Lighting is a key element in home design. How many windows bringing in natural light do you need? Are skylights an option? You also have multiple choices for the type of light fixture that is placed in each room. You could choose to go for a simplistic, modern light fixture for your master bathroom but pick a more elaborate, decorative chandelier for the dining room. The choice is yours! Don't forget to consider outlet placement as well when selecting your lighting options.
Storage is essential in almost every home. Determining how much you need before meeting with a builder is critical. A great way to obtain storage without taking away from space is built-in storage. This rising trend can include numerous options from built-in cubbies in a mudroom to bookcases in an office or a wine rack in a kitchen. Other possibilities include but are not limited to, walk-in closets, additional kitchen cabinet space, shelving throughout the house and more!
3. Room Placement
Deciding on the location of rooms within your home is another important decision you must make when building. A laundry room located in the basement may not be ideal as opposed to one closer to the bedrooms. A master bedroom might need to be moved away from main areas for privacy. Bringing in groceries can turn into a bigger hassle if the kitchen is located further from the garage or entry area. Would you prefer for common area rooms to effortlessly flow together like an open kitchen overlooking the family room? Or would you prefer most rooms to be a closed layout to generate a sense of peace and privacy? If you are unsure about what would be the best placement of rooms in your home, don't hesitate to ask your builder! They should be experienced enough to make suggestions as to what will work best as well as detail previous layouts they've done in the past for others. Remember, room placement plays a key role in making your home as accommodating to your needs as possible.
How long do you plan on staying in your new home? If your answer is not long, you may want to consider adding features that will appeal to future buyers. However, if this is the last home you plan to live in, making sure your home is comfortable even as you reach retirement age is crucial. Someone who loves to entertain often may want to consider additional features in the home like, a basement bar or deck with built in seating and grill. Families with children may want to invest in features that will accommodate their kids throughout the years. Deciding how to tailor your home to fit your lifestyle is crucial.
Lastly, it’s vital to make a list of what is a priority for your new home. A good way to do this is to make a list with three columns: must-have, really want and would be nice. Things listed under “must-have” are preferences that are non-negotiable. Additional cabinet space for a family with several children or wide hallways for a homeowner in a wheelchair would go under this category. Things listed under “really want” are favorites that you may really like but ultimately could live without. This could include a skylight in the bathroom or wooden beams on the ceiling in the living room. Finally, we reach the last column, “would be nice.” These features sound good but if they can’t happen for whatever reason, you wouldn’t bat an eye. Chandelier lighting on a screened-in deck or a basement wine cellar could be examples of these features. Make sure to sit down with your partner or family and decide what feature goes under what category.