by Katie Pocras, Nebraska Home Sales Realtor
I was out showing homes to my buyer. We were looking at the big, expensive homes. The homes with all the bells and whistles you want, not to mention some bells you didn’t know you wanted. These homes are large, gracious, and often come with a grand entry and a curved staircase. The homes are impressive. Some are open concept floor plan, and others are more traditional in nature. The finishes are exquisite.
My buyer said something quite profound and insightful. Within a grand home, she wants a smaller room where she can gather with her family and watch tv, talk and read. She wants the room to be cozy and nurturing. “That’s where I want to be”, she said. As we’re looking at very large homes, she’s also focusing on the small, intimate spaces. Her gathering place, if you will.
I’ve heard “that’s where I want to be” also referred to as the “soul of the home” or “heart of the home”. It means different things to different people. Some families gather in the kitchen and the home flows from there. Others prefer the backyard deck and design places with seating and fireplaces. Or “man caves” or “craft rooms”.
Find a space you enjoy in your current home. It could be as simple as a comfortable chair in the corner with a tv. Your home doesn’t have to be large or grand to have a “soul”.
I was walking yesterday and noticed someone’s interior garage space. Someone loves this garage. There were three neon lights lit up, built-in cabinets, and it was oh, so very neat. Someone has a space to enjoy and recharge. That’s what it’s all about.