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We all have different ideas as to what constitutes the perfect home. Perhaps it’s an expansive waterfront estate, an idyllic mountain retreat or a chic penthouse in the city. When it comes down to it, however, no matter where your home is located or how it’s decorated, it’s essential that it helps you to live, work and play at your very best. For those in search of their next home, here’s how to make sure it will set you up to thrive in each way.

Shelter is one of our most basic needs and, of course, plays an integral role in our daily lives. That’s why your home should be designed to support every aspect of your day-to-day routine, from a gourmet kitchen where you can cook memorable meals for the family to a state-of-the-art home gym that supports a healthy lifestyle. It’s also important to consider what makes a functional design. Do you want an open layout where everyone can congregate or a traditional floor plan with more defined spaces?

It’s no secret that the home is serving double-duty as the office and the classroom for many people these days. As a result, requirements have shifted for homebuyers. To ensure you have a space that supports productivity, take the time to identify your ideal setup. That might mean having a study room for the kids, as well as two thoughtfully designed home offices where both parents can work during the day. Other details that may contribute to the perfect work environment may be things like internet speed, soundproof walls and natural light.

Now, for the fun part. At the end of the day, the home should cater to how you spend your free time. Whether you want to lounge around a glistening pool or get the popcorn ready for family movie night in your home theater, it’s all about having the right features. Access to nearby amenities, like outdoor recreation areas, fine dining and cultural institutions, are also important considerations to take into account.