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Build your ideal second home

Saturday, December 30, 2017

A second home is a place that must be designed to achieve all that you expect from a vacation. It should to be a place to unwind and relax, says Nilesh Ghadge

Owning a second home in places away from the hustle and bustle of hectic city life is always a dream come true. It's no more just the top entrepreneurs who are investing in the second home market, even middle and upper middle class people are now seeing such homes as feasible getaway destinations. A second home should be ready to live in, time spent there is precious, and one should not waste time in making it live able every time one visits it. These are some things to look out for when designing a second home, so that the potential of the retreat is maximized.

Place for relaxation
While making second home we need to keep in mind our relaxation. Second or weekend home is a place where one can be experimental. It is understood that you will generally have a whole lot of friends or family accompanying you on a visit to your week-end getaway. Make sure there is enough common space for people to enjoy themselves. If the living room is small, then one can even think in terms of doing away with one bedroom to ensure plentiful space. There should be provision for an outdoor activity or game like basketball, badminton, golf or even cricket. These facilities are now available off the shelf, with a lot of sporting goods companies bringing out portable basketball hoops. Storage for accessories should be inbuilt and easily accessible to kids.

Some must haves for second home are ample parking for your cars and those of friends, so you don’t have to battle for the basics on a weekend. Having open spaces and sparse design help emote a pleasant and airy feeling that will enhance your mood.

Don’t ignore kitchen
Kitchen always play an important role in a second home. Kitchen should never be an isolated space. Also, it should be fully equipped kitchen as it is a home and not a resort. Normally in a pretty much isolated area, it would be wise to have good storage for all the staples and a proper gas connection with a burner. A proper water purifier makes sense rather than buying or boiling water. If the weather outside is not conducive, the family might prefer to stay in and there should be enough provision to feed everybody comfortably and not in a makeshift way.

Interior designer Ajit Sawant says “Since there are not too many valuables in a second home, just a collapsible grill should suffice, but in case of security fears, automation can be resorted to. Alerts can be forwarded to your smartphone for full security.”

If your second home is  in a cold place, provision for blankets and extra linen – which is voluminous, is a must. The living room can have multitasking furniture like futons, defined by the number of guests one would regularly expect.

These are some guidelines to achieving a great weekend home, where you, your family and friends can relax at leisure.

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