Feel like the walls in your small, downtown home are closing? Brad Benefiel has options and resources for you.
Brad is an industrial engineer. His jobs very from one-time collaborations in corporate settings, such as a tree house made of steel frame built out of salvaged aluminum and wood for an office space, to designing prom crowns. He’s built exhibits for the Just for Fun Center at the Dunkin Pavilion and for the China and Tut exhibits at the Denver Art Museum. His range from industrial engineer to designer allows for an eclectic reordering for a happy home.
Remodels can be Flawed and out of Balance with Old and New
After a consultation to determine whether you need to build or make more functional use out of what you have, Brad works with partners and has construction people on hand to get whatever it is you need done.
“There are a vast variety of tastes and appeal. One might hate what you love. Individuals are fickle, so make what you want by getting past the idiosyncrasies that may be brought back from childhood.”
Brad does more of the finish work, but he begins by helping you design the layout, install a rough put-in to be fine-tuned, and then looking at how the color plays into your space.
“How people view your space and interact and flow and walk through space are tied together.”
Ultimately it’s about space-saving designs and getting the most use out of your design—think umbrella.
Esthetics, Design, Usability and Practicality Key in Denver Designs
“My work with exhibition designs for the art museum has enabled me to better find usable space. I get an idea of how you want your space to look, and then find a way to get the best out of that space.”
There are many types of multi-use storage as well as redesigning what seems normal, like cabinets whose doors open like garage doors and open upward instead of out, multi-purpose furniture like a kid’s chair with two heights when you flip it over, but on its side it becomes a rocking horse. Or Brad can recreate furniture to fit your space for fun and interactive pieces like a coffee table made out of a foosball table with glass top and wheels that is functional as well as a play table. Perhaps all you need is a small touch up like wine racks, a bar or a functional sculpture that doubles as a bench made through reclaimed material.
“Every project is different. I try to figure out the criteria of their space. As a designer, I want to make things look ecstatically pleasing and feel good as far as ergonomics.”
Some designs can be lifestyle changes. For those oh-so-small kitchens, utilizing a small, under-counter refrigerator allows more counter space and fewer cabinets, but you buy what you need rather than stock pile. Tables can piece together, collapse, fold or be placed next to each other rather than a cumbersome traditional oak table that looks great in a house dining room, but not so much in a 600 sq ft loft. Instead of single chairs, use stackable chairs. With kids, consider loft beds above closet spaces and drawers under the bed, opposed to a single bed and closet squeezed to fit.
“It’s about being happy where you are, designing the space to your comfort and aesthetics. You want to be happy in your home. If you sell, great. But until then, you’re happy.”
Brad is currently working on a the coral reef sub-structure for the Denver Art Museum’s May 26th exhibit for the Institute For Figuring’s Crochet Coral Reef project. Brad's email is Bradbenefiel.firstname.lastname@example.org
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