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Cost-Conscious Design Strategies to Get Hesitant Buyers off the Fence

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Cost-Conscious Design Strategies to Get Hesitant Buyers off the Fence

Delivering buyers' must-have home features and amenities is easier said than done amid rising inflation, but these design tactics from Housing Design Matters offer a few simple solutions

February 15, 2023
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In an inflated economy and a housing market still recovering from a costly pandemic, cost-conscious home design is perhaps more important than ever before, which is why Housing Design Matters suggests a few effective strategies for eliminating unwanted costs while delivering must-haves for today’s consumers. Simplifying floor plans can create an efficient building envelope that not only maximizes livable space but also saves money.

The next big decision is the Kitchen. What buyers want vs what they can afford. For starters, they all want an island in the kitchen. Keep it simple; one level and rectangular in shape. No bat wing islands, please! Then minimize your cabinets skews and avoid corner cabinets and countertops. Consider a large walk-in pantry with wire shelves vs more cabinets.

Lastly, what can you afford to offer in the owner’s bath? Bathtub plus shower or shower only? If you’re tight on square footage, skip the tub and focus on making the shower awesome. It can be done – even if you’re using a shower pan. Splurge on a frameless shower enclosure because it will make the bathroom feel larger. Add a shampoo niche and a seat in the shower and you’ll hear the word “Spa” used often!

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