There are a number of details involved in designing a new home and it is very easy to overlook certain aspects of what will make it a home. I have been a home designer for almost three decades now and have produced a list of things that are often forgotten in the layout. Maybe that list can help you.
Number one on my list is storage space! Do you allow this? Chances are if your house is a mess now, you have too much accumulated stuff or there isn’t enough storage space to store these items. If you ignore this in your new home design, you might move one problem from your old residence to a new one.
Lack of storage at home is:
– Pantry for additional food such as canned goods that will overflow from the kitchen cupboard.
– Wardrobe that is too small to handle the wardrobe of family members for at least one season. Make sure the size is big enough.
– Coat of arms at the entrance of the house. When this is eliminated, the living room, kitchen or dining room starts to become the catch for winter coats.
– Linen cabinets are often overlooked too. This space is for sheets, pillowcases, washcloths, and towels. Too often, if the house does not have a linen closet, additional shelves must be added to handle this.
– Attic or basement storage that is easily accessible for storing Christmas lights and family mementos. When loft storage or basements are not available, the garage fills all these items.
If the house is in an area that is experiencing more than normal rain or snow, is there room for mud to take off muddy boots so you don’t track the house? I have seen a mud room equipped with a sink for washing before coming to the main house. This is also a good aspect of a well-designed home if someone at home likes to do automatic mechanics in the garage. They can wash the oil before they reach home.
One more thing to consider is letting enough natural light into the house. Too often there are too few windows that point in the right direction to capture natural light in the morning and at night.