13. November 2015 10:02
For the past few weeks, we have been focusing on homes designed with two owner’s suites and the possible living situations that might warrant dual-suites. This week we’re going to focus on multiple owner’s suites and why you might consider this design concept. Not only for special living situations, but also for long-term or even resale value. [More]
6. November 2015 16:54
Many parents of college students feel that even with student loan repayment, their children should learn the economic realities of housing and rent. If enrolled locally, the bedroom suite can be a less expensive option over dorm life. Or, a recent graduate could move back home, softening the blow of post-graduation costs. [More]
2. November 2015 17:03
A growing trend is ‘aging in place’ whereby seniors are opting to stay in their own home rather than move into an assisted living facility. The CDC defines aging in place as, “The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” [More]
16. October 2015 16:45
Whether new construction or remodeling, dual owner’s suites and independent in-law suites are increasingly in demand. Interestingly, about the time their kids move out, a significant number of homeowners find themselves moving a parent in. [More]
2. October 2015 11:30
As our series on ‘Study of Home: Special Places’ comes to a close with this week’s post, I am a bit surprised! Through helping my parents build their house years ago I knew there were a lot of decisions to make, like bedroom/bathroom placement, open floor plan, etc., but at the time I never really thought about the “why”? [More]
18. September 2015 14:56
Special places to gather are what makes a house a home; otherwise, families are essentially just cohabitating, which makes their home a place for eating and sleeping. Gathering places don’t have to be elaborate or defined – even if it’s just at the breakfast bar for a quick meal – being together is what makes you feel connected. [More]
14. September 2015 13:26
What does the term ‘play’ mean to you? Oftentimes when designing a home for a family we automatically think of a playroom for the children. But, a room for ‘play’ can take on a different meaning – think a hobby room for sewing, scrapbooking, or jewelry making, or a fitness center. [More]
27. August 2015 15:45
It seems that now more than ever, we’re looking for ways to focus on the thing we value most. So is it any wonder that between the hustle and bustle of work, school, activities, etc., we’re looking forward to some downtime at home? A natural outcome of this is an emphasis on discovering “special places” in the home that add comfort, convenience, and points of personal refuge. [More]
6. June 2013 10:40
It's our current poll. It's a simple question. Do you prefer open floor plans?
Here's an example of a popular open format floor plan. It has lots of the natural light, ease of mingling with others and feeling like we’re all connected.
Sound travels in open layouts and I don’t want everyone to see my home isn’t always neat and orderly.
Each format appeals to different people. Each has great amenities. Each has drawbacks. Which do you prefer? Take the poll now!
6. May 2013 07:48
Rear foyer with openhooks and cubbies
According to a 2011 study by Recon Analytics, people who have an attached garage go in and out of their home using the door between the home and the garage 92% of the time, rather than using the main entry door. Yet, many new homes focus lots of attention of the front entry foyer and treat the entry from the garage almost as an afterthought!
The rear foyer entry from the garage deserves no less design attention than a front foyer. It serves as a vital transition space, a place to remove and store coats, backpacks and computer bags, shed shoes, and keep clutter out of the kitchen. Unless there is simply no other option, you probably don't want the washer and dryer in your rear foyer either (who wants to trek past the dirty laundry-and be reminded of all that work-every time you arrive home?)
Ask your builder or remodeling contractor about incorporating a rear foyer in your new home or remodeling project!
Organized Rear Foyers
Home plans with Drop Zones