5 Great Features You Need in Your Custom Home

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If you are building a home, there are certain architectural features, design elements and luxuries that you will want. After all, your home is your sanctuary; a place where you can go to entertain and relax.
Here are some popular home design features to consider for your custom home.
Victorian Exterior by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers Harrison Design
Victorian Exterior by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers Harrison Design

Home Theater

A home theater is the new entertainment center for homes. It allows you to create a formal living area for relaxing and entertaining guests and creates a separate space where you can watch movies, and videos. A home theater is perfect for hosting viewing parties or cozying up with the family for a night in. A home theater may include a large screen projector, but flat screen televisions today are available in a variety of sizes as well.

A traditional and contemporary home theater
Left: Traditional Home Theater by Burnsville Design-Build Firms Highmark Builders. Right: Contemporary Home Theater by Bloomfield Hills Architects & Building Designers Dominick Tringali Architects

Your home theatre can be as simple, or as glamorous as you want to make it. Some go so far as to offer a snack and beverage bar to recreate a true theatre experience. Just keep in mind, once you install a home theatre, your home will be the favorite destination for neighborhood movie nights and sporting events.

Wide Plank Flooring

Wide plank flooring is a flooring trend that continues to grow in popularity. Homeowners are tired of the 2 1/4″, 3 1/4″ and 5″ wide oak flooring. Now, you can get wide plank boards 6″, 8″, 10″ or even up to 19″ wide.

ontemporary Kitchen by Melrose Interior Designers & Decorators Justine Sterling Design
Contemporary Kitchen by Melrose Interior Designers & Decorators Justine Sterling Design

And wide plank floors are not just for rustic homes, you can create a very formal look as well depending on the wood style, grading, and color you choose. This contemporary home in Melrose, MA has formal Walnut flooring. Walnut hardwood flooring is a naturally dark wood floor, that looks stunning with the interior color palette.

In order to make a wide plank floor, you have to use higher quality timbers that are cut from the right part of the tree, dried slowly, and custom milled. Wood flooring, that those available from Carlisle, have a denser grain pattern, more heartwood, and are cut from the center of mature timbers. This, combined with our Slowcraft custom milling, reduces the likelihood of negative movement, once installed. This also makes them more durable and beautiful.

Pool

Traditional Exterior by Seattle Architects & Building Designers AOME Architects
Traditional Exterior by Seattle Architects & Building Designers AOME Architects

A pool is a fantastic addition to your home for entertainment and recreation. It can provide a relaxing oasis, where you can engage in athletic swimming, poolside lounging or a fun, family pool party.

In the current economy, swimming pool construction is more affordable than ever and will boost the resale value of your home.

Pool maintenance has become easier over the years with new technology and the growth of websites that deliver pool parts and supplies right to your door.

Solar Panels

Garage And Shed by Richmond Architects & Building Designers Birdseye Design
Garage And Shed by Richmond Architects & Building Designers Birdseye Design

Solar panels are a great investment for your home, as they greatly reduce your energy bills.

The solar panels installed on your property can do more than provide your house with energy — the net metering tool will allow excess energy to be transmitted and sold to a utility company.

Solar energy is clean, as it doesn’t produce any harmful emissions. Since it is an eco-friendly system, the government provides tax breaks and rebates for those who use this renewable form of energy production.

Laundry Chute

Reminiscent of home design in the 19th century, have you considered a laundry chute for your home? It can make one of life’s less interesting chores a little more convenient.

Laundry chutes are especially useful when you have a multi-level home with bedrooms on the upper levels. It reduces the amount of laundry hauling you have to do and makes sure all your dirty laundry ends up in one spot for easy sorting.

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