When designing a home, most clients will initially focus on the look of the home. The color of the floor, the beauty of exposed beams, the square handles for their cabinets. But we like to take the design a level deeper here at A&E. Our goal is to build you a home that is not only beautiful but one that fits your lifestyle. A home that essentially can work for you and help you create better habits, cut down on wasted time, stay organized, and live a happier, healthier life. There are numerous ways to achieve this, but we wanted to share some of our favorite ways to have a home that perfectly complements your lifestyle
1. Coffee Lovers Unite – Coffee Bar
If you are a coffee or tea lover, you have probably dreamt of the perfect coffee bar for your home. Common desires for coffee bars are open shelving to display mug collections, storage space for all the coffee and tea, and plenty of counter space for coffee grinders, pots, canisters, and for true enthusiasts, a coffee scale. When designing this environment to work for your lifestyle, we will also suggest extra outlets, designated lighting, and a bar sink. You love your coffee and in a perfect world, your coffee is brewed and at the perfect temperature as soon as you wake up. So how do we make that happen? The outlets – between your coffee grinder, pot, scale, and temperature-controlled mug, you are looking at a minimum of 4 outlets which still might not be enough. So let’s install a few more to keep your coffee bar looking sleek and always powered on. The designated lighting – coffee and tea may be routine for some, but it is art for others. Coffee is usually drunk first thing in the morning and the last thing we want is for your eyes to squint as you turn on overhead lights before the sun rises. To best fit your lifestyle, we would install a soft light designated just for your coffee bar. A well-lit space for your coffee and a calm mood to help your morning get the perfect boost. Finally, the bar sink – we all know a core ingredient in coffee and tea is WATER. Is there anything much more annoying than walking your coffee pot’s water tank back and forth to the main sink? We think not. So a bar sink it is! A small sink that does not take up much room, but perfectly provides access to water to refill pots and even rinse off mugs and stir spoons. Save time, save space, and save frustration with a well-rounded coffee bar that perfectly fits your lifestyle!
2. Pet Parent Necessities – Pet Center
Owners of animals, especially cats and dogs, know how easily the house can become messy and disorganized when it comes to your furry bundle of joy. The happiness these additions to our family bring are worth the extra work they often bring, but we have a few tricks that can make all the difference in keeping your home clean but pet-friendly. Adding closed storage for food and treats is one of the first ways to keep clutter off the ground and countertops. Make sure to think through where you plan to feed your pet, and we will help you figure out where an extra cabinet can go in relation to that. You should also consider adding a water fixture in that area to allow you to quickly refill water bowls and even for easy cleaning. If you’ve ever been frustrated with muddy paws racing through your house on a rainy day, then we highly recommended having a closed-off space where you can clean and dry pets when they come inside on wet days. This is also where many people will add a pet shower/bath area for a quick rinse when needed.
3. Marie Kondo That Mess – Storage Organization
Some things that create clutter and mess in your home are not necessarily your kids’ (or partners’) fault. Sometimes, it is just that they do not have a dedicated place to go, or that place isn’t very efficient. As you begin thinking about building your home, try to think through all the things you have, especially those things that are unique to your family, and give them a place in your home. We are also big fans of adding a laundry shoot somewhere easily accessible so when you are changing your clothes, you can just drop them into the shoot that leads to the laundry area, eliminating the issue of having dirty clothes on the floor. It is also important to think about the future of your home when planning as well. Things that get added to your life and home later will also need a space in your home. This is true if you plan to have children, add pets to your family, pick up a new hobby, create a home gym or library, or start working from home. Allowing for space for more items or a potential change will keep you happy and content in your home for years to come.
4. Nosy Neighbors – Privacy for Doors & Windows
Blinds and curtains are typically an afterthought when building a new home, but we challenge you to think through these things at the beginning of the building journey. If you enjoy having privacy, then consider adding interior blinds to exterior doors. This is also a great option to be able to control the light in your home and not to have to mess with curtains that can easily get damaged. Along those same lines, you may want to think about having solid core doors installed to rooms that need a bit more soundproofing – like bedrooms or offices.
5. Mood Lighting – Adjustable Lights
Another easily missed item in your home is the correct lighting. It’s easy to just go with the standard lighting that the electrician lays out, but make sure you think about the specific needs of your family. If you and your partner have different sleep cycles, then add soft lighting options to your bedroom to allow for one person to awake and be able to function while the other still sleeps. Adding nightlights to outlets in hallways and bathrooms so it’s easy to navigate at night is another good option to consider. If you plan on entertaining, then adding dim lighting to the main rooms will allow you to set the right mood for company and even while watching movies. If you’ve lived in a home before, then you know how frustrating it can be when the light switches aren’t in the right place, or the light fixtures aren’t grouped together how you would prefer. It’s a good idea to think through placement and groupings when selecting your lighting options to avoid further frustration!
All of these things are excellent topics of conversation for you to have with your family as you are building your new home, and we are happy to help when you are ready! We think it is so important to build not just a beautiful, quality home, but also one that works well for your specific lifestyle. Sometimes it is difficult to think through exactly what you need in your home to make it fit your lifestyle — and that is why we are here — to help you figure it out! When you are ready to start the home-building journey, we’d be honored to help build the home of your dreams.