Include clutter-reducing home organization solutions.
Often called, “drop zones,” adding a simple shelf or spot to keep car keys, backpacks, file mail, hang coats, etc., is a thoughtful touch. Buyers rank the drop zone high on their list of desirable amenities, according to NAHB; some even rank it higher than designated office space, closet size and flex rooms. The drop zone can be located in the utility room, kitchen corner, front hallway, or any tucked away spot you pass going in and out of the home. Designers suggest that remodelers convert a shallow hall closet or wasted space under the stairs. Drop zones may include a built-in bench, shelving, cubbies and coat hooks and should also include some hidden space—not everything is pretty to look at! Use an accent color on the wall or paint it with chalkboard paint to add interest.
Incorporate problem-solving technology.
LED lighting, decorative hardware, opening and closing mechanisms for doors and drawers, furniture fittings and electronic locking systems are but a few of the essential items Häfele provides that can make your model or spec, or the neighbor’s custom-built home stand apart. Opening a drawer and having it immediately light up and then turn off when closed adds convenience and functionality—as well as wow. With Häfele’s Loox strip lighting, pucks and fixtures can be placed inside drawers, cabinets and closets. The lights can be specified in a range of color temperatures so that clothes on the hanger and in pull-outs and drawers can be as true as they will be when you step outside. Häfele’s Multi-Dimensional Mirror with four integrated touch-keys allows the user to switch from warm to cool make-up lighting, or background lighting to add accent or personality. One touch activates an anti-fogging function to prevent condensation on the mirror during and after a shower. It can also act as a sound system when linked with any Bluetooth-enabled mobile device. Add a dimmable Loox Glass Edge Profile light to highlight a child’s little league trophy case or your collection of top shelf spirits.
Do you find yourself wondering how in the world you would cover the windows of modern design homes with popular large expanses of glass, particularly where minimalist design is the goal. It would also be a shame for the window covering to draw the eye away from the beautiful details of the architecturally significant windows you specified. Electrochromic coating may be the future. SageGlass’ work is primarily in commercial buildings at this time, but we believe the technology holds great promise for the residential sector. SageGlass consists of five layers of ceramic material which in total are less than 1/50th the thickness of a human hair. Applying a low voltage of electricity darkens the coating as lithium ions and electrons transfer from one electrochromic layer to another electrochromic layer. Reversing the voltage polarity causes the ions and electrons to return to their original layer, causing the glass to return to its clear state. You can control SageGlass windows, skylights and curtain walls with a building automation system, wall switches or mobile app, or a combination of the three.