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Live Large in Less than 1,900 Square Feet

8/28/2018

Go with the flow

Take the time to understand how to read a floor plan. Put the measurements in perspective to the rooms in your current home so you can imagine how your furniture will fit. Do a mental walkthrough of the floor plan, from the entry to the main living area. What do you “see” as you wander from room to room—an appealing foyer, sunlight streaming through large windows, a fireplace? Is there sufficient countertop space and cabinetry in the kitchen?

Do you like the location of the bedrooms? If you have small children, you might prefer their bedrooms near the master suite.

Our 1,635-square-foot Allendale floor plan works well for first-time homebuyers, retirees, and anyone who wants a single-level home that offers curb appeal, sensible flow, and nicely sized living spaces.

Picture yourself living in the home you’re considering and ask yourself if it presents the fit and feel you want.

Take stock of the storage space

A smartly designed floor plan purposefully utilizes every square foot. Closets are worked into the layout to give you ample storage, which is a valuable feature, no matter the total square footage. You will appreciate a closet near the entry, a pantry in the kitchen, a walk-in closet in the master suite, and appropriately sized closets in the other bedrooms.

The kitchen cabinetry contributes greatly to the functionality here. An island with storage allows for a great space to keep small appliances and servingware, particularly if you use the breakfast bar for casual dining or buffets.

Use your vertical space wisely. Wall shelves provide displays for your favorite decorative accents, books, and other items you want to keep handy. You can convert an area that’s less than 20 square feet into a home office by installing shelves or cabinets above a desk, or even converting an armoire into a hideaway workspace.

Install cabinets in your laundry room where you can keep cleaning supplies and extra linens, which frees up space in your other closets and cabinets. Add a wall-mounted, pull-down ironing board and a drying rack to expand the functionality here.

Finally, don’t overlook the storage possibilities in your garage. Install cabinets or shelving along the walls, and hang overhead racks from the garage ceiling to create more space to stash your stuff.

Where size matters most

As you look at floor plans that are 1,900 square feet or less, decide where you want more space, like in the main living area, and where you don’t need the roominess. For example, would you opt for a larger living room, where you spend more time, and can be satisfied with a little less space in the bedrooms?

An open floor plan presents many ways to configure the main living area. You could consolidate the dining room and create a reading nook, hobby space, or study area between the dining and great rooms.

Hunter Quinn Homes’ Jasper floor plan presents the creative use of space, with plenty of closets and an angled corner of the living room, opposite the master suite’s walk-in closet. The main floor provides 1,470 square feet of living space, but you can add a second-floor bonus room or suite to add as much as 550 more square feet.

Hunter Quinn Homes is a local homebuilder with a variety of communities in the Charleston-North Charleston metro region, in locations that are convenient to the area’s amenities. Whether you want a single-family home or a townhome, talk to us to get just the right fit.

 

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