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Home design features that women like and men appreciate too

Wed, 22 Aug 2012 by Terry Brookbank

We’re told that as women we make the majority of home-buying decisions.  Whether or not that’s the case in your family, it cannot be disputed that women who are juggling the demands of both work and child-rearing are often stretched to the limit and need as much help with de-stressing and organization as they can get.  Here are a few things that women really want in home design for their new homes in Halifax:  

  • De-stressing areas such as the master bed and bath, cozy reading areas and intimate outdoor spaces for chats with friends and family. 
  • Drop-zones (a new take on the old mud room) are the new approach to de-cluttering.  A rear foyer with cubbies for school notices, mail, brief cases, car keys and a charging station for the myriad of electronic devices, can help to keep chaos at bay - but without sacrificing room for coats, boots, shoes, gym bags and sports equipment (why not make hooks and cubbies at kid level so everyone can learn to be neat?)
  • Fewer steps from garage to kitchen or from kitchen to dining area reduce the work of carrying.
  • The kitchen is still the gathering space, so it needs to be large and inviting.  
  • Lots of storage options for the kitchen, including innovative ways to store recyclables, small appliances and school supplies.  Thoughtful storage solutions in laundry and linen areas are also of paramount importance.  A laundry area that is conveniently located away from the rear entrance area and with a door that closes to keep messes concealed.
  • Kid-friendly kitchen designs so that children can easily get drinks from refrigerator drawers in islands or operate microwaves that are placed lower to the ground.
  • Lots of natural light to keep everyone cheerful through those long winter months – skylights are great over bath tubs, in stairwells or reading lofts.
  • Low maintenance finishes with easy-care flooring colours can help to keep housekeeping time to a minimum
  • Women want to be able to accommodate the ever-changing needs of their ever-changing family, so spaces need to be flexible to accommodate a variety of current and future needs, for example those of a blended family, caring for aging parents or running a home-based business.
  • Curb appeal is important as a reflection of the warm and delightful atmosphere to be found inside.  Large front porches offer a warm welcome to visitors.
  • Women want the “wow” factor, as long as it’s combined with practicality and common sense.

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