Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Small Space, Big Character

Staying on the house we've been looking at for the last few posts, this week we have what seems like a no brainer but takes some effort and planning.  The big ideas is... the less sheetrock the better! Any time we can showcase more interesting building materials, we seize the opportunity.

[Mowery Marsh Architects, Photo Credit: Blackstock Photography]

For example, exposed brick has been popular here in Hoboken for a while so it shows up in a lot of our work, but here we take it a step further and expose the ceiling joists too.  The added texture at these surfaces is what gives the room character.  The third surface is the windows which take up the entire wall and becomes the focal point for this floor.  And here you see how the exposed  joists have a repetitive quality that draw your eye to the wall of glass.  

[Mowery Marsh Architects, Photo Credit: Blackstock Photography]

Most of our projects are compact in scale with significant programmatic needs, so our walls tend to be covered with stairs, cabinetry, open storage, etc.  But when we are faced with some plain sheetrock, we like to treat it in a way that will be durable, add texture and visually clean up a space.   

Whether it be choosing to go full height with a simple wall tile... 

[Mowery Marsh Architects, Photo Credit: Blackstock Photography]

Or trimming out a ceiling to integrate a skylight and conceal an HVAC access panel.  

[Mowery Marsh Architects, Photo Credit: Blackstock Photography]

All of it, offers a level of detail that makes a home feel complete.  And often you can do these types of upgrades as smaller projects as you go... exposing structural elements, adding trim work to a focal wall or ceiling, even just wallpapering one wall can do the trick to give a room dimension.  Hmm, maybe a weekend project in your future?!  

Monday, September 5, 2016

Week #4, let's talk Kitchens!

Storage is always a top priority when starting any kitchen design, but we like to think beyond the standard upper cabinets.  They are what make everybody's kitchen feel like... well, everybody's kitchen!  The proportion is low visually and spatially, making your cooking environment feel restrictive. 

[Mowery Marsh Architects, Photo Credit: Blackstock Photography]

In this kitchen, the client was looking for some serious exhaust so we developed a wall of cabinetry with a niche to house the oversized hood and an adjacent food prep area that is accentuated by a wall of marble with a integrated shelf to for cooking essentials.

[Mowery Marsh Architects, Photo Credit: Blackstock Photography]

Another way to liven up your cabinetry is to incorporate open shelves.  Often people shy away from them because they feel it's not easy to keep them tidy,  but most can handle a few to showcase nice items.  And it's a great way to introduce a little color without being afraid that you'll hate it in a few years... worst comes to worst, you are only painting a few cabinet interiors!

[Mowery Marsh Architects, Photo Credit: Blackstock Photography]

Another trick is to bring some cabinetry down to the counter height which you can see next to the open shelves. This gives you additional storage space that is easily accessible without the need for uppers.

We also like to incorporate full height sliding door cabinets provide ample space for pantry items... when you often don't have room for a real pantry!  


In this case, we housed all the small appliances that typically clutter the counter.  And who wouldn't want that?