Cool Features to Consider When Building a New Home

If you’re even thinking about building a custom home, chances are good you know that there is a lot to think about. From layout, to design finishes, to what material you’re going to use and everything in between, it can take months to get a project really off the ground (no pun intended).


That being said, is always good to look at other custom homes and ideas for inspiration for your own project. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the coolest features to consider when you’re building your own custom home.


So, whether you’re about to start building a new home or are simply curious about what kind of features people are putting into their custom homes here are some of the top new construction ideas for Building a Custom New Home to consider.


Custom shelving


There simply is no better time to get custom shelving in your house than when you are literally building your new house. Custom shelving is just like it sounds, shelves all over your home that specifically made with your home in mind. This doesn’t only include kitchen shelving either. Bookshelves around an archway, or up a staircase can be a beautiful addition to your home.


You can also include shelves to house your home theater or multimedia unit that fits perfectly in the space. They also have a ton of utility. Think about specific storage areas for things that you and your family use. Custom shelving means you can create the perfect fit!


A deep pour basement


One of the most common reasons why families decide to build custom homes is because they want to get to decide on the tiny little details that end up making a huge impact on the living space.


One of the most common “little” changes that those building custom homes make is to improve the height of a basement. A deep pour basement means that you will have a few extra feet of height in your basement ceiling. This makes the room far more inviting and welcoming. This is of course especially important if you want to turn your finished basement into a valuable living space.


Typically, people turn their basements into entertainment rooms, in-home gyms, or an extra bedroom via a pull-out or trundle bed.


Higher ceilings


Speaking of higher ceilings in your basement, why not go all the way and increase the headspace all over the home? In the end, it is always worth it to splurge on ceilings that are just a bit taller and more luxurious.


There is quite a big difference between a 7 foot and 9-foot ceiling. If you are going through all the work of building your own custom home, you might as well splurge on higher ceilings so that you can create as impressive a layout as possible. It also gives you more room to hang your beautiful wall art and fixtures.


Adding a mudroom


This is especially valuable if you either have kids or live in an area that encourages dirty and/or wet outdoor activities (think a beach town or a mountain village). If you have owned a house before, chances are good you know the trouble that comes with entering through the garage and having nowhere to put your jacket and dirty boots.


That’s why adding a mudroom has become especially popular. One thing that is important to mention is that mudrooms do not have to be big or extravagant. In fact, the best mud rooms are typically the ones that are most simple and efficient. Think where to put hanging hooks, shoe racks and cubbies to make the most out of your space.


It is also smart to choose a style of flooring that will not be damaged by water and is easily cleaned. Some people even floor their mudrooms with recycled rubber!


Upstairs laundry


There is nothing more annoying than having to haul your laundry all the way from your second-floor master bedroom to your basement laundry room. It can be painful and can even lead to injury if you fall on one of the flights of stairs down. That is why a lot of families are opting to find a space in the bedroom floor of their home to fit their washer and dryer.


This has become especially more popular as washer and dryer units have become smaller and quieter. If there is a way to increase your linen closet into a walk-in linen closet, you may certainly have the room to fit a high-tech washer and dryer unit in there as well. It’s a bonus if you have the space to add a window so that you can get some bright light and fresh air while you load and unload your clothes.


His and hers closets


Why should you and your husband or wife share a closet when you don’t have to? Instead, you can simply opt to create a divider in your walk-in closet to have a closet specifically for you, organized by you.


This is also easier to do as storage areas like closets have become far more efficient over the years. Remember your custom cabinets? Put some in your his and hers closets to save and utilize as much space as possible. If this kind of idea is not in the original build plan that you are currently working with, simply speak with your architect to see if it would be possible to take some unneeded square footage from the master bedroom or bathroom and put it toward your dual closest solution.



These are just a few of the custom home building trends that have been gaining steam in the last few years. Of course, if none of them interest you, then you can simply cast them aside. That being said, if you are going through the trouble of building a home that is perfect for you and your family, chances are good that a few of these custom build ideas will make your home a better and more comfortable place to live!


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