The laundry room isn’t usually a major selling point in a home. But for an active family, it may actually be one of the busiest rooms in the house. While most laundry rooms are rather utilitarian, a little imagination can help them be both more attractive and more functional. Accessories like baskets and glass jars keep things stylishly organized, while a little whimsy adds interest. Check out some of the current design trends that can make your laundry room a space you’ll love!
- Classic country. Simple reclaimed wood shelving with black iron brackets really pops against white walls while adding storage space. Combine with a farm sink and a willow laundry basket, and you’re transported to a farmhouse of yore.
- That Zen feeling. Make doing the laundry more relaxing with some serene spa touches, like warm wood cabinets, soothing pale greens or lavenders, scented candles, and even a few live plants.
- Go retro. Who says the laundry room has to be boring? Add some funkiness with colors and patterns that evoke the 70’s. With some groovy paint on the walls and a far-out throw rug on the floor, you’ll have instant cool.
- Small room. Big style. Even if your laundry room is on the small side, you can add serious style with pretty patterned wallpaper, a chandelier, painted cabinetry, plentiful wall hooks, a fold-out ironing board, or a wall-mounted drying rack.
- Neutral with a splash of history. Add a little warmth to your utilitarian space with classic white cabinetry, and some historical laundry artifacts like old wash baskets, washboards, mangles and clotheslines.
- Multi-purpose room. You spend a lot of time in the laundry room, so make it more useful. Add a built-in table or desk to create an office or craft room. Add comfy chairs to create a reading nook. Add floor-to-ceiling cabinets to create a pantry.
Relocating is an exciting opportunity to meet new people and find new places to love! It can also be a little challenging for adults and kids alike. If relocating is in your future, there are ways to make adjusting to a new town a little bit easier, figuring out the best ways to get acquainted with the new area and making the transition as smooth as possible for everyone!
- Find Your Local Go-To Spots. Unless you’re moving someplace radically different, you’ll likely find many of the same destinations (supermarkets, coffee shops, home improvement centers) in your new town. Once you’re moved in, try to live your life just as you would have in your old town. You’ll soon find you’re feeling more at home.
- Be Social. Even if socializing isn’t your usual thing, make an effort. Go to happy hour. Go to school events. Go to neighborhood barbecues. It’s good for you and your kids. You'll bond with new co-workers and neighbors, which will make things easier and more comfortable. And it'll give you the chance to meet other people who may end up becoming close friends.
- Be A Tourist For The Day. Whether you’ve moved two towns over or across the country, you’ll need to get to know your new home. So grab a camera and a map, and explore the city the old-fashioned way. Take pictures, visit monuments, and get to know your new city. You'll learn lots of history, while familiarizing yourself (and your family) with a new environment.
- Get The Kids Settled. Kids are scared of change, and moving to a new city is likely one of the biggest changes they’ll experience. The best way to get them through it is to find things that are familiar – school, the park, the library, etc. As soon as possible, get them enrolled in their new school so they can take a tour and get acclimated. Find out if there are local teams or clubs they can join. Help them meet new kids in the neighborhood.
- Give yourself time to acclimate. Moving somewhere new will present a different experience for everyone in the family. Just remind yourself that moving is a big change, and things are still in transition. Everyone adjusts at a different rate. Give yourself – and your family – time before making any overarching judgments on the move.
We’ve given you a beautiful canvas, now it’s your turn to make it a masterpiece!
Not everyone has a keen eye for design, but we’ve curated a couple of interior design sites that are sure to give you some inspiration, and help you add your unique tastes to your new home.
- House Beautiful– A great site for the latest trends, as well as timeless design.
- HGTV– From pantries to paint, baskets to bookshelves, decks to dining room, this site has a ton of great ideas.
- Good Housekeeping– This is a great resource for DIY and cheaper decorating and organizing ideas.
- Architectural Digest– If your style is more adventuresome, this is where you’ll find the inspiration.
- Country Living– If victorian farmhouse or country cottage is more your style, this site is chock full of ideas large and small.
- Houzz- Home professionals and homeowners come together here for anything and everything in home remodeling and design.
- Pinterest- This site isn’t just great for DIY projects, it has design inspiration for every style. Save your favorite pins and see the latest trends by following various design professionals’ boards.
Kids have their own fun and unique tastes, and they want their rooms to reflect that! But as they grow up, those tastes change... multiple times. Save yourself the money and hassle of redoing their rooms as they grow up with some helpful design ideas that will please every age!
- Don’t design for babies & toddlers. Design for the bigger kids they’ll become. Planning ahead saves you from having to completely redo their rooms in a few years.
- Choose a neutral, classic color palette. Nothing too trendy or overly bright. You can add accents of color with sheets & pillows, artwork, and area rugs- things that are easy (and cheaper) to replace.
- Buy good quality furniture that will last through crayons, roughhousing and temper tantrums. Nothing too cutesy or kid-centric. Buy a double bed if you have the space & money. It can then double as your guest bed too!
- Consider pieces that are multi-functional, like a changing table that becomes a dresser or desk, or bed with storage underneath. Built-in bookshelves and/or a desk are practical and space-saving. They can be used if you eventually turn the room into an office.
- Don’t be afraid of patterns & prints! A stick-on mural, chalkboard paint, stripes, patterns, animal prints… these walls can make the room come to life! Prints can be subtle or vibrant, playful or elegant. And one wall covered in black chalkboard paint will let your little artist create his/her own artwork no matter what age they are.
- Ask your child for their input! What you’re envisioning may not be what they’re envisioning. Let the room reflect THEIR personality – not yours. You can set limits, but be willing to compromise. After all, you want them to feel comfortable in their space.
And remember to have fun. Make it a room that you and your child will love to spend time in for years to come. A room that reflects how cool the kid who lives in it truly is!
You’re looking for a new home, but deciding between building a new home or buying a used one has you stumped. Does the process of building intimidate you? Does a new home cost more? What kind of financing do you need? We want to set the record straight by debunking some myths about building a new home, especially when that new home is built with Stateson Homes!
Myth #1 - You don’t save money with a new home.
Yes, typically, new homes cost much more than resale homes because of the features and design options they include. But there are a lot of ways a new home can lower the total cost of homeownership. For instance, the energy-efficient features that come standard with new homes can lower monthly utility bills compared to a typical used home. And homeownership offers financial advantages such as deducting mortgage interest payments from your taxes, and building equity with the value in your home.
Myth #2 – It’s cheaper to remodel a used home instead of buying a new home.
In general, remodeling costs about twice as much per square foot as building new. Before you go down this path, ask yourself: Did the previous homeowners take good care of the home? If not, it may cost you later. When you buy a used home, you get a home built under less stringent building codes which may mean less energy efficiency and more potential for problems, such as old HVAC systems, old windows, old roof…
Myth #3 – It’s so much work, and it takes forever.
Building a new home is exciting – and our proven processes make the whole thing a breeze. We guarantee you’ll enjoy choosing your new home and neighborhood. And just wait until you get to pick features & finishes! Our construction period is approximately 120 days, thanks to our streamlined building technology. Allowing 30 – 60 days for securing your financing, and you could be living in your new home in just six months!
Myth #4 – The financing is too complicated.
Financing a new home is as easy as financing a resale home. If you have good credit or a down payment, you can afford a new home. There are a variety of mortgages available (Fixed, ARM, FHA, VA), so talk to your lender, and see what fits your financial situation best.
Myth #5 - They don't build new homes like they used to.
No, Stateson Homes builds them better! Construction technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years. Today's homes are built with innovative products and specialized knowledge. A new home is very energy efficient, more environmentally friendly, and built with higher quality materials.
Myth #6 – Buying a used home is better for the environment.
Just like today's cars run more efficiently than the gas guzzlers of yore, new homes are far more energy efficient than a typical used home. They feature sustainably-sourced or recycled-content products, and super-efficient systems.
Myth #7 – New homes just don't have as much character or interest.
We have a team of architects that developed award-winning home designs with stylish elevations, creative features, and flexible, open floor plans that let you define your space to suit your tastes and lifestyle. Let's begin!