22. March 2016 14:55
Studies report for homes with an attached garage, the door from the garage into the home has become our primary entrance. Inf fact, we rarely use the front door. [More]
26. February 2016 15:10
More and more we're being asked for a personal laundry center within the owner's suite and locating the main laundry off the rear foyer.
In a traditional two-story home with all the bedrooms upstairs, positioning the laundry room on the second floor means you don't have to carry baskets of laundry up and down those stairs! Plus, it's convenient for the kids to do their own laundry when that room is close to their bedrooms (your daughter will never have an excuse for not having anything clean to wear!).
(The Peony #42038 plan featured.)
23. October 2013 10:39
MORE ABOUT REAR-ENTRY FOYERS
6. May 2013 07:48
Rear foyer with openhooks and cubbies
According to a 2011 study by Recon Analytics, people who have an attached garage go in and out of their home using the door between the home and the garage 92% of the time, rather than using the main entry door. Yet, many new homes focus lots of attention of the front entry foyer and treat the entry from the garage almost as an afterthought!
The rear foyer entry from the garage deserves no less design attention than a front foyer. It serves as a vital transition space, a place to remove and store coats, backpacks and computer bags, shed shoes, and keep clutter out of the kitchen. Unless there is simply no other option, you probably don't want the washer and dryer in your rear foyer either (who wants to trek past the dirty laundry-and be reminded of all that work-every time you arrive home?)
Ask your builder or remodeling contractor about incorporating a rear foyer in your new home or remodeling project!
Organized Rear Foyers
Home plans with Drop Zones
20. September 2012 14:18
2002 - 2012 the Decade of Change! Part II
In the last decade, home design has undergone amazing change and innovation. Just as you wouldn't get too excited over going to purchase a brand new car and being shown a new 2002 Pontiac Aztek, how excited should prospective buyers be touring a model home from a design that's 10 years old?
So what's different in home design today?
Example--Rear Foyers! As the most often used entrance into the home, coming in from the garage can no longer be viewed primarily as "utilitarian". The front entry foyer is designed to be something special, as much (or more!) attention should be paid to the rear foyer.
Storage. Beyond the expected coat closet, what about all the "stuff" you carry in with you? A "drop zone" is ideal for liberating your kitchen from such clutter! So what's a 'Drop Zone'?
Convenience. A seat or bench for removing shoes. Insignificant? Buyers don't think so!
Special amenities. Do you have pets - cats or dogs? Think about adding a pet zone to the rear foyer.
See examples of drop zones, pet centers, and rear entry foyers. No longer should you bring people through the laundry room to get to your kitchen. The rear entry foyer changes the experience when you bring family and friends in from the garage!