Building a custom home for your family comes with a plethora of creative opportunities to relish. From home offices and mudrooms to breakfast nooks and walk-in showers, personalizing your home with the help of an experienced contractor will ensure that you obtain the features you love without sacrificing quality. Who says your custom home can’t be beautiful and functional? Here are just a few inspirational features from past projects we’ve done that you may want to consider as you develop your home plan ideas and concepts.
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1. Home Office
If you work from home part-time or full-time, a home office is a must. This designated space for running a business should be tucked away in a quieter part of the home. As you’ll likely be spending many hours there, you’ll want plenty of windows to let natural sunlight in. Built-in bookcases and shelves should also be considered for clean storage and stress-free accessibility.
No more coats, hats, and boots scattered across the home. Having a designated area for these items can help keep your entryway clean and tidy. Create an organization system that works, such as a built-in storage system with shoe racks, shelving, and storage bins. Also think about other things you’ll store there, such as pet leashes and car keys.
3. Laundry Room
Keep your washer and dryer behind closed doors. A laundry room upstairs near the bedrooms can eliminate the need to lug heavy baskets up and down the stairs. By closing the door, you can have guests over while hiding piles of laundry you haven’t had time to fold. If you prefer your machines downstairs, incorporate a laundry chute into your home plan.
4. Entertainment Room
Designs can vary widely when it comes to entertainment rooms. Maybe you’re interested in a game room filled with arcade games, video game systems, and a pool table. Or perhaps you want to create a lavish home theater room where you and the family can gather for fun movie nights. An entertainment room can appeal to adults and children of all ages.
Imagine spending long afternoons reading or relaxing in a vibrant, airy sunroom. Large windows provide panoramic views and the sunlight that shines through fills the room with light and warmth. A sunroom can even become a second dining area where you can host family dinners, parties, and weekend barbeques.
6. Gas Fireplace
Installing a gas fireplace into your home can provide charm and function. Not only can fireplaces add a beautiful focal point to a room, but they are also recommended for their efficiency. Approximately 70 percent of the heat generated from a direct-vent gas fireplace remains in the house. They’re also easy to maintain and operate.
7. Breakfast Nook
Small or large, a breakfast nook is a cozy addition to any home plan. Consider adding built-in benches with storage underneath to hold extra dishes and other kitchen supplies. You’ll also want to have plenty of natural lighting to make the space feel warm and welcoming. Many homeowners prefer to have a breakfast nook in the kitchen to save time on chaotic mornings.
8. Fitness Room
Most people don’t have time to go the gym. Having your own personal fitness room at home can ensure you get a daily workout. You may want your fitness room to include large windows or a TV to keep you entertained as you exercise. You may also want your fitness room to have direct access to the yard so you can work out then take a dip in the pool.
9. Gourmet Kitchen
A gourmet kitchen is a must-have for any foodie. These high-end kitchens with restaurant-quality features are perfect for singles or families who want to create delicious cuisine at home. A gourmet kitchen should be equipped with professional appliances, large and easy-to-clean surfaces, and zones for preparing food, cooking meals, and serving.
10. Covered Porch
A covered porch or patio can act as an extension to your living space and enhance your outdoor experience. With a cover overhead, you can enjoy the outdoors in any type of weather. Your personal taste will play an important role in your design. Create a porch with rustic charm by adding natural woods or create instant elegance by incorporating bold support beams.
11. In-Law Suite
If you’re big on family, an in-law suite is essential for when the in-laws visit. With an in-law suite you can both have your own personal space. Include high ceilings to make the space appear larger, a small eat-in kitchen, and plenty of lighting throughout. Instead of using a room in your main living space, you could transform a basement or attic into a suite.
12. Wet/Dry Bar
Do you like to host celebrations in your home? Build a wet or dry bar in your den or other living space. A wet bar should include a sink with running water to make preparation and cleanup a breeze. You may also want to have a wet bar built outdoors for use during barbecues and pool parties.
13. Grand Foyer
Make a good first impression when guests enter your home by designing a grand foyer. You may want to keep the foyer clean and simple with just a few decorative details. You may also want to add organizational storage in the form of coat racks, hooks, and seating. Foyers can be found in a wide range of shapes and will usually open into a living space such as a living room.
14. Butler’s Pantry
Entertain with ease with the help of a butler’s pantry. A butler’s pantry provides plenty of storage space while giving you an area to prep food and beverages without messing up your pristine kitchen. A butler’s pantry is also the perfect place to store a wine fridge to prevent you from having to go down to the cellar.
15. Walk-In Shower
Today, more and more homeowners are choosing to add walk-in showers to their home plan. These spacious and luxurious showers are easier to clean with the absence of glass and moving parts. The frameless look of a walk-in shower can also make a bathroom appear more spacious and upscale.
Building a custom home gives homeowners extensive control over features throughout the design, from the obvious to the detailed. If you’re interested in custom designing your own home and turning that vision into reality, contact Koncept Design + Build today to start your project and manifest the home you dream about.