Does your dream home have everything except a showpiece kitchen? While traditionally, kitchens have been central spaces for cooking, eating, hanging out, and showcasing appliances, today’s kitchens are often practical, lifestyle spaces. Built-ins are not just for master bedrooms anymore. Whether it is by design or as a trade-off, this ‘less is more’ attitude is creating some innovative and adaptive trends.Scaling Down by Choice
For those who want to pare kitchen size down by choice, the micro-kitchen is the new kitchen on the block. You may have seen these in cartoons like The Jetsons, or even at work, as small stations where employees could pick up a [...]
In today’s digitally-driven world, marketing a house must be done with the precision it takes to write a catching 140-character tweet. Buyers are word-savvy and since they may be skim-readers, the words you choose to describe your home may make a difference to potential buyers. In fact, the right words might attract a potential buyer to your next open house. Moreover, certain words might help you get a better price for it.
In a recent analysis by CoreLogic, it was found that with respect to location, condition, and design, properties that were described with positives performed better. They had more market appeal and gleaned higher-than anticipated [...]
Today’s “single ladies” are not waiting for a diamond, but instead, opting for a ring of a different kind – a key ring. An annual survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors found that eighteen percent of the homes sold to first-time buyers went to single women. That’s ten percent above first-time purchases by single men.
The fact that single women are outpacing single men in homeownership is not a 2017 phenomena. Single women, as far back as the 1990’s, have been serious about their housing needs. Walter Molony, a spokesperson for the National Association of Realtors, told the New York Times that men get more serious about [...]
My next-door neighbors were empty-nesters for about fifteen minutes. That’s what my friend said it felt like because her college kids came home for their summer break every season. “I hope you don’t hear us fighting!” she stressed. Although I didn’t, I really felt for her. They had just sold their home in Boston and moved to a 3-bedroom apartment in Philly. Ah, finally an empty nest but then what? The answer isn’t as simple as it used to be when your kids left the nest. Today’s trends see two vastly different situations, each of which creates their own set of space needs.Where are the Empty-Nesters?
True empty-nesters are, in [...]
For me, the vestibule is a handshake. It greets you before you enter any space, setting up the tone in a unique way. Defined as an antechamber, hall or lobby next to the outer door of a building, there are as many types of vestibules as there are homes and ways to say hello.
Whether it is an elegant entrance decorated with a chandelier or a casual porch, vestibules are spaces that communicate messages and could impact a visitor’s first impressions.Unburden Yourself
So, what exactly does a vestibule say? I grew up with them as a Montrealer and can tell you they were always a place you took off your boots and dumped your belongings. [...]