Options to Consider: Premium Home Features

Posted on
December 12, 2018

One of the best things about a custom home project, and also the most challenging, is the huge variety of options to choose from. We can help you create anything you have in mind, but a client’s desires are sometimes limited to what they have seen in other homes. In this article, we will explore some of the more common, as well as the lesser-known customization options available to you. To help you build your dream project, we have created this Premium Home Features list to help you gather and evaluate ideas and concepts. Please go over the items listed below and consider what you like to have in your home. But don’t think of this as an exhaustive list. Instead, treat it as a source of inspiration. What other site or building features and functions might you like to see in your new place?

Interior Spaces/Rooms

For the master bedroom:

  • Sitting/reading nook
  • Spa style master bathroom with:
    - Luxury bathtub,
    - Walk-in shower with multiple shower heads,
    - Seating,
    - Soft lighting, and/or
    - Built-in music system.
  • Dressing room with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and custom cabinets and storage spaces for clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories.

Other interior spaces:

  • Well-equipped gourmet kitchen with appropriately sized pantry and semi-custom- or custom-built cabinets,
  • Cinema-style home theatre,
  • Games room,
  • Study room/home office/library,
  • 3.5 or more bathrooms,
  • Sauna, and/or
  • Private gym.

Interior Features:

  • Thoughtfully designed interior layout,
  • Stone or concrete countertops,
  • Hardwood, stone or ceramic tile floors,
  • Fireplaces,
  • Ample wall space for art display and photos, and/or
  • Painted drywall ceilings (as opposed to a knockdown ceiling finish).

Interior Storage:

  • Wood or metal build-ins,
  • Well-planned storage space,
  • An upstairs laundry and ironing room with linen closet space,
  • Craft room with storage, and/or
  • Mudroom with personalized storage spaces.

Convenience:

  • Dog run and dog washing station,
  • Wide and inviting front doors,
  • Drop zones for keys, sunglasses etc., and/or
  • Usable-size balconies and decks.

Exterior Space/Landscaping:

  • Courtyard or semi-courtyard style outdoor living area with:
    - Outdoor kitchen,
    - Built in BBQ,
    - Bar,
    - Lounge and dining style seating, and/or
    - Fireplace.
  • Designed landscaping (preferably with native plants) around the property.

Exterior Features:

  • Well designed, proportioned and balanced (all) exterior facades,
  • Durable and stylistically cohesive roof,
  • Coorrdinated exterior materials and colours,
  • Inviting entryway with well positioned entry door,
  • Masonry (brick, stone), wood, stucco or metal or combination exterior materials,
  • Durable (wood or metal) windows and doors,
  • High quality Low-E glazing (possibly triple pane),
  • Appropriate to the house style exterior lighting and/or
  • Properly integrated garages and garage doors.

Systems:

  • Integrated audio system,
  • Lighting controls and lighting programs,
  • Multi-zone entertainment systems,
  • Remote monitoring capabilities,
  • Security and surveillance systems,
  • Data networks,
  • Phone systems,
  • Central vacuum system,
  • Heating and AC cooling (including in-floor heating in bathrooms),
  • High-efficiency furnace and hot water heaters,
  • Built-in water purification system, and/or
  • Integrated exterior lighting system.

Energy/Sustainability Features:

  • Energy management (green energy, i.e. photo-voltaic, grey water storage),
  • Geothermal heating and cooling system, and/or
  • Landscaping irrigation system.

To learn more about these features and to explore even more possibilities for your custom home project, please contact us by filling out our "Request a Consultation" form.

Photo credit: Magdalena Kurylowicz

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