The March / April 2023 edition of Chapel Hill Magazine presents a delightful article exploring “what’s new, what’s next and what’s timeless in home trends.” Check out our blurbs below. To learn more from local professionals in the home design industry, read the full article by Katie MacKinnon on pages 156-161 at https://chapelhillmagazine.com/march-april-2023/.
“Many homeowners are asking us to design screen porches. These sheltered outdoor spaces make wonderful sense in our region and became valuable ventilated pandemic gathering spaces. With a radiant heater and a ceiling fan, you have added a relaxing year-round living space.”– Brian Grant, AIA, principal architect and Katie Wakeford, principal, Grant Group Architecture
“Outdoor kitchens are on many wish lists these days. Perhaps it is a grill with a hood on a screen porch or a poolside gazebo with a fully functional kitchen for entertaining. Regardless, the pleasures of cooking outside come with the added benefits of keeping heat and strong smells out of the kitchen. Most outdoor kitchens we design also incorporate a table, bar or seating area for enjoying meals alfresco.”– Brian Grant, AIA, principal architect and Katie Wakeford, principal, Grant Group Architecture
“Remaining in our homes as we age is a goal for many. Yet often houses are not built to accommodate our changing needs. Designing to age in place comes in many forms. It might be renovating a bathroom to be better prepared to serve if a family member becomes disabled. It could be adding a primary suite on the first floor for ease of access, including features such as wide doorways, safe bathing configurations and an eye toward future lifestyle changes. Adding accessory dwelling spaces (AD Us) can also facilitate multigenerational living, making it easy for grandparents to enjoy daily interaction with their children and grandchildren while still maintaining a level of independence.”– Brian Grant, AIA, principal architect and Katie Wakeford, principal, Grant Group Architecture