Over the last several years, rarely used traditional living and dining rooms have evolved into useful and dynamic spaces more suited to today’s lifestyle. As the need for formal spaces declined, a growing trend among homebuyers emerged. Open concept floor plans – incorporating large kitchens and family rooms with an emphasis on everyday living and entertaining – became the popular choice in home building. Yesterday’s living and dining rooms are now often utilized as home offices, playrooms, music rooms and more.
When designing your new custom home with Columbia Builders, we’ll help you determine the functionality you need, along with what features appeal to you, so that your new home will not only reflect your taste but meet the needs of your family as well. If you’re considering forgoing a formal living room or dining room in your new home, here are some ideas on how those spaces might better serve your lifestyle.
A Second Home Office
As technology advances, more and more people are working from home during the work day or after hours. It is not uncommon for the adults in a household to need separate spaces. Younger family members can benefit from having a second office also, creating their own quiet work and study space. The simple addition of glass or solid doors to close off the space will create privacy and reduce noise.
A Main Level Bedroom
As the trend for multi-generational living grows, the need for a main level bedroom (and bath) is an option we are frequently asked about. With our ability to custom design a home plan that works for each of our clients, we can easily accommodate this request with just a few modifications. Exchanging formal living space with a home office or a bedroom, or both, is often a better utilization of space for many homebuyers.
A Library of Your Own
Are you a bibliophile? Converting a living or dining room into a personal library is a breeze. Simply add interior French doors, built-in shelving, and a cozy fireplace. When these changes are carefully planned, turning the room back into a living room or dining room can be easily accomplished.
Design and Build Your Dream Home with Columbia Builders!
Columbia Builders is the home builder of choice in Howard County, offering homes in Ellicott City, Elkridge, Laurel, Columbia, Marriottsville, Fulton, Clarksville, Dayton, and Brookeville. No matter what the size and scope of your project, we have the skills, experience, and resources needed to bring your vision to life. We offer a level of customization that is truly unmatched and are committed to using materials and craftsmen of the highest quality, so you can trust that your new home is built to last.
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