Monday, September 14, 2015

Little Things Make A Big Difference

Some houses just seem to have the extra something that make them stand out from the rest.  And while you may not be able to pinpoint one big thing that stands out, you can see many small things that make the difference.

Customizing your home with things that bring you joy and functionality will set it apart from the rows upon rows of spec-built builder homes out there.

Little things that make you think, "Oh, that's really clever!" can make all the difference between a nice but so-so home and one that's truly unique.

Here are some great ideas that you might want to incorporate into your next remodel or newly-built home.

Traditional Guest Bedroom with Window seat, Simply shabby chic -  garden rose quilt, flush light, Hardwood floors
Source:  Zillow Digs

Window seat, built in shelves, drawers and TV nook under eaves, and stained glass windows give this attic bedroom the perfect, cozy touch.

Cottage Kids Bedroom with Momeni mud hut diamond rug 8'x10', Custom Built-In Shelves, Hardwood floors, Built-in bookshelf
Source:  Zillow Digs

Creating multiple levels in a kid's room is a great way to increase floor space and add storage at the same time.

Traditional Kids Bedroom with Built-in bookshelf, Patton Back CM28643 Thin Striped Wallpaper, Pendant light, Hardwood floors
Source:  Zillow Digs

This nautical themed bedroom is done just right, with a helm-shaped bookcase above the bed.

Traditional Kitchen with Subway Tile, White subway tile 3x6 glossy, Ms international golden riviera granite, Undermount sink
Source:  Zillow Digs

Smart custom cabinetry in kitchens is a sure-fire way to make your home more functional.

Traditional Kitchen with Built-in bookshelf, Stone Tile, Hardwood floors, Flat panel cabinets, Custom hood, Limestone Tile
Source:  Zillow Digs

A drop-zone in the kitchen that really works will make you the envy of every mom in the neighborhood.

Cottage Kitchen with Exposed beam, Simple marble counters, Wood counters, Pendant light, Breakfast bar, Stainless Steel
Source:  Zillow Digs

A scullery tucked out of sight of the rest of the open spaces means you can hide those dirty dishes and do them later.  You're kitchen will tend to look clean and tidy with way less effort.

Contemporary Master Bathroom with Daltile City View Neighborhood Park Porcelain Tile, Master bathroom, Rain shower
Source:  Zillow Digs

Spa-like features in the bathroom, along with living-in-place design means you'll enjoy your bathroom for years to come.

Traditional Full Bathroom with Allen + roth venatino mixed material mosaic tile, Rev-a-shelf door storage spice rack wall
Source:  Zillow Digs

Smart bathroom storage is always in style.

Traditional Hallway with Window seat, Cushion source custom window seat cushion - standard, Built-in bookshelf, Crown molding
Source:  Zillow Digs

Empty space at the end of a hallway or staircase is a perfect place for a reading nook.

Craftsman Mud Room with limestone floors, Black Bear Manufactured Stone - Fieldstone Rustic / Fieldstone, Built-in bookshelf
Source:  Zillow Digs

If you're a pet lover, be sure to incorporate space for them and their needs, too.

Traditional Mud Room with Built-in bookshelf, Martha Stewart Living Mudroom Hutch, Chandelier, Hardwood floors
Source:  Zilllow Digs

Your kids would never be late for school if they could slide to the mudroom.

Traditional Mud Room with specialty door, limestone tile floors, Built-in bookshelf
Source:  Zillow Digs

Keep thirsty kids and dirty feet out of the main part of you home.  Install a drinking fountain in your mudroom.

Country Laundry Room with LG 4.3 Cu. Ft. Ultra Large Capacity with Neverust Stainless Steel Drum, Built-in bookshelf
Source:  Zillow Digs

Large families sometimes need extra appliances and a place to keep them.

Traditional Laundry Room with Carpet, Torre and Tagus - Open Vase, Undermount sink, Built-in bookshelf
Source:  Zillow Digs

One room can accomplish many of life's messiest tasks.

Traditional Home Office with LAXseries Dark Floating Shelf, Limited Edition, Crosley Desk Phone, Built-in bookshelf
Source:  Zillow Digs

Cleverly use all the space you have to give you the most functionality.

Traditional Entryway with Wainscotting, Crown molding, Us floors natural oiled hardwood floor, navarre bergerac
Source:  Zillow Digs

A beautiful bench creates a nice sitting nook just inside the door.

Traditional Staircase with Hardwood floors, Stair landing, Celestial cutouts stair railing, Window seat
Source:  Zillow Digs

Adding special touches to your home can be as easy as including unexpected curves, a small bench, and a custom window.

Think outside the box.  Small touches of uniqueness can add up to a gorgeous and highly functional home.

Source:  Michelle Schwake for Stafford Family Realtors, and Zillow Digs.

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