One of the benefits of building a custom home is that it has been specifically designed and built to suit your unique needs and tastes. But how do you make sure that these design elements are adding maximum value to your new home?
Before you begin to build, it’s important to talk to your chosen builder about how you can integrate value into your home design. While there are a number of additions that you can consider, here are a few custom home tips to help you get started!
- Energy Efficient Features
Sustainable living continues to be a growing movement around the world in an effort to better look after our direct environment and planet. Homes that have a smaller ecological footprint will have lower energy consumption and therefore lower bills and will increase in value over time.
We recommend investing in energy efficient features such as efficient heating and cooling systems, low consumption appliances and lighting, low flow showerheads and taps, dual flush toilets and environmentally friendly indoor plants. By including green features from the beginning, you will save a lot of time and money in the long run.
- Smart Technology For Your Home
Smart home technology is changing today’s homes and it’s safe to say that technology won’t be slowing down anytime soon. To future-proof your home, and with the recent push towards designing smarter custom homes, we recommend incorporating some of the latest smart technologies to create an intelligent, functional and efficient home. These can include remote heating and cooling systems, blinds and shutters and automated security systems and technology systems such as Google Home. By incorporating smart features that can be controlled remotely via your smartphone or other devices, you’ll be adding financial value to your custom home and seeing a reduction in your energy costs.
We recommend having a chat to your builder during the design phase if you’re considering incorporating smart technology so they can ensure the right infrastructure and wiring systems are included to best support the type of technology you’d like to invest in.
- More Storage!
One of the most important and welcomed custom home design tips is to add more storage space to your new home. Over time you generally collect more things, especially if you have a family. Smart and ample storage spaces will make your life easier as well as add value to your home.
We recommend incorporating storage solutions such as kitchen and wall cabinets, under the stairs and attic storage, garage shelving, walk in wardrobes and pantries and large linen cupboards. There really are a multitude of ways to declutter your new home and add additional storage space that you’ll be thankful for years later.
- Liveable Alfresco Areas
Homeowners today are looking for more than just a simple grassed backyard. One of the best ways to add value to your custom home is by creating a liveable alfresco area that is perfect for entertaining and relaxing in. Depending on the size of your outdoor space and your budget we recommend incorporating features such as built-in seating and storage, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces and plunge pools to enjoy during those warmer months. A versatile outdoor space is definitely a great investment when you build your custom home.
- Incorporate Solar Passive Design
Any experienced builder can’t overstate the importance of incorporating solar passive design elements into your new custom home. Essentially, passive design takes advantage of the home’s climate and orientation to utilise natural sources for heating and cooling. By incorporating solar passive design you’re encouraging lower heating and cooling costs, promoting thermal comfort, and reducing your greenhouse emissions. As the world continues to move towards more sustainable living, solar passive design is a great addition to any new home.
A home is generally one of the largest assets that most people own, so thoughtful design additions are not only an aesthetic decision but also a financial one, to ensure you’re adding maximum value to your new custom design. If you’re interested in incorporating these home design tips into your new home or would like to have a chat about building your dream home we’d love to hear from you. Contact Crighton Homes today.