You’ve probably experienced, or can at least imagine, living in a home built from someone else’s design. At the end of a busy day you may have noticed that the home became cluttered with book bags, kitchen utensils, toys, coats, and shoes left lying wherever it was convenient to do so. What may be even more frustrating as you clean is that the designated storage space for these items might be cluttered and disorganized as well. Your home just wasn’t built with this scenario in mind.
Building a custom home with Carrington Homes provides you with the opportunity to incorporate features that are important to you. If storage and organization is one of those features, we have some tips to help you get started.
Enough storage in the kitchen for everything to have space.
What is the point of spending money on beautiful marble countertops if they’re hidden underneath small appliances, food, and daily clutter? Take a look at what is on your countertop right now. Chances are there is a design solution available that will help keep a lot of these items stored away while still providing convenient access when they’re needed.
An experienced custom home builder should have plenty of ideas on how to best layout your kitchen based on your needs for storage. They may have some unique custom cabinetry, or walk in pantry ideas that you never would have imagined. One of the biggest advantages of building a custom home is to work with innovators that enjoy the challenge of helping solve these common problems.
Turn the empty space under the stairs into something useful.
If you’re going to spend the time building a custom home and designing every little detail, then you’ll want to take advantage of every square inch of the home. In most homes, the area under the stairs is one of the most under-utilized spaces.
Your obvious choice is to have a small closet built here. If, however, you’re looking for something more innovative, you can install oversized drawer pull outs under the stairs. These drawers are great for sectioning off the space allowing you to create multiple possibilities for easily accessible storage. No more stacking boxes on top of boxes in the closet that you’ll eventually end up moving back and forth to get to the one you need.
Use a mudroom for sports equipment, coats, and laundry.
Mudrooms are all the rage in custom home designs, but they aren’t a passing fad. They are a trend that’s going to stick around for years. Why? Because these are the catch-all rooms that make life easier and less cluttered. Typically tucked away behind the kitchen connecting the home to the garage, mudrooms are a place for you to hang your hat, so to speak.
Mudrooms come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but you’ll probably find storage solutions like benches, coat hooks, and a place for shoes in these rooms. Some mud rooms even feature pet showers and laundry rooms. These laundry rooms are typically larger than normal ones and include plenty of space to hang-dry clothes and a countertop for folding clothes.
Install a command center you’ll actually use.
Command centers are great for planning your week or leaving reminders as your loved ones are leaving, but they also provide a convenient place to keep those items that you might walk in or out the door with on a regular basis. You’ll have to research designs and find what will work best for you, but you should have something where you can keep keys, store mail, hang backpacks, and possibly have a place to charge your phone. When you’re running out the door in a rush it’s great to have those small necessities ready to go in one place rather than trying to remember where you left them. If you have some ideas, review them with your builder and see how they can help you build the perfect area for staying organized.