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When you’re building a new home, there’s a lot that you have to take into account. One thing that you shouldn’t neglect is home storage.
Designing and building a home from scratch is more complicated than people think. You’ve got to micromanage every nook and cranny of the house and to fit within a budget, some things inevitably need to get cut.
Whether that means taking out a bedroom to save square footage or cutting costs on your flooring, you need to have your priorities in order before you break ground. That being said, the one thing you never want to skimp out on is home storage.
In this post, we’re going to discuss the importance of home storage – what benefits come with it and the negative effects of neglecting home storage in your custom home. We’ll also give you a few tips for maximizing your home storage when you’re under a budget.
Why You Need Home Storage
Storage is the key to a functioning home, no matter how large or small your family is. It’s not the most exciting aspect of building a home and it’s hard to pull your attention away from say, your kitchen, to add a bit extra storage. But believe us, it’s worth it.
The main appeal of having ample storage in your home is that you can keep everything well organized and avoid clutter. When you’re forced to store things in plain sight, your home is going to feel smaller and stuffier. As this happens, stress starts to seep in, you’ll have to clean more frequently, and cleaning itself becomes more of a chore.
Obviously, spending less time cleaning, looking for misplaced items, and reorganizing makes for happier and more relaxed home life. Not to mention the fact that more and more people are working from home in a post-Covid world. Home offices are on the rise, which gives even more importance to home storage.
What Happens When You Lack Storage
Not only will you find yourself frustrated by the lack of storage in your home while you’re living in it, but potential buyers will see that as a detriment as well. Should you ever decide to sell your home, being able to advertise that it’s got ample storage is going to help you sell your home faster and for more money.
There’s a certain status associated with space, as is evidenced by the importance of square footage when building, buying, and selling homes. However, the square footage that is used in a smart way is the thing that really sells and you can tell a lot about a house by the amount of storage.
Everyone’s got a budget, however, so it’s important to work alongside your home builder to figure out the best ways to incorporate storage into your home. Doing this without sacrificing other important features can be tough, but read on and you’ll see that it’s not impossible.
Home Storage Solutions: Tips to Try
When you think about home storage, you’re probably going to think first about closet space, pantries, the garage, and storage rooms. These are all important features in an efficient home, but the best way to look at storage is to go through your home design room by room and figure out a floor plan that works best for you.
Remember, you’re building this custom home for your family, so it has to suit your needs. Here are some home storage floor plan tips to try.
The entryway to your home is where you can tailor the storage to your family. If you’ve got multiple children, for instance, you may want to have a cabinet with cubbies for each child and both parents. This is where all the shoes, jackets, and other outdoor items are probably going to reside, so make sure to account for everything.
Bedroom closet storage is incredibly important, with more and more people opting for master walk-in closets these days. Even the spare bedrooms should have sizeable closets to accommodate growing children’s wardrobes and any guests that you might have.
The more you can customize the closet to the person using it, the better. Utilize cabinets and drawers to create a variety of spaces to incorporate into the closets..
Everyone wants to have large bathrooms in their home, but they’re usually the first thing that gets downsized. The smaller your bathrooms get, the more you have to think about storage outside of them.
The linen closet is a great solution for all of your bathroom needs. They don’t have to take up much room, but allow you to store things like towels, extra bedding, and other bathroom supplies in one organized place.
A walk-in kitchen pantry should be a must for anyone building a home. They help you keep your kitchen organized and clean, not to mention, they make a huge difference in making your kitchen feel more spacious. A kitchen needs to feel open because it’s where you do your cooking, but it’s also where people tend to congregate for gatherings.
If you’ve got the room, you can incorporate a kitchen island with extra drawers and cabinets for storage as well. Combined, a kitchen island an a walk-in pantry will ensure that you’ll never be wanting for space in the room that you spend most of your time in.
Dealing With a Home Office
Home office storage is crucial because more people are starting to work from home, even running small businesses out of their homes. Using a spacious room for a home office is a good idea because you can incorporate storage cabinets that are specific to your working needs. Make sure you’ve got ample closet space as well.
Design a House That Works For You
At Rock Ridge Homes, we can help you design a house with storage in mind. We understand that home storage needs aren’t the same across the board, so we’ll work with you to create a floor plan that makes sense for your family. Visit our website to learn more about what we do and contact us to discuss what you want from your new home.