By Fernande Jeannette. Home Plan. Published at Sunday, March 12th, 2017 - 07:09:18 AM.
Keep your design style similar throughout the space. Maintain Design Continuity. It may sound obvious, but maintaining an aesthetic flow throughout an open-concept living space is paramount. Fundamental design features such as flooring and recessed lighting should be consistent. Color palettes in different spaces should complement one another. Add layers of texture and different hues for highlights and accents.
For starters, the size of the home will shrink. As the Boomers jettison stuff, weaning themselves from some of their accumulated furnishings and other material, they will find that a smaller house suits their needs just fine. And since these houses will likely be situated in warmer locales, generously sized outdoor living areas will be a must.
Circulation is something else to think about. As Dan Gregory points out in a post called Watch That Layout! the best house plans provide two ways in and out of the living room, dining room, and kitchen -- as illustrated here with Plan 929-1 by Donald Gardner. See how you can move from kitchen to dining area to great room and back to kitchen; the guest suite also has two ways in and out. That way you can conveniently escape after you finish talking with someone.
Specialty Storage One of homebuyers’ biggest regrets is that they didn’t get enough storage space. Astute designers have answered that demand with over-sized utility rooms and pantries, big walk-in closets, and garage storage systems. Now they are including custom storage spaces everywhere. You can find storage for wine (Plan 888-17), cookbooks, and mobile devices in the kitchen. Binkley included drawers under stairs and benches in his award-winning homes at Laureate Park in Orlando.
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