Trendy Ideas to Maximize Storage and Entertaining Space

Whether you're planning a remodel or in the beginning stages of designing your new home, the use of space plays an essential role in the look and feel of your home when it is complete.  Here are some trendy tips to help you maximize your storage space and entertaining rooms to help you along the way:

1) Multiple Uses of the Garage

Garage use is being expanded as cars, storage cabinets, and work machinery is having to share the space with exercise equipment, hobby areas and other things.  Storage apparatus is also improving as built-in storage cabinets are being installed in addition to the shelving units.  Cabinets provide a clean and uncluttered look as well as protect its contents.  Smooth and sturdy cabinets are now being offered along with workbenches and storage systems that are versatile and stylish.

Make sure your garage has ample lighting, especially in work space areas.  Use drywall and a washable paint.  Consider using epoxy or a garage mat floor for easier clean ups.

2) Multiple Use of the Laundry Room

Laundry room use is also being expanded to provide more storage space or as a transition area with a sink to wash-up prior to entering your home.  Again, cabinets can be built-in in addition to shelving to stock anything from cleaning supplies to toilet paper to paper goods.  If your laundry room is also a transition area, it also should include a bench to sit and remove shoes, maybe shoe storage space, key holders, and maybe a charging station for cell phones and small laptops such as an iPad.

3) Kitchens

A kitchen is one of the rooms people often look at and examine when deciding whether or not to purchase a home.  Most kitchens are now being designed for a specific user as opposed to a "cookie-cutter" look.  Kitchen islands are becoming increasingly popular, especially ones that incorporate a cooktop, prep sink or other component for the possibility of two cooks prepping at the same time.  Eat-in kitchens also remain popular – either at the island or at a separate peninsula with seating arranged conducive to conversation.

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Brandon Lau grew up in Kailua and currently resides in Honolulu with his wife Andee and children Caylah, Elijah, and David. His eighteen years in real estate led him to become a Partner at ChaneyBrooks Choice Advisors. Over the past 10 years he has developed the team and systems that has created a high level of service and value for his clients.

What differentiates Brandon and his team is his consultative approach to real estate. He advises clients with relevant data and expert insight to help them make the best choices in real estate. Good choices in planning for long term dispositions, negotiating for the best price or knowing when not to pursue an investment are ways his consultative services will give you an advantage in the marketplace. His bottom line is providing service with the utmost integrity and expertise.