Living large with a contemporary kitchen design

Written by: Sarah J. Dills/Photos by: Johan Roetz

Each fall as thousands of young people leave home for college, their parents are left with what is often referred to as the empty nest. One of the most common ways parents deal with this housing dilemma is by downsizing. But the term downsizing tends to come with a negative connotation—as if life isn’t as meaningful now that the children are away. But the contrary is actually true. When homeowners downsize their square-footage, they increase the time they have to enjoy other aspects of life.

When one such couple realized they were ready to “downsize” after two of their three children left home, with the third close behind, they decided to invest in something way more fun—they built a new house. “We downsized,” the husband begins to explain.

“And upsized the garage,” the wife adds as they both chuckle. The couple’s new garage is home to their cars, and boat, and golf-cart.

“Dunedin is very golf-cart friendly,” the wife says. “There are special pathways you can drive your golf-cart that are great to get to the community center when they have parades or fireworks.” 

Resources: Builder: Cogdill Builders; Cabinetry: Jacobs Custom Cabinets LLC; Appliances: GE Monogram, Famous Tate; Flooring: Countryside Tile; Tile installation: Hunter Flooring; Countertops: Quartz

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