Don’t Be a Slave to Your Home Design



When you luxuriate in a new home design, you want to enjoy the special features that you’ve added. You don’t want to spend your free time cleaning and maintaining them. After all, you have a family to take care of and a regular job to get to. You can meet this need by constructing a home that requires little maintenance.

Start by reducing extraneous detail. Wainscoting, fancy doorknobs and cabinet pulls, and grooved switch plates gather dirt on their multiple angles and depressions. Reduce the number of surfaces and stick with smooth, flat planes and you eliminate having to clean them. For example, use paint to add decorative detail rather than fancy moulding. And stick with kitchen cabinet fronts without handles so a simple wipe cleans them.

Certain materials and colours show smudges and dirt more readily. These include black and white, featureless flat planes, and anything that shines, like chrome. Go with neutral medium colours like beige or grey, and add patterns to hide grime. Use matte rather than shiny finishes. For example, on bathroom fixtures, burnished pewter faucets will hide water spots more readily than a shiny silver faucet.

Keep things together if you use them together. That means having the laundry room near the bedrooms if you like the convenience of throwing your clothes in the wash after you undress. Or putting it near the kitchen if you like to do laundry as part of your cooking chores. Consider a whole-house vacuum with outlets near major traffic areas and rooms. Instead of lugging a heavy vacuum cleaner around, you just plug a lightweight hose where you need it.

To find out more about low-maintenance home designs without all the frills, or get started on building one, please contact us. We are offering no GST and a free appliance package now until February 28, 2014!