The Perfect Property

Making Your New Home Work For You: Custom Features To Fit Your Lifestyle

by Zachary Thompson

Chances are, your family is not the same as every other family you know. Yet, when it comes time to purchase a new or larger home, you may find that that most of the homes on the market in your area are very similar and, by default, somewhat disappointing to the buyer in search of a perfect fit. If this is your reality as a home buyer, it may be time to consider the option of designing and building a custom home that will enhance your family's lifestyle with specific features that really fit your needs. Here are a few examples of specific design features to consider.

For the family with pets

Whether your pets are cats, dogs or another species, there are many home design features that could make caring for your pets more convenient for you and comfortable for them. These include:

  • pet-friendly access points that can be secured against intruders
  • pet-friendly flooring options
  • an enclosed area with ventilation and easy-to-clean surfaces to house cat litter boxes, food and water bowls or pet crates and supplies
  • a pet-friendly sink for bathing

For the high-tech family

Families that spend a lot of time using technology for play or work can add custom wiring into their design plan, as well as incorporating smart home features and appliances. In addition, electrical wiring can be hardened to help prevent damage to sensitive technology and gadgets.

For the family that entertains

The family that loves to entertain can include design features that will make hosting gatherings of any size even more convenient and enjoyable. These include: 

  • a finished basement that includes a kitchen / food preparation and storage area specifically for use when entertaining
  • a home theater room
  • one or more custom guest suites
  • outside living areas equipped to prepare and serve food
  • a wet bar
  • additional parking options for guests

For the family planning ahead for retirement

If you plan to stay in the home you purchase for several years, it makes sense to add design ideas that will make it comfortable to live in as you age, instead of having to renovate or move later in life. A few of these include:

  • one-level homes designed to need few or no steps
  • elevator systems in multi-level homes
  • wider doorways, roll-in showers and custom height counters, sinks and fixtures to accommodate wheelchair use

To learn even more about specific housing design features, ask your real estate agent to help you locate a reputable custom home builder in your area. Talk with them about your family's lifestyle, needs and the design features you would like to have in your next home. Ask to tour some of the homes they have built to get a feel for their work before making a final decision. With the help of the right builder, you next home is likely to be your favorite one. Contact agents like those at Gavigan Homes to get started on your search for your perfect home.