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Fresh Home Design Techniques

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Life is changing and new home design techniques are no exception. From bulk storage pantries to drop zones, new homes are now being designed with the features of today. Existing homes can also incorporate these designs for better living. Plus, the trendier remodel is sure to have the neighbors talking. Follow along and see how modern home life has evolved.

Recharge In The Drop Zone

A drop zone is a fancy yet organized mud room. It's a place by the door to take off and hang up coats and boots, store backpacks or briefcases, dry off umbrellas, sort mail for family members, post reminder notes and park your electronic devices to recharge. Sure, your home might have a coat closet, but it's not the best place to put wet outerwear while drying. An open drop zone works much better. Cell phones, tablets and other devices are often found taking up kitchen counter space and electrical outlets while charging. With a drop zone, the devices are not cluttering up needed space and family members always know where to find them.

Eat Well From The Bulk Storage Pantry

A bulk storage pantry allows families to buy in bulk from a grocery store, food cooperative or farmers' market and to store any canned goods. Pantries have been around for generations to store canned or preserved foods. A bulk storage pantry typically is a walk-in closet hidden behind a door. It has lots of shelf space and some have drawers and counter space, too. Add bulk bins, baskets, and other storage containers to complete the pantry design. This saves cabinet space in the kitchen, but still lets you stock up to save time shopping.

Hang Out In The Resource Room

A resource room in a school is a special learning room. The home resource room is a pumped-up office space for various uses. A typical resource room has desk space for one or two people, shelves, cabinets, drawers and many electrical outlets. Good lighting is a crucial element. A great place to study, work or have some quite time. It may be filled with books, games, or other resources for learning or fun. Use your laptop, tablet or phone to be assured of a plug for longer usage.

Look Wide With An Open Plan

An open home floor plan is nothing new, but today's concept gives the design fresh appeal. The kitchen, dining room and living room are all in one large area open to each other. Depending on the size and look of your space, the furniture layout could be the only element that breaks up the room. Two-shelf bookshelves or quarter walls could be added to give an open but separate feel to the room.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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