This week's expert, interior designer Danielle Garland is answering the reader's question about two life shifts faced by many baby boomers: half
Empty Nest, the children go to college, but return during the rest time, empty nest facing retirement.
The first part of her answer is now here.
This feature is now closed for new issues. Ms.
Garland set up its own company at Danielle Garland Interior Design in New York City, in 2004.
Since 2011, she has taught hand-painted and rendering courses at the New York Institute of Interior Design.
Previously, she taught at Parsons's New School for Design.
She received her M. A.
From the history of Cooper's Art Deco
Hewitt National Design Museum project co-operated by Cooper
National Design Museum of Hewitt and Parsons School of Design.
This is the second part of her answer.
Living on a small open spaceship.
I recently retired and spent some time between a little Craftsman in Seattle and casita, the Tucson property I bought for the retirement winter.
My plan is to move into the main house and use casita for the guests, but the economy has changed and I need to continue to rent the main house to cover my sunny winter.
My casita is an open, L-shaped, 550-square-
Space for feet (
Except for the big bathtub)
There is no separation between living and sleeping areas.
The sleeping area is in L angle and can be seen directly from the living room "room" and the dining room "room.
"I often let guests sleep on a convertible sofa.
Create a sense of privacy at night, but keep the open flow of light and air open during the day, what is the choice?
As people scale down and/or try to afford a second home for a part of the year, the wise use of small spaces seems to be a challenge we need to address, it's not just young people who start to know that they will go up and down in the future.
Thank you for your help. —
Kathy Huss of SeattleA
As Kathy Huss pointed out, space issues and privacy are not mutually exclusive to young people.
Here are the room separation suggestions, and depending on your casita specific situation, you may rule out some of them soon: you can build a wardrobe on wheels, not too long, but say about 5 feet wide, 2 feet deep, about 6-
According to the height of your ceiling, to 7 feet high.
It must be easy to move and built on high quality large casters.
When this cabinet is not in the room, you need to make room for the wall for it, but it can act as a central room partition when guests come.
It may also be a useful storage space for you when you live in casita full time.
You can also apply this central room divider concept to a permanent bookshelf located between the bed area and the dining area.
So, at the maximum depth of 12 inch to 14 inch, your ratio will be smaller.
The height and width can be kept roughly the same.
In the case of a bookcase, you can keep the back open, allowing for visual connection.
These types of bookcases are available on the market and may be relatively cheap if you want to try them out.
Another idea is to draw a picture. back curtain.
There are so many great fabrics on the market, woven from various types of fibers, so you can consider whether to use the curtains as translucent elements in the room or completely opaque curtains.
Hanging on a track on the ceiling with a ballbearing-
The style slides over the top of the curtain title, and this arrangement gives you the maximum flexibility to allow the curtain to move the full length of the width of the niche area.
Finally, you can consider that a folding screen appears when guests spend the night on the convertible sofa.
Generally speaking, I think it might be a bit of a hassle to move them.
In order for the folding screen to actually work properly, when it is in a resting position, it must look indispensable to the room decoration (i. e.
When not pulling for guests).
When it's in a well I think it looks the best
The fixed furniture arrangement can be placed behind a beautiful table with a lamp to create an elegant corner composition.
Ideally, no matter what you choose as a room partition, the driver should be how it fits into the space for most of the time the room is used.
If it feels like it belongs to the whole room scheme then it will be an extra feature when it is pulled out as a partition. Q.
I could never afford a house when my daughter was very young;
I live in a studio to get her to college.
The op I have now.
Now she can't find a job.
How do I do 420-square-
The foot studio holds two women in a lot of clothes?
I can't afford to rent a bigger apartment.
I need to save money for retirement or help her to graduate school. —
Brooklyn, no land.
Yes, please tell us the way we live in small spaces.
The New York City museum has a great exhibition showing how it is living in a small studio (
I think this is 325 square feet. )
It's fascinating to see how a person lives in a relatively good little space, but there's not much room for clothes, books or my upright piano. —
Dear aimless and Limba: I think the answer to living well in the extreme conditions of intense square feet is to jump out of the traditional line and let yourself take advantage of the priorities of your particular situation.
If you live with your daughter and all your wardrobes, I will imagine the apartment as a huge walk --
In such a luxurious closet, you can sleep and eat in it.
Surround yourself with built-in plugins as much as possible
Suspension, drawer and shelf of shoes and folding clothes;
Close some storage and expose other elements in order to display better content.
Take advantage of the storage space from floor to ceiling as space like this requires work per square foot.
Custom storage requires some layout and expense, but the end result is the functionality you absolutely need to make cohabitation enjoyable over the next few years.
A harmonious life/dining mix Q.
We plan to complete our "last step" in a few years ".
From: two bedrooms, kitchen and three bathrooms, one media room, library/office, living room, dining area, breakfast room and family room, about 3,000 square feet in total.
To: retirement facility is approximately 1,600 square feet, living room with dining area, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, open plan study.
We plan not to stay overnight for guests, although if it is not convenient to sleep together, having a convertible sofa is useful for guests or one of us.
We have a lot of books and 40-year-
Old modern mahogany furniture for study.
We have to combine the media room with the family room into a space.
In addition to electronic products, it can also contain some "family room" furniture, which is mainly composed of works by artisans in North Carolina (
Sofa), all more-or-less clean-
Our life now
The restaurant is mainly on the 19 th-
Century antiques and reproductions such as mahogany walnuts and cherries.
The current breakfast room is on the 19 th.
New England Single
Double male leaf table with modern cherry bookcase plus modern Peak
Basically, we have two restaurants: one is the cherry restaurant and the other is the mahogany restaurant.
We have enough half.
The floor is covered with antique Persian carpets, but we like some bare wood.
We will continue to have fun with 8 people twice a year, 20 people once and 4 couples as we all love cooking.
We are in our 70 s. Any ideas? —
Julie, Asheville, New YorkC. B.
Dear Julie: when reading your description of your mobile scene and furniture, the following ideas became the most important: the Life and dining mix of your new space requires that the dining room furniture you decide to use must be in harmony with the living room furniture.
Not only do you need to consider wood finishes when deciding which parts can live together simultaneously (
I personally think there is no problem mixing light and dark woods in the same room;
If well distributed throughout the space, they can easily live together)
You must also consider the size and proportion of the furniture.
Generally, I think the furniture made on the 18 thand 19th-
The scale of century antiques is different from that of Danish modern furniture.
Old antiques usually sit more upright, and the lines of modern furniture are more angular and rarely well connected to carved antiques.
There are exceptions to this "rule", but when you reduce the size, you need to edit your furniture and choose what to use in this main space becomes a problem of finding a balance between various design elements.
One way is to keep all the lounge seats in the same general style, so the height of the seats will be well connected and then include one or two small tables from another style, like the 19 th-
As for entertainment, I suggest keeping the emergency chair (
If they are strong)
As an extra seat for these occasions, buy a 48-
Inch round folding table with floor-
The length of the tablecloth and use it for a larger group than a regular table.
Under this arrangement, you can set yourself up with two tables and create an elegant atmosphere for the party. For the 20-
On personal occasions, renting desks and chairs simplifies the need for elaborate setup and allows you to change the way you eat from one party to another.
I did it myself on Thanksgiving Day and found it a reasonable and easy way to deal with such a massive and rare sit-indown event.
Economic improvements in resale value.
I am interested in what is the best improvement for a big family, all the kids go to college and look to sell the property in five to ten years.
What kind of improvement does not break the bank (
Think about those three suggestions)
But it will still increase the resale value.
For example, I don't want to invest in a major kitchen remodel, but I'm interested in something about the kitchen because the kitchen is not far from the shoe nails. —
Zee in California
Zee in California wants to know what is the best improvement from a new buyer's point of view to make a big family home attractive.
While the new kitchen has always been a big selling point, renovating the kitchen is a big hassle and investment.
That said, you should consider what you can do to improve your kitchen, as living in the House will improve the quality of your life, which will usually be returned to you at resale value.
Some of the ideas you might consider are to replace any particularly worn elements to refresh your kitchen;
Repainting cabinets, changing appliances, lighting and flooring are all possible options that do not require renovation.
You might consider replacing the counters as they usually look worn out if they are not replaced for a long time.
Kitchen Table Top materials, such as electrical color, have experienced Style fashion, one of which is the "it" material of five to ten
For a year, then it will fall out of favor because it is "hopelessly out of date.
"I can't tell you what is the most commonly used material on the countertop in five to ten years, but at the moment, the quartz countertop is very popular.
There is a good reason for this: they are made of ground stones and adhesives, thus allowing for a wider range of colors and patterns (or no pattern)
This is the limitation when considering natural stone before.
Unlike the laminated or cretenable surfaces, the quartz counter looks and feels cool and more like a natural stone.
They are well worn and hard to stain, another problem inherent to most marble and limestone.
In addition to the kitchen, maintenance and maintenance through the House will always enhance the attraction of the House to new buyers.
Keep the walls painted new, the floors in good condition, and the ditch and landscape clean and tidy, leaving a deep impression on the new buyers.
Reduce the size with the children at the door.
We are moving due to work transfer.
Our youngest started college, and our oldest child was already half the year old, but lived out of school all year round.
Eldest is learning to be a jazz musician, so he may have to move home after graduating from college for a while before he is established.
The youngest child will go home during the university break and summer.
We are currently in a 3,500 square foot ranch with an oversized room (
Finished basement 600 square feet)
We use it every square foot.
I want to scale down, but I don't know how to scale it down.
The kids haven't fully started yet, but aren't sure how to adapt to their new part-time status in their new home.
The house we are looking at is more expensive (
We will move to due to market reasons)
So in any case, we need to scale down due to financial constraints.
When/if our kids come back, how can we scale down while having our homes invite them? —
Storrs, CTA, caseylight 1.
Caseylight 1 is addressing a requirement to scale down to the size of the new housing when the children leave half of the nest.
In considering the new type of housing you will be relocating to, I suggest you find one or three
So when both kids go home, you all have their own bedrooms.
However, in this new home, the layout of the room can be completely different from the traditional daughter room-the child's room plan.
Instead of giving each child a fully furnished
Time bedroom, why not turn a room with only one second bedroom into a full bedroom with an adult size bed.
The second bedroom can be used as a study or study, providing partial dual functions.
Provide parents with time sleeping space and daily functional space.
The idea is not to think about the room from a gender perspective --
Specific or children-
The specific decoration, but a more general decoration, as the second full bedroom may be used by the daughter from time to time and will be transferred to his full time space once the son has moved back from college.
If you acknowledge the needs of people who live at home full time to two children from the beginning (i. e. , the parents)
It must be adapted first, and when you welcome one or two of your children at any time, you must make the most of your limited space. In the worse-
If both children find themselves living at home full time, you may have to move the furniture out of the study room for a period of overlapping time and store it temporarily, and may also consider renting a warehouse.
Since this scenario is not given, making a plan at home full time for only one child will make more effective use of your space and will ease the pressure to try and decide to save on this move.