WAYS OF DOING DOUBLE DUTY
The new home market has also cottoned on to the idea that families need more flexibility in their floorplan.
Hudson Homes’ Vanessa Chymiak says the change started with display homes featuring study nooks that tucked into living areas and hallways.
Not only did this leave the traditional study — often placed at the front of the design — open to be used for another purpose but it gave parents peace of mind.
She says the company’s newest designs all offer study nooks that can be placed in a thoroughfare.
“The study nook is almost always near the kitchen, so parents can keep an eye on kids when they are cooking or entertaining,” Vanessa says. “You want it to be in a spot where internet access and homework can be monitored, instead of having kids sitting in a front room well away from everyone.”
Vanessa says there are so many different elements of a floorplan now that can be reworked to suit individual family needs.
“Most living areas can also be theatre rooms, rumpus rooms can be converted into additional bedrooms, it’s all doable.”
She says elderly parents moving in with their adult children, or young adults still living at home, has also redefined what a “normal” home looks like.
“We have living areas at the front that can be converted into a bedroom,” says Vanessa. “A lot of our clients have older kids who all live upstairs and the parents are downstairs. It’s all about flexibility.
“We just talk through how they live their lives and we adjust the design to suit.”