Photo Courtesy: Brock Builders
If you’re building your own home, there are many things that you should add to your blue prints, while you’re planning. Things like luxury bathrooms, verandahs and three-car garages need to be planned for in advance, but will add both luxury and resale value to your home.
1. Luxury Bathroom
This is your house, and after the stress of building it, you deserve a place to really relax. Having a luxury master bath will make you feel as if you have a spa right in your own home. However, the steam showers needed to control the temperature and the elegantly built in counters and closets to reduce clutter and maximize relaxation will take up some space. Remember, not only will you enjoy this, but it will also increase the value of your investment.
2. Wine Cellar
Wine celler designed by Danielle Defrancesco in her Baltimore, USA home. Photo Courtesy: Danielle Defrancesco
If you’re already building your own home, a wine cellar can be a lovely addition; both useful while you live there and one more perk for when you’re ready to sell. The effectiveness of the wine cellar is based on temperature, meaning many need to be built into basements. Whether or not you’re certain, you want to finish your basement immediately is less important than making sure the space for everything you’ll need eventually makes it onto the original blue prints.
3. Walk-In Pantry
Everyone knows that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where you, and your children will gather to talk about the day, do homework, celebrate winning a game and have pancakes on the weekend. You’re probably already putting in the top appliances, granite countertops, attractive shelving; don’t make the mistake of not including enough storage. A walk in pantry will keep your kitchen neat and orderly and make every snack and meal a breeze.
4. Verandahs and Balconies
Verandah by SOL Home Improvements
Unlike a deck, the verandah and the balcony offer an outdoor area still under the cover of your rooftop. This makes the area a little more flexible. It’s easy to install an outdoor bar underneath a ceiling fan. One could even have an entire entertainment unit, and it would still be well protected from the elements, sharing a common wall and roof with the main house.
5. A Three-Car Garage
You may only have one of your two cars now, but think down the line. The kids will get older and whether they start to drive or you finally get the time for a hobby, you’ll be happy for the extra space. Even if your family manages to keep only two cars, the extra space can be used for storage and extra fridge or an impromptu game room. The possibilities are endless and, as always, it’ll up the resale value.
Michele Filipkowski is a part of an elite team of writers who have contributed to hundreds of blogs and news sites. Follow her @micheleashley89
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