By Luisella Alfonsina. Home Plan. Published at Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 - 09:04:53 AM.
Imagine if you could walk the best model homes throughout the country, hunting for the latest design ideas for your new home? The next best thing -- for those of us who don’t have a six-figure travel budget -- may be to take a virtual tour through winning projects in industry design competitions. Even better is to take that guided tour from one of the country’s leading architects. Ed Binkley, a Tampa-based principal with BSB Design, recently mined the galleries for the latest trends. Here’s what he found.
Imagine your entertaining spaces fully occupied when deciding on a floor plan: For most homeowners dreaming of their ideal floor plan, they consider how nice it will be to have a few people over for drinks on the patio. The thought of entertaining the in-laws for a month each summer, or having all your co-workers over throughout the holidays may not cross your mind. Depending on your lifestyle if you love to entertain, consider your home fully occupied when planning kitchen, dining room and living room areas. This will ensure you plan room for mingling, eating, dancing, serving and of course walking through your home!
Inevitably you'll spend time re-doing /changing certain aspects of the home to meet state standards. Or you might need to make changes to suit the site all of which is more incentive to reduce the time required to develop a final plan. Dean concludes: "Making small changes to an already-designed home is a time/money saver!
Sports parties are a whole other ballgame (so to speak!). When I edited Builder magazine, we often hosted super bowl parties in show homes. Even though the game was running on multiple screens, guests tended to congregate around one screen in particular so that they could, in effect, watch the game together. It helped on those occasions when the main room for television watching borrowed space from another.
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