Building a house means you will be making design decisions now that will affect your family for years to come. How do you know you’re adding functionality that stands the test of time? Look into options as you choose features to customize your new home.

Mudroom with Laundry Area

A mudroom is an excellent way to transition between outdoors and your home’s interior. This is especially true if you have children or pets who will be frequently going outside. Add mudroom features like those listed below.

  • Install hooks for jackets, hats, and umbrellas.
  • Add a sturdy rug to trap dirt and debris.
  • Cubby spaces for shoes and sports equipment will come in handy.
  • Keep a first aid kit nearby.
  • A message board is useful for remembering appointments or posting shopping lists.

Adding the laundry area to your mudroom makes sense. Throw dirty clothes or swimsuits into the wash immediately and you won’t have to carry them through the rest of the house.

Customize Your New Home by Adding Extra Outlets

We live in an age where everyone uses electronic devices. There’s no need to create a living space where family members are fighting for outlet space. Plan for extra outlets in your home. Have them installed in places where computers will often be used. Add outlets under kitchen cabinets, near seating areas, and even outdoors on the deck.

Creative Stair Design

Use an innovative stair design to create a focal point for the room. Add functionality by installing bookshelves and a reading alcove or adding a well-organized storage space beneath the stairs. Choose a spiral staircase to save space and add visual interest.

Save Water and Customize Your New Home

To save money in the long term, outfit your new home with water-saving appliances and fixtures. Choose low-flow showerheads and faucets and water-saving toilets for the bathroom. Purchase efficient Energy Star appliances when shopping for a washing machine and dishwasher.

Master Suite Pool Access

If you want to feel like you’re living at a 5-star resort, build in access to the pool from the master bedroom. You’ll enjoy getting up in the morning and diving right into the pool.

Energy Efficient Doors and Windows

Install energy-efficient windows and doors to save on your utility bills. Talk with your builder about installing passive solar windows that face the south. These windows will help heat the home efficiently using the sun’s rays.

Customize Your New Home with Smart Technology

Use smart home technology in your new house. Install a thermostat that you can control even when you’re away from home. Turn the lights on and off with a mobile phone app. Choose a security system and appliances that can be controlled with this new technology.

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