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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?”



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 Originally made popular by tech companies, open concept offices were thought to improve communication and collaboration among employees.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.



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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.


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:


1: 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.

2. 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. 

3: 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!

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