One of the largest group of home buyers today are Mom and Dad minus the kids. Mom and Dad now live in a big home and they are thinking of selling so that they can move on to a new home that’s easily managed now that the family is much smaller. How about grandkids coming to visit occasionally as compared to a house full of kids growing up? Things have a habit of changing.
As spring approaches and time nears for the BBQ grill, lawn mower, extra gas for the mower, the spare propane bottle for the grill, all of them are out in the garage.
Go back and read through the short list of scary things that are in your garage. Oh wait, there is the plant fertilizer, lawn food, garbage can, and other assorted foul and unwholesome stuff; it is an assortment of everything that we do not want in the house.
Yesterday we introduced you to the Heat Recovery Ventilator or HRV. We can’t emphasize enough the vital role the HRV plays in the well-being and good health of your family. Homes today are increasingly built better! A new home in 2017 is a superior building that what you would typically have had in 2007, only ten years ago. Energy efficiency has become so important that builders are constantly upgrading and improving the efficiency of their homes. Further, state building codes, especially here in Vermont are rapidly expanding
Let’s continue our discussion of design ideas. We’ve talked about the kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, and all sorts of concepts and ideas to consider as you work on your design.
Today, as spring and summer are here, it might be fun to take a look at outside living. During the summer months, everyone moves outside. The dining room table is replaced by the deck’s picnic table; the kitchen range is replaced by The Grill; and many times, the deck becomes another living room set aside for summer fun.
Let’s pretend that the home you really want to build is a Two-Story colonial where typically the bedrooms are upstairs. Having the bedrooms and family areas on the second floor is a HUGE advantage as it creates that private space for yourselves and your family; guests don’t go upstairs. Your guests will stay on the first floor where the living room, kitchen, dining room, and perhaps a den are all located.
It seems as though everyone agrees that The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home, it is that place where family and friends gather to share moments, prepare meals, talk, and share hopes and dreams. The kitchen is normally where entertaining begins and in many homes, it is where dinner is served.
As we have said several times the kitchen is The Heart of a Home and in the kitchen a lot of things are stored and tucked away until that moment when you need it. This can be pots and pans, groceries, and a ton of gadgets.
We suggest you seriously consider what types of shelves you want in your kitchen:
The emphasis today is on comfort and safety when building and designing homes. There are many examples of safety items that are required within all the various Code Regulations and most eventually point back to fire or fire prevention. That entire topic we will leave for another day.
Today let’s look at a couple off the beaten path ideas that just might help you around the house this spring.
We have been noticing that the snow is disappearing and that’s a visual sign that winter is almost over and spring could be around the corner. YES, it is time for you to uncover the grill and think about the “grilling season” that is here.
In the past couple days we have looked at:
- Floor Coverings
- Kitchen design
- Bathroom design
Lighting is the fourth significant area that will make your new home POP as an extraordinary home. If you are buying or selling people always look at what makes an individual home standout as something very special; lighting is an important factor.
Mood and ambiance – any room’s mood or atmosphere is many times determined by the amount or lack of lighting. Think carefully what type of feel you want within a room.