4 Small Features That Make a Big Difference When Building a Custom Home
Feeling at home in your house is a relaxing experience. But trying to find a house that feels like a home is anything but. The best way to ensure that your home is the oasis of relaxation that you desire is to build your own custom home on your lot.
A custom home gives you complete control over the layout, design, features, and overall feel of your home. You decide the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, finishes, and everything else that will make your custom house the home of your dreams. And while these decisions are crucial to designing your home, there are smaller features that if left unplanned will cause you builder’s regret later on.
Save yourself from regret and don’t overlook these small features that make a big difference when designing your custom home.
Covered or Enclosed Porch
A covered or enclosed porch offers you a place to entertain a large family or group of friends. You can maximize your outdoor living space while providing some protection from the Texas sun. For large gatherings (think 4th of July and Christmas), it’s easier to manage people in an open area than all over your home. The space is also easier to clean. Hosing down your back patio is a breeze compared to sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming your entire home. To complete your outdoor living space, add fans to cool you off in the summer and an outdoor fireplace to gather around on chilly nights.
When designing your custom home with Ilcor Builders, we will consider your roofline for proper drainage and a seamless transition. We will also evaluate your entryway into the inside and how that coincides with your kitchen to make bringing food and dishes in and out a breeze. We will also consider outdoor flooring options and evaluate what will hold up the test of time and what is comfortable on bare feet. Thinking about your outdoor space and how you want to use it will help you design an outdoor oasis that is perfect for relaxing and entertaining.
Strategic Power Outlets
The kitchen is probably where you focus most of your attention when it comes to having enough power outlets. Which makes sense. You need enough power outlets for all of your small appliances you currently have, plus anymore that you may accumulate later, plus an outlet for you iPad so you can refer to recipes.
But you also need to evaluate the rest of your home for power outlet placement. In day-to-day life are you going to want to charge your phone or ipad while sitting on the couch? Is there enough outlets in the bathroom to plug in your electric toothbrush, curlers, lighted makeup mirror, and hair dryer at the same time? Are there well placed outlets in your dining room for multiple crockpots during your annual potluck?
When deciding where to place power outlets, consider:
- Where do you anticipate needing power access? Do you need multiple power outlets next to your bed or on your patio? If you plan to install an outdoor TV or speaker system outside, reflect upon how many outlets you may need. Your needs come first so contemplate what your needs may be in the future as well.
- How will you place your furniture? Placement of furniture will help to determine where you need power outlets. You don’t want your office or living room to look cluttered and plagued with tripping hazards from countless chords. A little pre-planning and your spaces will look seamless.
- Do you decorate for the holidays? Where you plan on placing your Christmas tree, lighted nativity scene, and miniature snow village will determine where you need outlets. If you decorate the exterior of your home think about where the most strategic places you can put power outlets.
Natural & Installed Lighting
Lighting plays a critical roll in your home. Don’t overlook lighting in rooms where you plan to spend most of your time and consider what you’ll be doing in those spaces. Adjustable lighting in your bedroom and dining room is a good way to accommodate the activity or mood you’re trying to create. A well-lit entry way is not only safer for you, but can create a welcoming and dramatic effect. But don’t just focus on the main areas of your home. Lighting is also important in areas that lack natural light, such as hallways or half bathrooms.
Your home’s lighting is a necessary decorating element that energizes dispositions and surges vitality. In addition to natural lighting sources such as windows and skylights, your home also needs accent lighting, task lighting, and ambient lighting. Our experts at Ilcor Builders can help you select the appropriate lighting to highlight the design of you home while being functional for you and your family.
Flooring in Heavily Trafficked Areas
Sure, you’re going to choose high-quality flooring for your custom home. There are countless options from tile, stained concrete, laminate, carpet, hardwood, and more. And clean, consistent flooring can help you home establish a natural flow. It’s crucial for your flooring to withstand the wear and tear of heavily trafficked areas, such as your entryways, bathrooms, and kitchen. The continual traffic of people and pets will show its mark on your flooring if you don’t select a quality material for these areas.
Get Expert Help
At Ilcor Builders we have had over 50 years of experience building dream custom homes. We pride ourselves on not overlooking a single detail to make your home a relaxing retreat. Our custom home design experts are available to answer any questions you have and guide you toward making the best choices for your home and your budget. Contact us today to talk about your custom home ideas.
Ilcor Builders has been building custom homes in Austin, Texas and the surrounding areas since 1963. We are a family owned business with over 50 years’ experience building custom homes. We would love the opportunity to discuss your custom home goals in our design studio in North Austin or in the comfort of your home. Please contact us at 512-476-7568 or request a free consultation.