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Scale and Livability, the "New" American Home
The last few years have been tough, however I am pleased to see one thing change, the 'mcmansion' sized home has taken a backseat to quality and livability. Savvy buyers are no longer looking for the lowest price per foot, emphasis is on thoughtful upgrades and efficiency. What once was old is "new" again.
This 2450 Sq. Ft. home designed by author and architect Sarah Susanka of "The Not So Big House", is an excellent example of scale and livability. Integrated storage, purposeful living spaces and the use of natural light make it efficient too!
Using built-in china cabinets and buffets are an excellent way to take advantage of smaller walls. Integrated storage is key to designing smaller homes.
What may have been a large wall between the kitchen and stepped down living area, is separated by a beautifully clad half-wall. Not only does is serve the purpose of a bench, it becomes an architectural feature as well. LOVE it!
This has been one of my favorite projects. To me, this remodel truly encompasses the "New" American Home. An existing 2005 Sq. Ft. home in which we captured 400 Sq. Ft. of previously mis-used space, opening up the living areas, rather than adding on.
I call these HUBS and every new home should have one. The bygone years of a "study" are over, the New American Home office might find itself in the kitchen, laundry room or in my case just off the Master Bedroom, a pantry or small walk-in closet sized area, when well thought-out is perfect!
Do we really need a walk-in pantry? Thoughtful storage solutions mean less space for our things and more space for us!
Entry halls can swallow a lot of wasted space, utilizing a shoe bench and storage is not only a great use of space...but in my house would mean less shoes and socks under the kitchen island!