The decline in the average home size continues while consumers no longer have a desire for fancy 3-car garages but instead are keeping practicality front-stage and center. NAHB surveyed nearly 4,000 home buyers—those who have either recently purchased a home or plan to purchase a home within the next three years—ranking 175 features based on how essential they are to a home purchasing decision. Many of the features that buyers desire in 2019 are focused on saving space efficiency. Here are a few space-saving designs to consider when planning the layout of your new home.
A window seat is a great place to relax and read a good book. It’s a well-lit area that allows natural lighting into the space, gives the room a unique focal point, and creates an inviting feel. With the right craftsmanship, a window seat can be a classic piece that gives the illusion of freestanding furniture. Instead of adding an old school bench top, use drawers to occupy the bottom of the seat to create an easily accessible storage area. Think about the possibilities! Kids toys, books, photo albums and more!
Under the stairs isn’t a creepy place anymore. Where there was once cobbed webs and coat racks there is now playrooms and wine cellars. Wondering what to put in the area under the stairs? Design this space according to your style by adding a built-in house for your pet, a home office, a place to show off your antique or book collection, extra office space or a playroom for the kids.
According to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders, 72% of second time homebuyers would rather have a laundry room than an actual living room. The survey focuses on what features they consider to be “essential” in their next home. “Laundry rooms have become so popular because most people no longer want to see or step over messy lumps of dirty clothes in the hall or in the kitchen,” says Rose Quint, who oversees survey research at NAHB. “Buyers want all that behind a door they can close and get to when they have time.”
Homeowners can best utilize this space to its full potential by adding shelving, hanging drying racks from the ceiling, or even enclosing the washer and dryer. The modern trend is employing the commonly known phrase “Out of sight, out of mind” by tucking everything away for a minimal, clean feel.
Whether your lifestyle centers around entertaining or not, the kitchen is a vital area that some consider to be the most important room in the home. Maximize the vertical space in the kitchen by extending cabinets vertically (all the way up to the ceiling). Not only does the vertical approach justify the space but it also gives the illusion of height and makes the room seem taller. Designers are employing vertical tactics that increase space so that they can install custom kitchen islands, which are also great storage areas.
Whether you’re remodeling to sell or brainstorming the layout of your dream home, be sure to maximize the square footage by incorporating space-saving designs that offer efficiency and allow for other features that best support your lifestyle.
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