10 things every dream home has in common

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According to the Property Brothers, these features are a must.

One man’s dream home is another man’s nightmare, and after years of renovating and selling homes, few know that more than Jonathan and Drew Scott.

The Property Brothers and authors of “Dream Home” — a new tome described as “the ultimate guide to finding and fixing your perfect house” — say they have determined the ten things homebuyers want most.

And no, granite countertops aren’t one of them…

1. OPEN LIVING PLAN WITH CLEAR SIGHT LINES

According to Jonathan and Drew, compartmentalisation is a thing of the past. “Ninety-nine percent of homeowners want open-concept living,” they say. “This is better for families keeping an eye on their kids, better when entertaining and even better for making rooms feel bigger.”

2. AMPLE KITCHEN COUNTER SPACE

You can never have enough counter space in a kitchen. Whether it’s a breakfast bar for serving food or additional prep space for cooking, ample kitchen counters add huge value.

3. SEPARATE PANTRY

Ask any cooks in the family and they’ll say a pantry is a kitchen must-have. Not only does it help you display all your dry foods without having to open multiple cabinets, but it’s also a hugely efficient use of space.

4. KITCHEN ISLAND

You may feel a kitchen island is just for homeowners trying to look fancy, and you’re right, according to Jonathan and Drew. But it’s also a functional component of your kitchen. An island or peninsula can give you more cabinets (on both sides), breakfast bar seating and additional counter space. Not to mention it also offers the opportunity to showcase kitchen design like two-tone cabinets or a stone waterfall feature with your countertop.

5. MEGA STORAGE EVERYWHERE

Families have a LOT of stuff. So you can never have enough storage. Think: organisation systems in your closets, storage racks in the garage and even built-ins above and below your wall-mounted TV. Find creative ways to add storage without cramping your space.

 

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