Let’s face it – as humans we all love comfort and convenience. Sure, we slog it out when we must, but certainly modern comforts make life better.
And while technology-based solutions (like smart home technology and robot vacuums) may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about making life easier at home, in this article we are going to focus our attention on some of the ways that modern home plans can make your life easier too.
Modern home plans are often designed with an open floor plan. An open floor plan design makes life easier in many respects.
Removing the walls between public spaces in your home (such as the living and dining room) not only makes spaces feel larger than they are, but also allows you to adjust the size of each room based on your personal needs and preference.
These adjustments may be made for long-term use, such as a longer dining room table for a growing family. It may also be a benefit for specific events, such as when you want to increase the size of your dining or living area for a social function like a family party. Flexibility equates with ease and less stress!
A flexible, open concept house also allows homeowners to adjust the use of spaces in their home over time. Re-arranging furnishings can completely transform your home and even allow you to create new “rooms” to accommodate life’s changes. For example, rearranging living room furniture in an open floor plan design can allow you to create a small play space for a young child in your family.
Flexible modern floor plan designs create these opportunities which are easier (and less costly!) than undertaking a renovation project to accomplish the same goal.
Accessibility in home design makes life easier at every stage of life.
While we often think that accessible design is important for aging-in-place, a modern home plan that keeps accessibility in mind is beneficial for everyone.
Modern home plans often have reduced physical barriers simply by their nature. Fewer doorways and changes in level of each floor (ex. no sunken living rooms) make all spaces on a particular floor available to everyone, irrespective of physical ability.
For example, an accessible entryway with room to maneuver a stroller can benefit a young parent. The same parent can benefit from peace of mind when their child begins to walk in a modern home plan designed with accessibility in mind.
Often, we think of walkers and wheelchairs required by elderly persons as the main focus of mobility aids. However, many of us will require crutches at some point in our life, and an accessible home makes life easier for persons of any age with permanent or temporary physical disabilities.
Aside from physical access for mobility, a modern home plan designed with accessibility in mind increases the ease of everyday tasks – from vacuuming, to carrying groceries or laundry from room to room.
A flexible modern home plan is one which allows for a broader spectrum of use for each of its spaces, and one which considers how spaces relate to each other to maximize their potential.
Designing a flexible modern home plan means creating a space that continues to function well throughout the ages and stages of life, allowing homeowners to remain in the same home for years (or decades) longer than is often the case for conventional home designs.
A flexible modern home plan makes life easier by:
- Allowing you to live in your home for years or even decades longer. Staying put is much easier than moving!
- Allowing for more personalized design – the little comforts that make life easier make sense to budget for when you know you’ll be staying in your home for a long time; and
- A flexible home design means that you don’t have to shoe-horn activities into a given space – you’ll find that your home’s rooms and spaces flex not just individually, but together in ways that make everyday activities and special events easier and more enjoyable.
A well-lit home is not only a more pleasant home to live in, a well-lit home also makes performing everyday tasks easier (and safer!).
Large, expansive windows are a trademark feature of modern home plans and so these homes generally provide ample natural light.
This natural light provides even light across the entire room and reduces the amount of electric lighting required for most hours of the day. Not only is this natural light easier on your eyes than artificial light, it’s easier on your pocket-book, too!
Modern home plans often require less time cleaning than a more traditional home design. This is because a modern home’s design aesthetic is usually simple and uncluttered. An uncluttered space means less dusting, fewer “things” to manage and put away, and less need to move or clean around furniture (so bring on the Roomba!)
Also, a good modern home plan is an efficient home plan. An efficient modern home plan design allows homeowners to get more house with less square footage, and as a result many homeowners are choosing to build small modern home plans today.
While there are many benefits to a small modern home plan including lower construction and maintenance costs, one of the often-overlooked benefits of a small floor plan is that there is simply less space to clean.
Less space to clean means less time spent cleaning, and more time for fun and relaxation.
As you can see, modern home plans make life easier in some unique ways that might not be apparent right away. However, over the life-time of your home small conveniences can really add up to make a big difference!
At My Modern Home we design all of our modern home plans with these characteristics in mind. And not only can living in your modern home make life easier, but My Modern Home makes it easier for you to plan and build your new modern home. Browse our collection of pre-designed modern home plans, find one you love, and click to purchase – it’s simply that easy!
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