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AttachmentMany of my clients are encouraged to learn that I worked asan architect and construction manager for many years. After designing,redesigning, and remodeling homes (as well as commercial properties), I feltthat my experience as a designer would only help me become a better Realtor. Ienjoy helping a person’s ideas come to reality.

The same is true when helping someone buy a home. To see abuyer find a home that genuinely fits his or her needs is why Ientered real estate sales with my wife, Kristi. Because of my experience with architectural design,I thought it would be helpful to share a few tips on why good home design isimportant.

Bring the Outside In

A home that is well-designed brings the outside in. Awell-placed window or doorway makes the interior space feel less constrictedand more connected to nature. Since the landscape in Hawaii is almost alwaysbeautiful, a large window (or paneled wall system) will do wonders for yourinterior space.

Frank Lloyd Wright, an early 20th century Americanarchitect, was known for designing homes that made the owner feel like thehome was in harmony with its natural surroundings. Look for homes thatwere designed in such a way that you can easily feel like you are closer to thebeautiful Hawaiian outdoors.

Flow of Traffic

An often overlooked concept is how people will movethroughout the house. As you walk through a home that has caught your eye,notice the pathways you will have to take to get from point A to point B. Willpeople need to cut through the kitchen work area to go from one room toanother? What is the path for unloading groceries? Will the best place for yourcouch block your path from the kitchen to the lanai?

Do You Really Need a Formal Entry? Or a Formal Dining Room?

I know you want to make a good first impression on friendsand guests in your home. However, many newer homes today were designed withoutthe forethought of how rooms are used. I believe that we really need to rethinkthe spaces we use…and don’t use.

Here in Hawaii, the lanai often functions as a dining roomor living space. Many people opt to have partition walls instead of patio doorsleading out to the lanai for this very purpose. You may think you need a formalliving room, but consider how a simple partition wall can give you much moreuseable space than you thought possible.

Where Do You Put All the Shoes and Bags?

Everyone wears shoes, and everyone uses grocery bags. (Andin Hawaii, shoes are typically left outside). But not every home is designed insuch a way that it makes sense where something as simple as bags are placed.

I’m often amazed to see homes with a huge formal entrypaired with a tiny mudroom shoved almost haphazardly between the kitchen andthe garage. Some designers and builders even think it’s a good idea to put thewasher and dryer there, too! Why not create a large mudroom and minimize thefront entry? In fact, all space in your home should serve apurpose. Which brings me to my last point…

Look For a Smart Home

No, I’m not talking about a house filled with Appleproducts. Sarah Susanka, the author of “The Not So Big House,” encourages people to buildsmaller and smarter. A well-designed home is not necessarily the biggest houseon the block with the grandest entryway. Rather, it is the one that usesspace in the smartest way possible. These homes incorporate built-instorage areas and eliminate spaces that no one uses. And by building fewer squarefeet, you can add character elements and detailing that enrich the quality ofthe home. I highly recommend you read this book and decide if you can buildsmarter, not bigger.

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Todd Delahunt

Delahunt Homes is a residential, custom, luxury home builder serving the Portland Metropolitan area and other parts of the Pacific Northwest. We've been building custom dream homes featured in The Street of Dreams since 1992.
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