Amazing Storage Spaces

Amazing Storage Spaces

Understanding Customer Needs

As a Stroud and Proud house owner herself, Nicole Lowson from Stroud Homes Northern Rivers understands what customers need and want from their new home storage.

Nicky & Matt Lowson with James Stroud
Nicky & Matt Lowson with James Stroud

How important is storage to your Stroud Homes Northern Rivers clients?

I think it is quite important as when people envision their new home it is roomy, organised and has clutter free, clean spaces.

Double robes and linens, well designed laundries and even Butler’s Pantries are standard in many of our designs, creating amazing storage spaces.

Kitchen with butler's pantry
Avoca 247 Ballina Display Home

Having a walk-in robe used to be the height of luxury, now most Stroud Homes designs feature them in their master bedrooms. Do you think this is what your customers expect?

Definitely! A good space for robes in bedrooms is essential and again the Main Bedroom is really focused upon.

The robes should be well fitted out with a mix of shelving and hanging space. Customised drawers are optional upgrades and are made to measure.

Good air flow and lighting is also considered when designing these spaces. The dark little space in the corner with a small robe is not accepted any more and more often the robe area even forms part of the overall main room feature.

A great example can be found in the Avoca range with its feature timber wall in the walk-through robe.

The Avoca 247

What are your premium upgrade options for Robes?

There is a range of robe fit out options available to our clients. They are custom and made to measure to your choice. There are different drawer types and heights, shelving and hanging all to suit your needs.

So, while you can choose to fit out the big robe space yourself after handover, we find people love the idea of being able to move in and unpack into an organised space immediately, rather than have to wait and unpack later.

The kitchen is another room which requires a lot of organisation. Can you customise your kitchen to suit your needs?

Yes, you have the scope to make more soft close drawers to replace cupboards, choose different colours, textures, splashbacks, sinks and certain tapware at the colour selection process. Using high quality brands and products helps our clients make their selections easy.

We can get quotes to them for upgrades and then they can decide to go ahead with the upgrade or remain with the Standard Inclusion options. The choice is theirs.

Many popular designs also incorporate Butler’s Pantries (Bronte, Kirra and Kentucky range) which give such an amazing extra functionality to the kitchen and enables that space for so much more storage.

Butler's pantry
Bronte 240 Butler’s Pantry

Do most of your clients in the Northern Rivers expect Butler’s Pantries and Walk In Pantries now?

Yes, I think people want a sizable Pantry and if possible a Butler’s Pantry. You don’t have to have a huge home to allow room for a wonderful kitchen design that includes a Butler’s Pantry.

The Bronte 227 is a great example of modest size, modern family home designed with just this!

Keeping the main Kitchen area free from clutter and those extra appliances we all love these days, like coffee machines, dishwasher, microwave, blender or toaster is a major bonus

Bronte 227 Floor Plan
Bronte 227 Floor Plan

If a client would like built-in storage in their media room or living room, can your team facilitate this?

Absolutely, we customise the workable space to incorporate any extras like a built-in study nook, extra shelving or cabinetry to suit the home.

living room
The Kirra 303

Do you think a mudroom or drop zone is the next big ‘want’ for new homes?

We haven’t specifically had many requests directly for this in our area. I think the drop zone can often be utilised in the entry hall with clever use of hanging space or furniture pieces such as hallway tables.

More of our clients look to include more storage in areas such as the laundry or garage. The garage is often this space as it is often the main entry for the family to enter the home.

Is it true your double garage can fit two cars and leave room for storage?

Yes, technically a double garage is 6 x 6 metres and many of our designs have larger spaces than this to accommodate those bigger cars, a workbench or enabling some good wall hanging or shelving.

It is design and land specific to what can fit but, extending the garage is a common upgrade. Most families in regional areas require two cars these days so, a two car garage is usually the minimum expectation.

Aston 224 Floor Plan
Aston 224 Garage with storage

What do you think is the best advice for anyone planning storage in their new home?

Personally, I think you can never have enough. Gone are the days a single linen cupboard provides enough storage for all of the family.

If you can use any space for another cupboard, more overhead cupboards or fit out your robes to best store as much as you can with clever organised design options, take the time to do it or leave enough space to fit it out later once you know how you want to set it all up.

study nook
The Waterlily 256

If you’d like to talk to the team at Stroud Homes Northern Rivers about building a home full of these wonderful storage options, drop them a line on 1300 699 392 or fill in the form below.

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