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Building your dream home: Focus on the function

From the Building your Dream Home: Follow these steps series
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Once you’ve picked the lot for your dream home, it’s time to focus on the functional areas.

Five of the top 10 requested features for new homes deal with functionality and storage: walk-in closets, linen closets, walk-in pantries, mudrooms and laundry rooms.

It’s important to remember that rooms that are functional don’t have to be huge. If you have a giant laundry room but nowhere to store your detergent or fold your clothes, the room won’t be as useful and you won’t be happy in your new home.

When planning these functional areas, focus on storage and shelving. If you put a lot of storage in your pantry, you won’t need as many cabinets in your kitchen, which will allow you to invest in better quality materials like granite countertops or higher-end appliances. Extra storage in your laundry room opens up space in your bedrooms and closets. Mudrooms with cubbies or lockers for shoes, coats and backpacks keep the clutter down in other areas of the house.

Once you’ve decided on the functional areas of your home, it’s time to begin focusing on your designing your dream kitchen. We’ll discuss that more next week.

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About the author

Vladimir Oulianov has been a specialist in energy-efficient homes in Lincoln since 2002. He is ranked in the top 100 real estate agents in the U.S. and is the top Salesperson in Lincoln for the last 6 years. Other awards include a Lincoln’s Choice Award from the Lincoln Journal Star for Best real estate agent, a 40 under 40 Award from the Lincoln Business Journal and Realtor of the Year from Woods Bros Realty.

Vladimir's Real Estate Services believes in Fair Housing and an Equal Opportunity for all. Contact him at 402-890-0535 or


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