WANTED: WIDE OPEN SPACES
Raised ceilings have been a trend for quite some time due to their immense impact. Ceilings raised 12 or 15 feet open up even relatively smaller spaces, such as a powder room or foyer. Many model homes feature high ceilings coupled with a grand staircases to the second level which also creates the illusion of more space.
To witness the impact of high ceilings, tour two homes with similar square footage—one built in the 60’s or 70’s and a current model home. As you walk through the newly constructed home, you will sense that every room feels a bit bigger even though the overall square footage is the same as the home built a half a century ago.
Function, Flexibility and Flow
Open plans enable homeowners to use the same space for multiple purposes, offering the flexibility to alter the size of specific areas as needed. Dubbed flexible, or “flex,” rooms, these spaces offer buyers the ability to use rooms in multiple ways. On special occasions, for example, families may wish to add additional dining tables in a great room to accommodate more guests. Other examples of these double-duty rooms are a home office that can also be used as a guest bedroom; a mud room that can be used as a craft or storage room; and a den that can be used as a playroom for children.
Most current floorplans offer seamless interior spaces, such as a kitchen that flows into both the dining and family rooms without any barriers. Sprawling master bedrooms often include a retreat area that can be used for exercise equipment, a home office or a comfortable respite in which to relax after a long day. An additional benefit of these open, multi-purpose areas is the increased capacity for natural light which pours through the open, most frequently used living areas.
Most current model homes are two stories, some three if they include a basement, even a walkout basement to the backyard. Multiple levels help to minimize costs while maximizing square footage. Builders are able to offer buyers larger, open kitchens, family and dining rooms by building two-story homes. The increasing popularity of media, craft, game, mud and playrooms also necessitate multiple level homes.
When envisioning your dream home full of wide, open spaces, it’s helpful to view elevation drawings. Check out the elevation drawings of floor plans offered by Echelon Home Builders throughout fantastic communities in Southeast Michigan.
Article by: Jennifer Elkow
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