Where: Jacksonville, Florida
In his own words: “Start with the idea of livability and walk through how you’re going to use each space.”
Whether it’s tailoring cabinets to fit utensils or reconfiguring rooms to achieve more space, achieving a thoughtful home layout makes life easier. “Clients often ask for a project that flows and suits their lifestyle,” says Shawn Griffith, the owner of Pillar Construction & Remodel in Jacksonville. In turn, he asks how they plan to use their space so that the result has everything they need.
Ready to feel the flow in your home? Read Griffith’s tips below to get a livable space you love.
Don’t be afraid to knock down non-load-bearing walls to create a more inviting feel. During a renovation for Jacksonville clients, Griffith recommended removing the wall between their kitchen, seen here, and their living room to open up the space.
The original choppy 1980s layout would have hidden their updated kitchen if Griffith hadn’t taken down the wall. “The kitchen is now the focal point of their home even though it’s not at the center,” he says. “They’re big entertainers, and the remodel gave them more room to host.”
Consider moving your rooms for more functional space. Griffith took this approach with Jacksonville Beach condominium owners who felt hampered by their small kitchen. “They loved to entertain and wanted a larger kitchen,” he says.
Griffith moved their laundry closet from the kitchen to an unused powder room and turned the remaining space into a wet bar. “The switch gave them the kitchen they desired while making better use of another part of their unit,” he says.
Create a room that seamlessly transitions to the outside so you can enjoy the warm breezes from both places. “Many homeowners want outside entertaining areas, as Florida is synonymous with outdoor living,” Griffith says.
He suggested that Jacksonville clients open up their living room to the back porch so they could take in the waterway views. The team tore down the dividing wall and installed a 12-foot sliding glass door. “Now they can see the dock, their pool and the Intracoastal,” Griffith says. “It was a bit of an upgrade, but it brought the buyers when they went to sell the house.”
More: For more information on Shawn Griffith and examples of his work, visit Pillar Construction & Remodel’s Houzz profile.
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