Features to Prioritize in Your New Home

by Alexis Thomas, Contributing Writer for Direct from the Designers™

Making sure everything in your home fits your needs is a necessity! One of the best things about designing your own home is that you get to pick the features you want most, and you can make them happen. Every homebuyer's dream is to find a house at the ideal price and in the ideal location—don't give up on the parts that make the house itself a great place to come home to!

When you shop on Direct from the Designers, you get to pick exactly what floor plan works for you, and tailor the specifics of each part so they suit your needs. For example, you can build your own dream kitchen, great master suite, or luxurious back porch and outdoor living area—the things that can really elevate a house not only for you, but for resale potential. Let's see what you can do in these key areas!

House Plan 7378

Look at all that counter space! House Plan 7378 has an amazing open layout that still feels cozy. The kitchen is designed for a double-wide fridge to feed a family, and you'll love the bar seating at the island and in the nook behind. Don't overlook the windows, either!

A Fabulous Kitchen

For most, the ideal kitchen has ample counter and cabinet space. Islands and wraparound peninsulas help provide more seating for guests, more countertops to work on, and more space to store things! In our Fabulous Kitchen Collection, you'll find homes with awesome kitchen layouts, and they offer these things and more. Don't forget that you can customize it, too—everything from the arrangement of the space to amazing finishes that give the kitchen the personality you want. An elegant chandelier perfectly placed over the kitchen island would be gorgeous, or maybe you'd prefer a simpler aesthetic where the tone is set by the style of the cabinets?

We've written on this topic plenty, so check out our archives if you need some inspiration. If you want some ideas about maximizing the kitchen space you have, check out Kitchen Appliances Specialized for Your Needs. If you're worried about letting your design fall flat, you might like How to Add Color to Your Kitchen, which outlines a number of ways to set yours apart. And if you want to go beyond the usual, you'll love to learn about ways to increase convenience in Why You'll Love Smart Kitchen Appliances and High-Impact Kitchen Upgrades. There's a ton you can do to make your kitchen fabulous!

House Plan 7448 Master Bath

House Plan 7448 comes in at a modest 2,298 square feet on one story, but the master suite lacks for nothing! It features a five-piece bath with private toilet closet, two walk-in closets, and a lovely stepped ceiling in the bedroom.

A Great Master Suite

There are many different ways you can achieve a dream master suite—see our Great Master Suites Collection to see some layouts and think about what you need. If you are sharing your master suite with a partner, one thing to consider is how much personal space each of you requires. You can acquire personal space by including twin sinks in your master bath, having separate nightstands, and opting for his-and-hers walk-in closets. When you have your own "me space" to get ready, it can make a huge difference in how you experience your suite.

Of course, you can also go above and beyond, and many of the house plans in this collection do! Why not add a nook with a bay window in your bedroom? It would make a lovely place to sit and read. Perhaps you want to relax after a stressful day? A luxurious soaking tub might be just what you need. Check out Creating a Spa-Like Master Bathroom for some other ideas! And we know it can be difficult to get the recommended 8 hours a night, so you may be interested in Designing Bedrooms Conducive to Sleep. Your suite should help you rest and recharge, so make sure to prioritize it when you build to make sure you love it.

House Plan 7514 Outdoor Living

A covered lanai like the one included in House Plan 7514 beautifully extends living space out into the fresh air. So many people love the coziness of an outdoor fireplace!

Outdoor Living

There’s nothing more enjoyable than sitting on your back porch while listening to the birds chirping in the morning and drinking a nice hot cup of coffee. Or perhaps you're more of an afternoon grillmaster at heart? Whatever the case, you definitely should think about creating a nice outdoor living space. Our Outdoor Living House Plan Collection boasts homes with patios, decks, lanais, screened porches, outdoor kitchens—the works!—and is an awesome place to start if you know you want to enjoy your whole property more, take in views, and/or host backyard parties. You might be surprised by just how much this can add to property values, too!

Once you know what you have to work with, plan for seating; you can add a bench and nice cushioned seats, and consider a table with an umbrella for additional shade. We've seen a huge demand for outdoor kitchens; you can learn more about perfecting your own in Build an Outdoor Cooking and Living Space if you're interested. And whether you have a lot of family get-togethers or not, think about a pool and hot tub! Pools are in high demand in a number of areas around the country, and having one could attract buyers in the future. If you don't want to clean leaves out of your pool every day, consider a screened patio and pool deck. Your home isn't just what lies inside the walls—it's how you enjoy the whole picture!

We hope this has inspired you to build a home that leaves nothing to be desired in these key areas! Make a list of your own must-haves early on, because it's best to add these features during the build, rather than having to stress about them later. Exterior projects are easier to finish up at a later time than interior ones, but you should still mention your goals to your contractors so they can install the necessary hookups when it's convenient, and not as an afterthought. If you have any questions or need to make modifications to make a home suit your needs perfectly, don't hesitate to contact us for assistance.

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