When designing a single-family home, condo or apartment, using space wisely is key and built-in cabinets are just one way of maximizing storage space while minimizing clutter. Here at Bristol Design Group, we love working with our developer clients to identify innovative ways built-ins can be integrated into multifamily design to add form and function to various areas of the home, whether it’s in the form of a desk, bookcase, cabinetry or combination of uses. This article showcases just a few of the rooms in which built-ins can be especially useful. For more insight on how Bristol approaches the new multifamily workspace, check out our latest blog post. ...

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been adapting to the new normal of working and learning from home. While we’ve all adapted out of necessity, the reality is some floor plans are better suited for this than others. As designers and cabinetry purveyors, we are working with our multifamily developer clients to creatively modify layouts to better accommodate the need to have dedicated workspaces. While this article addresses why working from home will continue post-COVID, I want to address how new and existing floor plans can evolve to meet the needs of today’s renters. Below are modified floor plans that highlight how we are working with our clients to adapt unit designs to create the optimal work- and study-from-home environments. Studio Apartments Typical Studio Apartment Layout In this typical 494-square foot studio apartment, residents are forced to utilize the eating area as a makeshift home office. In the subsequent floor plans, you’ll see how simple it is for us to make some minor adjustments to add a built-in workstation or even a small office for residents. Studio Apartment Layout with Built-In Designated Work Area By making a few small adjustments to the layout, including moving the closet, we are able to offer a dedicated workspace. In this specific...

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I love seeing color used in unexpected ways throughout the home, especially in kitchens and baths; it doesn’t have to be limited to walls, either. Colored cabinets continue to be a popular option. In fact, I believe that as Gen Z begins to move out into their own homes, they’re going to crave color palettes much like those found in the houses their parents grew up in. No, I don’t think they will opt for harvest gold and avocado, but I do think they will move beyond the shades of gray and other neutrals found in their own childhood homes. This Apartment Therapy article offers blue bathrooms as just one example of how different shades of the same color can enhance a space....

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