A Sense of Shelter
Many homes today have lots of square footage and volume, but very little sense of shelter for the various activities that take place inside. But a sense of shelter is fundamental to the feeling of home. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is to sculpt the ceiling’s shape. A cherry trellis, for example, can define the edge of a kitchen, while a two-foot-deep continuous dropped soffit around the tops of all the wall cabinets shelters the work surface below. The experience when working at such a counter is similar to that of wearing a wide brimmed hat. You feel protected, and consequently, more comfortable as you work.