You don’t really know what is essential until you experience it. Take Netflix, for example. For years, many people were perfectly fine renting DVDs or going to the movie theater. Now? We can’t live without our streaming services.
Similarly, a custom home can have elements that you might not have lived with yet, but you’ll see how essential they are if you use your imagination. Here are 10 custom home ideas you can’t live without:
1. Stunning Entryway
The first thing people see when they walk into your home? Your entryway. This is your chance to make a good first impression and you can do that by adding design elements that are both impressive (staircases, chandeliers, etc.) and functional (coat closets, key rings, etc.).
2. High Ceilings
High ceilings are popular features in custom homes for two main reasons. For starters, they make the home feel more open and spacious. Secondly, they add energy efficiency. High ceilings are an essential feature in every room of your home.
3. Kitchen Storage
Every chef is unique, so the space they cook in should be personalized. From designer pots and pans hanging on display to easily accessible chef’s knives and hidden spice racks, the storage options in your kitchen should be tailored to you and how you like to cook.
4. Wood Flooring
If you’re used to carpet, you might not know about all the benefits that wood flooring provides. It’s beautiful, easy to maintain and long lasting. Wood flooring is one of the most popular custom home ideas, but it’s also one of the best.
5. Home Cinema
Want a movie theater experience without leaving your home? Get a home cinema. This custom home idea has more uses than you might think, as it’s great for everything from family movie nights and dates with the spouse to watching sports and playing video games. Add top-notch sound and comfortable seating for a room you can’t live without.
6. Accent Lighting
A little bit of lighting can go a long way. Whether you want to showcase a piece of art, a staircase or a beautiful bar area, accent lighting is a small way to divert attention and make an area stand out.
7. Bar and Wine Cellar
Want to impress guests and practice your bartending skills at the same time? A bar or wine cellar is an unforgettable addition to your custom home. Instead of being regulated to the kitchen, you and your guests can imbibe in style.
8. Hidden Room
Who needs a hidden room? You do. Add extra privacy or security to your home with a hidden room that can be shared with guests, or kept all to yourself. The entry to this hidden room can also be unique, such as behind a bookcase.
9. Chef’s Pantry
A chef’s pantry is to a kitchen as a family room is to a formal sitting area. With a chef’s pantry, you can cook meals and store kitchen essentials without creating a mess in the kitchen for all your guests to see. This is perfect for catering, parties and meals with lots of prep work.
10. Outdoor Kitchen
Another food-themed addition (picking up a trend here?) is to add an outdoor kitchen area. No one wants to be traveling back and forth between the inside kitchen and the backyard when they’re entertaining outdoors. These types of kitchens are perfect for pool parties, family gatherings and neighborhood barbecues.
If you’re interested in more custom home ideas or would like more information on the custom home-building process, contact us today.