If you’ve already decided to build your own home, you probably don’t want to end up with a one-size-fits all cookie cutter. The best part of building your own home is making it your own, and that in and of itself is priceless for aspiring homeowners nationwide.
This is probably the first time you’re finding yourself in the position of planning and building a house, and it’s hard not to get overwhelmed by all the minute details, terminology, and bureaucracy involved. All too often prospective homeowners lose sight of the real reason they chose to build a new home in the first place – making it a unique living space with the perfect features and comforts for them. To give you a bit of inspiration, we’ve put together five of our favorite picks for cool things to include when building a house.
Cold feet are no fun, especially when you’re stepping out of a nice hot bath. But are heated floors really worth it? Heated floors are a surprisingly economical heating solution, saving you an average of 15% on your heating costs. Radiant heating systems such as heated floors also require very little maintenance when compared to other heating methods – simply install during the build and forget about them for at least a few decades.
When you’re building a house, you should focus on making your house work for you. Do away with all those little inconveniences throughout the day: waiting for your house to warm up when you get home, forgetting the lights on when you leave a room, getting out of bed to adjust the thermostat, getting up to check who’s at the door – all easily remedied with a smart home system. Smart home systems allow you to easily and conveniently manage your home from your smartphone, even when you’re away.
High ceilings are a foolproof way of making your space feel brighter, inviting, and roomy. Adding as little as a foot or two to the standard 9’ ceilings will make your home instantly feel more spacious without actually adding any square footage. High ceilings also allow for larger windows that invite in plenty of natural light, giving your home a bright and spacious feel. Keep in mind, however, that the higher your ceilings are the more space you will have to heat or cool, so consult with your architect on what the ideal ceiling height would be for your climate and budget.
Make your outdoor living area as convenient as your indoor one by installing a few outdoor outlets. A few strategically placed weatherproof outlets come in handy when you’re enjoying a lovely afternoon in your backyard and want to charge your phone or use your laptop. They’re also super handy for when you’re entertaining and make outdoor gatherings a breeze! Plug in a mini fridge, a speaker, or a portable fan and keep you and your guests happy without worrying about someone tripping over extension cords.
Convenient and classy, bespoke storage is a great way to get the most out of your new home build. Bespoke storage units are suitable for every room in the house, and allow you to use your storage space as efficiently as possible. From a built-in library and media console combo in the living room to an elegant bespoke linen closet in the master bathroom, built-in storage instantly upgrades and organizes any room. Think where you could use extra storage in your current home and consider if incorporating built-in storage into these rooms in your new home could be a good idea.