With so many details involved in designing a new house it’s easy to overlook some of the subtle aspects that make a house a home. The following is a list of things that are often forgotten in the layout of a new home.
If your home is cluttered now, there’s a good chance that you’ve either accumulated a lot of stuff or that there is not enough storage space to store your stuff. If you overlook this in the design of your new home, you may be transferring your storage problems from your old house to your new one.
Areas that commonly lack storage space in homes are:
– Pantries for extra food stuffs like canned goods that would otherwise overflow from the kitchen cabinets.
– Clothes closets that are too small to handle the wardrobe of even one family member. Don’t forget to account for the seasons and ensure that your closets are large enough!
– Coat closets in the entryway of the home. When this omitted, the living room, kitchen or dining room starts becoming a catch basin for winter coats.
– Linen closets are also often overlooked. This space is for sheets, pillow cases, washcloths and towels. All too often, if a home does not have a linen closet, extra shelves have to be added later on to adequately store these.
– Attic or basement storage that is easily accessible to store Christmas lights and family keepsakes. When attic or basement storage is unavailable your garage may quickly fill up with this stuff.
Other essentials that are often forgotten in the layout of a new home are:
– Mud rooms that are equipped with a sink to wash up before coming into the main house are an excellent way to avoid tracking dirt, grease and water throughout the house.
– Allowing enough natural light into the home. Ensuring that there are enough windows pointed in the right direction to capture natural light in the mornings and evenings can do more than just improve the visibility of your space — it can change your entire mood for the day or night.