“When we think about the views offered by a home, we are normally referring to exterior views, but carefully designed interior views can also add enormously to the quality and character of a home.”

Sarah Susanka

The quote above is from Sarah Susanka’s book Home by Design.  I’ve often fallen back on this book when designing a new space because it is just plain chock full of excellent strategies.  It is definitely a must have reference book to have on hand for anyone considering themselves a Home enthusiast.  We can think of an interior view as basically an architectural design approach that focuses the visual composition of the space.

 

Photo via Things That Inspire

 
 
If you are not aware of the Things that Inspire Blog Site then you certainly need to check it out.  It has become revered as one of the most popular Interior / Home Design blogs published in the Atlanta market.  In the photo above, notice how the artwork is framed perfectly by the arched opening.  More surprisingly, even though you are not aware of it, your eye is unconsciously being drawn through the room taking in each element, layer by layer.
 
 
 

Photo via Things That Inspire

 
 

Here, a window is utilized at the back of the Master Closet to pull you through the room.  Some will claim that a window is the most difficult feature to incorporate into an interior view because it also impacts the exterior elevation, but, that is what makes the practice of architecture such a grand endeavor.  It is truly one of the greatest puzzle building exercises known to mankind. 

 

 

From the Portfolio of Castro Design Studio, LLC

 
 

In this scenario, the doorway that is centered at the far end of the hallway, leads the entire composition marching up to its entry.

 

 

From the Portfolio of Peter Block Architects

 

This is one of my all time favorite images.  The good folks at Peter Block Architects are certainly leading the way.

 

 

From the Portfolio of Castro Design Studio, LLC

 

 

Talk about being drawn through a room.  I am dying to see what awaits for us on the other side.

 

 

From the Portfolio of Castro Design Studio, LLC

 
 
 
Even though this room is not symmetrical, it is still perfectly balanced and your eye begins to explore all of the different elements slowly making your way to the far windows.  All I can say is…Absolutely Well Done.
 
 
 

From the Portfolio of Castro Design Studio, LLC

 
 
In this image, the hood is utilized as the central focal point and then your eye is allowed to wander out to either side as you study further.
 
 
 
 And now for one of our own
 
 
 

Distinctive Remodeling Solutions

 
 
We started with this small galley kitchen.
 
 
 

Distinctive Remodeling Solutions

 
 
 
Which was separated from the family room by this wall.
 
 
 

Distinctive Remodeling Solutions

 
 
 
So we opened it up a bit, thus creating an incredible interior view.
 
 
 
Distinctive Remodeling Solutions
 
 
 
I suppose you can say that I am a very visually oriented person, but, it is simply how I relate to the world.  When things are orderly, aligned into a nice composition or basically just fit together well, I am at ease.  When they are out of whack or dis-jointed, I am typically uncomfortable.  Here we have a range alcove taking center stage as the focal point of the room regardless of the vantage point from which you are viewing it.  From there, your eye ventures out to the rich, “teaberry” colored cabinetry; onto the handsome, handcrafted islands and finally landing on the awesome custom 11′ wide bowed bay window.  Huge thank you to Drew Hall with Pella Windows and Doors for helping me with the details on this one.  Also, Kudos to Michael Bell and Michelle Taylor at Inspirations Kitchen and Bath who helped us pull the whole ensemble together.  And I couldn’t sign off without giving a proper acknowledgement to our project manager Kane Hawkins for not only executing the details of the project flawlessly, but also, for taking care of our client all the way through.  It is amazing how much you can do when you surround yourself with good people.
 
We do plan on spotlighting this project as a feature post on its own in the near future, so stay tuned.
 
To see more of what we are up to, please visit the Distinctive Remodeling Website.
 
 
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Also, I love to hear your views on the importance and impact of carefully crafted interior views, so please leave a comment.
 

 

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