Custom Homes – Storage Space Can Make Or Break a New Home Design Or Home Addition

Where are we going to put everything? That’s a common question when looking at buying a new home that doesn’t have adequate storage or space. People love their stuff but hate clutter. It’s a problem that is best solved at the design stage.
 
As the population ages and home sizes trend smaller, storage space becomes infinitely more important when designing a new home or home addition. Even if you don’t see the need personally, it’s best to keep your home’s resale value in mind.
 
People love to save! And over time, people’s stuff accumulates and they grow more attached. They won’t buy a home without the storage space they need.
 
Give a Clear Message to Your Designer or Architect
 
Over the years of working with people as they get their new home or home addition concept out of their minds and onto paper, I’ve learned that it’s often difficult to convey their real needs to an architect. Their desire for space and tidiness gets trumped by the “glitter” of more visible and tangible aspects of a home’s design.
 
You must get specific about what you want. Don’t leave storage space up to the designer without making it very clear what you want and why. Then let your designer use her creativity to bring it about.
 
Specific Storage Considerations
 
I hope you’re convinced about the value of creating ample storage! Here are several ways to solve storage problems in your home’s design.
 
CLOSETS:
 
Both the size and number of closets are critical. Walk in closets where possible are best. Hallway closets are always desirable. Consider interior closet designs as well that really maximize the storage and use capabilities of the closets.
 
KITCHEN PANTRY:
 
The size isn’t as important as the value of having one. But the smaller the pantry, the greater the need for excellent design of the space. Separate rooms are desirable but cabinet pantries can also work.
 
LAUNDRY ROOM:
 
The laundry is not often considered as storage space but usually ends up as a storage room! For this reason, designing the laundry with storage in mind is wise.
 
GARAGE:
 
Cars, boats, RVs, and other recreational vehicles can really clutter up your property without providing for their storage. Great design can make these “toys” almost disappear. Also, with forethought, you can design in extra storage for other items at the same time.
 
ATTIC & BASEMENT:
 
Many newer homes and certain markets do not have basements and attics. If you’re designing a new home or addition, look for ways to utilize these as they can be very valuable for storage. And be sure to design in easy access to them.
 
Convenience and Resale Value
 
Keeping storage space high on your priority list will keep a great home design from going sour on you. If left to an afterthought, it’ll become all you think about later on. Don’t let that happen to you!

Downloadable Home Design Software – Envisioneer Express

Cheap and easy. These are the two main selling points of Cadsoft-produced home design software, Envisioneer Express. At only $19.95, users will be able to get their hands on a fully functional home design program that delivers a whole lot of features. Aside from its very affordable price, it also happens to be the easiest design program for residential use – according to its publisher, of course. The latest version of this program, Envisioneer Express 4.5 c2, can be downloaded directly from its site.Easy as PieAs mentioned earlier, this program’s ease of use is one of the reasons why a lot of people, both professionals and amateurs alike, are attracted to this excellently designed product. Creating 3D designs are made easier by the use of real world objects which include appliances, furnishings, stairs, windows, and walls – all of which can be dragged and dropped to the user’s scene.For the more novice users, it is also an option to start with a 2D floor plan. The program is able to automatically convert 2D plans into fully-functional 3D environments, allowing users to take a virtual tour of their new homes. Moreover, The program also provides outline and wireframe views, as well as a 3D Stereo Vision feature that can be viewed with the use of 3D glasses.Function-FilledEven more impressive is this program’s expansive database which holds a library of various everyday household objects and building materials such as fabrics, paints, wallpapers, carpets, and even bricks. This makes it even easier for users to come up with unique designs that are able to stand out. Another thing going for Envisioneer Express 4.5 c2 is that it is compatible with other home design programs, may they be from Cardsoft or otherwise.Users can utilize The program to view and review other professional designs generated by other programs such as The Home Depot 3D Home Designer, IMAGINiT Builder 3D, 3D Home Architect Series, Cardsoft Envisioneer, and others.As Cheap as They ComeWhile other home design software retail for hundreds of dollars, Envisioneer Express caters to the more budget-conscious builders that are still on the lookout for a product that will be able to satisfy their design needs. Although it may not have as much features and functions as other programs in the market, there is no doubt that Envisioneer Express is able to deliver value for money. In fact, users can even download the trial edition from the publisher’s website without any charge. This is an excellent way to gauge the performance of The program and how apt it is for one’s particular situation.