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Can Good Design Can Prevent Bad Habits?

Simplify your morning routine with a custom home.

Ever feel like your mornings slip away from you and your time after work is spent on more work at home? You’re probably trying to fit your routine around a home that was designed for someone else’s routine. Makes sense, doesn’t it? The good news is that it can be fixed with a few tweaks and the help of a Design + Build company. Here are a few things to keep in mind when addressing some common problem areas in the home.

The first step is to locate and address the problem areas in your home. DMG’s intuitive design-build process ensures that the decisions we make during the design phase are carried out successfully in the build phase. Computer generated renderings can also help you to visualize what your finished project will look like.

Mornings are difficult enough.

Does it feel like it takes an eternity to find your keys in the morning? Is there always that one child (you know which one) that can never find their shoes in the morning? It’s helpful to make a list of activities and corresponding products that you reach for in the mornings, then map the path you take around your house. If you see that you’re constantly running between two rooms, you may want to look into what areas you can combine to reduce the time spent going back and forth. An organized mudroom is usually first on our homeowners’ wishlist since it’s always a great way to stay organized.

A kitchen that accommodates more than one cook.

A lot can go wrong in the kitchen, whether you’re cooking for two or too many. Having the proper flow and accessible appliances can make a huge difference, especially if you’re prone to forget to set that timer (again). You should be able to draw a straight line from your sink to the refrigerator to the range, and back to the sink, resulting in a “triangle” shaped flow. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference a butler’s pantry makes. It makes indexing your inventory and making that shopping list a breeze!

Age in place.

“Not only were they more cost effective for the plans, they also incorporated what we wanted to do. [DMG] added onto [the design] to kind of give us things we weren’t even thinking of and added to the design and gave us a cost-effective design that was something that would really benefit us in the long run.”

Homeowner with a New Master Suite in Metairie

Creating a liveable space that optimizes your morning routine through every phase of life sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? It’s actually what we accomplish for a lot of our clients. They don’t want to leave their beautiful home once they become less mobile. Everything from creating a second story addition for new members of the family to using wider doors to accommodate assisted walking is considered when designing your home so you can age in place.

Let’s take this outside.

Your outdoor living space is just as important as your indoor living space. If you have a poorly designed backyard, it’s likely you’ll spend next to zero time outdoors. If hosting outdoor parties and patio weather is on your radar, you’re probably looking for a functional solution to store your favorite entertaining pieces. Maybe the garage has become less of a solution to all of your storage needs and more of a haunted house installment. The great news is that you can make your garage into the entertaining hub of the neighborhood with a few strategically placed hooks and cabinets.