If you are preparing to buy or remodel your home for the first time, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of things to pay attention to! While your primary wants will be easy to remember as you make plans, some important elements of your living space may slip your mind. Here’s your reminder to keep an open floor plan, energy efficient utilities, and storage space as important needs for your new home!
Open Floor Plan
What is an open floor plan? The floorplan of most of the rooms in your house are characterized by enclosed walls and a door; an “open” floor plan takes out one of those walls, combining the space from two (or more) rooms into an extended room with multiple purposes. This includes half walls, rooms with simple dividers, anything that invites interaction between people in those various areas (of various purpose) within that extended space. Why is this valuable? That interaction creates a more cohesive space for families and guests to enjoy, and the size of your home will feel much larger! In addition, it increases the amount of space you have access to in general! Walls take up a substantial amount of space—removing those walls allows for that space to be utilized however you need, while also allowing for the rooms’ utilities to be shared!
With society’s reinvigorated move towards eco-friendly housing, energy efficiency is a worthwhile and rewarding addition to housing. There are many benefits to energy efficient homes, no matter where you live! Through efficient energy alterations, you can better control the energy expenditure of your home (which in turn lowers your energy bills), reduce your risk of pests, lower your environmental impact and lessen the amount of heat that your home loses during those cold months of the year. Make this easy transition from normal power-usage and take advantage of the long list of advantages!
Many people simply forget the value and importance of storage in one’s home. Over time you are sure to accumulate a variety of things, sentimental or functional or seasonal. Provide yourself with the means of keeping all these things for your future enjoyment! Whether you invest in a larger garage and dedicate a portion of it to storage, buy a home with an attic or crawlspace, or designate and design certain rooms or areas of rooms for storage purposes, you won’t regret giving yourself some space for all your storage needs.
With these steps, it’s easy to make sure your home includes all that you want and need. Implement these aspects into your home and enjoy the spacious rooming, efficient energy use and available storage space you’ll have to spare!
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