If your family is the song of your life, your home is the melody. -BPA
We all want our home to reflect the rhythm of our lives. We want to prioritize for the spaces we use frequently, and design for the style that makes us happy. In this instance, as in many others, knowledge is power. When our clients are knowledgeable about features and products that make their home personalized, we know we have done our job well. Here are some features that are a little less known but can be the key to home personalization.
Let's start with "zoning," which is done by keeping sections of the house task specific. For example, having a wet bar just outside of the kitchen will move that particular action, which is usually reserved for entertaining, out of the way of people who are cooking. A butler pantry will also serve this purpose (please see our blog entitled Butler Pantry for more on this). The kitchen has many zones and some are considerably higher traffic than others.
Another option which has been steadily growing in popularity is a second laundry room on the first floor. This is especially useful if you have a pool or sandy feet coming in to your home on a regular basis. This area does not have to take up a lot of space but can certainly provide a ton of luxury to sunny afternoons or muddy winters.
And speaking of muddy, the extra laundry space can be a built-in part of the mud room. Many home owners have been opting to decrease the size of dining rooms and increase the size of mud rooms. It is an area that gets heavy usage year round and often calls for priority during the building stage.
Another favorite in the world of custom homes is the flex room. And no this is not the room where people show off their biceps, this is the room that is especially personalized depending on the current owner. You may use your flex room as a first floor play room to keep all of your kid's toys out of site. It can be a library, sitting room, a dining room, or as in the example below, a bourbon room. Because life is good in the bourbon room!
Another great option for space utilization is the third floor bunk room. Perfect for guests or grandchildren, the third floor bunk room is an inviting way to keep people coming back to your home year after year. For those that do not have as much of a need for this feature, you can opt to do away with this room altogether and go with vaulted ceilings in your master bedroom. Both offer distinct benefits depending on your style of living.
We also often recommend using a product called Superior Walls. If you have the flood zone approval for a basement, this product ensures that you can build a finished basement whenever you are ready for it. This dry wall comes pre-studded and pre-insulated so that when you decide to finish your basement you have the foundation that is ready to go. Whether it is during the initial build or much later you can add beautiful living space into your basement with a wine room, an exercise room, or even just extra living space. The wine room feature below is a CMM classic.
Your home can always be the place that launches you and the place that calls you back. We understand how needs and life stages change, and therefore so do the ways you structure the place that structures your life. Let these pictures and ideas inspire your next call to personalize your home.
As always, Happy Building
-The CMM Team