When it’s time to plan your custom home or make updates to the one you’re living in now, it’s important to remember to get down to the details. Planning on the microlevel can bring you peace of mind, knowing that everything, from the light fixtures to the height of the showerheads, is covered. And it can help you stick to your budget, too.
Here’s our list of eight small but important things to put on your “to do” list when building your home.
Internet and sound systems
We all rely on the internet these days for everything from work to streaming our favorite television shows. Still, it can be one of the things people overlook the most when building a home. The same goes for sound systems. We recommend having a hardline system installed, especially if you love a good surround stereo setup or need a strong, dependable internet signal for work, study, or streaming.
Kitchen cabinet lighting
Another little design element that goes a long way, especially for functionality, is kitchen cabinet lighting. Great lighting under and above cabinetry helps you see better, adds dimension to your kitchen space, and can show off your custom cabinetry.
While you’re thinking about cabinet lighting, don’t forget the specific features you’d like your kitchen cabinetry to include. Do you need deep drawers for storing pots and pans? A pull-out spice rack, maybe? How about a special drawer for cutlery, or a cabinet with glass doors to showcase your special dishes or to make items easier to find? Consider these elements early in the home building and design process.
Light switch and outlet locations
Have you ever added a beautiful new lamp to a room, only to discover there’s no outlet to plug it in, or at least not one in an ideal location? Avoid this conundrum by working with your builder to determine where light switches and power outlets need to go. Pay careful consideration to rooms like the bathroom, where you’ll need outlets for electric appliances like hairdryers. And remember to add outlets outside for landscape, porch, and deck lighting.
When designing your living room, entertainment room or den, give some thought to where you’ll want the television to go. Whether you choose to place it above the mantel, in a corner, or dedicate a large area of a wall to the TV, where you place it is important, considering how much time most of us spend binge watching our favorite shows or rooting for our favorite sports team.
Laundry and work rooms
The best laundry or work rooms – like mud rooms and workshop spaces, for example – should feature excellent storage options, including extra shelving, plenty of power outlets, and closets to hang items. Laundry rooms could also feature large countertops for folding clothes, state-of-the-art washing machines and dryers, and plenty of light.
A great looking garage door is one of the quickest and easiest ways to elevate the look of your home. So, it stands to reason that that when you’re building a custom home, you’ll want a garage door that’s just as beautiful as the house itself. If the garage hasn’t made it into your plan, you could be missing out on everything from additional living space to prime storage.
Showerheads and faucets
When it’s time to design your new and improved bathroom, remember to place your showerheads at an ideal height, and spend some time choosing the best faucets. Watch the spout height and reach and choose ceramic valves so your faucets stay drip free for years to come.
Looking for more design tips for your custom home? You’ll find all kinds of advice and ideas on our blog. Happy reading!