John and Kerry near their home

John and Kerry near their home

Architectural Design & Space Planning for People

“We really start with function and flow first,” said Kerry. “I walk through a whole project just with ergonomics in mind,” she shared. “How will these people live in, occupy and use this space?” These are critical questions that the Briggs Design always asks when beginning the design process.

Kerry advises taking the time to figure out what you truly need in the space, and she offers a questionnaire to aid in this process. Function is the most important element. Ask yourself key questions about your lifestyle: How many people do you entertain? How often do you entertain? How many kids do you have? How many people in the family like to cook? “Remodels are an investment,” said Kerry. “It’s worthwhile to take the time to fully understand your needs in order to ensure you end with a spectacular result!”

 

Cabinetry & Mill work detailing

With the support and perfectionistic eye of Amish cabinet maker, Miller’s Holzwerk, in Tuscola, Illinois, Briggs Design has created our own line of cabinetry with endless styles, variations, wood species, colors, finishes and details. In addition to the attention to detail and beautiful design, Kerry is able to find solutions for any space to meet her customers’ needs.  Handcrafted with care, they can store cabinets in their warehouse until needed on the job site.

 

Lighting Design & Lighting Controls Philosophy

Lighting is often forgotten and left as an afterthought in the architectural design process. Lots of attention and money is spent selecting appliances, getting the right cabinetry, door styles, finish, choice of counter tops (granite, marble), faucets, etc. But, without LIGHT, none of these special items would be visible at all, let alone highlighted for you and others to enjoy. Add other variables such as our aging eyes, direct and indirect sunlight, critical tasks (such as slicing and chopping) and you have a challenging space from a visibility standpoint that requires planning flexibility and adaptability.

Often, a few low-priced "can lights" are peppered across the ceiling, introducing glare to a space. Many of these fixtures are designed to bring the light bulbs near the opening of these cans, but direct glare is the result. With careful fixture and lamp selection and thoughtful placement, glare can be avoided, and important architectural elements can be featured, adding character, mood, and comfort to the space visually. Creating zones and “layers” of light, and controlling them (wall washers, chandeliers, sconces, undercabinet lighting, etc.) using switches or dimming products, this planned control offers flexibility.

With the exciting new LED lighting innovations, considerations such as color, dimmability, and hardware compatibility with switches and dimmers needs to be carefully considered.   Your home should be a place where you can function well, relax well, without harsh, bright glary lights.