3 Wellness Trends in Architecture

3 Wellness Trends in Architecture

While architectural “sustainability” continues to be a driving force in protecting the planet, emerging trends have refocused on the occupants’ “wellness.” This is not to say these ideas are mutually exclusive. Sustainability and wellness are two sides of a well-balanced home or commercial building. Our Vail Valley and Hendersonville, NC architectural firm delivers architectural balance that enhances wellness.

1: Life-Enhancing Rooms

Consider the trends of the 1950s when modern conveniences were all the rage. Although that may strike you as materialism, those trends had a certain wellness lining. Wellness was not as popular a catch-phrase in those days. However, advancements in stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, and others reduced the workload of full- and part-time homemakers. That reality credited everyday people with more time for their wellness.

Living in today’s technology era, architecture has increasingly included smart technology, built-in coffee stations, and other lifestyle enhancements. Simply put, improved wellness is a byproduct of reduced in-home labor.

2: Rethinking Building Materials

The average consumer enjoys a heightened awareness of risky and toxic materials. From traces of asbestos to unsavory chemicals used in paints, waxes, and cleaners, homeowners are avoiding even the inkling of a health hazard. That’s an excellent wellness philosophy and one trending in architectural circles.

Today’s designs lean more toward natural materials such as hardwoods, stone, and bamboo among others. Crafting buildings that are more connected with the natural world has become increasingly popular for health reasons.

3: Embracing Nature

Another trend that has been embraced is designing rooms that connect directly with nature. Open-air spaces are popular among parents that want their children to get more fresh air. And, plant life is increasingly being incorporated into architectural designs. It’s no longer uncommon to see indoor gardens, a live tree, or a home that strategically employs skylights and full-wall windows for the purposes of growing plants and bringing the outside in.

If you are considering a design that favors architectural balance and wellness, contact our Vail Valley, Colorado and Hendersonville, NC firm and schedule a consultation.

Interior Features to Add Architectural Flair to a Rustic Home

Interior features that add architectural flair to a rustic home

 

When working with Vail Valley and Smoky Mountain architects to design your dream home, picking out the interior elements that will eventually make your home stand out is part of the fun. If you’re going with a rustic-style home, the interior features you should consider may be a little more traditional, but they are sure to give your home-in-progress true personality.

Architectural Features to Consider for Your Rustic Home

Designing a rustic home is a lot of fun. You want the modern functionality and conveniences of a home built today — as well as the comforting attitude of a more crudely designed space from the past. Take a look at some interior design features that will add architectural flair to your rustic home design.

Vaulted Ceilings

Ceilings, as we know them (made mostly of drywall), were not common in older homes. Instead, you would oftentimes only see the unfinished underside of the roof. Vaulted ceilings open up a room and give it that country-style feel. You can go with drywall vaulted ceilings, of course. But it is really rustic to cover the vaulted ceiling with wood planks or board-and-batten siding.

Exposed Wood Beams

Exposed wood beams are something even modern and contemporary spaces have, which add a touch of overhead style. In a rustic home, these beams fit in so flawlessly, and they bring rustic style to any space. Whether you are adding the beams to a vaulted or flat ceiling, this architectural feature adds a touch of rustic charm to any room. Plus, it is a great way to draw the eyes up from the floor.

Stone Build-Ins

Imagine the pop of personality that comes with a built-in breakfast bar made with old weathered bricks or a stone fireplace that creates a focal point in your family room. Combining stone and wood is something that has been done in homes for centuries, and implementing stone in some built-in fashion is a surefire way to make your wooden features really stand out.

With a little creative thinking and a good architect on your side, your dream of a rustic-style home will come to life. Reach out to us at TAB Associates for help designing the home of your dreams.

What Flooring Material Is Most Practical for Your Home?

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Great flooring can be the highlight of a space. The wrong flooring can be a pain in the side and require an unplanned remodel. When your architectural firm is considering flooring for your Vail Valley home, you will want to have experts who can help you find the ideal flooring for each room.

Tile Flooring

Porcelain or ceramic tile can be ideal for bathrooms or kitchens that may deal with a lot of water. Quality tile is easy to clean, durable under traffic, and comes in a large variety of colors, textures, finishes, sizes and patterns.

Carpeting

Some spaces, like bedrooms, are more plush and comfortable with a cozy carpet. Fewer allergens float in the air in rooms where carpet is placed. A high pile in the right color can be incredibly comfortable and feel luxurious. A shorter pile that is designed to resist stains can be very durable in a space that may be more frequently used.

Hardwood

Wood flooring is often considered high end and offers a natural beauty to a living space. Hardwood in historical homes is often a favorite because it feels more period accurate. However, it isn’t always the most practical flooring option, since it can scuff and stain easily.

Vinyl Flooring

Although we would not normally specify this flooring in one of our homes unless the Owner was adamant, we have specified it for use in offices and schools.  In fact, we installed it in our North Carolina office reception area.  The newest luxury vinyl flooring options are becoming popular with homeowners who are looking for relatively low cost, comfort, resiliency and quality design. Vinyl is surprisingly versatile, replicating the look and texture of other materials with fewer drawbacks. Vinyl that looks like wood isn’t as easily damaged, and vinyl that looks like tile can have more of a cushion to it. Waterproof vinyl can be ideal in spaces that may deal with dirt and water exposure, like an entryway.

If you are looking for design assistance, we would be happy to help! Contact us today and let’s talk about which flooring is ideal for your space.

NRA Whittingto Center – Raton, NM

Of the various building typologies that come through TAB, museums are some of the most rewarding. The design and construction of museum type spaces is fascinating because we have the ability to set the stage for the sharing of knowledge through history, for several generations to come.

Located in the outskirts of Raton, NM, TAB is working on the design of an addition and expansion for the NRA Whittington Center. The NRA Whittington Center is currently home to decade’s worth of firearms, ammunition and other American war memorabilia. Not only is the NRA Whittington Center a collection of relics, it is also a premier facility for hunting, shooting and outdoor recreation with 17 gun ranges dispersed over 30,000 acres. This facility offers ranges and training for several shooting disciplines and for all age groups. With the original facility founded in 1973, the time has come for preparation for the future. In our collaboration with the NRA Whittington Center, we will be adding roughly 6,800 SF of new museum floor space to the current building, which houses the existing museum, library, administration and office spaces, as well as a pro shop. The new Whittington center design will allow for a bigger museum space that will house more historical collections, allow for an expansion of the current pro shop store, as well as giving the Whittington Center staff more space for their current staffing and storage needs. Currently, we are moving through conceptual and schematic design steps and are looking to complete the design in spring of 2019. Once completed, the new NRA Whittington Center will be better armed (no pun intended) to educate and inform the public, and will continue to be a resource for common citizens as well as members of law enforcement and the military.

Use Metal Wall Art and Statues to Elevate Your Interior Decor

Metal adds shine and draws the eye, but it can also bring an earthy warmth, especially in rooms with a larger scale (high ceilings, large square footage) that you want to humanize and add depth to. Small or larger sculptures bring corners to life and can help you divide an open floor plan into sections. Few things bring Vail Valley architecture to life better than decorative touches and flourishes.

Large Rooms

If you want to go big in your larger living area, display Roman, Grecian or Western sculptures in bronze, copper or warm alloys near furniture grouped in the center of the room. The sculpture draws the eye, which then flows to a welcoming seating area. Create other seating areas with two or three chairs paired with a small beverage or side table and echo smaller art in the same metal or sheen to add a cohesive look.

Metal Wall Art

The possibilities here are endless. Natural subjects such as trees and sun shapes bring a peaceful ambiance to any room, and large metal sculptures incorporating plant and animal designs look great on tall or long walls and enhance your home’s architectural balance. If you’re looking for something more modern, try photos or modern art transferred onto metallic bases. These multimedia pieces let you add pops of color and contrast with traditional furniture.

Geometric Art

To add interest to your dining area, try large metal wall art with geometric patterns, such as triangles or rectangles. You can achieve a similar effect by grouping four pieces of the same size and shape into a square pattern. Whether you stick with burnished coppers or brushed nickel or go with a painted metal design, this standout material is sure to draw comments and compliments from friends and family.

Combining metal art and sculpture with other natural materials, such as wood, helps you craft an interior design in tune with nature and your personal style.

If you’re looking for an architectural firm in Vail Valley, schedule a consultation with TAB Associates to learn how we help you achieve an open floor plan in your existing home.

Incorporating the Color of the Year Into Your Home

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The new year means a new “Color of the Year” from the designers and color experts at Pantone. This year’s choice is Living Coral, which the brand refers to as a color that “embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.” Living Coral is vibrant and bold and works with a surprising number of color schemes. Our Vail Valley architects came up with a few ideas for incorporating this striking color into your own home; they are detailed below:

Paint an Accent Wall

While this bold color may be overwhelming for an entire room, painting a single accent wall in Living Coral is an easy way to reinvigorate your existing décor. One wall is fast and easy to paint, and the cost is minimal, particularly for the amount of impact involved.

Since Living Coral is inspired by the bold coral found along reefs, why not bring this naturally occurring color inside? This shade is naturally found in many flowers like peonies, dahlias, roses and more!

Outdoor Living

Living Coral is inspired by real coral reefs and the colorful animals that live there. Take your own version of Living Coral by adding durable outdoor accents to your patio or porch. Weatherproofed throw pillows, an all-season rug or even decorative painted metal pieces can all be used to add a punch of natural color to your patio or porch and incorporate this lively shade into your home.

Add Accessories

When you incorporate a brilliant shade like Living Coral, a little goes a long way. Incorporate this lively and dynamic shade into your living spaces using throw pillows, tabletop accessories and artwork. You’ll love the energy it brings and won’t be overwhelmed by the brilliance of the color.

Incorporating a color like Living Coral into your home gives you a chance to freshen things up without making a huge investment or taking a lot of time. When you add some simple but elegant accessories and touches, your whole room will feel current and up to date. If you’re ready for a change just in time for spring, consider adding some of Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019 into your home.

Need help choosing colors and accessories or with an entire space? We can help you create a welcoming and comfortable space you’ll love coming home to. Get in touch today to learn more and to take the first steps toward a space that is truly yours.

3 Finishing Touches That Add Polish to Any Family Living Space

Not everyone can afford a home with a separate Family Room.  If you’re like many modern homeowners who are raising a family, it’s essential that your main living space is kid-friendly — and this sometimes means that style and polish are sacrificed in favor of functionality. Fortunately, those who find themselves longing for a bit more of a pulled-together look do have design options available. Following are just three of the many ways that you can retain the kid-friendly aspects of your living room while cultivating an ambiance pleasing to adults.

Use Hidden Storage

The presence of toys, puzzles, games and books make any living room look messy. Hidden storage provides a place for these items to be quickly put away when the time comes for the adults to use the room. Chairs, couches, end and coffee tables with drawers under them pull double duty, baskets hung on the wall or a nice chest contribute to an attractive aesthetic while providing a place to stash toys and other items. All of these make it super easy to transform the play area into an adult living room in just a few minutes.

Create an Open Floor Plan

An open floor plan provides ample room for kids to play and is easy to clean up once the fun is over for the day. It also allows everyone to be in the room at the same time without feeling overly crowded. Pull it together with an overstuffed sectional sofa, which serves as a focal point and is easily rearranged when the occasion calls for a different seating style.

Include a Gallery Wall

Kids love to see their artwork hanging in family living spaces, but just slapping it up haphazardly creates a sloppy look. A gallery wall where artwork is organized provides polish to your living room and allows budding artists an area to show off their work.  You are not limited to the front of the refrigerator, by any means.

Our Vail Valley architectural firm helps homeowners create balanced living environments on a regular basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Meet Our Team – Luis Vazquez

Hello, my name is Luis Vazquez. I was born in Mexico City however, my family and I immigrated to the U.S. when I was only two years old in 1997. I grew up in Denver, Colorado and would eventually leave to pursue a degree in architecture at the University of Arizona.

I was first really introduced to architecture through a high school internship program, in which I built models for a local Denver firm. Despite my limited involvement, I learned a lot and saw the kinds of things that happened on a day to day basis in an architecture firm. I was hooked and I knew this was the field that I would pursue.

During my time spent in Tucson studying I would find myself thinking not only about the people I left behind in Colorado but the state itself. I missed the mountains and experiencing all four seasons in one day. I would often go camping or hiking, and I missed the people that I had left behind. It became clear to me that I would return to live and work in Colorado.

Returning home from college I took some time off to reconnect with friends and family. The job search commenced and I was offered a position at TAB associates and it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up especially once I saw how beautiful the valley is. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, reading, video games, drawing, and jamming out on guitar with friends along with the usual outdoor activities that being in Colorado offers someone.

Now moving forward I’m working on my getting my architecture license and learning as much as I can. My hope is to one day redesign the house that I grew up in which my parents still own as well becoming a capable architect in my own right. I see myself in Colorado for the long run however, I’m always open to whatever the future holds.

3 Ways to Utilize Lighting to Highlight Your Interior Design for Vail Valley Architectural Balance

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You can boost the function, aesthetics and comfort of your home with quality lighting placed in the right areas. With great lighting, you can accentuate the interior design elements you appreciate most and achieve architectural balance in Vail Valley. The light fixtures can also improve how the space is used and the comfort level of everyone in the household. To get started, consider utilizing the three following ways to utilize lighting to highlight your interior design.

Strategic Spotlights

When you want to highlight a gorgeous artistic architectural element in your home, you can use strategic spotlights to help draw the eye to that area. The spotlights can add dramatic flair to your space and keep all eyes on your favorite focal point. You can mount the spotlights on the ceiling or the walls to make the biggest impact.

Recessed Light Fixtures by Your Architects in Vail Valley

With recessed light fixtures, you can allow your other design elements to stand out without having to compete with the fixtures. The recessed fixtures add light to any area you want without taking up a lot of space or dominating the design. Vail Valley architects can help you arrange the light fixtures to best highlight the elements you want to remain a focal point in your room.

Artistic Pendants

With artistic pendant lights, you can add a bit of flair to any room in your house. When made from blown glass, the pendant lights can even act as a focal point on their own. You can situate these pendant fixtures over eating spaces and other areas where you need a little bit of focused light.

You can achieve architectural balance in your home by focusing on improving the lighting throughout each room. Get started today by contacting TAB Associates at 970-766-1470 to learn more.

Making Your Mantel a Stunning Focal Point for Your Room

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Your mantel is not just a place to hang holiday stockings. In fact, your mantel can be the focal point of your room in any season once you understand a few tricks of the trade that transform your mantel into a stunning focal point for your room, like those listed below.

Decorate in Layers

Many people make the mistake of keeping their mantel decorations one dimensional. The rest of your room has multiple layers. Think about it. Your sofa probably has throw pillows and blankets to add layers of color and texture. Should your mantel offer anything less?

This means you can use multiple layers, front to back, to create depth and generate interest in what’s happening on your mantel. In other words, it draws the focus from your family and your guests.

Draw the Eye Up

One of the great things about creating a mantel focal point is the height that’s available to you. Take advantage of all the extra height by using it as an opportunity to draw the eye up.

Use a stunning piece of art, a larger-than-life family portrait, or even a massive clock to fill the space high above your mantel and take advantage of the visual space available to you.

Showcase Who You Are

Ultimately, you’re the person who lives in your home, day in and out. Let your mantel become a showplace for the things that appeal to you, whether it becomes a photo album sharing your memories or a collection of pretty objects that appeal to you.

It’s your mantel, and you’re the one who will spend more time than anyone else looking at it. Make it appealing to you. Let it tell your story to any and all who would listen.

Finding balance for your mantel and your home often requires a specialized touch. When the time comes to build your home, you need the services of the Vail Valley and western North Carolina architectural firm, which focuses on building with balance. Contact TAB Associates today to learn more about bringing balance to your mantel and your home.