When a client comes to us at Erotas Building Corporation to help them design and build a new home, our team spends a lot of time talking about the everyday details of living in the house and what works best for that individual person or family.
Here are a few everyday details to consider for each room when designing your dream house:
In assisting with the design of the kitchen layout, we sit down with clients and talk through how they function in the room. Some of the questions asked include:
- How do you use the kitchen and prepare your meals?
- Do you want a single or double oven?
- How about your refrigerator? Are you considering a refrigerator freezer combo, or separate units for each one?
- How do you use the space? Are you an entertainer and the kitchen is your stage? Do you prepare dinner for your family? Do you put on a lavish brunch every Sunday?
- Where should the silverware and utensils go? How about the knives?
- Where does it make sense to put your spices? Do you want them stored in a cabinet or drawer, or out in the open for easy access when cooking?
- How large would you like your kitchen sink? Do you want a single or double bowl?
The Laundry Room
Your laundry room gets a lot of use. With grass stains, wine stains, and mud stains, you have to make sure you have a layout that works with how you clean up all those messes. Some of the questions we ask include:
- Do you fold your laundry a specific way and need a certain size countertop to make that happen?
- Should there be storage and work space to iron or steam garments?
- Do you want drying racks and/or need hanging rods?
- Do you need a permanent space (cubby, basket, etc) for each individuals clothing? Should we plan for both dirty and clean baskets?
- Would you like top or front-loading machines?
- Would you like a laundry tub?
- Do you need a dog wash station? Should it be in the laundry or mud room?
The bathroom is another location that we think is very important to have a conversation about. Each bathroom is different in the way it is used. The Master bath discussion is different than that for a main floor powder room or a child’s bath. Some things to consider are:
- Do you want more than one sink?
- Do you need space for linens?
- Should the floors be heated?
- A bench in a shower is a wonderful addition; would you like it built in?
- How tall are your shampoo and conditioner bottles? This will determine the size of the wall niche or corner shelf.
- Where should your towel bar or hook be located in proximity to the shower? You don’t want to get out of the shower and walk across the bathroom to grab your towel everyday.
- Do you want a medicine cabinet? Do you prefer a single door, or double doors? Which direction do you want the door to open?
- Do you want toilet paper storage in each bathroom?
- Lighting is important in the bathroom. Do you want lights built into the mirror or wall mount fixtures?
The Complete Home Experience
There are many ways to help clients work through this process, but the one that we have found to be successful is to have them walk through their new house, room by room, in their mind and visualize where it makes sense to place certain items. Some things to think about include:
- Where would you usually reach for a light switch when entering a room?
- When you open a door to go into a room, should it swing to the left or right?
- Where do you hang your coats when you come in? Does each person need a locker or hook?
- Does your family take shoes off when they come into the house? If so, should we plan on a place to store them? How many pairs of shoes for each person should we plan for?
- Is there an entry rug going inside your front door? We want to know so we can position the door high enough to swing past it.
- Do you need to control many of the lights in the house from your bedside or other locations? A well-thought-out lighting control plan can make this an easy option.
- Do you have technology (music, theater, etc.) that needs to be controlled from different places in your home?
- How much private space do you want? Do you want a guest area separate from the main living space?
As you can see, there are many everyday details that go into making your home exactly how you want it. By creating a conversation with clients and going over these questions, we are in a better position to understand the things that matter the most to make a home that truly works for each individual homeowner.
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