It takes a lot of planning and good creative thinking but you can have that dream home you’ve always wanted. Yes, even if you have kids or pets! Creating a beautiful low maintenance home comes down to a few key areas – functionality, finishes and storage.
We’ve all pinned them, swooned over them and ripped them out of magazines. Pretty homes! Who doesn’t love a pretty home. I’m not kidding when I say every client looks at those pretty homes and says ‘that would be lovely, but who am I kidding, I can’t keep my home looking that good’. Sound familiar? It takes a lot of planning and good creative thinking but you can have that dream home you’ve always wanted. Yes, even if you have kids or pets! Creating a beautiful low maintenance home comes down to a few key areas – functionality, finishes and storage.
You might think that the function of a kitchen is to cook, store food and containers and provide an area to clean. The function of a space may seem obvious and quite simple at first but when you factor in how you and your family live in the space and what your daily routine is, it becomes clear that functionality is determined by lifestyle and habits. To understand the functionality of each space you need to understand who your family is and what your routine consists of. Sometimes this is harder than it sounds so I’ve written an entire blog post to make this process a little easier!
Your home should be enjoyed to its fullest potential without being overly precious. If you’re renovating or building a new home thinking about how you live on a day-to-day basis will clarify what is important and what you can let slide. What finishes you choose to use in your home will give you that beautiful yet low maintenance home you’re after. Take a look at the most common finishes you’ll be considering in your own renovation and my tips on choosing the best ones here.
I’ve found there are four key criteria that should be considered when working out your own unique storage needs. Long-term storage, short-term storage, small item storage and bulk storage. Each has its own unique purposes and so catering for all four will result in the right storage for your home. Read more about storage and getting it to work perfectly for you.