Eight Features You'll Really Be Thankful For When You Move Into Your Custom-Built Home

When you start working with your designer and builder to create your dream home, it's common to become fixated on things like paint colors and the exterior material. But while these options surely do deserve your attention, it's important not to overlook features that will affect your day-to-day life inside of your home. Here's a look at eight home design features and options you'll really be glad to have once you move in.

Low-Maintenance Counters

When you're finally moved in, you're going to want to cook in that sparkling new kitchen. If the cleanup takes hours, you may not be tempted to cook again so soon. Low-maintenance, easy-to-clean counter tops made from granite or quartz will make the experience so much more enjoyable. You can spend more time chatting with guests and less time wiping up stubborn spills.

Accessible Storage Cabinets

Those floor-to-ceiling cabinets might look lovely, but not being able to reach the top shelves will get old. Make sure you design your cabinets so that all shelves are easily reachable. An option called drop-down shelving works well if you are short. You can pull on a shelf and it hinges downward, giving you easy access.

Radiant Floor Heating

Okay, so if you move in during the summer, you won't really appreciate this one until winter. But you can bet that on that first chilly day, it will be so nice not to step out of bed onto a cold floor. If you're on a tight budget, consider putting radiant floor heating only in the bedrooms and bathrooms since it can be a bit pricey.

A Smart Thermostat

Smart refrigerators and lighting are nice but not as essential as a smart thermostat. You'll love being able to adjust the temperature of your home while you're still at the office. Plus, most smart thermostats allow you to monitor your energy use through an app, so you won't have any surprise heating and cooling bills.

A Breakfast Bar

Who really feels like carrying their breakfast all of the way to the dining room from the kitchen each morning? When you're in a hurry, you'll really appreciate having a breakfast bar in the kitchen because you can dine while chatting with others who are cooking and prepping for the day. A small breakfast bar with two stools is sufficient if space is limited, but try for enough space for four stools if you can manage.

A Mudroom

Don't build the entryway right into the living room or dining room. The first time you come home with dirty shoes, you'll be upset that you have to choose between taking your shoes off outside and tracking dirt into your nice, clean room. A mudroom removes this hassle. It does not have to be huge -- just big enough to serve as a barrier between the outdoors and the rest of your home.

Dimmer Switches

Having your contractor put all of your lights on dimmer switches won't cost much extra. You'll really like being able to adjust the brightness of light in each room depending on your mood and what you're doing at the time.

A Nook For the Litter Box

If you have a cat, ask your builder to create a special nook for the litter box. Good places for this nook include under the staircase, in a half-cabinet in the spare bedroom, and in a corner in the basement. You'll appreciate not having to find an out-of-the-way spot for the box.

Talk with builders from a company like Genuine Home Builders Inc to learn about other features that will work well for you based on your lifestyle and personal preferences.