The best part about building a new home is the opportunity to work with your builder to personalize every aspect of it. Here are seven great features to consider adding to customize your new home.
Built-In Storage Areas Customize Your New Home
Make sure your new home has enough space to store all your belongings. Talk to your builder about features to increase the storage throughout your home.
- Add hidden storage spaces to benches, window seating areas, and underneath the stairs.
- Plan some built-in shelving.
- Build walk-in closets.
Your new kitchen will be one of the most important rooms in your home. There are many features you can add to a new kitchen that will make the space more functional and inviting. Here are a few things you might request your builder to include in your kitchen:
- Replace upper cabinets with open shelves.
- Install an over-sized island with seating.
- Add a walk-in pantry.
- Use built-in storage to keep kitchen appliances out of sight.
- Build a breakfast bar or nook.
Features for Your New Home: Heated Garage
You’ll enjoy a heated garage when the temperature gets cool in the fall and winter months. A chilly garage leaks cold air into your home, which causes your overall heating bill to rise as your HVAC system works to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Build Bonus Rooms
Don’t forget to think beyond the bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, and kitchen. Brainstorm ways to add bonus rooms so that your family enjoys time at home that much more. When it comes to bonus rooms, here are a few ways you might use yours:
- Yoga studio
- In-home gym
- Home theater
- Game room
Use Smart Technology to Customize Your New Home
Smart-home technology adds convenience to our busy lives by allowing us to control the features of our home from a mobile device. Add smart appliances, a programmable thermostat, and app-controlled lighting to benefit from home automation.
Install a smart security system that works with other features like surveillance cameras, door locks, alarms, and doorbell cameras. Include a smart entertainment system with built-in speakers throughout the house.
Outdoor Living Area
If you and your family enjoy time outdoors, create a comfortable backyard area to expand your living space. Here are some features you might add to a deck or patio:
- Ample seating and a large table for an outdoor dining area
- A prep station, oven, fridge, grill, and cabinets for an outdoor kitchen
- Outdoor bar
- TV and comfortable seating for a lounge
Customize Your New Home with a Mudroom
Design a large mudroom with shoe storage, cabinets, benches, and coat hooks for more functionality than just a simple closet. A mudroom keeps the kids from tracking dirt into the house and provides storage space for jackets, shoes, umbrellas, sports equipment, and car keys.