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Staking out your own space is one of life’s pleasures. When you’re on your own, this can be more than just an exercise in designing a room or planning a home. It’s also about expressing yourself, identifying your own unique needs, and asserting your identity. So, which areas of your new home should you begin to concentrate on to do this?

Writer Kathryn Rivas is here to help you get a start on making the perfect home for the single woman … 

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Recent statistics show that you don’t have to be a “Mrs.” in order to buy your dream house. In fact, single women dominate the homeowner’s market as of late—in 2010 alone, single women accounted for more than 19% of all home buyers, whereas single men accounted for a mere 12%, according to MSNBC  and the National Association of Realtors.

While the reasons for diving into the homeowner’s market vary with each individual, there are certain features that every single woman homeowner will enjoy.  So no matter if you’ve never been married, or you’re a divorcee, widow, or even a single mom, continue reading below to see what home features you should watch out for.

1. Spare bedroom

Men have their “man caves” even when they share a house with their spouse—they use this room to store old trophies or to build their collectable cars for example. So there’s no reason why you can’t have a special room in your own house too. You can convert that spare bedroom into anything you’d like, for example your own personal gym, home office, library, music-listening lounge or even an art studio.
Whatever it is, you want to make sure that it’s all your own and doesn’t double as a guest bedroom or your child’s play house.

2. Bath suite with garden tub

Your home should be your sanctuary, and what better way to help yourself relax and unwind than purchasing a home that features a master bathroom  big enough for the queen that you are—and also one that has a deep garden tub. Think about how magical it will feel having the opportunity to come home from a hard day’s work and slip into a steamy hot bubble bath.

Christmas Master Bath traditional bathroom

source: traditional bathroom design

If the home you’re considering purchasing isn’t already equipped with one, you should definitely think about having one installed.

3. Low-maintenance yard

Yards are great—you have the opportunity to plant a garden or have a space for your pet to roam free, but there’s also a lot to work to keep it up. If you don’t have the time to constantly pull out weeds and keep the grass trimmed (or you don’t have enough money to hire someone else to do it) make sure that you purchase a home with a low-maintenance yard.

So what’s in a low-maintenance yard? Ones that contain plant life that is easy to tend—like native meadow grasses and flowers for example.

4. Fabulous kitchen

Even if you’re not a fan of cooking, the kitchen is the primary place where people like to socialize. If you see a lot of entertaining in your future, purchasing a home with a fab kitchen is a great idea. The kitchen isn’t only ideal for friend bonding time, but also family bonding time as well.

 

5. Universal design elements

Last but not least, while you may just live in your new home for a short time, you may also very well live in that home for your entire life. If the latter is the case, you need to make sure that your home will be able to adjust to your needs as you get older.

For example, are the hallways wide enough to allow for greater mobility? Are the toilets and sinks at the appropriate height? Which one will be easier on your knees: a first floor master or a second floor master? These are just a few questions to ask yourself when deciding which living space will be best for you in the long run.

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Thanks, Kathryn!

Katheryn Rivas writes on the topics of online university.  She welcomes your comments at her email: katherynrivas87@gmail.com.

Cheers,

Rob.

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

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