Tricks and Treats to Keep Your Home Functional This Fall

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The air is getting cooler, leaves are falling from trees, and with the holidays ahead, there’s no better time to make your home a priority! If they haven’t already, family and friends will start to pour through your doors to spend quality time inside. Here are some tricks to improve functionality and make your home cozier, so your family has more time to enjoy the season’s treats:

Make your Family Foyer a Priority

With cooler temperatures, come heavy outerwear and footwear. Make sure your family foyer, or mudroom, is ready to handle the additional gear by removing your summer items. Think of this area as a buffer between the outdoor elements and your cozy living space. A remodeling trick we use for our clients is designing storage spaces with cabinet doors, so you can easily hide the clutter before guests arrive. If you don’t have a dedicated mudroom, perhaps create a space in your garage for all your cold-weather gear using storage bins, a clothes rack, and boot tray.

Create a Cozy Nook

Fall is the perfect time to cozy up with a great book and a warm treat. While a chair next to the fireplace may be calling your name, a secret hideaway for snuggling up with their favorite read might be enticing for your children. The unused space under your stairs isn’t reserved for Harry Potter, it can make a cozy reading nook for any child. Recently, a client converted the extra space over her daughter’s closet into a lofted fort. BOWA’s carpenters built a custom ladder for her and now she has her own retreat within her room. Rethink the dead space around your home and make it usable and cozy for the colder months.

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Custom Cabinetry Organization

What’s another fall tradition? Treats! Make cooking and baking in your kitchen enjoyable with organized cabinets and drawers. You can simply clean out the old to make a more organized space, buy additional cabinet and drawer organizers from your local home store, or reimagine your whole kitchen! Our recent remodeling clients have incorporated lots of great custom cabinetry organization to make sure their time in the kitchen is efficient and enjoyable, instead of a game of scavenger hunt or Jenga!

If you want to learn more tricks for making your home work better for you and your family, let us know. With more than 35 years of experience helping families improve their lives at home, we’re happy to share what we’ve learned along the way!