The architect says: Add more by taking something away
Many people feel they need to add to their homes to make it feel full and substantial. However, AUX Architecture founder Brian Wickersham of Los Angeles, CA, thinks otherwise.
“We tell people what you take away is more important than what you add,” he says. “We look at projects and see what we can take out that will add more light, [improve] floor plans, etc.” Wickersham likes to strip back to create more open, modern spaces. He’s also a big fan of skylights and windows that allow natural light to flow throughout your home.
“Most people get into trouble when they think they need more space,” he says. “You don’t have to make something bigger to make it more functional. Sometimes it’s just about being more efficient.” Wickersham further suggests taking stock of and preserving quality materials you already have.
Don’t overlook the foyer — it's the first interior space people see. “Look at ways to simply activate that space,” he says. “Hang fixtures, put art on the walls, have fun with paint color. It can give punch and life to that space immediately when you walk in.”
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