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Home is Where the Heart Is

Krista Martens Architectural Technologist, A. Sc. T. LEED Green Associate

Beyond Measure Design Inc. 306.974.3955 info@beyondmeasuredesign.ca www.beyondmeasuredesign.ca


e’ve all heard the phrase: home is where the heart is. Homes come in all shapes and sizes to fit every person’s individual needs. Home StyleS to CHooSe From The majority of new homes constructed or sought out these days fall into the singlefamily home category. For many people the attraction of having a yard with space is a key driver in making the decision to buy or build a single-family home. Street town homes have become more prominent in our Saskatoon neighbourhoods. They are often in a specific area where the goal is to increase




the density of a particular neighbourhood. They usually have the same amenities as a single family home, but in less quantity. The design of these homes is often the same as some small, two-story single family homes, but the neighbours are in closer proximity.

to guests (bedrooms, laundry spaces and the master suite). Make sure you evaluate how well these spaces work together. Are they in logical combinations? Do you feel any of these spaces are forgotten? How do the rooms flow together? Are there any strange combinations?

You also have condominiums to consider. Perhaps you are a person who travels extensively and doesn’t want to be burdened with yard work when you are home. Perhaps your budget is such that these are the most reasonable options in your price range.

Storage SpaCe: Many people don’t realize how many items they accumulate, and unless you’re a yearly purger you may find yourself needing a lot of storage space. Does the home have broom and linen closets? Will they provide enough for your needs? Do you need more storage space than what is designed for?

Either way you look at it, each option offers a vast number of choices. Each type should be evaluated on the same criteria to help you make the decision that is best for your lifestyle. evaluatIon CrIterIa room FloW: An important key in your decision no matter the type of home you choose. The home can be broken down into two main categories: public and private spaces. Public being those spaces everyone will see or use when they visit (living room, dining room, kitchen and bathrooms). Private spaces being those areas that are often off limits

natural lIgHt: For me, no matter what home style you choose, natural light will make or break a space. Natural light can go a long way to reducing your stress and increasing your happiness. Observe the way light fills the rooms. Does one area seem too dark at different times of the day? What type of views do you have? Can other people see into your space? Which direction are the majority of windows facing? If you’re in the market for a new home, make sure you evaluate all your options before ruling any one of them out. You may be surprised by what you find!

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