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Home Storage Solutions – Creative, Clever, Practical and Quaint!

Most of us know the challenges of finding enough space to store personal items in our homes. The quest to create spots to stash the personal belongings with which we cannot part is familiar and ongoing! We have ideas and solutions to share.

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Creative. Clever. Practical. Quaint. Ideas abound. Here you go!

* Create storage with home furnishings! Build the ability to tuck things neatly into the enclosures of armoires and wardrobes, end tables with enclosures, coffee tables with hinged tops, ottomans and foot stools that double as container storage, and even corner cabinets. Add staircase style shelves that offer an open, staggered look to the room alongside fun and functional organizational options.

* In addition to your living room spaces, there are fun and clever ways to expand your storage options in the kitchen as well! Open concept kitchens may work well with functional features like rolling carts. Ceiling mount pot racks are both stylish and functional. You might also consider the idea of “kitchen rails” for wall mount options. Don’t forget the drawers! Drawer organizers help to keep your kitchen gadgets neat, tidy, accessible, and so much easier to find!

* Think as well about the layout and organization of your bedroom. You might want to explore the possibility of a platform-style bed or one with storage built into the headboard. Chests of drawers, traditional dressers, night stands, and other furniture and accessories will add to your organizational options even beyond the closet space built into your floor plan.

* Oft overlooked are entry area spaces! Mudroom bench seats near the entry foyer make excellent decorative features for coats and scarves, umbrellas and more. How about a coat rack?

* Bathrooms are great spaces into which storage can be added. You might place a mirrored medicine cabinet conveniently above the sink. Add towel keeper shelving above the commode or near the shower. Wire racks create open storage options, and come in a variety of sizes and designs. As you browse the possibilities in showrooms or online, you’ll quickly discover lots of possibilities! How about a shower caddy?

* Don’t forget your laundry room. Your laundry space may work for a storage shelf or cabinetry above the washer and dryer. Perhaps you have an open wall that will work well for open wire racks or enclosed hanging cabinets? As space allows, stow away cleaning supplies! You might even want to place a wall-mount ironing board.

* Add storage to vertical spaces like walls and doors. Imagine floating shelves, open shelves just below ceiling height, built-ins, and alcoves. Consider magazine racks mounted to the wall near your nightstand or reading chair. Think about the ways you might add hooks, hangers, and pantry style shelving systems to the backs of doors.

* Build storage into the spaces unique to your home’s floor plan. Perhaps a closet or drawers into the structure of a staircase? Dream on the idea of a unique built-in feature. You might enjoy the idea of a window seat with a hinged panel for access to a trunk style storage space or a cabinet style design. Add a walkway or “floor space” to your attic for access, and the expansion of storage capacity. Place shelves and cabinets in your garage. You might want a work table or peg board for tools. Consider storing bicycles with ceiling hangers.

* If your home has especially generous walk-in closets, or you have a spare bedroom conveniently placed for storage use, explore some of the fantastic ideas available for these spaces. Closet systems, mirrored accessory tables, shoe racks, islands with cabinet and drawer storage, and more.

* Some floor plans include modest exterior storage closets often located adjacent to a patio area. These areas can be left open or finished with organizers. They make great spots for everything from brooms and buckets to garden tools.

Additional thoughts to help as you enhance your home storage…

If you’re making plans to remodel your home, consider the ways in which you might add design elements that add to your storage options. Thoughtfully considered, these features will add to your current comfort, and be part of your home’s market appeal when you’re ready to move from your current home, and into the next one.

As you’re considering what you’ll store and where, take into account the best storage environments for your belongings. Do you need to control the storage space for temperature or humidity? If you have anything that needs special security (or restricted access), take this into account as well.

Be sure you’re developing safe storage options. Consider the safety of children, pets, and members of the household with special needs. Avoid tripping hazards or overcrowding. Preserve points of entry and egress for convenience and comfort, but also in the event of emergency.

Home storage as part of a transition from your current home to the next one…

If you’re in the process of a move, consider temporary storage in a secured facility with affordable climate controlled units. This is a great way to remove clutter in preparation for marketing your current home while also cleaning and organizing for the move into your next home. When the home you’re selling goes to contract, and the time clock is ticking, the work you’ve completed in preparation should prove to minimize and relieve stress that can come with transition.

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Kitchen Trends and Design Ideas

Creating a kitchen is exciting, fun, and filled with design decisions that merge beauty of form and practicality of function. We have lots of ideas to inspire, tips to tweak plans, and solutions to challenges. Whether you’re purchasing a new construction home with design options, remodeling an existing residence for personal pleasure, or gearing up for the sale of your home, we have information to help. Keep reading, and enjoy!

The Big Design Picture

As you consider your kitchen, keep the overall design concept of your home in mind. You’ll want to think about everything from the architectural style of your home and community to the layout, look and feel of your floor plan. Is your home vintage and historic, elegant and traditional, classically chic, or stylish and modern? How are the rooms of your main living level arranged? How does your kitchen area relate to the main living space? Have your measuring tape handy, and begin with a sketch!

Understanding the Space

Develop a keen understanding of the kitchen space, and how your dream kitchen will work within that space? Prioritize your design elements, both practical and decorative, so that you can build what is most important to you into the plan. Consider the placement and working arrangement of everything from your counters and cabinets to your appliances. Imagine yourself in the kitchen as you hope to enjoy it while cooking, serving meals, or entertaining. Think carefully through the natural flow of your movement throughout the space, and work this flow into the placement of the various features. Balance the space requirements of cabinets and appliances with the need for comfortable movement throughout the kitchen area. While making the most of your space, be sure not to overcrowd it!

Combining Clever Storage and Delightful Display

Today’s kitchen cabinets offer a variety of clever convenience features. Pull out drawers, corner cabinets, built-in pasta bins, and spice racks too. Vertical dividers for cabinets with taller spaces are a great idea for the storage of cake pans, cookie trays, and cooling racks. A corner storage option with Lazy Susan access will help you make the most of corner area storage. Counter top “garage doors” provide for easy access to small appliances and tools – toasters, blenders, mixers, and more – all while keeping your counters neat, clean, and tidy. If your kitchen is fitted into a smaller area, and space is limited, you might even think about a pull-out prep station tucked into the kitchen island. Hoping to stow your trash and recycling? You can build a trash can feature into your cabinetry as well. There are so many practical possibilities from which to draw in the development of your kitchen concept.

Kitchen Finishes

Kitchen finishes are fun. There are lots of delightful design ideas, and something for everyone. Wood, metal, stone, ceramic, glass, and even cement are materials beautifully featured in kitchens today. Ideas abound for the use of these in cabinet construction and door facing, counters and work surfaces, and backsplashes. Knobs, handles and pulls are wonderful accents too. You’ll discover a whole host of these in crystal, metal, wood, stone, and yes, leather. Kitchens have always been of central importance in the home. Today they’re also focal points of design and decor. From the floor to the ceiling, and everything in between, the possibilities are almost endless.

Appliances

From trendy retro ranges and refrigerators in an array of fabulous colors to modern stainless or classic black, appliances are as much a part of your kitchen design as any other feature. Some will stand out. Others are more recessed. Form is followed closely by the latest and greatest updates to function. Your fridge might feature a sliding glass door display. Your oven might be placed above counter height and include French doors for access. Dishwashers may be full sized, 2-in-1 systems, or smaller units to fit smaller spaces. Perhaps you’re hoping for a gourmet gas cook top including its own griddle or grill. Maybe you’re interested in the new induction technology!

Lighting

Layer your lighting options so that you can adjust the direction and level of light for a variety of needs. Think about placement of recessed lights overhead, pendant fixtures above your kitchen island, breakfast bar or buffet service, a lovely chandelier over your breakfast table. Under counter and under cabinet lights are both functional and lovely. You may also want wall sconces near entryways. Remember! Bright light is helpful over work spaces. Softer lighting is more relaxed for evening meals. When making your lighting choices, be sure to coordinate the design of your fixtures such that these beautifully compliment the look of your kitchen. Have fun shopping the ideas. The marketplace has many fixtures from which to choose yours.

Make the Kitchen Your Very Own with Special Features

Create a kitchen space that’s uniquely your own with the addition of special features. You might want a writing desk, a coffee station, message center or chalk board, built-in television, a sound system, or even a broom closet. If you have flex within the floor plan consider adding or expanding a pantry. For those who enjoy entertaining, dream on the placement of a buffet service, and an island with generous counter height seating. If you’re looking for a warm and cozy feeling, think about an in-kitchen fireplace or decorator wood stove perfect for a teapot.

Variable Features for Flex in Changing Ideas and Tastes

Variable design features deliver flexibility to your kitchen concept. Think rolling island carts for mobile and convenient placement, or accent furnishings upholstered with your favorite fabric, leather covering, or stained wood finish. Include your dish service and kitchen towels in your variable decorator decisions. Add a pot rack to the wall or over the working island. Place a fabulous rug. If you’re looking for a way to add a splash of color or unique style, these are great ways to accomplish the look, and provide you with options to update the ideas along the way. You might even add your paint selection to this grouping of ideas!

Helpful Tips as You Prepare for a Remodeling or Home Improvement Project 

If you’re part of a mandatory HOA, be sure to check in with your association and property management team for information, guidance and instructions related to necessary approvals, contractor scheduling, and even elevator access.

Check in with your county and/or city for any permitting required for your project.

If your project requires moving, removing, or modifying any load bearing walls, be sure you include an engineer’s assessment and recommendations in your project planning.

Always work with qualified, experienced, and reputable contractors. Be sure to ask for their input with regard to your ideas and plans. They may have experience that will help improve on your ideas, recommendations related to the best brand name products, and more. Secure a detailed proposal from your contractors to include pricing estimates, estimated completion timelines, your payment commitments for services rendered, warranties, and policies related to dispute resolution.

Touch base with your insurance agent to ask if there is any special insurance consideration related to the work in progress, or updates needed for your coverage on completion.

If you are funding a home improvement project with lender funds, be sure you understand the policies and procedures of the lender related to approval of the project and payment to your contractors.

A home improvement may have property tax implications. Be sure to check with your property tax office for reporting requirements.

Some remodeling projects include the need for access to exterior areas. If your project includes any outside excavation, remember to CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!

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