Top 10 Features for Your New Custom Home
If you’re thinking about adding an element of luxury design, consider adding the following features to your new custom home.
Open Concept Floor Plan
Many of today’s buyers insist on an open and spacious layout when designing their new custom home. Open floor plans provide a more efficient space for entertaining, creating a kitchen, living and dining area that function as multiple rooms within a single living space. They provide the person cooking or cleaning in the kitchen an outlet to socialise, plus the advantage of increased views and natural light. Open floor plans are also great for families, as parents can cook and undergo other household activities while their children play in the same room.
When shopping for a new custom home, many place a high ceiling at the top of their list. A ceiling that is 9 feet or higher will provide ample amounts of depth to your room, as well as literally providing you with more space. Rooms will feel bigger and more light-filled, particularly if there are windows within the space.
Outdoor Living Spaces
For today’s homebuyers, a simple backyard doesn’t cut it anymore. Many envision an outdoor room, focused on entertaining and beautifully landscaped patios. Depending on how big and versatile you want your outdoor living space to look, it could be a rather significant investment for your property. And often, these spaces are filled with kitchens, fireplaces and refrigerators, making them perfect for all occasions and seasons.
In a master suite, homebuyers are seeking an oasis. They want their bathroom to be an extension of their bedroom oasis, allowing them to escape from the day’s stresses. Spa bathrooms provide the kind of comfort and luxury that were once reserved for a day of pampering. Perhaps try a jetted tub and walk-in shower to create the luxury bathroom you have always wanted. A simple bath and shower simply don’t cut it in today’s custom home market, meaning extra attention must be paid to bathroom designs.
The kitchen has always been the heart of every home, however in the past decade or so, the functionality and design of kitchens have changed. With the implementation of new technologies, new custom homes must be state of the art. Cabinets, countertops, lighting and appliances must be of the highest calibre, because these spaces aren’t just for cooking anymore. A kitchen is a multi-functional space and will allow greater efficiency to you as the homeowner.
While talk of living in a green home has been around for years, this trend really is here to stay. There are a million and one benefits: you receive lower energy bills, lower water bills, your indoor air quality is better, your new home is more durable, plus the value of your home will increase over time. Paying attention to sustainable practices when designing your new custom home will ensure that you really are getting value for your money. Investing in efficient heating and cooling, efficient lighting and appliances, dual flush toilets, low-flow faucets and showerheads, environmentally friendly paints, adhesives and finishes, really do make all the difference. There are a million ways that you can employ environmentally friendly methods, so make sure you take the time to research the best ones for you.
Energy Efficient Fixtures and Appliances
While on the topic of going green in the home, the importance of energy efficient fixtures and appliances goes hand-in-hand. Appliances can account for a substantial amount of your homes energy use, contributing a substantial amount to your monthly bills. As our reliance on appliances continues to rise, as well as increasing energy prices, the importance of choosing efficient appliances becomes more and more important. The national standards for energy efficiency are improving the standard and performance of appliances, so installing from the get-go will save you a significant amount of time and money.
Not only do security systems do the obvious things, like protect your new custom home from valuables and deter crime from occurring in the first place – but they can also grant you with a new means of technology. Modern security systems now allow remote access and monitoring of your home through your smartphone. Depending on your provider, you are able to wirelessly access your cameras 24/7, controlling the thermostat, door locks, lights and other devices in your home. This can add peace of mind to you as a homeowner, particularly during holidays or periods of absence.
Walk in closets and dressing rooms are the epitome of luxury in a home’s master suite. They provide the benefits of storage, plus an element of exclusivity and privacy from the outside world. They are a space you can make your own, and one that should definitely be considered when designing the floor plan for your new custom home.
Depending on where you live, installing underfloor heating in your new custom home may just be the thing you thank yourself for over and over again. While you may not initially think that heating the floors will do much for you on a cold day, you would be surprised. Heated floors feel like a warm embrace that moves up your entire body, heating you from the inside out. Heated flooring is the epitome of cosiness and comfort. They are also versatile, allowing you to choose from a range of materials like hardwood or polished concrete. They are also a great alternative to heating an entire bathroom, perfect for when you step out of the shower. They are a definite luxury that will add value to your new custom home.
Building a new custom home is an exciting and highly rewarding experience to achieve a personalised home for you to enjoy for many years to come. As Melbourne custom home builders, Mazzei Homes have been involved in various highly successful builds and have extensive experience in delivering quality new and custom home designs.