"The Great Closet Debate"

by Paul Foresman 18. February 2014 13:14
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A debate rages over Owner's suite closet position and access. Some buyers prefer the convenience of entering the closet(s) directly from the owner's bath area, as shown in plan #50023. This approach minimizes noise and disruption in the bedroom when, say, one spouse is getting ready while the other is trying to sleep. It also allows the combined bathroom + closet areas to double as dressing areas. Yet, many buyers fear excess bathroom humidity will damage clothing in the closet(s). Seemingly the same layout in reverse, in Scholz Design's plan 55177 the homeowners walk through the closet area en route to the adjoining bathroom.

 

 
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55177

 

Homes That Flow design 29802 provides abundant separation between the closets and the bathroom. Concern over excess humidity is eliminated, but there is the aforementioned disruption in using a part of the bedroom as a traffic way. Carmichael and Dame plan 9210 presents a short hallway that keeps the doors to both the bathroom and the closet out of the bedroom itself, yet they are just a couple steps apart.

 

 
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From These examples, which do you prefer?

 

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The Kitchen Pantry is Evolving

by Greg Dodge 6. January 2014 16:46
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Pantries got bigger reflecting our appetite for prepared foods. Then they got bigger again as we filled them with mixers, crock pots and small appliances. Now many pantries are being designed as food prep areas.  Women challenged and inspired our designers to create a food prep area separate from the kitchen to keep the kitchen's aesthetic appeal during entertaining. Practical considerations meant it had to be  close to the kitchen with easy access to everything you need. We dubbed the solution the "work-in" pantry! Pantries have not only gotten larger, they're often becoming more discrete. Increasingly popular are kitchen pantry designs where the storage is not visually open to the kitchen. The layout may have a door from the kitchen with storage around the corner, or locate the pantry door itself around the corner from the kitchen. The pantry may even have dual access, with a door from the rear foyer meaning groceries can be stored in the pantry without having to first unload them in the kitchen before putting them away!

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5 Best Places to Find Free Moving Boxes

by Paul Foresman 30. May 2013 14:46

Moving can be exciting. You get to start a new life in your new custom home, but it can also be stressful and sometimes even dreadful because you know what’s coming – packing. It’s inevitable. Packing up all your things before a move is a huge task, and what’s worse is that buying moving boxes can be an unwanted expense. Why pay for a box when you know it will just get thrown away?

 

 

Of course, you still need something to make sure all your possessions make it to the new location safe and sound. There are a few simple tricks when it comes to rounding up boxes that you can use to make sure your stuff is protected. There are many places you can go to score free moving boxes so you can save your money for that new couch you want for your family room. If you are facing a move in the near future, here are the best places to find free boxes.

 

Grocery Stores

Local grocery stores have many extra boxes from food coming in every day. They will gladly let you take them off their hands for free. You can either check at the customer service desk for boxes or you can call ahead and ask them to save any large boxes they use that day. Of course, if you end up with the ones that carried the bananas and apples, you might introduce some interesting aromas to your wardrobe. It’s okay to be a little picky about the boxes you get from here.

 

Craigslist

Online classifieds, like Craigslist, often have moving boxes people are giving away for free. Sure, you will have to drive and pick them up, but you’d have to do that anyway if you were purchasing new ones. If your local city has their own online classifieds be sure to check there, too. Many people would rather see someone else use their boxes than just throw them in the recycling bin.

 

U-Haul Box Exchange

U-Haul is concerned with all things moving. As a favor to what they hope will be potential customers, they have created an online message board to help you find moving boxes. You can search this message board for free boxes in your area. Although U-Haul is hoping you will use one of their trucks to move all your packed boxes, this message board is open to the public whether you are renting one of their trucks or not.

 

Retail Stores

In addition to grocery stores, there are a lot of other retail stores you can check for free moving boxes. Their inventory is shipped to them in nice, sturdy boxes which would normally just get thrown away. They are usually more than happy to give them to you if you just ask. Stores that have especially good free moving boxes include computer, office supply, book, shoe and liquor stores. These are the places where you'll find the strongest and cleanest moving boxes.

 

Freecycle

Freecycle is another great place to check online for free boxes. This is a website where people post a wide range of items they are giving away for free. The whole mission of this website is to help reuse as many items as possible. It helps the environment by eliminating waste because we can start consuming less. What a perfect place for moving boxes! Save a tree or two by using your own, new recycled boxes.

 

Happy packing!

 

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You do it 92% of the time

by Greg Dodge 6. May 2013 07:48

 

Rear entry foyer with open hooks and cubbies

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! 



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Decade of Change | Flexible Living Options | Organization | Rear entry foyer | Storage

2002 - 2012 the Decade of Change! Part II

by Greg Dodge 20. September 2012 14:18

 

2002 - 2012 the Decade of Change! Part II

 

In the last decade, home design has undergone amazing change and innovation. Vist Booth 1042 at the Sunbelt Builders Show,Just as you wouldn't get too excited over going to purchase a brand new car and being shown a new 2002 Pontiac Aztek, how excited should prospective buyers be touring a model home from a design that's 10 years old?


So what's different in home design today?

 

Example--Rear Foyers! As the most often used entrance into the home, coming in from the garage can no longer be viewed primarily as "utilitarian". The front entry foyer is designed to be something special, as much (or more!) attention should be paid to the rear foyer.

  • Storage. Beyond the expected coat closet, what about all the "stuff" you carry in with you? A "drop zone" is ideal for liberating your kitchen from such clutter! So what's a 'Drop Zone'?

  • Convenience. A seat or bench for removing shoes. Insignificant? Buyers don't think so!

  • Special amenities. Do you have pets - cats or dogs? Think about adding a pet zone to the rear foyer.

 

See examples of drop zones, pet centers, and rear entry foyers.  No longer should you bring people through the laundry room to get to your kitchen.  The rear entry foyer changes the experience when you bring family and friends in from the garage!

 

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Ups and Downs

by Greg Dodge 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

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