New construction homes have the added benefit of being completely customized to your preferences. A new construction home should be designed according to your family needs to increase the home’s utility and overall satisfaction. Knowing where to start with custom features and how to stay on budget can be overwhelming. Here are a few things you should discuss when deciding which features you want to add to your new construction home.
Outdoor Living Space
Your patio and backyard are an extension of your home. When building a new construction home, consider adding an outdoor living space that you can enjoy with family and friends. A built-in firepit, BBQ, and seating area can be perfect for enjoying summer evenings outside. You might consider adding a shaded area to protect against the sun. You can also install a sprinkling system to water your grass and a future garden. Putting in the work early on will make the adjustments you make to that area much easier in the future. Bring fresh air and serenity into a part of your home by bringing your home outside with an outdoor living space.
Home Office Space
Especially following the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals are transitioning to working from home more than ever before. The additional feature of a home office space has been in high demand for many new construction homes. Builders have reported that they do not see that demand going away anytime soon. When it comes to designing the space, some individuals request a separate entry to their office in a quiet area of the house. Others find that a smaller room with built-in shelving is perfectly suited for their needs. Regardless of whether you plan to use this feature long term, the extra space will always be advantageous for future uses.
When talking to homeowners, most report that they wish they had more storage space in their home. It is natural as a family grows and matures for the home to accumulate extra items that need to be put in storage. Generally, a home’s storage should be equal to about 10 percent of the total square footage. If you know your family has a lot of items or the potential to accumulate, you may choose to add additional storage. Make sure there is plenty of cabinet space in your kitchen and bathrooms for storing necessary supplies. A storage room for emergency supplies, food, and out of season decorations will also be advantageous.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of new construction homes is that they can incorporate the latest technology. Currently, building materials are more durable and energy efficient than they have been previously. There are many benefits of energy efficient windows and doors in your custom home. For example, they insulate better, filter UV light, and are often higher quality. You may also choose to install solar panels which can help you generate your own electricity. By incorporating an energy-efficient design in your home, you can both protect the environment and save on future energy bills.
An Exercise Room
There are not always enough hours in the day to go to the gym. Creating an exercise room in your custom home gives you the flexibility and reminder that physical fitness is important to you. Remember your fitness goals and act on them with a quick reminder for an easy workout location. There are multiple ways you can style your exercise room. Depending on your level of activity and what kind of exercise you enjoy, your room can reflect what you prefer. Even a small space with free weights, resistance bands, a mirror, and cardio equipment can go a long way in helping you focus on fitness and your overall health.
A home theater room is the perfect place for you to gather with friends and family to watch your favorite movies and TV shows. This can be a place that you customize entirely to your preferences and needs. Install a big screen, quality audio equipment, comfy chairs, and a snack bar to have the ultimate theater experience right from the comfort of your own home. As an added benefit, a home theater is the perfect addition to fill a space that has no windows. Whether you are a movie fanatic or casual watcher, this room will serve many purposes and create many lasting memories.
A Game Room
In addition to a home theater, a game room is the perfect place to relax and have fun. A game room can double as an entertainment space for parties and guests, in addition to family activity nights. This room doesn’t have to be complex. Choose an open space where you can place some of your family’s favorite table games. Everything from pool tables and ping-pong to arcade games and poker tables can offer loads of entertainment. You may also choose to add a built-in kitchen or wet bar to serve guests in this designated area, keeping the party to a confined and manageable space.
Long-Lasting Design Choices
One of the most difficult things for new construction homes is that styles come and go. It is sometimes difficult for owners to pick styles that will remain timeless and trendy. As you make decisions regarding the construction of your home, it is important to make long-lasting design choices. For example, making design choices you won’t regret often include more classic color schemes and materials. These can complement trendy decorations that can be switched out easily. This will help your home avoid looking and feeling outdated. It will also help you when you choose to redecorate as personal style preferences also change.
Designing a home directly in line with your preferences and your lifestyle is what will make your home truly unique. Increase the utility and overall satisfaction you have with your home when you add features to improve your quality of life. Let your new construction home become your dream home by adding these simple, yet effective features.
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