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WOW, what a winter we have had.  If you are not fortunate enough to have a beach house in Maui, or to drive south in your RV, or something else warm and sunny, then what can you do to beat (or at least better cope) with the  L  O  N  G  winter months?  

Blog-3-PicSome of these ideas can apply to everyone, some may take a little work, others a remodel or even a new house.  So let’s get started.

Have an unused (or underused) room?

Use It!

Here are some ideas:

A hobby room - do you have a hobby that you have not enjoyed or taken advantage of for a while?  Its time to dust off that sewing machine and dig up your tool bench.  Resolve to have some “ME” time.Blog-2-Pic

How about a Killer Man Cave to spend some time in?

Exercise area - Don’t you admire those folks who can get up in the middle of the night and run whether there be rain, sleet, snow or whatever (are they all postal workers)?  How about a compromise and use that space for some exercise.  Make sure it is brightly lit and inviting.

Storage space - Sick of cramming your holiday decorations in a closet?  Why not label them and box them up? Think how accessible they will be next year.

Take advantage of all the light you can get

sunIf you are not thrilled with looking at the snow, turn the blinds up, but don’t keep them closed.

Turn on the lights, replace those burned out bulbs.

windowIf you are designing an addition or new home be sure to plan lots of windows to take advantage of direct and indirect light, as well as views.

Some people may want to investigate Therapeutic Lighting, for more on that visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/light-therapy/MY00195

Do you have a mud room?

This area should include a closet or some sort of hanging area for coats, gloves and such.  Also a place for shoes and boots.

There should be easily maintained flooring such as tile or a laminate flooring.  Remember this is going to get wet and muddy and will need to be mopped up regularly, so we want muddy-footprint-hito keep it simple.

Some hanging space and shelves for shoes and boots can even be incorporated into the garage if you don’t have space inside the house.

When designing your mud room / drop zone for your new home or addition you may want to consider including some lockers, a drinking fountain, a sink or even a half bath.  You may even want to plan some space for your 4 legged friends here (litter box, doggie door, etc.)

Enjoy the outdoors, comfortably

If you’re thinking about building soon, keep in mind the climate you live in.  If you have long winters, a covered patio or deck is a nice way to enjoy the space year round.

Add a fireplace and you’ll be able to enjoy your serene snowy background without freezing.

Stay healthy

Remember the reminder above to exercise?

Get plenty of rest.

Eat well.weights

Spend quality time with family and friends.

You may want to consider adding a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter to your heating system.

We should always remember to be safe in our homes.  Check the carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms, have your furnace checked for problems and make sure the filter is replaced on a regular basis.

When all else fails, maybe it is time for that trip to Maui.

 

Founded in 1964, Design Loft Inc. specializes in residential design solutions.  Offering a variety of services, including custom home design, stock house plans and remodel and addition services, Design Loft can help create your dream home.  Longstanding relationships with other professionals including engineers and surveyors allow Design Loft to provide complete plans ready for contractors and building officials.