Over time, standards and expectations change and this applies to our homes as much as anything else. Some of the features in the typical American home are more likely to be “fads” rather than enduring characteristics of a well-made home. This is why, if you are considering building your dream home, it is so important to work with a reputable and knowledgeable builder like Grand Homes, an award-winning industry leader in home construction in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Many of these most in-demand features can be added to your home after the fact, but it definitely makes sense to have them incorporated into the design from the outset.
Quality-made new homes should be energy efficient in every possible way. Most obviously, this includes heating and cooling solutions. Insulation, weather-guarding, double and triple-paned windows, and high-tech materials and techniques will go a long way towards keeping energy costs down. More than this, energy efficient appliances, including furnaces and air-conditioners, kitchen appliances and water-regulators are increasingly important features of new homes.
Outdoor Living Space
A backyard is great, but what many American homeowners really want is outdoor living space that, unlike a traditional yard, is a functional extension of indoor living space. This means that outdoor spaces are being created with attention to things like entertainment features like sound and lighting systems, comfort features like sun and rain protection and heating systems, and of course a mini-kitchen function with storage for outdoor dishes, a fire pit or BBQ and other amenities. Think of this space as an outdoor living room rather than a back yard.
One of the first things that you might notice about an older home is that bedrooms very often don’t have closets, and bathrooms don’t have storage space. There may have been a time when an entire household could make do with a single closet in the entrance and a linen closet in the hall, but those days are long gone! Modern homes give priority to storage space, including large closets with shelves in bathrooms, functional storages spaces in common areas, and of course, lots of shelves, cupboards and pantries in the kitchen.
Dedicated Functional Rooms
Anyone who has every struggled to carry loads of laundry up and down stairs, or who has had to climb over boxes and basement clutter to access the washer-dryer knows that a dedicated – and attractive – space on the main floor for this very important household task makes a lot of sense. Similarly, whether you work full-time from home or simply need a workspace for yourself and the kids, modern families are tired of making the kitchen table do double duty and are demanding dedicated work spaces with plenty of storage and electrical outlets. And finally, home designers are paying attention!
It is hard to believe that we have arrived “to the future” when it comes to the automation that is possible in modern American homes, but here we are! From lights to heat, security to sound, the basic systems of many new homes can controlled by central panels or even via smartphone apps.
In-Floor Radiant Heating
For homes in cold climates, or even just to protect against a chilly December night, many new homes are fitted with in-floor radiant heat. There are a number of clear advantages over traditional forced air systems, including greater energy, the elimination of the need for duct work, and a more even heating throughout the home.
No matter how you imagine your dream home, be sure to take the time to carefully consider the options and find the right builder for the job.