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5th Nov, 2019
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Three generations of home buyers with very different lifestyles, preferences and values are driving four distinctive trends in today’s new home design. Baby boomers, Generation Xers and millennials each have very specific objectives for how their living space should function based on what period they’re at in their lives.

Right-sized floor plans appeal to all three generations for simple, easy living.

Baby boomers, Gen Xers and millennials do agree on one major design trend: smaller homes with less maintenance. They desire an open floor plan where one space flows naturally into another, from living to dining to entertaining, and even outdoor living space. Baby boomers seek to downsize with all of their living space on one level as an age-in-place option. Millenials also want a simple, open floor plan – and are very attracted to the notion of a “tiny home” – while not sacrificing any modern amenities.

According to a recent study conducted by HousingEconomics.com, millennials are increasingly placing an emphasis on having amenities that make a statement in their home, such as wine and coffee bars, large central kitchen islands with ranges, built-in kitchen seating, exercise rooms and smart technology.

All three generations agree on ensuring that their new homes are designed to be environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

Generational electronic media preference influences the entertainment space.

 “There are noticeable generational differences when it comes to entertaining spaces and electronics,” said Paul Foresman, head of business development for Design Basics of Omaha, Nebraska. “Baby boomers may be less likely to focus their entertaining around electronic media with separate space designated as media rooms. In many home designs of Gen X, you often see the floor plan revolves around a large-screen TV that can be viewed from any seat in the house. Finally, millennials tend to design their entertaining and living spaces around media and electronics along with incorporating smart technology in the home,” he explained.

For millennials, technology friendly spaces are critical with easily accessible outlets and charging stations. They also prefer a smart-automated home where they can control all of their electronics, heat, electricity and lights with one swipe on their mobile phone.

Dual owner’s suites surge in popularity, for different reasons. “While baby boomers are fueling the surge in home designs with dual owner’s suites for elderly parents or caretakers, millennials are seeking the same configuration to accommodate parents, roommates or a home-based business,” explained Foresman.

He also acknowledged that for millennials, considerable thought is being given to where the dual owner’s suite is located to provide privacy from the rest of the home when clients and colleagues visit. The second owner’s suite may be located, for example, on the opposite side of the main floor from the master suite and main living space or in a walk-out basement for easy access.

Well-planned storage space is non-negotiable across all three generations.

According to Foresman, they’ve never designed a home with too much storage space. “It’s a ‘must-have’ across all three generations of home buyers,” he said. “Larger walk-in pantries, for example, address storage needs more cost-effectively than expensive kitchen cabinetry. Garages too have increased in size in recent years to help solve long-term storage needs.”

The House Plan Company, a residential plan marketing company based in Oregon, features a wide selection of house plans designed with all of these generational trends in mind. The modern farmhouse plan Telluride Gable (#80041), for example, is a compact home with an open floor plan at just under 1,600 square feet. The main living area features a spacious kitchen, dining area and great room – all three spaces flowing seamlessly one into another. Designed for gathering and entertaining, the kitchen offers a central island with modern appliances and a walk-in pantry for plenty of storage. A “drop zone” in the combined mud room/laundry room offers additional storage. On the upper level, a second master suite with a private bathroom and walk-in closet can be used as office space or for elderly parents or a caretaker.

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While your home is full of many important rooms, none is likely more important than the kitchen. It is where food is prepared and meals are often eaten, but it is also becoming a place where families spend a lot of their time together. The kitchen is also one of the most popular rooms in a home to renovate, and renovating it can add a lot of value to your home.

Unfortunately, the kitchen is often also one of the most unorganized places in a home. There are a lot of things to store, and often a lack of space to keep them. This can lead to many kitchens being cluttered messes with items all over the table and counters. 

In addition to looking bad, clutter and a disorganized mess of a home can also affect your health and mental health in a number of different ways. Please try to keep clutter to a minimum and keep your kitchen organized.

Without any further ado, let’s take a look at some stellar ways to organize your kitchen.

Get Rid of Things You Don't Need or Use

The first thing you should consider doing if you want to step up your kitchen organization is to take stock of everything you have. Empty out every drawer, shelf and cabinet in your kitchen and go through what you need and don’t. If you haven’t used something in multiple months, you likely don’t need it and can sell it or donate it.

Most of us will realize we have a ton of stuff taking up a lot of space in our kitchens that we don’t actually use at all. Getting rid of it will make your kitchen much easier to organize as you will have so much less things to worry about. While this can sometimes take a while, it will surely be worth it in the end.

Use Shelves, Cabinets and Drawers Intelligently

 

 

In addition to helping the room look good, one of the main reasons for organizing is to help you locate the items you need as quickly as possible. Intelligently organizing your cupboards, pantry and drawers can make cooking and other kitchen activities much more streamlined.

You should put the most used and important items near the front of cabinets, and preferably at eye level. This will help you develop an efficient system that keeps things organized, while also giving you easy access to what you need. If you have to constantly reach to the back of a cabinet to get something you use each and every day, that simply doesn’t make any sense.

Consider Some Renovations

 

 

Sometimes, in order to organize your kitchen the way you want, you may need to perform some renovations. This could be adding more cabinets, remodelling how the kitchen is designed or a variety of other options. Sure, these aren’t always the cheapest, but can vastly improve the space and also add value to the home.

While DIY is great, there are some things that you will require assistance for. However, not all contractors and related companies are created equally. When selecting the kitchen remodeling services you want to work with, be sure to look at their reputation, their specialization, their history and their price. This information should help you choose which contractor is right for the work you need.

In conclusion, hopefully you’ll get some ideas and help from this text, and you’ll come up with some great ways to organize your kitchen. It isn’t always easy to keep your kitchen organized, but it can certainly be done.

 

Guest Contributor: Ashley Lipman

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