Everyone dreams of a custom built home,
a home that is truly yours from the ground up. Sure, it may not be as
convenient as a move in ready home, but think of the advantages! Every
item in that house is custom to you, from the detailing on the kitchen
floor, to the tray ceiling in the dining room, to the stone surrounding
the fireplace. There are a lot of choices you will make as you embark on
this journey, but nothing can replace the feeling of designing your
custom home from scratch and watching it come to life. So what is the
average builder looking to add to their home? Which features will add
the most value? We have compiled a list of our five favorite features
and why new home builders are swooning over them!
1. Second Floor Laundry Room.
Imagine not having to carry those
uncomfortable laundry baskets up and down the stairs. Imagine being able
to walk down the hall and have everything you need right there! What
homemaker wouldn't love a large area to wash, dry, fold and store
laundry? Having a laundry room that is so accessible can reduce the
amount of time spent on laundry and keep bedrooms clean. Try using
labeled hampers with each family member’s name to make sorting easy and
2. Updated Kitchen with Open Layout.
Whether you are entertaining guests, gathering around the table for
dinner, or just helping the kids with homework, the kitchen is where the
average homeowner spends the majority of their time. The latest trends
in new kitchen construction include hidden appliances, granite counter
tops and an open layout. When considering hidden appliances, think about
a fridge that matches your cabinetry or a dishwasher in a drawer. Try a
single wall of appliances and floor to ceiling cabinetry, both very
conducive to an open floor plan.
3. Updated Master Bath.
The bathroom is often compared to a sanctuary, a place to relax and
unwind. Much like modern kitchen designs, the bathroom trends have
changed over the years. What makes a bathroom luxurious has morphed from
the pastel colored fixtures and pedestal sinks to rain showers, double
sinks, custom vanities and heated floors. Think convenience and comfort
when you are designing your master bath.
A fireplace is welcomed in almost every climate and can be a good fit in
every room of the house. Not only does a fireplace add heat, but it
adds a feeling of comfort
and coziness. Most homeowners have switched from wood burning
fireplaces to electric options where the flip of a switch illuminates
the fire and warms the home. To be unique, try an outdoor or bathroom
5. Media Room
A media room is a personal, isolated space to enjoy movies, music and
more with a large screen, cozy seating, and sound-absorbent accents.
media rooms create an intimate environment that’s perfect for
entertaining or relaxing. When planning your ideal media room, consider
various layout options and a list of features you would like included.
Think of video and audio systems, lighting control, cabinet design and
custom fabrication options.