WAYS OF DO­ING DOU­BLE DUTY

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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.”

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