RTA Projects

A Laundry Room/Mudroom That Does a Lot More, and Saves Space, Too

The laundry room/mudroom: according to my clients, it’s one of the most-used and most important rooms in their home – so it’s surprising to see how often it’s ignored in the design of new homes.

A recent experience with a new client shows what I mean; my client had invited me to see her home, the one she wanted to move from. She wanted me to see how she lived now, and get a better idea of what she did and didn’t want in her new home.

ranch remodel kitchen

This Addition and Remodeling Project Keeps a Bit of the “Outside” on the “Inside”

The neighbors around this Riverlea, Ohio home wondered what was going on – all kinds of contractors coming and going, building materials hauled in…but no work visible from the street?

The project began as a two-phase addition; phase one was some internal remodeling to make room for a larger kitchen, adding a laundry/home office, and remodeling a bath.

Phase two would have been the addition of a new master suite.

farmhouse family room

Sunbeam Family Farmhouse

If you’ve shopped for organically-grown produce at a farmer’s market in central Ohio, or dined at a local restaurant, you’ve likely tasted something delicious from the Sunbeam Family Farm. This 10-acre operation is a model of sustainable vegetable production and responsible land stewardship.

RTA Studio was asked to design the family’s home, on the site of a demolished home from a previous farming operation.

A Brief Primer on Stairs – Types, Parts, and Designs

The first home my wife and I owned was a brick Queen Anne built around 1900. I opened my first office there, in the attic.

It was a cool little space and I had a unique view of downtown Columbus, Ohio from up there.

All I had to do was climb the 23 shallow, steep steps up from the kitchen. Every day.

Stairs are probably already a part of your daily home life – you go up and down them constantly, carrying laundry baskets, sleeping children, furniture; stepping over toys, pets, shoes…

But as familiar as we are with using stairs, we’re not nearly as familiar with how they fit into the design of a home – stairs are expensive, complex three-dimensional constructions that take up a lot of space and are highly regulated by building codes.

5 Keys to Good Home Office Design

Years ago I was working out of my home in an office I’d designed for myself. With plenty of space, oversized countertops, and specific places for each piece of office furniture and equipment I use (I’m highly computer-dependent), I was productive and efficient without sacrificing closeness to my family.

In terms of design, space utilization, and ergonomics, I’d thought of everything.