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05/01/2014

Downsizing (Beginning a New Chapter)

by Pam Yost, Grand DesignGroup

Many of my baby boomer clients are downsizing – and most with a bit of trepidation. Change is challenging even when it is by choice. Giving up square footage does not mean sacrificing comfort, function or style.

Getting your homeowner into the right mind set is critical to a less stressful process.

We start that conversation with a thorough evaluation of lifestyle needs, preferences and what ifs. As with any project the better planning up front, the better the outcome. Here are a few of the areas we address with our clients who are downsizing BEFORE we begin the design process.

  • Review by room how current space is used and the most important spaces – be specific
  • Create an “amenities must have” list – yes, you need to prioritize
  • Accept the need to purge some possessions
  • Be open to using existing furnishings in different rooms or combinations — recover, repurpose and replace as needed
  • Get inspired and explore new ideas – check out website www.houzz.com
  • Be realistic about how often a guest room or other space will be used – think multipurpose
  • Be creative with storage needs – get organized
  • Remember why you decided to downsize and all the pluses it offers

Creating the perfect home for your homeowner’s next chapter makes leaving a familiar nest a little easier to let go. Happy Transitioning! 

Contact Pam Yost, Allied ASID, Grand DesignGroup: (614)228-4900, pyost@granddesigngroup.com, www.granddesigngroup.com