At Perkinson Homes, we make it our mission to stay ahead of the trends in custom home design. There are many simple floor plan tweaks that will dramatically improve your family’s quality of life at home. With the new year right around the corner, here are some of the biggest trends we see for 2020:
Pocket Offices & Studies
As truly versatile utility spaces, pocket offices and studies are growing in popularity. With working from home on the rise, these spaces offer a private room for getting work done while staying close to the main living area. Pocket offices are also great spaces for homework stations, giving your children an area in which they can focus but easily ask for help from you in the next room. Having a space like this that doesn’t make you seclude yourself to get the job done is excellent, especially with younger children. Pocket offices can fit in areas like the kitchen next to cabinets, a small room near your living room, or even a room disclosed as a closet!
Another area that you shouldn’t be quick to overlook is the laundry room. With the move towards first-floor master bedrooms, it makes sense that the laundry room should be there as well. Even though laundry might be a dull chore, you can still make the room fun and functional. Having a bold color scheme, and even wallpaper (yes, wallpaper) will make the time spent doing laundry a delight! Well, as delightful as laundry can be. With ample counter space and storage for all your supplies, you’ll have plenty of room to fold your linens and keep everything organized.
Something you may not think about is a formal pantry. A formal pantry is a small room in your kitchen that can include a sink, small appliances, and serves as a “clean up station” when entertaining. Dirty dishes piled up from the delicious dinner you made can be unsightly, and you don’t want to take time away from your guests to clean them, so put them in the pantry and continue enjoying your evening.
We love our fur-babies, but not necessarily the mess they make. A mudroom is a perfect catch-all. With enough room to comfortably fit pet accessories like beds and supplies, it makes a cozy environment that keeps any mess out of the main areas of your home. Another nice feature is the dutch doors, allowing you to see and check in on them.
Another excellent use for the mudroom is for your family to store their coats, shoes, bags, and even electronics. Grab whatever you need for the day without having to search around for your winter jacket or your other shoe – because everything can be in one place. We can’t promise you’ll get out the door on time, but at least there will be a more accessible place to store all the things you need to try!
As our lifestyles change, so should your home’s floor plan. Reach out to the design experts at Perkinson Homes and let’s discuss your next floor plan!