Designing homes for the way you live means finding a place to put all your stuff. These days, de-cluttering and organizing are important factors to minimize time wasted looking for things around the house. Why not have a place for everything you need, so you can spend more time enjoying life? Storage can be anything from access to an attic space to store Christmas decorations, to an extra closet space under the stairs, or a craft room with specially designed cabinets and drawers.
#1 Kitchen Pantry
The pantry is the central storage area for your kitchen. Why clutter up counter space in your beautiful new kitchen when you’re not cooking? Store your small appliances, canned goods, and non-perishables out of sight but within easy reach. Do you want your coffee maker accessible but not taking up precious counter space? Design a shelf with enough vertical space to work with in the pantry, add an outlet, and you’re good to go.
There are numerous ways we can customize your home’s interior finishes by adding shelves, bookcases, entertainment centers, and cabinetry. Adding a display ledge in a bedroom provides space for trophies and other treasures. Here are a few examples that our customers love. We’ve even installed a built-in murphy bed to give a home office the flexibility to be a guest room when needed.
#3 Linen and Toiletry Storage
Adding a linen closet or toiletry cabinet to a bathroom provides easy access to everything you need, without having to walk down the hall. For the owner who wants all the lotions and potions near to hand, the cabinet tower between the sinks on the vanity provides a neat solution.
Most new homes provide walk-in closets as a standard feature, primarily in master bedrooms. We’ve designed them especially for the types of storage our customers need, exactly as they want them. There’s a whole new type of closet necessary for electronic equipment – the media closet. More recent requests for storage space include closets devoted to media equipment and components.
#5 Magnet Board
Turn any space into a home office or family organization center with a magnet board and enough counter space for a laptop or tablet. USB ports in the outlets can help you streamline cords. Add a magnet board under a set of upper cabinets in the kitchen with room to plug your iPad in, and you’ve created a command center for important notices, grocery lists, or favorite art work. Soon you’ll be seamlessly moving from planning your next meal to planning your first novel, all while helping your middle schooler with her algebra.
As lifestyles change and families become increasingly busy with activities, we make it easier for our customers to enjoy their new home by building in ways for them to stay organized. While a home office is the number one organizational request from customers today, we predict the trend will shift away from devoting an entire room to an office and towards cleverly integrating the office functions in various parts of the home, from the kitchen to the family room and the transition spaces between.
Organizing the entry has become increasingly popular as a practical way to store coats, shoes, and other items when you enter the home. Many homeowners looking to keep their new home clean have a “no shoes in the house” policy, which requires a place to conveniently store them. From drop counters, to backpack and coat hook rails, to mail cubbies, key racks, charging stations, and storage shelves, we work with our customers on the best solutions to help them stay organized for the way they live.
The second entry off the garage is the workhorse and unsung hero of the whole house–it must accommodate the storage and movement of lots of stuff every day, which makes the addition of a simple drop-counter on one side of the door and a bench with coat hooks above on the other side an affordable and easy way to streamline the comings and goings of your household.
We’re looking forward to helping you solve your organizational challenges in your next home. Give us a call to talk over your plans.