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Move-up buyers are a fickle bunch, and this blog entry focuses on a Lean Design for that group. It is actually an excerpt from a future House Review article that will appear in next February’s Professional Builder. Let’s take a closer look at this 3,700-square-foot home.


A. Large, functional kitchen that is open to the dining/great room creates a great space for entertaining. The living/kitchen/dining arrangement is incredibly popular. The spaces are often delineated by ceiling treatments.
B. Fussy butler’s pantries are on the way out. Instead, the space has become more casual and becomes an area for wine storage, glasses, etc.
C. The family entrance works well as a drop zone and a great area to keep the family organized.
D. Large walk-in closet for bulky athletic equipment—golf, hockey, you name it.
E. This stair leads to a private apartment on the second floor.
F. Flex room provides an opportunity for a formal dining room or this space—in combination with the den—can be used for the increasingly popular his/hers office.
G. Curving the back wall of the switchback staircase is a great way to dress it up without breaking the bank.
H. Having the flex space available allows this space to be either a very large nook or the one dining area of the home.
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