As you begin to think about your new home, start to brainstorm where you’re going to put everything. Moving into a new home means new ideas about how you’re going to live there, including where you’re going to store your possessions. You’re probably already envisioning a clean new home, so why not plan to have enough storage to keep it organized once you move in.
Built-in storage solutions
Storage solutions include those which are built into your home during construction, such as built-in bookcases and shelves, master bedroom fitted closets, kitchen cabinets and drawers, pantry, and bathroom linen closets, garage tool storage, as well as craft and hobby supply storage. Built-ins have the advantage of being space-saving and tidy. Because they are a component of the home’s architecture, they save square-feet and help keep the traffic flow in your home clear.
You can see and experience built-in storage ideas as implemented in your builder’s model homes. Your builder’s design center is a good place to find storage solution ideas. In this article, we are selecting some of the creative storage and organizing built-ins from Charleston area home builders.
Every entrance into your home needs a catchall spot. Whether this is a mudroom, (as seen above in Sabal Homes at Palmetto Walk at Cane Bay’s model) as you enter from the garage where you can drop shoes, coats, keys and book bags or this is a coat closet near the front entrance to hang up your guest’s coats, think through how you’ll live in your home in order to determine your storage requirements.
In every space, you’ll have a set of activities you engage in there. In the family room, you might be planning to watching television (with all the remotes that require storage!) or you might be planning to have regular game nights with the family. So, for your family room game nights, be sure to have a bookcase or built in place to store your Scrabble and Monopoly games, cards and poker chips, Wi Console and computer games. Ashton Woods at Darrell Creek’s model includes nifty cabinets under the window seats that would be perfect for storing board game boxes.
FrontDoor Communities’ Freemans Point model home includes a wide row of glass-fronted built in cabinets, perfect for keeping electronic games and books dust free.
Sabal Homes The Landing at Grand Oaks neighborhood includes amazing built-in shelving to organize your collections. In the living room of the model at Grand Oaks a large built in houses the flat screen television as well as open shelving to display or store lots of your favorite objects. The wicker baskets make an easy to use, out of site stowage place for items which might otherwise create a visual jumble.
Gardeners and people who love crafting have many storage needs and may require dedicated spaces to these pursuits. People who love to tinker in their garages need storage space for tools and may even need a special workshop area. Your builder has a wide variety of garage storage options which can be added to your home’s construction plans.
When you go to your design center appointment, share your storage needs with your design center consultant. It wouldn’t hurt to have a checklist of the types of storage required in every room...from kitchen to baths to bedrooms and garage. Being organized with your planning during before your design center appointment will maximize your time and opportunity to get exactly what you want.
Post-construction storage add ins
The other type of storage solutions is those which you add to these spaces after your home is completed. These organizers are furniture cabinets, wardrobes, chests of drawers and cubbies, bins, and baskets.
Organizers added in post-construction include thousands of DIY ideas. You might look for these solutions on sites like Pinterest and Buzzfeed. And you might visit home center stores to see what’s out there on the market too.
Lowcountry home builder’s model homes are staged with a number of ideas of how to store your belongings. At Dan Ryan’s Hunters Bend neighborhood, a large glass-fronted cabinet helps you envision one such furniture piece that is great for storage.
Eastwood Homes' Buckshire model has a perfect example of how to integrate a large entertainment center into a room rather than using a built-in. This entertainment center adds style to the room and is sleek, which is in keeping with the room’s design inspiration.
Organizing periodicals like your favorite craft magazine which you want to save for the future requires containers such as the ones staged in the bookshelf at Freeman’s Point.
A place for everything
No matter what your storage and organizational requirements are, your new home construction builder has the perfect solution. Get organized, plan and build the home which has a “place for everything and everything’s in its place!”
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