In our previous post (add link after publishing number 1), we began a list of must-have features for your custom home build. Planning these options prior to construction can enhance comfort, convenience, and cost efficiency. In this second installment, we delve deeper into sought-after additions. It is important to take a look at all of the options available to you and choose features that will customize your space.
1. Enlarged Island with Extra Storage and Overhang for Bar Stool Seating
The kitchen island serves as the heart of your home. An enlarged design with ample storage and barstool seating fosters both functionality and social interaction. Some homeowners opt for an in-island kitchen sink, as well, for convenience and to free up counter space on the outskirts of the space. Added features can include a wine fridge, large appliance storage, trash compactor, or a number of alternate custom storage designs.
2. Flex Space for a Workout Area or Home Office
Tailor your new custom build to your specific needs by including a flexible space. Whether for your home gym or home office, this area adapts to your lifestyle. These are often added off of the master suite for practicality, but could also be used in common areas as a playroom or wine cellar.
3. Pot Filler Over the Cooktop
Streamline meal preparation with a pot filler, providing easy access to water for cooking in your new home. This small addition can make a big difference in the kitchen and keep you from carrying huge pots to and from the sink. This is typically in the wall behind the cooktop and is hinged so that it may be tucked away when not in use.
4. Large Hidden Pantry with Countertop and Electrical Outlets
A well-organized pantry is a game-changer in your new custom build. A spacious design with a countertop and electrical outlets ensures an efficient space for appliances and food prep.
5. Adding ROI with Elevated Ceilings and Double Front Doors
Open up your living spaces with elevated ceilings. Higher ceilings create an airy, spacious feel, enhancing the overall ambiance of your home. Traditionally, ceilings average 8-9 feet. Elevating these to 11’,12’ or even 13’, would draw the eye up and class up the space for relatively little cost. Another easy way to add a touch of elegance and create a welcoming first impression is by adding double front doors. Choosing slightly upgraded doors with glass in a color or wood grain that complements the exterior paint color and stone or brick is sure to increase the home’s curb appeal. Both of these options offer great return on investment (ROI.)
6. Tongue and Groove Ceilings on Patios
Extend your living space outdoors with tongue and groove ceilings on both front and rear patios in your new custom build. This design element adds character and charm to your outdoor areas.
7. Outdoor Utility Closet
Including an outdoor utility closet in proximity to outside areas where you may spend a lot of time is a smart choice. This space can hold outdoor tools, gardening equipment, pool or spa items, an enclosed space for your water well tank, water softener or pH neutralizer, or anything else you might need to store out of sight.
8. Overhead Fans
Installing ceiling fans in as many spaces as possible is never a bad idea, especially if you live in a warm climate. If you don’t plan this in advance, you will likely be adding these shortly upon moving in and they can be tricky to install. While you have an electrician and contractor installing your fixtures and including wall switches, you have the perfect opportunity to add overhead fans.
9. Large Utility Room with a Sink
Streamline household chores with a spacious utility room in your new custom home build. Including a sink provides a convenient space for various tasks, from laundry to gardening. Extra features can include a rack for hanging clothes, shelving to hold soaps, a pull out sorting cabinet, or a built-in sorting hamper.
10. Planned TV Locations with Recessed Cabinets
Integrate technology seamlessly by planning TV locations with recessed cabinets in your home. This feature keeps cables and plugs neatly organized, ensuring a clean and modern aesthetic.
In conclusion, embarking on a custom home build is an opportunity to shape your living space to perfection. Engaging in thoughtful discussions with your builder about adding key features not only enhances convenience and comfort but also leads to substantial time and cost savings. These tailored additions ensure every aspect of your home aligns with your lifestyle. Don’t underestimate the impact of these choices – they’re the building blocks of a truly exceptional living experience. Embrace the journey of creating a custom home that truly reflects your vision and needs, and revel in the unparalleled comfort and convenience it brings. Happy building!