A chef’s kitchen. A large master suite. A killer walk-in closet. A home office. When designing your new home, the focus is often on including everything that your current home lacks. While these must-have items are important – and go a long way in creating your dream home – there are many other features that often go overlooked.
Without these features, the overall functionality can suffer, turning your dream home into a nightmare. So in between discussions of custom built hoods and double vanities, make sure that you discuss the following five items with your contractor. While they may not be fancy, each one will help you create a home that serves all of your needs.
Water Heater: What good is your spa Jacuzzi tub when you don’t have a water heater that can support filling it while someone is downstairs doing dishes? Make sure that your water heater holds enough water to take care of the needs of your family. You also want to look for a water heater that has quick recovery and is energy efficient.
Insulation: You want a home that will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter – all without crazy expensive energy bills. The best way to keep your home comfortable and your bills down is to have good insulation throughout the home. You want to make sure that your contractor is also insulating your garage and your attic.
Energy Efficient: Along with your insulation, the other way to help protect your wallet against future bills is to make sure that everything in your new home is energy efficient. Things to keep in consideration are your windows and your appliances. These are the items that will have the most impact on the amount of energy you use within your home – and control the amount that is ultimately wasted.
Storage: There is nothing worse than moving into a new home and realizing that there is not enough room to fit all of your belongings. Plan for storage space throughout your home – from extra hallways closets to large room closets to a kitchen pantry to a usable attic or basement space.
Lighting: Most people focus all of their attention on the indoor lighting. However, your exterior lighting is also extremely important. You want to make sure that your front door, garage, and walkways are well lit. You also want to think about the type and amount of lighting in your backyard. Proper exterior lighting not only keeps you and your family safe while walking outside, it also provides an extra layer of security against unwanted intruders.