When designing a new custom home, most people focus heavily on appearances. Of course, you do want your home to be pleasing to the eye. But you should also spend some time selecting functional features that will make your home more efficient, more durable, and easier to live in. Here are some top functional features to consider.
Spray Foam Insulation
If your builder asks you what kind of insulation you want in the home, go with spray foam. This material starts as two liquids. They combine to form a dense foam that adheres to the surfaces it is sprayed on, fills the space, and does an excellent job of insulating. Spray foam is essentially waterproof, and it does not allow for air leaks like fiberglass insulation. Basically, if you pay a little more for spray foam when you build the home, you'll spend less on energy over the years.
The windows are another element you should be prepared to spend a little extra money on. Ask your builder to use low-e windows. These are windows that have been sprayed with a very thin layer of reflective metal. They reflect more heat rather than allowing it to pass through the glass. In the winter, they keep the heat inside your home, and in the summer, they keep the heat outside. Low-e windows will make your new home more comfortable year-round.
Water-Efficient Plumbing Fixtures
Fresh water is a limited resource, and many areas experience water shortages. As such, it is wise to have your custom home built with fixtures that use less water. This includes low-flow shower heads and faucets. Also look for dual-flush toilets. These have a low-volume and high-volume flush option so you don't have to use as much water to flush number one.
Wherever you can, ask your builder to include some built-in shelves, cabinets, or drawers. This will ensure you always have plenty of places to stash your things, which will make cleanup a breeze. It will also mean you don't need to buy as many storage totes, boxes, or shelving units over the years. You can usually have some built-in storage added under the stairs, in the basement, or even in a spare bedroom.
Talk to your builder about incorporating some or all of these functional features into your custom home. Designing a good home is about more than the way it looks.
Contact a company like Regency Builders LLC to learn more.