Building a custom home gives you the opportunity to create something incredible. Although it can take far longer than just grabbing a hoe off of the market, you get to mold this property into a dream come true from the moment you start planning.
Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t give this enough thought before they start and regret it later.
These are some of the top features to look for in a custom home and why they’re such a big deal!
Exterior Spaces You Can Get The Most Out of
We all want to spend more time outside. There’s so much beauty in nature, and many homes seem to shut it out entirely. Instead, blur the lines between the inside and outside of your home by using composite patio pavers and materials that you have inside of your home.
This will allow you to get the most out of the exterior of your home and might encourage you to invite people over and entertain more often. Of course, you could simply create a private oasis for yourself in your backyard instead of a space for people who don’t live there, but it’s entirely up to your own tastes!
An HVAC System That Can Keep Costs Down
Heating and cooling are some of the largest contributors to your monthly electricity bill, and although you can do a lot to keep it down, it’s still going to be incredibly expensive. Investing in a good HVAC system from the beginning will help a lot.
Make sure to place venting in areas that make sense and that filters are easy to reach. You should be changing filters every two to three months, so don’t make it a lot of work to access these.
Soundproofing for Home Office and Study Spaces
Home offices are more popular than ever before, so it’s a good idea to build a property with these types of rooms in mind, even if you’re not currently working from home. Investments like soundproofing panels or noise-canceling flooring can make an area feel far more private and give you the opportunity to focus.
Tile Flooring You Can Rely On For Years
Floors are the part of our homes we’re in contact with the most, yet many forget how important they are. Resilient tile flooring is a must to help your home look good and last as long as possible. This tile needs to be crack-resistant while also coming in a style that looks awesome in your home and can match all of your furniture.
You can still have carpet in areas like bedrooms since these areas need a softer and more comfortable touch.
Water Drainage And Storage to Protect Your Property
Water is one of the most destructive forces on earth. You don’t want your home to flood or get eroded or rotted away by water, so you need to take the storage and removal of it seriously.
If you’re worried about future flooding but don’t want to reconsider the location of your custom home, it’s a good idea to add details like a sump pump and drainage in your lawn. You can also gather water in a 500-gallon water tank to later use on your garden or grass in the summer.
A Dedicated Laundry Room With Utility Sink
Laundry is something every household has to work on, regardless of how many people live there. Although having a stackable washer and dryer in a closet is one way to save space, it’s not something you’ll want to deal with forever.
Consider creating a dedicated laundry room! This space should be large enough to include a table, a hanging rack, at least one seat, a washer and dryer, and a sink. It would be best if it could have a window available to make the area more comfortable.
Storage is also a must, so you can include cleaning supplies for this room and the rest of the home.
Plenty of Outlets Inside and Outside of the Home
One of the most frustrating things for a homeowner is having tons of areas in the home that are devoid of any outlets. The average person has two to three electronics they use daily that need to be charged, not to mention the need to plug in lamps, televisions, and so much more into walls.
Try to include as many outlets as you can throughout the home. If you have an area that’s going to have a couch away from any walls, consider putting in a floor-based outlet so you can still charge your phone while you sit there. This will allow the home to feel far more custom.
Every Custom Property Should Be Bespoke
When you build a custom home, it should feel like the place you’re meant to be the moment it’s completed. Make sure to follow most of these tips when you’re ready to build your dream property.
Sam Willis is a freelance writer that loves sharing his knowledge and expertise on real estate. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he enjoys spending time with his wife and researching real estate trends in his free time. Sam’s work as a freelance writer can be found on Building Product Advisor, a new construction industry resource launching in Fall 2022.