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Sep 23 2009

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Keeping the Kids’ Rooms Organized

Organizing Children's RoomsAs a follow up to last week’s post, Space Savers for Children’s Rooms, the tips and ideas suggested in Organizing Children’s Rooms found on Kay’s Country Cottage blog, are worth reading. If you’ve gone to the trouble of choosing all the right furniture and accessories for your kids’ rooms in your new home, you’ll surely want to keep their bedrooms tidy and organized. This means taking time every few months to go through each child’s room and purge, clean, reorganize, etc. Follow Kay’s advice…she offers many good ideas. Sort everything in the room. Throw away broken toys. Give toys away that are no longer played with but in good condition. Pass down clothing and shoes the child has outgrown. The list goes on.

 

If you take time to clear out unnecessary items occasionally, those space saving pieces of furniture and accessories that made each child’s room perfect when you moved in, will be able to better maintain order and serve their intended purposes. There is no sense in trying to maintain an orderly room if you are running out of space due to unwanted and no longer needed items. It is time to start getting organized.

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Sep 17 2009

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Space Savers for Children’s Rooms

round-storage-ottomanWhen you decided to build your new home, there is no doubt you considered your child or future child(ren), their needs and all their STUFF when choosing a house plan. No matter what their age, kids have all the furniture adults have. They also have plenty of extras like toys, game systems, sporting equipment, stuffed animals, arts and craft supplies, and all those special treasures they stash in the closet and under the bed. You probably know it is important to maximize each child’s space in your new home, so when shopping for furniture keep this rule in mind: If it’s not practical, don’t buy it.

 

Consider these space savers when buying furniture and accessories for your child’s new room.

 

Multi-Purpose Furniture – Multi-purpose furniture should be attractive, functional and satisfy more than one need. Toy boxes and hinged ottomans are ideal space savers because they offer out-of-sight storage and a place to sit. Desks with drawers offer storage for school and craft supplies and a work surface for writing and working. Finally, consider pieces of furniture that will grow with your child and make a smart financial purchase.

 

loft-bedLoft Bed – For older children, a loft bed is a great way to expand usable space while maintaining floor space. A loft bed is similar to a bunk bed because it sits up off the floor. But instead of having a lower bunk, there is room for something else like a play area or a study space. Many loft beds come with built in shelving units, dresser drawers or a desk underneath the bed.

 

Convertible Crib/Bed – Consider purchasing a convertible crib if you are expecting a baby or have an infant or toddler. Convertible cribs grow with your child from infancy through their teens and beyond depending on your/their preferences as they grow. These kinds of beds convert from a crib to a toddler bed and then to a day bed, twin or full size bed depending on the brand and style. Usually the conversions are easy and only require adding or removing side boards, the foot board, or rails and swapping out the crib/toddler mattress for a twin/full size mattress. Most furniture stores and baby stores sell these kinds of beds and they are usually available with matching furniture pieces such as dresser, night stand, changing table etc. Purchasing a convertible crib or bed saves space because you won’t have to buy new furniture as you child progresses though life. This also means you won’t need to find a place to store the old stuff until you can use it again or find another use for it.

 

Under-the-Bed Storage – Free up closet, shelf and floor space with organizers that fit under the bed. There is a wide variety of storage containers, bins and boxes available all designed to neatly slide underneath a bed. Using various totes to store out of season clothing and bedding under the bed keeps it out of the closet when it isn’t needed and keeps it out of sight. You might even consider giving your child one organizer of their own to store their “special things”.

 

Shelving – Both bookshelves or wall shelves are a necessity for saving space. Rather than having piles of toys, books, games and collectibles on the floor, shelving provides a place to organize, store or display your child’s favorite things while keeping the floor space clear for walking or playing.

 

Wall Pegs or Hooks – It is no secret that children typically leave things on the floor. Free up floor space and teach your child to take care of his or her belongings by installing several wall pegs or hooks near the bedroom door. This will give your child a place to put all their personal items such as jackets, backpacks, hats, belts, coats and more. This will free up floor space keeping your child from stepping on his hoodie or ball cap and keep him organized. If he get into a habit of always hanging his things at the door, he’ll know right where to find things when he needs them.

 

Take some time to consider which of these space savers will work in your child’s room.

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Sep 10 2009

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Spa Inspired Master Baths

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A surprising new trend is popping up in new homes across America. Simply stated, it seems there is almost no limit to the luxuries new homeowners are seeking in their master bath. For today’s home buyers, outstanding master baths are as important as full-featured kitchens and lavish master bedrooms. Well appointed master baths offer a relaxing retreat at the end of the day and their amenities appear at the top of most new home buyer’s wish lists.

 

In many cases, these luxurious baths take their inspiration from spas. Some of the features include:

·         His and Her vanities

·         Vessel sinks

·         Walk-in showers

·         Showers with multiple shower headsHouse Plan 040H-0016

·         Dual entrance showers

·         Whirlpool, Jacuzzi or garden tubs

·         Stand alone bathtubs separate from the shower

·         Elaborate flooring and tile designs

·         Heated flooring

·         Warming towel racks and towel warmers

·         Attached saunas

·         Fireplaces

·         Built in TVs

·         Elegant fixtures and lighting

·         His and Her dressing areas

·         Compartmented toilets

·         His and Her toilets

·         Granite vanity tops

 

As elaborate master baths continue to evolve, it is important to take note that large walk-in showers often rival soaking tubs and more often than not, His and Her walk-in closets are contained within the master bath.

 

By 2015, the National Association of Home Builders predicts amenity rich master baths will be consider must-haves in most new homes. Many residential designers are already preparing for the future by including several of these features in the house plans they are presently creating and drawing. Browse The House Plan Shop’s home plan collection to discover some of these innovative designs.

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May 19 2009

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Flex Rooms: A Growing Trend in New Home Construction

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Homebuyers with continuously changing needs want flexibility and options with their new homes. Flex rooms are the answer. One of the latest hot trends in new home construction, flex rooms offer just what the homeowner wants, flexibility.

 

The magic with a flex room is due to its versatility and multiple uses. Some larger flex rooms work well as a home office and easily convert to a guest room for weekend visitors. Others serve as a nursery for a young family and once the children have moved into their “big kid” rooms, it easily transforms into a den, formal dining room or exercise room. With smaller flex rooms, the space might work well as a storage area, but once you’ve added that garage with storage loft to your backyard, the storage space opens up for a computer/homework station instead. Or perhaps you need a place to store all of your supplies and equipment for favorite family hobbies like baseball bats and gloves or golf clubs. Sometime in the future, you might convert this space into the small sewing room you’ve always wanted and move the sporting equipment elsewhere.

 

The beauty of a flex room is that it can be anything you want it to be when you need it. It just takes a little imagination, creativity and planning. Keep in mind you can improve your space further by adding special features like built-in cabinets, shelving units, task lighting or extra electrical outlets which contribute to the usefulness and flexibility of the space.

 

If you are looking for a home plan with flexible space and options as your family grows and changes, select a home plan with a flex room. Don’t forget to check out home plans with a bonus room. They can be used in much the same way.

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