By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO

There is a fine line between homes that are over-designed and ones that are lacking any kind of design. Interior designers often want to put their signature style on a home and, in the process, end up adding embellishments and over-the-top features that are not likely to stand the test of time. On the other hand, there are plenty of cookie-cutter homes that are being built today that lack any kind of soul or thoughtfulness in the design. In these houses, the builders are looking for cheap and easy–and sacrificing quality in the meantime.

We pride ourselves on achieving that middle ground in our Optima Homes. We focus on people-friendly designs that are timeless, functional, and crafted from quality materials. There are MANY elements that make up a well-designed home. Here are our top five:

1. Sensible Kitchen Layouts

Kitchens can get very “designy” and lose all practicality. The kitchen is a gathering place–a place where you and your family share food, a place where friends tend to gather when you’re entertaining. We approach our kitchen designs with the home owner in mind. We make sure the space flows and that there are natural pathways to accommodate the movement of people–whether a couple, a family, or a house full of guests. Our kitchens have different stations that can serve various needs, from your daily coffee to your latest baking endeavor.

Functional, open kitchen layout in our latest new construction in Minnetonka

Functional, open kitchen layout in our latest new construction in Minnetonka

2. Innovative Storage Solutions

We care about storage and we know our home owners do too! When we lay out a space within the home–be it a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, or entryway–we consider potential storage needs and how to seamlessly work storage solutions into the space. We’ve designed mudrooms with gorgeous walk-in closets, bedrooms with storage for all your seasonal outfits, and kitchens with easily accessible appliances, spices, and utensils. Our goal is for storage to make sense–when designed properly, you shouldn’t even have to think about it.

storage solutions mud room

Entryway with easily accessible storage

3. Convenient Flex Spaces

We know that different people have different needs and visions for their spaces. That’s why we design areas that are highly flexible and adaptable. For instances, a tucked-away nook might be used as a breakfast dining area or a quiet space for mom to work with her laptop. Or, a loft might be used as a play area for the kids or a comfortable retreat for mom and dad to enjoy coffee and each other’s company. A room in the basement could be allocated for storage or used as an exercise space. Our Optima Homes designs are intentionally flexible to accommodate a wide variety of needs and interests, making it easy to repurpose a room if, say, the kids go away to college or dad decides to invest in a home gym.

4. No Wasted Space

We believe in high-space utilization, which means that every area has been thoughtfully planned and used to the max. That doesn’t mean the space is overcrowded; it means that every aspect of the home has a purpose. Even the negative space is intentional–we account for natural movement throughout the home and incorporate that into the design.

Minnetonka home living room new construction

Living room of one of our new constructions

5. Timeless Elements

Since we started as a remodeling company, we’ve worked with homes from every decade from the last hundred years. And, believe me, we’ve seen some flawed design features! At the same time, we’ve discovered which elements stand the test of time and pull those elements into our new constructions. Our trim molding, for instance, is an example of a classic element that makes a home look elegant and polished, no matter the decade. We also use high-quality materials throughout our homes that will not only last, but will give the home a sophisticated, polished feel. From tiling to stonework, and from marble to bronze finishes, we know what works and will retain its appeal for many years to come.

classic free standing bathtub

Classic, free-standing bathtub

Excited About Home Design?

We are too! Our passion is to design beautiful, functional homes that are high-performing and healthy for you and your family. If you’d like more information about our process, or if you’re thinking about investing in a new home construction sometime soon, please feel free to contact us today.

 

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Author: Samantha

Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.

Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.

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Written by Samantha

Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the...
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