Changes in the Home
4 Areas that are adjusting to meet your needs
Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
Over the last year our homes have undergone a shift in their function as they became our office, gym, and classroom. It was not just a place we went to recharge before running out to work or the next game, it became the central hub for everything where we spent large amounts of uninterrupted time inside. With so much additional time spent inside it quickly became apparent to many homeowners that their current layout was not adequate for their new needs often leaving them feeling frustrated by the lack of space. This deficiency has led to a readjustment of space, a call to renovate the home and provide a more functional design for everyone. There are also other reasons motivating homeowners to reevaluate their current living situation such as greater flexibility at home, open concept, personal space, and plenty of storage. While kitchens and bathrooms are still among the most renovated areas in the home, new emphasis is being placed on four additional sections in the home which we want to highlight today.
Working from home has become common for many individuals resulting in a need for a space that they can call their own, a place they can separate work from personal life. More and more homes come with an office space built in but for those with older homes they are realizing the urgency of a renovation. Working from home is not always an easy adjustment especially when you have been used to having everything you need for your job within easy reach. To maintain productivity and efficiency on your projects it is critical that you have a sufficient work area that accommodates all your needs including online meetings, ample storage, and a professional environment. A dedicated office space comes with multiple benefits including limited distractions, less chances of important papers getting misplaced, and the ability to handle private calls and meetings. Some things you should include in your home office design are:
- Favorite artwork
- Sufficient desk/workspace
- Natural light
- Open shelving
- Ample storage
Since we spend a lot of time in our office it is important to create an environment that motivates and inspires you to do your best. Take time to research a design and find inspiration pictures that you can take to your meeting with a designer. For a few more helpful tips read this helpful post.
Easily labeled one of the most important areas of the home, the laundry room tends to also be the most overlooked. As the place where clothes get sorted, cleaned, and dried it has the potential to be overrun with everything clothing related such as sports jerseys and school uniforms. Designers today strive to create a laundry room that is both stylish and functional for their clients because they understand that the influence a clean, orderly space can have on your mood. When preparing to renovate your laundry room, here are some things to keep in mind:
This is a multi-functional space in the home that not only makes sure your clothes stay in prime condition but stores overflow from other areas in the home like the kitchen and closet. Cleaning products, extra paper supplies, and even pet food can make their way into the laundry room giving rise to the need for a well-designed space. There are several ways to create ample storage in your laundry room, cabinets and shelving give you practical storage while still keeping everything looking neat and tidy. Don’t forget that your washer and dryer can be incorporated into the look by becoming a statement piece. Discover some additional storage and organization tips from Good Housekeeping.
We love our pets, they are always there for us so it seems only right that we should include them when designing new spaces in the home. Some things to keep in mind when designing for a pet include:
- Feeding area
Our pets are like family so they should be considered as we renovate our homes and make adjustments to our layouts. When buying new furniture we might worry that it can get damaged by our fur babies but there are certain materials that are durable such as leather and microfiber, read a detailed list from The Spruce. It is always a good idea to keep toys and scratch posts nearby to help distract your pets from playing on the furniture. This does mean that there should be a designated place to store all those toys when they are not in use as well as for food and treats. Think about adding a special cabinet or basket where you can place these things so they are within reach but can be put away when you have company. A good design can help you give your pet what they need and still look aesthetically pleasing to you.
We all enjoy getting off work and relaxing with our favorite beverage but since many of us work from home it means we can’t just swing by the store on our way back from the office. Having your own beverage space inside the home is becoming more and more popular with buyers. Installing a beverage cooler in your family room or kitchen frees up more space in the refrigerator for the other essential items plus you will always have a cool drink waiting for you. It also have multiple benefits such as:
- A separate area to relax with friends
- Additional storage for glasses and even paper products
- Perfect temperature for your beverages
Having a separate area means less people underfoot when you host a party or have extended family over and less mess in the kitchen. It also allows your guests to enjoy a quiet place after dining. Learn more about why this is a great addition to your choice here.
Let’s renovate your home
Your home must be a place that nurtures positive emotions, providing you the perfect environment necessary to function at your best. We believe in personalizing your space, making it a place you and your loved ones can thrive. We invite you to visit our showroom, browse through our displays of flooring, cabinets, tile, hardware, lighting, home decor items, furniture and more. Our goal is to provide you with the things you need to create the environment that is perfect for you to relax and enjoy your time at home whether that is for a few hours or all day. Connect with us and let’s get started on making the needed adjustments to creating the home you always dreamed of having.
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