I mean, who wouldn’t love a dresser island in their closet? You can fold things, lay out your clothes for the next day, display your jewelry, place a small child, set down a breakfast burrito while getting dressed; the list goes on and on.
I appreciate the look of a contemporary home. They typically have clean lines and large masses of shapes. These large shapes give space for the eye to rest rather than darting all over looking at an abundance of details. It’s like rest and relaxation translated into a façade.
I know they say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but I’d argue that the mudroom is a close runner-up. It can be such a multi-use space and there’s always a flurry of bodies throwing shoes, coats, backpacks, and random craft projects made at school into the cubbies and onto the bench.
This mudroom takes it one step further and adds a door out to the backyard, which allows the mess of dirty shoes to stay out of the main spaces and keeps the house cleaner. Plus, that’s where the coats and shoes hang out anyway, why not make them easy access on the way out rather than having to fetch them to use a door somewhere else?
If your property is able to accommodate a split garage, give it some consideration.
What I mean by ‘split garage’ is that your home technically has two garages. One is typically a two-car garage for your everyday parking, and the second is typically a single-car garage which can house the project car, or be the workshop, or for your golf cart or yard tools.
There are so many uses for a secondary garage that helps keep your main garage clear of clutter!
This is where the bedrooms are, a quiet space to get away.
This is where any guests would access, such as your great room, dining room, kitchen, and entry.
This is a zone that encompasses service spaces that only the occupants of the house would access. This would include pantries, mudrooms, and laundry rooms.
The house shown below uses a back service hallway to access a washroom for anyone enjoying the outdoors. The benefit of this is that the flooring will likely be of a material that could take some water, say, for kids running in from the pool, plus any wet bathing suits could be easily dropped off in the laundry room for drying.
The extra benefit of a layout like this is that while you are cooking in the kitchen, you can also be running a load of laundry without having to truck up and down stairs. It’s a multi-tasker’s dream!
Even after all these years, it’s still so exciting to me to see my house plan designs come to life. When you pour your heart and soul into a plan, it’s almost like birthing a baby – something I have no idea about, but I assume it’s similar 😉
Sometimes the colour choices are a surprise to me when I do a drive-by (I will typically envision a particular colour scheme while working on an exterior), but sometimes I’m there along the whole process with a colour rendering to nail down the exterior choices.
You can see that renderings are never exact, but usually very close to what the final product becomes!
Extra proud that this ‘house in the wild’ grew up to be the Fall of 2021 London Dream Home Lottery home!