The Ultimate 6 Cool Things to Include When Building a House
When designing your custom home you want to make your house work for you, with all the features you need to make your life as pleasant and easy as possible. From smart home features to storage there are so many cool things to include when building a house.
Working with a custom home builder like Fortress Home, Chicago, makes a huge difference in knowing that all your ideas will be completed just as you imagined them, making your dream home a reality. Contact us to discuss all your cool ideas for building a house today: [email protected] or +773-770-8607
Our favorite cool things to include when building a house
With over 20 years of experience building custom homes, we've come across some crazy ideas here at Fortress Home, but we've also seen some really innovative and thoughtful ideas that would benefit most homes. Here are some of our favorites.
1 - Super storage
While most people don't think of storage as being particularly cool, we think it can be! Especially when it's in an innovative place and helps you save space.
- Understairs drawers - we think this is a fantastic idea for giving you extra space storage. While under-stair cupboards are a well-known feature (Harry Potter anyone?) we think drawers make an even better idea. If your stairs are near the front door you can use them to store shoes and boots. Or if they are near the living room the drawers can be used for kids' toys and books.
- Pantry or larder cupboards - while pantries aren't a new idea we think it's time they made a comeback. With a huge resurgence in home-cooking and gardening, pantries are the perfect place to store your jars of homemade jam or vegetables that don't need to be refrigerated. Another alternative is a larder cupboard, one large, specially designed cupboard for all your dry kitchen goods.
- Recessed bathroom cabinets - did you know that you can fit small recessed cupboards in the space between wall studs? These storage areas will be the perfect size for toiletries and medicines, which don't require deep shelves, and they will give your bathroom a cleaner look.
2 - Smart home features
If you haven't heard of smart homes yet, now is the time to get connected. With smart home appliances being developed for the whole house you'll want to ensure your home is smart wired for any devices that aren't wireless.
Here are some smart appliances you might want to consider.
Different smart fridges have different features. One of our favorites is a camera inside the fridge so you can check on the contents directly from the grocery store, so you don't end up with 5 pints of milk two days before you go on vacation.
While many stoves have timers wouldn't it be useful to set the oven to pre-heat when you're running late getting home from work? With a smart stove, you can do just that from an app on your phone.
With a smart thermostat, you can program it so it knows when you're at home and adjusts the temperature accordingly. You can also control your home's temperature from your smartphone, all of which can save you money in heating and cooling bills.