If you’re designing a custom home, you might feel overwhelmed with what to include. There are so many possibilities, and you don’t want to miss out on some of the best features. This is your home, and you want to make it the home of your dreams.

From the different types of rooms you can add to unique features you may not have thought about, you have a lot to consider. So, we have gathered a list of the top 12 must-haves for your custom home.

12 Custom Home Features You Need

1. Mud Room

Mudrooms are a great in-between for items you commonly carry in and out of your home. You can organize these items as you need to. You might store some things in a mudroom, including shoes, coats, dog leashes, backpacks, umbrellas, hats, gloves, and mittens. These rooms often have nearby access to the garage. 

2. Sliding Track Door

Open floor plans have become extremely popular in the past couple of decades. They create a sense of space, make the flow of traffic smoother, and allow for more natural light. 

Sometimes, however, boundaries are nice to have between rooms. Sliding track doors are great for this because they allow for temporary closings. They are great for closing off your office to get some work done or if someone is sleeping on the couch and wants some privacy. 

3. Outlets and Lights Under the Cabinets

Outlets and lights under the cabinets are great when you cook large meals for large groups. Whether you’re hosting a large dinner event or have a big family, these lights and outlets can help keep your area well-lit and organized. They’re also great when you need to find your midnight snack instead of fumbling around in the dark. 

4. Organized Closets

Closets are ample for your standard clothing and shoes. But, if you desire to get the most out of closet storage, you could add some shelves and compartments. Doing so will up your closet game and help you get more organized than you’ve ever been. 

5. Stand Alone Bath Tub

Showers with tubs are convenient but not quite luxurious. Master bathrooms are for relaxation, and there’s not anything more relaxing than a big, elegant stand-alone tub to soak in. Custom homes aren’t complete without them. 

6. Spice Rack

Spice cabinets are convenient, but it gets annoying when you rummage around for the chili powder or the cinnamon. The solution? Spice racks. You can build them onto vent hoods and other nearby areas from your stove. You can line all your spices up and grab them quickly and efficiently when you have one of these racks handy.

7. Pot Filler

When you need to carry pots full of water and potatoes to the stove, it can be a bit inconvenient. Pot fillers are a great alternative. They extend from under the vent hood and fill pots on the stove. You’ll never want to carry pots of water from the sink again. 

8. Extended Covered Patio or Outdoor Kitchen

Everyone loves a good cookout. But not everyone’s home is made for it. Patios, for instance, are not always comfortable enough for large gatherings. When you add an outdoor kitchen, however, you are in for a world of fun. You can add a grill and many other outdoor-safe features to the patio to make it easy and fun to cook a good meal.

9. Built-In Speakers

If you have home automation, you can add built-in speakers throughout your home. This can create a whole new world of possibilities. From music to calming sounds to hearing the TV from another room — this is a feature sure to make your home more than just a house. Built-in speakers could turn your patio into party central, and your master bathroom can be a relaxing retreat. The possibilities are endless.

10. Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a significant staple in custom homes. There are many options to choose from, including hand-scraped floors. They have a certain elegance that everyone loves, and it makes it customizable when you can place rugs in different rooms in the house. 

11. Spray Foam Insulation

New homes come with better energy efficiency, but spray foam takes the energy savings to a whole new level. Spray foam insulation isn’t cheap when you initially purchase it. It’s one of those features that pay off in the long run when you get your energy bills in the future and save money.

12. Guest Suite

One of the best parts of having a home is being able to share it. You don’t just have to share it with your immediate family. A guest suite is excellent for friends visiting from out of town or for your parents or other family members to sleep when they visit. Sometimes people need a place to stay temporarily or permanently, and having their room or suite will help them settle in easier. 

Guest suites are also known as mother-in-law suites. They often include a kitchen, bathroom, and sometimes private entrance to make people feel more comfortable. 

Contact Us

At Northstar Custom Homes, building homes is our passion. We build to suit from design conception to the finished project. Northstar Custom Homes is focused on you from beginning to end and we walk with you every step of the building process. 

Whether you’re looking to follow a specific floor plan or looking to have the best possible view, let our team help you make your vision a reality. Home builders in Waco can count on us to make their dream home come to life. 

If you’re ready to take the next steps to turning your dream home into reality, contact us today