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Stearns Storage Guide

Stearns Storage Guide

Storage can be tricky when designing a home and if it isn’t done correctly, you’ll end up with tons of wasted and unused space. It can pose an especially large challenge when you’re limited by small spaces.     

One of our goals as a company is to take our client’s challenges in their home to create custom rooms to fit their individual needs.  

Enter our tagline: “We Design and Build Happiness”.  Storage is a huge aspect of home customization, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms.    

Continue reading, as we invite you to unleash your home’s true storage potential!

The Entryway Storage

Let’s begin with the first destination in your home: the entryway. 

An entry table typically serves as a catch-all, but it can be so much more than a place to throw your keys. Small boxes and big baskets are so helpful in the entryway. 

A small decorative box is perfect for keys and using a small basket to store mail helps for an organized entryway.  

If your entryway has room, a bench of the correct size can not only provide storage but a place for guests to sit to remove shoes. Adding some upper cabinet storage gives you even more space and keeps your everyday items hidden from guests. You can also mount some door hooks for jackets, hats, and scarves.

Kitchen Storage

There are so many ways to get creative when it comes to kitchen storage. If you’re lacking kitchen storage space, let us give you a few space-saving solutions. You’ll just have to rethink those little nooks and you’ll discover the vacant resource of counter space.  

Here are some tips + tricks we find to be the most helpful: 

  • Open kitchen shelves  
  • A mix of open shelves + traditional upper cabinets  
  • More cabinet drawers with custom slides + pulls + inserts.   
  • Drawer organizers for utensils, cutlery, pots/pans, cookie sheets, foil/wrap,   
  • Pullouts for waste containers + cutting boards  
  • Pullouts for pantry items like spices, oils + vinegar, & canned goods  
  • Full-height cabinets for cleaning equipment such as mops + brooms  
  • Pullouts for tiered organizers to store cleaning products  
  • A wall rack mounted for kitchen utensils or pots + pans  
  • Utilize the space above the upper cabinets for plants or decor  
  • Customize your island and add drawers to store large kitchen appliances  

Bathroom Storage 

When it comes to organizing your bathroom, it can be overwhelming to tackle but this tedious task has a serious payoff. Out of all the rooms in the house, the bathroom needs to be very clean + sanitary, which can’t happen without proper storage. We’ve found that it always feels like bathrooms don’t have enough storage, but these tips will help!   

  • Door inserts for jewelry, belts, scarfs, ties  
  • Pullouts for hairdryer/curling iron with outlet and stainless-steel canisters  
  • Tiered organizers for grooming products  
  • Drawer organizers for makeup + grooming products  
  • If you don’t have cabinets, add shelves below the sink   
  • Add floating shelves in the smaller nooks  
  • Add a built-in shower caddy  
  • Decorative ladder to hang towels 
  • Small pieces of accent furniture to use for storage 

Living Room Storage

Storage space in the living room can be difficult, especially because it’s where you want to maintain a level of formality and comfort. Here are some tips to help you maximize your living room space.   

  • Built-in Bookshelves  
  • Use baskets for storing items such as remotes or throw blankets  
  • Add open shelving  
  • Get a coffee table with built-in hidden storage  
  • Add an accent piece that doubles as storage such as a small cabinet or storage ottoman  
  • Built-in Entertainment center with custom shelving (we accomplished this with a client earlier this year, including a hidden storage door – See below)

Let us note that regularly decluttering is a key step in maximizing your storage space. The best way to declutter your home is to go room-by-room. By decluttering and using our helpful tips and tricks, your home will feel brand new. 

Lose the clutter and have peace of mind. 

Would you like us to help you discover your home’s storage potential? Give us a call or sign up for a free consultation!

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Contemporary + Modern Home Renovation: Part 2

Contemporary + Modern Home Renovation: Part 2

Moving on to Phase 2 of this home remodel, we journey into the transformed kitchen. As we saw in Phase 1, this 90’s home had slightly aged, honey-tone wood cabinets with black + charcoal granite counters and gray tile backsplashes.

As we moved from the den to the kitchen, black granite counters were replaced with quartz. This was selected for its creamy marbled background of neutral white with meandering gray-ashen veins dotted with veiled charcoal speckles.

The countertop & backsplash flow into one another for a seamless transition.

We painted the existing cabinets, with a mixture of black + white to stick with the theme for the rest of the house.

This set the stage for updating the existing honey-toned wood cabinetry with fresh, lightweight, luminous, and subtly sophisticated shades of white + black in the kitchen & other rooms throughout the home.

Right beyond the kitchen, is the laundry room, where we kept the same theme as the kitchen.

We used the same quartz slabs for the countertop + backsplash, replaced the sink, and painted the existing cabinets white.

 

Working From Home: Redesign Your Space

Working From Home: Redesign Your Space

So many of us are newly working from home and will be for the foreseeable future. We have some top tips for creating a designated + desirable workspace in your home.

Creating this new space in your home will not only help you stay in the right frame of mind but will also create a clearer separation between your work and home life. Creating these boundaries will make it easier for you to switch off from work and ‘leave the office’ at the end of the day, which is key for peace and balance as we chart this new territory.

Whether this designated space is small or large, it’s imperative to have it organized to maintain efficiency throughout your workday.

As a home remodeling company, we are constantly thinking of ways to help you make the most of your home and now workspace. We love looking at all aspects of home offices including desks, whiteboards, built-in shelving, workflow design, etc. 

Here are just a few ideas to help you reach max productivity while working from home!

Built-in Desk + Shelving

Imagine a multi-purpose wall with your desk + bookshelves, as this could aid with productivity for all family members, plus built-in desks can help eliminate clutter in the office space. Depending on the amount of space you have, built-in desk designs can feature any number of drawers + shelves! Don’t forget that additional storage units and concealed cubby holes can easily be implemented to hide paperwork and clutter.

Convert A Room

There are endless possibilities for converting an unused space into an office. Here are some rooms that could be converted into office spaces.

  • An Attic
  • A large closet
  • Garage
  • Guest Room
  • Family Room
  • Breakfast Nook
  • Laundry Room

 If you don’t have an extra room to convert, another idea is a “corner office”.

Easily convert a corner in a room into your own workspace. It requires less space but you’re still able to implement the privacy + organization of a workspace.

Design Ideas

We all know that lighting is key! A well-lit room is paramount for productivity in your office space. You can install lighting into a desk or add lamps to supplement. If you have the choice, opt for an office space with natural light, as it can help prevent that afternoon slump. 

Pop of Color! Add a bold or bright pop of color while keeping the rest of the space neutral. You can add an accent wall, colorful cabinets, install bright and enticing artwork, or a colorful chair.

Keep it Green: Research shows that plants improve air quality, health, mood, and productivity. There are many great options for office plants.

These are just a few ideas for your home office. How have you adjusted your workspace to make it more productive + comfortable? We’d love to hear. 

We’re here for you! Let us help you create your ideal home office space. 

COVID-19 & Aging In Place

COVID-19 & Aging In Place

We are just beginning to see the negative effect of COVID-19 in nursing homes all around the country. For now and for the foreseeable future, things don’t look too good for older folks; they are dying from COVID-19 at significantly higher rates than younger individuals. Furthermore, when living in a retirement community or nursing home, the risk is even greater.

We have always been advocates for Aging In Place. By helping seniors stay in their homes longer falls directly within our mission of enhancing the quality of life in the home and providing environmentally friendly solutions.

As home remodelers, we have noticed over the years that many people move from their family homes into assisted living because they can no longer maintain the home. To this end, we decided to start Stearns Home Care, a subsidiary of Stearns Design Build. Stearns Home Care is an annual subscription service that provides regular home maintenance, while concurrently allowing seniors to stay in their homes.

We want to help you and your loved ones stay safe. So, in these uncertain times, we are expanding beyond our subscription service to include any home maintenance tasks and aging in place modifications, such as ramps and grab bar installation.

Time To Renovate!

Time To Renovate!

We can all agree, life has thrown us some curveballs this year.  We have been home for a few weeks due to COVID-19 and it is making us a little stir-crazy.

At Stearns Design Build, we are all about happiness. Our purpose is to design and build happiness, which is our tagline. For us, this is a well-studied pursuit with the science behind it. We use our building knowledge to help your home to become your happy place. 

These days, this idea has never felt more relevant.

Many of us have used this time to tackle small projects in our home, such as organizing, rearranging some furniture, & cleaning projects. As you make your space comfortable, you might realize there are larger projects to tackle in order to make it your happy place.

Do you have a storage issue that leaves your house feeling cluttered all the time? Is your bathroom outdated or a safety hazard? You’ve left this on the back burner, due to a multitude of things- busy lives, budget constraints, etc.

Now is the time to start thinking seriously about future renovations. You can even begin the design process to figure out how to create your dream space that fits all your needs.

This is the year to improve + renovate your home.

You can begin by making a list of spaces in your home that you’re most unhappy with or that could benefit from adjustment or change. 

Now, imagine how you and your family will feel when you start taking tiny steps to change the current spaces in your home and the pleasure + joy it will bring. 

Typical Goals for home remodeling:

  • Adding space: The family room you always wanted
  • Repurposing an existing room: guest bedroom, mudroom
  • Creating a new room: hobby room, office
  • Creating outdoor space: kitchen, porch
  • Updating for style + energy efficiency.

We’d love to have a virtual meeting with you and hear about your goals, dreams and the transformation you envision. Are you ready? We can design your dream space today!

Call us today for a virtual free consultation! We can’t wait to hear from you.