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How To Create an Environment that Helps You Achieve Your Goals

New year, new space! Give your life (and your home, and your office) an upgrade in 2020.

You’ve made your resolutions, set your intentions, and have decided 2020 is going to be your best year yet. Now that we’re a few weeks in, though, something feels… off. It’s not that you don’t want to work on your goals. It’s that you just can’t get motivated.

Have you been feeling this way? We’ve been there too! Consider this: maybe you need to hit the reset button and give yourself a change of scenery.

No, we’re not talking about a vacation. (Although, that couldn’t hurt, right?)

We’re talking about giving your home or office an update!

Take a good, long look at the physical space you are working or living in, and ask yourself: “is this space designed to help me achieve my goals, or is it keeping me from making progress?”

Our Interior Upgrade completely transformed the Trio Design office.
Photo: Elisha Braithwhite

When it comes to productivity, environment is (almost) everything.

Hear us out: your environment has a massive effect on your productivity. In fact, there’s a ton of research showing that things like temperature, natural light, sound, and color scheme all impact our ability to be creative and productive.

But even if you have the temperature is set to a perfect 71 degrees, there’s plenty of natural light, low-levels of sound, and an earthy non-distracting palette, one thing could still be throwing off your productivity level: the floorplan!

This is true for residential homes – just think about how annoying it would be if you had to walk through a child’s bedroom every time you needed to access the laundry room, for example – but is especially true for office environments. 

If you work in an “open-concept” office and can’t seem to get anything done, you’re not alone. Originally made popular by tech companies, open concept offices were thought to improve communication and collaboration among employees. However, recent studies are showing that this layout can actually decrease productivity

At Trio Design, we believe the best buildings improve the lives of those who live or work in them. Your home should serve your life, and your office should serve your business. And when your environment isn’t working for you, it’s working against you. This is where an interior upgrade will help out.

Living room with beautiful interior upgrades
Photo: Unsplash

What is an interior upgrade?

Ideal for those who don’t necessarily want to change their location but still crave a new environment, interior upgrades are changes to the design of a building. An interior upgrade is done in a residential home (think: bathroom remodel, kitchen upgrades, etc) or in a commercial space (changing the office layout, for example). “Interior Upgrade” is a fancier term for what you’ll likely call your project when talking to friends: a renovation.

The best thing about interior upgrades? They can be as big or small as you like. If you really only want to change one aspect of your space, like adding a mudroom between your garage and kitchen to prevent dirt from tracking throughout the house, that can be done. On the other hand, if you want to completely transform an outdated interior to the point where the space is almost unrecognizable, we can make that happen, too.

We recently did an interior upgrade on our own office, which is now a much lighter and brighter environment to increase productivity.
Photo: Elisha Braithwhite

When should you consider an interior upgrade?

It might be a good time to consider an interior upgrade if you have felt any of the following three things:

  • You love the location, but feel like you’re “growing out of” your home or office.

In many of the original floor plans we have re-designed for past clients, space was simply underutilized. If you wish to keep your location, but feel like you need more space, contact us for a no-obligation consultation. We would be happy to look over your floor plan and determine if there would be a more efficient way to use the space you already have.

  • Something about the layout of your home or office isn’t practical, aesthetically pleasing, or bothers you in one way or another.

The bathroom is right next to the conference room, and you can hear the plumbing during meetings? There is no space between your garage and kitchen, leading to dirty floors that you’re sick and tired of cleaning? Whatever it is, we would love the opportunity to help you fix it and fall in love with your space. Schedule a consultation with one of our dedicated problem-solving architects today. 

  • You want to live or work in a more environmentally conscious environment.

If you want to lead a more sustainable day-to-day life, we can help transform your building into a more environmentally-friendly one. Reach out to Brittany, our sustainability expert and Principal Architect to learn about how to lessen your building’s impact on our natural environment.

Ready to explore your options? Contact us and let’s talk about the possibilities!

Interior Architecture: Setting The Tone For Interior Design

If you’re like us, you may be known for the occasional HGTV binge-watching session…which means you’re familiar with what a difference great interior design can make! Before your very eyes, homes have been completely transformed on shows like Love It Or List It, Flip or Flop and our favorite, Fixer Upper. You have watched as designers change the color palette, add textures, and mindfully selected furniture and artwork to create a feeling that wasn’t there before. And you have witnessed Chip and Joanna turn a sad, decrepit nightmare home into a luxurious farmhouse dream!


But there’s something else happening behind the scenes… these homes aren’t only transformed by interior design. Most of the time, there are significant changes made to the interior architecture.

Interior Architecture sets the tone for interior design.

Photo: Michael Browning

So what is interior architecture? 


As with architects and designers, the lines between interior architecture and interior design are sometimes blurred, creating confusion as to what each term actually is. 


We like to think of interior architecture as the blank canvas for interior design. Before you start decorating, you need to have a safe and structurally sound space to decorate in, right?


Think of the static elements of a room as the interior architecture.


If you removed all of the furniture, artwork, and fixtures like door handles, knobs, faucets, etc., what would be left? The flooring, walls, ceiling, and windows. Anything permanent within a space is part of the interior architecture.

When you remove the non-static elements of a space, you are left with the elements of interior architecture.

Photo: Steven Ungermann


The way a space functions is also part of interior architecture.


Is there an open-concept? How do you navigate from one room to the other? Where are the bathrooms located? If the building is an office, can you efficiently go back and forth between the most commonly utilized rooms? And if the building is a home, are you going to be able to hear family members in the living room as you try to sleep in the master bedroom? 


Carefully planning a space around how it will actually be used is important to the quality of the building, and the enjoyment of those working or living in it. 

The best Interior Architect will take the way a space is actually used into consideration when designing and planning the space.

Photo: Michael Browning


Everything behind the walls is all part of interior architecture, too.


How does the plumbing run through the walls? What about the electric wires? A trained and board-certified Architect will determine the best placement for each of these, helping you avoid maintenance issues in the future.


All of these are examples of how interior architecture sets the tone for interior design. The two go hand-in-hand, but paying attention to the interior architecture creates the foundation for a safe, functional space.

Interior Architecture sets the tone for interior design by creating lines, angles, and a functional floorplan.

Photo: Michael Browning

At Trio Design, we believe the best architecture makes the lives of building users easier. In the initial consultation, we take time to get to know our clients and gain an understanding of what it is they want out of their space. Then, we put our knowledge and experience into action, creating a strategic plan to bring that dream to life.

Do you have dreams for an interior remodel? Let’s chat about it! Our team of licensed Architects can help create a plan to bring those dreams into reality. Schedule a free consultation today!