20. February 2012 16:48
Ups and Downs
If you're building a new home with either a basement, second floor or both, where do you want the stairs to be situated? Stairs located in the center of the home may minimize hallways upstairs but many times center stairs are an assumption at the design phase. When center stairs run along the entry, they may squeeze the traffic pattern and make the space appear and feel tight. Stairs right at the entry may interrupt movement through the home when the entry door is open.
Many of today's buyers prefer an open, inviting entry view which does not include the staircase, locating those stairs instead to one side of the home, often near the garage. Attending the public grand opening of a new model home in Minneapolis, the most common visitor comments complimented the rear staircase location!
Example Floor Plans
Moss Bluff - Design 43013
Flacco - Design 29352
Winston Court - 9206
27. January 2012 15:24
In cold weather markets, where does the patio furniture go when the snow flies? Usually, the garage. But some new homes are built without
a garage, and some garages just don't have the room necessary to accommodate your patio items. Other folks use a shed, but such outbuildings are prohibited by many neighborhood covenants.
An emerging new home amenity is storage accessed directly from the outside. So whether it's patio furniture, sports equipment, bikes and big wheels or lawn and garden tools, thinking through such seasonal storage needs is essential.