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10 Ways to Customize Your Home like an Architect

Thanks to Instagram, Pinterest, and Houzz, we as a culture have become obsessed with finding new ways to achieve picture-perfect moments in our homes.  Occasionally this can be achieved with a simple can of paint or a collection of well-organized baskets with chalkboard labels.  But what would your picture-perfect moments look like if you hired a professional who truly understood how you lived in your home?  Someone who could pinpoint exactly what was or was not working for you and your family.

An investment in good design doesn’t have to be large to make an enormous impact. Start by customizing a seldom-used nook, move onto a specialized room, and eventually you will have a bespoke home that reflects your lifestyle.  Even the smallest customization of your space can truly make it your own!

inHabit takes a look at thoughtful features you can incorporate into your home:

1. Hang or Fold?

The best days begin in a closet that is perfectly tailored for you. Carefully tally what you have before packing up for construction and then it’s off to the drawing boards.

2. Island Life

Kitchens come in many sizes and styles and the customization doesn’t have to stop with the cabinets.  A lot of storage can be packed into a small footprint and don’t stop with the cabinets. Include a custom stone element – with lighting –for the ultimate showpiece.

3. Anything but Routine

Don’t get stuck with doors getting in the way of your coffee-making.  Fold them away and pull out your equipment for better access.  If there is a ritual to your day that brings joy, make it even more special with a custom cabinet.

4. A Place for Everything

Tuck appliances out of sight.  Think about places here a little extra counter space might come in handy.

5. Put it on My Tab

With a custom bar, not an inch of space is wasted.  Take advantage of narrow shelves to ensure that every drink is served in a proper glass.  Combine lighter materials such as glass shelves to balance heavier, traditional wood.

6. Double Duty

Kitchens are the real workhorses of the modern home.  In addition to meal prep spaces, they now serve as offices, homework zones, and charging stations.  A tall pantry cabinet can be combined with a desktop and open shelves to serve a multitude of functions.

7. Surprise Guest  

Who doesn’t love the charm of a Murphy Bed?  Go a couple steps further and incorporate a usable headboard, a place to store bedding, and shelving to add interest when the bed is closed.

8. Make it Work

Blank walls can easily be transformed with an unexpected asymmetrical design that fits your unique display and storage needs.  Custom built-ins create a cozy backdrop in any room.

9. Sit. Stay.

Don’t forget about your furry friends!  Whether it’s a built-in dog crate or a pull-out cat feeding station, every member of your family deserves a space designed just for them.

10. Inside Out

Outdoor entertaining has become more than a luxury- it’s become the social norm.  With a built-in firepit, an outdoor entertainment system, and a full outdoor Kitchen, you’ll never turn down an opportunity to host friends or family.  And no one will ever refuse your invitation!

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