I can’t tell you how many times we have worked on residential remodels, only to open a closet and see a plethora of instruments, hobby tools, crafting materials, etc., tucked into every nook and cranny. It’s a shame when these “hobbies” – which typically have more to do with who our clients are than their 9-5 jobs – are tucked away rather than celebrated.
Design Craft Spaces That Honor Your Hobbies & Talents
Our advice: bring your crafts and hobbies into the light again – literally – and become a connoisseur. There are plenty of ways an architect and designer can integrate hobbies into your living space. While an addition of some kind is ideal, there are plenty of ways to do this using your current square footage.
- The addition. This doesn’t have to be a large addition. In fact, it might be as simple as moving a wall or two out a few feet so you can create a “zone” (more on that in #3). However, if you can add a room, or can convert an existing portion of your garage into its own hobby space, do it. A designated room means the hobbyists and crafters in the house can have a private spot, with a closing door, in which to become absorbed in their work.
- The hobbit house you’ve always wanted. If you have the space on your property, consider building a structure that is separate from the main house, which may be more affordable and can give you a chance to be a little funky. Have you always wanted a hobbit house or a yurt? Here’s your opportunity to make that dream a reality. These structures can often be built from recycled materials and are very energy-efficient as well since they are only heated or cooled when in use.
- The hobby zone. If your living space or property won’t accommodate an addition or extra structure, create a hobby zone inside the house. Perhaps it can be part of the family room, complete with built-in shelving or cupboards. Consider recessing storage shelves in interior wall spaces to maximize square footage. We recommend using open shelving, with organized storage containers. Keeping the tools of your craft(s) out in the open make them a larger part of your daily life than if they lie hidden, and forgotten, behind closed doors or drawers. An angled or boxed bay window may be a simple option to create a little more space and available natural light; a hinged seat can provide plenty of storage while the upholstered top is a comfortable place to sit while you play, draw or craft.
- The empty formal dining room. If your home boasts a formal dining room, you have an existing craft space already in the making. Invest in a stylish armoire or hutch to house your supplies. Get a durable pad to protect your table and – voila! – you have your own hobby room in place and ready to go.
Contact LS&A Architecture and Interiors to begin dreaming your new craft spaces.