Building a custom home offers homeowners the opportunity to express their unique taste in luxury items to maximize their enjoyment of life every day. Here are some unique amenities to consider including in your custom home design:
1. Outlets Galore:
Sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference. Providing easily accessible outlets throughout your home will offer convenience and time-saving options to streamline your lifestyle daily. Recessed outlets can be tucked behind the couch or bed; and kitchen drawers can double as a filling station for your phones with a hidden outlet inside a drawer. Outdoor outlets can be housed under eaves and in convenient locations to make Christmas light decorating easy and free from bulky extension cords.
2. Natural Light in Abundance:
Let there be light—indoors! Utilize every opportunity to add natural light to your indoor spaces by adding ample windows, generous skylights, or a refreshing sun tunnel to your custom home. Add sliding glass doors that open to the backyard deck or patio to extend your living space and provide abundant refreshing natural light year-round. French doors off a master bedroom give a sense of privacy to a secluded first floor patio or second floor deck.
3. Lavish Master Bath:
Feature your favorite spa items in your master bath to create an oasis of enjoyment for your morning and evening routines. A walk-in shower and a soak tub in which to unwind after long days provide refreshing luxury for homeowners. Add a sauna for health benefits, a heated floor for comfort, and unique sink, faucet, lighting and mirror features to pull the design elements together.
4. Functional Mud Room:
Create a mud room complete with organizational opportunities for shoes, sports equipment, and coats. This drop zone for dirt will save you cleaning time in the long run. Offer designated nooks for each family member to house their coats, shoes, and outdoor sports equipment in a handy, functional space. Mud rooms cut down on the time it takes to find your garden gloves each spring, your favorite baseball glove each summer, and your scarf on blistery winter days.
5. Smart Home Conveniences:
Smart home features offer simple control technology from one location. How comforting it is to know you are able to control all your features for inside and outside your home from one place! Use your phone to manage all the technology components and relax, knowing you have done everything from presetting outdoor lights to change at sunset, to programming your favorite playlist in advance.
6. Comfy Breakfast Nook:
There’s no better place than a cozy breakfast nook to start your day. Bacon and eggs, a great read, and plenty of natural light through surrounding windows provide the ideal setting to begin productive days.
7. Storage in Abundance:
Take advantage of all the space within your new custom home, and create storage for everything from your kitchen spices to your favorite books. Even the space under the stairs can be designed for ample storage.
8. Hidden Room:
Sometimes the extra space in a home is located in the perfect spot to create a hidden room. Who wouldn’t love a hidden room to add novelty and make use of your home’s space? One family found the opportunity to create a hidden room and used it for their Christmas trees and decorations. Can you imagine the delight each holiday season while skipping the trip up and down the attic stairs to gather decorations?
9. Go Green:
Today’s custom home designs offer homeowners the opportunity to save big and respect the environment at the same time by going green in several areas. When homeowners choose Energy Star® appliances, the amount of water and electricity used by a household is reduced, lowering utility bills constantly. Programmable thermostats make it simple to stay comfortable while decreasing the energy needed to achieve that comfort. Going green in a custom home means designing your home to make the most of the natural light available, creating a home that stays bright without needing lights on when the sun is up. And when the sun sets, use LED bulbs for lighting needs.
An energy-efficient, tankless hot water heater can be a great asset to your custom home design. Who doesn’t love a shower with no time limits? Tankless hot water heaters use 30% less energy than units with tanks. Tankless units, also called “on demand units” or an “instant hot water heater” warm your home’s water only when you turn on the faucet. They eliminate the extra cost of keeping 40 gallons of water hot in a storage tank, so you waste less energy. They offer a continuous supply of hot water and are more compact than typical hot water heaters.
11. Luxury Laundry Options:
Designing your home to include a laundry room upstairs instead of downstairs creates the opportunity for time-saving chores. Why not save the multiple trips up and down the stairs on laundry day, and simply gather your laundry from the bedrooms and wash it in close proximity? For added luxury, install a jetted laundry sink for delicate laundry and simplify the process.
12. Central Vacuum System:
Make cleaning easy, efficient, and effective with a central vacuum system. Some of the benefits include:
- Minimal vacuum noise compared to portable vacuums. With the motor located in the garage or basement, the noise comes simply from the vacuum head itself.
- Simple to use. No need to haul around a heavy canister or upright vacuum. The accessories help you easily clean the tough-to-reach spots.
- Long-lasting and easy to maintain. Avoid replacing portable vacuums every few years by including a central vacuum system in your home. They only require basic maintenance, their parts have great longevity, and they omit your need for extension cords.