Being at home and enjoying it is a priority for a great many people. It should be.
We spend a lot of our life times at home and relaxing inside as well as outside your home should be one of the most enjoyable experiences in life. However, to ensure that you get the most possible out of your home, many people look into a custom home build. In this manner, you can have the features that you want, and the features that mean the most to you and your family.
Building a custom home offers you complete control over every aspect from the design and layout to the features and fixtures.
Obviously there are many things to consider with a custom home build. There are basic things like the amount of bedrooms and bathrooms, the size of the garage, as well as the layout of the kitchen, laundry room, and family room. But there are also some smaller aspects and details that you should think about that can make a big difference in building a home that you can enjoy for many years to come.
Here are some features that you might not think of right off the bat, but they are ones that you may be happy you didn’t overlook once your dream home is finished.
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First, consider what you need from the outside of your home. Many people spend hours upon hours considering every last detail about the interior when they build their custom home. However, you will also be spending time outside you home as well. Rather than a deck, consider a covered porch.
Covered porches can be a great way to utilize additional living space, and depending on the area of the country that you live in, you may find that you spend a lot of time on your porch if you construct it correctly.
Covered porches are particularly useful if you have a large family, or if you do a lot of entertaining.
You can easily add a covered porch to your custom build that you and your family and friends will spend many happy hours on. Plus it gets you outside a bit more and it is easier to clean than the interior of your house.
Another very small detail that many people overlook is power outlets. Have you ever noticed that many of the houses that you have lived in over the years either don’t have a sufficient amount of power outlets or have them in all the wrong places? Most people don’t even consider power outlets when it comes to designing the electrical aspects of a home, but have accessible power outlets for everything from your cell phone to your vacuum cleaner is something that can make life a lot easier. The kitchen is another place where having more, instead of less, power outlets will always come in handy.
Take the time to plan out where you can place additional outlets during the early stages of designing your custom home and you will be happier with the result later on.
Flooring is another feature that sometimes gets overlooked in custom home design. These days, many people are going to hardwood floors in most of their home rather than carpet. Making sure you select the right style for you and your family is crucial and can take a lot of planning and research. Of course you want your floors to look good, but you also want them to be functional, as well as easy to clean. Your flooring should last a long time and be able to withstand a lot of wear and tear.
Think about the high traffic areas and consider using different flooring in those areas than the more decorative flooring you might use elsewhere. Flooring doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it can make or break your new custom home and it also needs to last you for as many years as possible.
Custom lighting is another is another aspect that doesn’t immediately come to mind, but can make a huge impact on your custom built home. In decades past, it was more about just making sure you had adequate lighting in each room, but with all the advances in technology, it is easy to create some incredible ambient lighting in your house. You should also think about accent lighting in certain places and also making allowances for smart lighting that can pair with things like Alexa and other smart devices are features that you can really utilize. There are so many more things to consider when it comes to lighting that in the past seemed like they might be more part of a science fiction novel than your actual home. Don’t skimp in this area and you will create some very unique features.
Speaking of smart lighting, keyless entry is another newer feature that many people are adding with a custom home build. Nobody disputes the fact that life can be a lot easier without having to worry about where you left your keys, and there are many keyless entry systems available. Keyless entry is also useful when adding a security system to your house and it also makes it easier for people such as house keepers, pet caretakers and other service providers to access your home.
There are many more details and features that can be added to your new, custom built home. Working with a professional builder is the first step in the right direction, because builders have the experience of knowing what features are the most important and which ones work the best in certain settings.
Don’t be afraid to get the opinion of the professionals when it comes to designing your home and adding features to it.
There is a reason why you have partnered with a builder and you should take advantage of all their experience and knowledge.