[foi-er] in its American pronunciation, or [fwa-yey] if you’re french, fancy, or feeling celebratory
1. The much overlooked intermediary space between the front door and the living room that could potentially so much more.
In practical terms, a foyer isn’t necessarily defined as a separate space but rather in its function in bridging the inside to the out. Unfortunately, they are often ignored and underutilized. It’s a shame considering how useful they can be; They’re really just as important and deserving of attention as any space on your wish-list. Whether or not its a separate ante room, or just a small hallway extending from your kitchen to your front door, most homes have a foyer by default. Show it a little love and you can make a foyer work for you and earn its keep.
Consider the tips below and see how you can better use your own.
Designers may be amazing creatures, but they’re very rarely mind-readers. To build your house, talk to your architect. Describe your hopes and expectations for the spaces you’ll need, and how big you want them to be.
“How much?” is the wrong first question.
While it may sometimes be the simplest way to think about options, asking how much it will cost isn’t necessarily the best way to start thinking about designers.
Design isn’t an object purchase. It’s not a finished fixed product. It’s a personalized service that’s catered to your particular needs and requirements.
When you hire a designer you’re taking on a partner to hold your hand through the programming, walk you through generating schemes, advise you on material selection, create your working drawings, and to represent your interests on site as your house is getting built. You have to know who they are, how they work, and what they stand for.
Of all you home spaces, your bedroom is your sanctum sanctorum – your most private and sacred. Separated from everything else, it’s where you’re most relaxed and most raw. You can go from the most energized, to, quite literally, sedate the next moment, and resting for the following day. I can’t stress it enough that the quality of the bedroom and how well it does its job directly affects the rest of your life. Among all your home spaces, it’s essential that you get it right. And in terms of creating a quality space, few things are more effective, challenging, and nuanced than lighting.
For most people, the size of a home is mostly just a reflection of the size of the wallet. We’re forced into smaller homes, because it’s what the budget permits. Smaller spaces don’t necessarily have to be tighter though.