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The Nitty Gritty of Home Design: A Check List, Part II

As promised in yesterday’s post, here is The Check List of questions to ask yourself as you plan and design your new home.

Plan ahead for how your rooms will be used!

Plan ahead for how your rooms will be used!

·How many people will live here? Are they permanent or occasional occupants and are there special needs associated with any of them?

·Is this a primary or second home? Considerations such as climate control and storage will come into play depending on the answer.

·What type of kitchen do I want? One that can incorporate friends and family while I cook? What type of space will I need for food storage, dishes, glassware, utensils, cooking equipment, cleaning supplies, garbage? Do I have certain types of appliances in mind? Yankee Barn Homes

·Do I want a formal dining room? If not, do I want a bar or breakfast nook area and a family style table in the kitchen?

Decide where formal and everyday meals will occur.

·Will I entertain here? In what numbers? Assess as carefully as possible as the answer may very well determine the layout of the kitchen, dining and living areas.Yankee Barn Homes kitchen

·How many bathrooms do I need? How many will be shared? Are there any special features  or equipment needed/desired such as whirlpool tub, sauna, designer shower, grab bars, extra outlets in the cabinetry, special lighting, ventilation, or child friendly storage and faucets?Copper Tub

·How many guest rooms do I need? Where do I want them in proximity to the family bedrooms? Does this affect the placement of bathrooms?post and beam bedroom

·Do I want a home office? If so what electrical equipment will be required and where will they be located? Do I need increased electrical sources and Internet access? Do I want this office close to or far from the daily activity of the house?

·Do I want a media room(s)? Where/how does my family use computers and TVs? Internet access? Note: many homes are now being wired in every room or providing wireless access through out the house.Media Room

·Where do I want the laundry room located? Does my home generate enough laundry to consider multiple washing machines? On what level would I like it(them)? Be sure to consider the space needed for an ironing board, air drying fine washables and hand washing of certain garments as well as laundry room supplies storage.

·What are my storage requirements? I strongly suggest this is assessed on a room by room basis while also considering special needs such as sports equipment, crafts, sewing, or other hobbies.

·Will I have pets? Will I want direct access to a yard or a mudroom? Where will they be fed? Where will items such as litter boxes go? Beambabe's babies

Please let me know if I’ve missed an area of concern and I’ll be happy to address it.

Happy Planning!

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