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 DECEMBER 26, 2021
         Laundry rooms built close to bedrooms, and on the same level, can be helpful.
“When a laundry room is conveniently located, it’s much easier to manage that chore, especially for larger families and kupuna,” says Yee. “And there’s less excuse to let laundry pile up!”
When designing for easi- est maintenance, Yee recom- mends avoiding recessed can lights in stairways, simply because they’re too hard to reach. Double-hung windows that drop and tilt inward so that the outside glass can be cleaned like a tabletop are also helpful.
The kitchen merits special attention when it comes to designing for easy upkeep.
“Soffits can be built over cabinets, so the homeown- ers don’t have to clean the tops of them,” Yee says.
Soffits, she explains, are boxed-in structures built on top of cupboards.
“Alternatively, some homeowners opt for full- height cabinets that go up to the ceiling; they’re also great for extra storage.”
Cabinets that hold baking trays, cookie sheets, big cut- ting boards and more are be- coming increasingly popular, as are sliding drawers and shelves for cookware that help simplify organization after washing dishes.
For easy maintenance in both bathrooms and kitch- ens, Yee suggests coved,
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“There are no silicone or grout lines, no hard corners to clean. And integrated sol- id-surface sinks don’t have crevasses to catch dirt,” Yee says.
In the bathroom, Yee says frameless plate-glass mirrors are a great option because they’re quickly polished. And commodes with aprons are simpler to maintain than standard commodes.
“Skirted toilets have no seals or caulked edges, and trap ways are concealed,” Yee says. “Much easier to clean!”
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