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Cool Features When Building Your Home

Thursday, April 7, 2022   /   by Margie Wright

Cool Features When Building Your Home

You've decided to build your dream home from the ground up. We'll cover the not so fun parts of what to consider and how to prepare for that in a later blog. Today's blog is all about the most fun aspect of home building: figuring out which features you want in your home! There are a variety of things you can choose to add to your home, but you want to have them planned out in advance so your builders know what they're working with. Your options are nearly endless for what to add in, but here are a few options that we think are especially cool.


Custom Shelving
Custom shelving is a great way to add a focal point in any room while also being super functional. Having built-in shelving around a fireplace or multimedia unit in your living room adds all sorts of places for decoration, mementos, family photos, plants, etc. If you're wanting a room dedicated to a library space, custom shelving is a must-have. You know your book collection the best and know what space you need. You may want to have an area to show off a collection that you've curated over the years. It's yours for the choosing!


Deep Pour Basement
The height of your basement ceilings may not be something that you think about all the time. However, when you're building a new home, that's something you should think about. Whether the basement is finished or not, adding an extra foot of height through a deep pour foundation can make the space feel more open and inviting which will make you more likely to use the space.


Higher Ceilings
Following up with creating more space, taller ceilings in the rest of your house is always a great option. Even just a foot to two feet more added to your ceilings makes a big impact on the space you have and how luxurious the space feels. The higher your ceilings, the more variety you have in fancy chandeliers to add to the space. That's definitely a way to make it more luxurious!


Laundry Room Upstairs
If you plan on having a basement and multiple level living, it's likely that the laundry room will default to the lowest level. It can be super annoying, though, to have to haul laundry up and down the stairs. We all know that when you get tired of doing that, the laundry will end up in a pile where it'll stay until it gets worn and tossed in the washer again. Why not avoid all that if you can? An upstairs laundry room makes doing laundry less of a chore and makes it way more convenient. Want to make the space more inviting? See if you can get a window in your laundry room to brighten up the space and making a chore feel like less of a chore.


Mudroom
If you know the pains of walking in the front door or garage door to nowhere to hang your coat or take off muddy, wet shoes, you know the utility of a mudroom. A mudroom is meant to be handy. It doesn't have to be super big or extravagant - unless you want it to be. A small space with a wall of cubbies and a bench covers all the necessities of the space. Then you can decorate the space and fill it with useful items to bring it to life.


Dual Closets
Traditionally known as a "his and hers" closet, this kind of closet makes it possible to have your own closet space with a partner without the risk of accidentally mixing your clothes together. It makes sure that the space is actually functionable and not just space for the sake of space. If it's something you're interested in, see if you can take some unneeded square footage from the master bedroom or bathroom and put it towards the dual closet.


Cabinet Lighting
Cabinet lighting, whether it be in- or under-cabinet lighting, is charming and useful. This effect can be created by using adhesive strip lighting, but built in options tend to be brighter, better looking, and don't fall off at random. Plus, they're going to end up lasting longer. You can choose from standalone bulbs or LED strips and have them wired to a main switch so that you can easily turn your cabinet lighting on and off.


Heated Floors
Heated floors are definitely increasing in popularity! Radiant heated floors feature warming coils running under your floorboards that can be turned on and off with a switch. They're great for bathrooms and cooler areas of the house. Whether you live in a cooler climate or just want to stay warm through a luxurious manner, see if heated floors are a feasible option for your home.


Heated Driveway
Shoveling snow in the winter is time consuming and rarely ever fun. Having a heated driveway eliminates that chore. They use the same radiant floor heating system as indoor heated floors, with a combination of warm water and antifreeze running through the tubing. When it's up and running, snow ends up melting on contact so you can stay inside with a cup of hot chocolate or hot tea rather than outside in the cold with a shovel.


Central Vacuum System
This is a feature that not many people think about or even know about. A central vacuum system is essentially a vacuum that lives in your walls with a collection container for dirt, dust, and debris located in a central location. Normally, the container is in your basement for the easiest access. When you want to use it, just plug a hose in to one of the several portals around the hose. This is also a great option for those with allergies as it circulates less dust and dander into the air as compared to traditional vacuums.


Smart Devices
These can be added later on, but it can save some time to go ahead and add in those smart devices from the start. Smart heating and cooling systems can significantly reduce your energy use. Smart doorbells, door locks, and smoke/carbon monoxide detectors greatly increase your home security. Oftentimes, these smart devices can be linked to an app on your phone so you know what's going on and when. Take it a step further by looking into smart kitchen appliances, like refrigerators that save your grocery list for you and show you what's in your fridge from the outside.


Built-In Sprinkler Systems
With all the other built-in options that cut down on some annoying chores, having a built-in sprinkler system will ensure that the sod, trees, and plants that have just been added get all the love and care that they need to thrive and put down roots. You'll be able to set the system to go off at certain intervals, meaning that you don't have to go outside every single day to water each plant individually plus the entire yard.


Extra Outlets
Extra outlets definitely don't seem like a luxurious thing to add. But they are worth the money. While working on your design plan and finishing it up, take the time to think about what places you might benefit from having an extra outlet. Think about areas where you know you'll want to put Christmas lights indoors and outdoors. Think about where you know you'll be using a lot of electronics. You'll be thankful when it's over to have the extra outlets and not have to deal with the fight for outlet time. Plus, it's cheaper and easier to put them in during the building stage rather than waiting later to have an electrician come and put them in.


Expanded Garage
If you have the option to expand your garage, take it. You'll never regret the extra space that it brings. It could be something as big as going from a two car garage to a three car garage, or it could be smaller like two or three feet in any direction. Most of us end up using our garage for more than just storing cars. That extra space from expanding comes in handy.

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