Let there be light! Guiding Design Principles

Designing a space from thin air was a childhood dream come true - it was like The Sims, minus the luxury of the ‘rosebud’ cheat-code for unlimited funding. Constrained by nothing but the walls we had decided to keep in order to claim a remodeling permit (and unfortunately, our budget), Glanzmann Group approached the design process with a few key principles in mind. 

An Open Floor-Plan:  As true homebodies who prioritize family time, creating an open space that would maximize time spent together in a large and airy space was crucial. At least in our family, the kitchen is the heart of the home. As such, we sprung for a design that would place the kitchen at center stage - long gone are the days in which the house-wife should be crammed in the back preparing her meals alone. Instead, we wanted to create the ultimate entertainers dream replete with a waterfall kitchen island, a spacious dinning room area and a living room large enough to accommodate large parties of family and friends

Prime example of a kitchen that makes cooking and entertaining seamless. 

Prime example of a kitchen that makes cooking and entertaining seamless. 

Indoor-Outdoor Living: Perhaps thanks to our years in dark and cold Sweden, the year-round blessing of Californian weather makes it a sin to not take full advantage of the outdoors. Taking cues from architects like Robert Mills, we designed a space that would literally remove any barriers to the outside. Massive sliding doors and a simple but beautifully landscaped backyard make for an irresistible design, perfect for enjoyment in any weather.  

Open Floor Plan and Indoor-Outdoor Living as beautifully exemplified by Architect Robert Mills

Open Floor Plan and Indoor-Outdoor Living as beautifully exemplified by Architect Robert Mills

Scandinavian Design : Contrary to popular belief, Ikea is not the source of all Scandinavian design. However, what it does get right, is its proclivity towards clean, simple design. In choosing our design we channeled our Scandinavian aesthetic : light wood floors, sleek cabinetry, minimalist clean lines, natural materials and sources of bright natural light throughout. Coupled with the bold accents of our choice in black hardware and window frames, our design caters towards both classic and modern sensibilities.

Inspired by the use of black hardware, and natural materials and sources of light. 

Inspired by the use of black hardware, and natural materials and sources of light. 

 

Functionality: Part and parcel of Scandinavian Design is functionality - a key factor in our design. Our goal is to create a home that is beautiful but also user friendly: a laundry closet in the kitchen, hardy quartz countertops, cabinets that don’t smudge, multiple outlets underneath the kitchen island, a pull-out trash drawer to save your back, coat/storage closet in the front, etc - small conveniences and design features really do go a long way in making a happy home.