Laura Lowe | Franklin Real Estate, Wrenthem Real Estate, Bellingham Real Estate


Are you a minimalist? If you’ve heard this question recently, you may be wondering just what it means and how does it affect you. It is NOT a set of rules.It is NOT about how much you own.

It is NOT about how much money you earn. 
It is NOT about buying specific items or giving up certain things.
It is NOT about being frugal.
It is NOT throwing out all your belongings and sleeping in a yurt (unless that makes you happy).
It is NOT about living in a tiny house (although it can be for you).
It IS about quality over quantity; peace over disorder; satisfaction over extravagance.

Minimalism is a mindset about what we require to be happy and what only clutters up our homes and our lives. It is about getting rid of the unnecessary things that take up space, consume time, and contribute to frustration and exhaustion. You can be a true minimalist in a mansion, a townhome, an apartment, or a houseboat as long as what fills your space contributes to contentment and order rather than stress and chaos.

When it comes to buying a home, minimalists look for spaces that reflect their personality rather than the latest trend. A minimalist is a different type of homebuyer. Becoming minimalist might be right up your alley if you hate the over-stuffed closet or messy junk drawer, find yourself irritated by clutter and uncomfortable with a hodgepodge of decorative items you subconsciously think of as “dust collectors.”

While a form of minimalism is an architectural style commonly seen in Japanese design with an aesthetic toward simplicity and clean lines, most homes do not fit into this category. Does that mean you can’t have a minimalist lifestyle? Of course not. Just adopt minimalist concepts to fit into any living space.

One way to accomplish this is to reduce the amount of furniture you have in each room. Opt for the pieces that everyone uses and give away ones that only fill up space. Reduce window coverings to a minimum rather than the multi-layered blind-sheer-drape-valance style. Organize the items that you keep so that each has a home. Reduce clutter by highlighting one or two items of a collection and rotating special pieces instead of displaying them all at once.

Simplify in other ways by installing native grasses and plants, thereby reducing the need for lawn care and gardening. Add interest to your yard with hardscaping: rock gardens or paver stones in decorative patterns.

When seeking a new home visualize what makes you most happy as you walk through model homes and open houses letting your imagination discard what doesn’t fit. Help your real estate professional know about your aesthetic to have the best chance of finding your minimalist home.



203 School St, Franklin, MA 02038

Single-Family

$419,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Welcome home to your FULLY REMODELED Antique Colonial! This beautiful home has been fully renovated down to the studs! NEW windows NEW plumbing NEW 200 AMP electric NEW oil Furnace/Boiler (Gas also available) NEW oil tank NEW baths NEW fixtures & the list just goes on! NEW hardwood floors throughout home including NEW hardwood stairs! No wasted space with this open floor plan concept beginning with 1st floor! Showcasing this space is the NEW elegant kitchen w/stainless appliances w/gas range! Design your own living with plenty of room for dining, lounging and entertaining! Great closet space, ceiling fans in each room & 2nd floor laundry too! Side porch opening to a back screen porch overlooking nice backyard space waiting for your finishing touches! What an Incredible Opportunity to get into a terrific neighborhood location as well! Ideal location within walking distance to town, schools, public transportation & major routes! Nothing to do but move in & make this house your own!
Open House
Sunday
November 24 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 203 School St, Franklin, MA 02038    Get Directions

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203 School St, Franklin, MA 02038

Single-Family

$419,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Welcome home to your FULLY REMODELED Antique Colonial! This beautiful home has been fully renovated down to the studs! NEW windows NEW plumbing NEW 200 AMP electric NEW oil Furnace/Boiler (Gas also available) NEW oil tank NEW baths NEW fixtures & the list just goes on! NEW hardwood floors throughout home including NEW hardwood stairs! No wasted space with this open floor plan concept beginning with 1st floor! Showcasing this space is the NEW elegant kitchen w/stainless appliances w/gas range! Design your own living with plenty of room for dining, lounging and entertaining! Great closet space, ceiling fans in each room & 2nd floor laundry too! Side porch opening to a back screen porch overlooking nice backyard space waiting for your finishing touches! What an Incredible Opportunity to get into a terrific neighborhood location as well! Ideal location within walking distance to town, schools, public transportation & major routes! Nothing to do but move in & make this house your own!
Open House
Saturday
November 16 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 203 School St, Franklin, MA 02038    Get Directions

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203 School St, Franklin, MA 02038

Single-Family

$425,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Welcome home to your FULLY REMODELED Antique Colonial! This beautiful home has been fully renovated down to the studs! NEW windows NEW plumbing NEW 200 AMP electric NEW oil Furnace/Boiler (Gas also available) NEW oil tank NEW baths NEW fixtures & the list just goes on! NEW hardwood floors throughout home including NEW hardwood stairs! No wasted space with this open floor plan concept beginning with 1st floor! Showcasing this space is the NEW elegant kitchen w/stainless appliances w/gas range! Design your own living with plenty of room for dining, lounging and entertaining! Great closet space, ceiling fans in each room & 2nd floor laundry too! Side porch opening to a back screen porch overlooking nice backyard space waiting for your finishing touches! What an Incredible Opportunity to get into a terrific neighborhood location as well! Ideal location within walking distance to town, schools, public transportation & major routes! Nothing to do but move in & make this house your own!
Open House
Saturday
November 16 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 203 School St, Franklin, MA 02038    Get Directions

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203 School St, Franklin, MA 02038

Single-Family

$425,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Welcome home to your FULLY REMODELED Antique Colonial! This beautiful home has been fully renovated down to the studs! NEW windows NEW plumbing NEW 200 AMP electric NEW oil Furnace/Boiler (Gas also available) NEW oil tank NEW baths NEW fixtures & the list just goes on! NEW hardwood floors throughout home including NEW hardwood stairs! No wasted space with this open floor plan concept beginning with 1st floor! Showcasing this space is the NEW elegant kitchen w/stainless appliances w/gas range! Design your own living with plenty of room for dining, lounging and entertaining! Great closet space, ceiling fans in each room & 2nd floor laundry too! Side porch opening to a back screen porch overlooking nice backyard space waiting for your finishing touches! What an Incredible Opportunity to get into a terrific neighborhood location as well! Ideal location within walking distance to town, schools, public transportation & major routes! Nothing to do but move in & make this house your own!
Open House
Saturday
November 16 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 203 School St, Franklin, MA 02038    Get Directions

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