Why choose to build a custom home instead of building a new home with a production builder? High-performance building materials and one-of-a-kind home designs are the two most common reasons our clients decide to build custom. Designing and building your new home from scratch is an exciting and rewarding process that means building the exact home you want the way you want it built.
Whether you choose to work with an architect to create a floorplan from scratch or decide to modify an existing custom home floorplan, the design phase is the heart of a custom home building. Three questions to ask yourself during the design process are:
- How will you use the different spaces in your floorplan?
- What aspects of your current floorplan could be improved?
- What new home building features should I include in my floorplan to add an extra touch of comfort and luxury to every day?
No two custom homes are alike, so the answers to the first two questions are different for every homeowner. But when it comes to the latest home features you should consider for your new home, our design team has you covered. From unique accessories to making space where you need it most, here are ten ideas for must-haves when building a custom home in 2021.
Outlets in Walk-In Closets
Make getting ready and charging accessories easier by adding outlets to the wall or central island in your walk-in closet. During your electrical walk-thru of your custom home, you get to choose where you want to locate outlets. Place a receptacle in an oversized closet so you can watch the news while you get ready for your day or have easy access to your smartwatch when putting on jewelry.
No chef's kitchen is complete without a pot filler above the cooktop! Whether it's cooking pasta or lobster, lugging a pot from the sink can be a messy or difficult job if it's too heavy. Over the last year, novice home cooks have had a chance to brush up their skills, so if pandemic baking and cooking has turned into a new hobby, we recommend installing a faucet with an articulating arm above the stove.
Piles of bed linens and dirty gym socks no longer linger when you can just walk down the hall and pop them in the wash. The quieter and more compact washer and dryers are ideal for laundry stations on the second floor or just off the main bedroom. During the design stage, look for walls where the plumbing will likely be run for bathrooms and locate an additional laundry station to complement a primary laundry room on the main floor. You can use the time saved by staying caught up on laundry to treat yourself as a thank you for thinking ahead!
Integrated Whole-House Sound
Listen to your favorite homebuilding podcast after working out in your home gym and move to the kitchen. Or move the party outside without missing a beat of the perfect playlist. When building your custom home, design it to accommodate a whole-house sound system. If your sound system is integrated with smart home technology, you can even create scenes with automated lighting and music. Your whole house sound system can send you off in the morning with the information you need and welcome you to a calm and comfortable home at the end of the day.
Future Elevator Space
Whether you're building a multigenerational home or your forever home where you can age in place, designing for mobility changes is a must when building a new home. Many recent clients have chosen to include in their floorplan a planned space that can easily convert to an elevator later down the road. A space for a future elevator is also an excellent option for homeowners who do not want their main bedroom on the first floor!
Climate-Controlled Wine Storage
Having wine ready to go, at precisely the right temperature is the dream for the end of a long day and a must for cooks and entertainers. But you don't have to trudge to the recesses of the wine cellar to get that perfect sip any longer! A climate-controlled storage room on the main level, adjacent to the family or dining room, is on-trend and a must-have if you're designing and building your new home.
Designing and building the perfect home for your family's taste and style in 2021? Our custom home building experts are ready to help you make the most of your floorplan and incorporate the latest home design trends! Get in touch to learn more about the process of building a new home. We are here to help you determine your next step toward your dream home!