Beware that doors painted in dark colors might not be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty, as they are more likely to be impacted by sunlight, causing movement and distortion in shape.
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