Don't Overlook These Features When Working With a Custom Home Builder

The first house I bought had bare floors that had seen better days, so I started looking at flooring options with the view that one type of flooring would suit my whole home. I chose pine flooring for every room, and that was a costly mistake. Pine is a softwood, and it didn't hold up well in busy traffic areas. I decided to learn more about different types of flooring that are available before parting with more money, and I started this blog to share what I learned and provide new homeowners with some tips for choosing the right flooring for each room in their home. I hope you find my blog useful.

Don't Overlook These Features When Working With a Custom Home Builder

16 June 2017
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog


When you're working with a custom home builder, you have the chance to create a home that works for you and your family in particular, rather than settling for a generic, "cookie cutter" floor plan and layout. However, there are some features and options that are easy to overlook when having a home built; note a few of them here and discuss these with your builder, to ensure you wind up with a home that you'll love for years to come.

Low maintenance surfaces

When choosing materials for flooring and other surfaces in your home, note the expected maintenance of your options. For benchtops, granite is very durable and only needs occasional sealing, whereas many types of tile will have pores and pits that hold dirt and grime, and they may need professional cleaning on a regular basis.  If you must have timber floors, opt for a dense bamboo, as this is less likely to collect moisture and then warp and splinter over time. Do a little research about the maintenance needed for all the materials you choose when having a home built, so you don't waste too much time over the years cleaning and repairing those surfaces.

Keeping room

A keeping room is like a breakfast nook, but more casual, and meant for lingering. This room is usually built with plenty of windows and perhaps even a fireplace, but without bench seating, as you might see in many nooks; this allows for larger armchairs and a small bistro table, so you can recreate the feeling of lingering at your favourite coffee shop in a keeping room. If you enjoy a leisurely, casual brunch on the weekends or having coffee after dinner, discuss your options for a keeping room with your homebuilder.

A custom mudroom

A mudroom in the back of the home is perfect for families, as it provides a place for kids to stow their shoes and backpacks without having to drag them through the home. However, you may want to discuss some custom features for a mudroom with your builder, even if you don't have kids. For example, if you have sporting goods like skis or bikes, you may not want to keep them in the garage where they could get damaged; custom hooks in a mudroom can be a good choice for proper, safe storage. If you have dogs, you might have a small tiled shower area built into the mudroom, for easier washing of your pets. Custom cabinets can store your handbags, computer carrying cases, and anything else you want to keep neat and organized by the entryway.