Todd Hallett, AIA, CAPS
TK Design and Architecture
Quaint spaces are cozy, warm, and inviting. Appropriate detailing is critical when defining these spaces. Take a pocket office for instance; it should have a countertop, doors that have parking spaces when opened, and space for storage. Without these details the pocket office is just a large closet. The same applies to the family entrance. This space should have a bench, lockers, hooks for jackets, and a drop zone. Otherwise it is just a hall. Quaint spaces are not confined to just the indoors. Elements that blend the lines of indoor/outdoor spaces can be quaint as well, so creating an outdoor room brings another element into space making.
Arches, trim, and pilasters turn an indoor/outdoor space into an inviting room, The rich color of the wood warms up the space. Adding greenery to a presentation further blurs the lines of outdoor/indoor.
Interior transom glass above the doorway mimics the transoms over the exterior doors. This feature provides another light source and creates a warm glow in the evening. Details like the shelves, built-in television unit, trim, and accessories warm the space.
Large boulders provide a sunken feeling to the space, making it more cozy. A fire pit provides a compelling reason to utilize this outdoor room.
Open air transoms provide a sense of scale to tall ceilings and are inexpensive to build. Changing levels is a great tool for a designer to utilize when creating a quaint spa.