Are you planning a new home build? Paying attention to the details on the front-end of the build and planning certain features in advance with your builder may make your home more comfortable upon completion. These additions may also add to your convenience when preparing to live in the home and save you quite a bit of money in the long run. In this two-part series, we use our experience and expertise to walk you through items that you might want to consider adding to your new custom home.
1. Pre-Wiring for Security Cameras
Ensuring the safety of your loved ones and belongings is paramount in any new home build. Many systems are designed to simply attach to pre-wired cables, making this fairly easy to complete upon move-in. Pre-wiring for security cameras allows for seamless installation, providing peace of mind from day one.
2. Hose Bibs on All Sides
Convenience is key, especially when it comes to outdoor tasks. Strategically placed hose bibs ensure easy access for watering the lawn and plants, washing your car, or filling a pool or spa.
3. Home Generator Wiring
Unexpected power outages can disrupt daily life. Having your new home build pre-wired for a generator ensures you’re prepared for any situation, providing a reliable source of power. The builder may also be able to pour a small pad for a potential future generator on the day they pour your slab, which will save you money down the road.
4. In-Soffit Electrical Outlets for Christmas Lights
Transforming your new home into a winter wonderland during the holiday season is made effortless with in-soffit electrical outlets. No more fussing with extension cords!
5. Recess for the Refrigerator
Creating a seamless kitchen layout includes providing a recess for the refrigerator in your new space. This small touch adds both functionality and aesthetic appeal. Make sure when choosing appliances that you pay close attention to your chosen counter depth and any added recess as you are shopping for the perfect package.
6. Countertop Cooktop and In-Wall Oven
Elevate your cooking experience with a countertop cooktop and in-wall oven in the kitchen of your new home. Combination cooktop and ovens are trending out in recent years. Many will also opt for a double-oven, which makes holiday cooking a breeze.
7. Design Custom Pull-Out Drawers
There are many ways to design custom pull-out drawers for your new dream kitchen. Streamlining organization with options like a double trash can drawer and pull-out utensil drawer can elevate your space’s functionality and efficiency. Many homeowners are opting for pull-out spice drawers and upright pan storage near the cooktop as well.
8. Tiled Seat in the Shower
Adding a tiled seat in the shower combines luxury and practicality, offering a comfortable space for relaxation and accessibility in your new home build.
9. Access to the Laundry Room from the Master Bedroom
Simplify daily routines by ensuring direct access from the master bedroom to the laundry room. This feature minimizes unnecessary trips and saves time. Who needs a laundry chute?!
10. Custom Pet Perk Area
For pet lovers, a dedicated dog washing station provides a convenient space to care for your furry friend without the mess. Similarly, a dog water bowl filler and kibble station provide a convenient and hygienic solution for feeding and watering pets. Many homeowners will add these items to an oversized laundry or mud room.
By incorporating these essential features into your new home build, you are not only enhancing the functionality of your home but also infusing it with your unique style and preferences. From practical conveniences to luxurious touches, each element plays a crucial role in creating a space that truly feels like home. With careful planning and thoughtful design, your dream home is well within reach.