Richard Landon Design SHOWCASE HOMES: WHAT NOT TO DO
Virtually every year, Seattle hosts a showcase of homes of one sort or another.  I enjoy attending these to add to my collection of photos of "What Not To Do!"  Here are my latest. 

My experience is this: During an Aiming Consultation, I sometimes hear, "We bought this because it was the only thing close to what we wanted."  In other words, the space is not inspiring to them! They settled for a design that causes stress at some level.  It may look great, yet, in the end, it somehow does not feel quite right; they adapt; they just make it work. 

The way I look at it, "Stress than is incident to a design is not incidental stress!" 

Now, let's take the tour...


THREE appliance doors that block the main pathway into the kitchen?!  The cook may need a bottle of wine by the end of the day, just to handle the stress. Furthermore, no client has ever asked me to locate their wine collection in the food prep area of their kitchen.

Just cut off the pot handles and you can use that rear burner...
Look where the pot filler is: right above the griddle/grill.  Ever notice what happens when grease-laden steam meets a cold metallic surface?

Note the position of the refrigerator, the prep sink, a narrow aisle and the ominous presence of someone headed right through your work area...likely right through you!

Recall the comment above about grease/steam and cold metal?
Plus, I ask you, "Where do you drain that pot full of hot water?" 
My clients would say, "A chef's sink makes so much more sense."

Get down on your knees before me!

Bow before me, too! Look at the wasted cabinet space: two 12"-high drawers where you could have had two 12"-high and a 6"-high!

Note the seating at the island. Your guests will sit in a row, ducking and bobbing like chickens, as they try to hold a conversation. 
Plus, check out another example of "interesting' appliance placement: 
Look at how the microwave relates to head level of the person next to it.

This one is subtle. Why buy custom cabinets when bigger fillers are so much cheaper? (Look at the angled corner.) In a home well over a million dollars? Was tile cheaper than a window to look at the forest?

The woman who uses this makeup center must have very little makeup (only one small drawer) and a very long neck...
I am 6'-1". Sitting in a plush chair like this, my chin is 40" off the floor.
The top of that tile backsplash is at least 40" up. 

That round mirror is a magnifying mirror.
Maybe the solution is to wear stilts when applying makeup!

 


"Give me a step stool so I can use this!"
Or do you just dive in?

A little girl's bed and an adult's vanity. "I need a step stool, too!" 
Of course, there is no place to hide the stool, so we leave it out and 
bang up our nice wood cabinets...

"Just stick a pot in front of the return air vent.
No one will ever notice."

Here is a subtle one... I noticed, then checked.
Even with this smaller pool table, you'll have to cut down your cues.
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