Whether you’re building a custom home or renovating for long-term or short-term there are some key things homeowners should keep in mind. Resale value is important whether or not you have plans to sell or not. Overbuilding or spending on your custom home could potentially mean you never see a return on your investment. Similarly, not adding key features could also mean that you don’t get as high of a price on your property even if you’ve done work on it and the market value is higher. Below are the best things to consider adding to not only improving your quality of life while living in your home but also for the re-sale value.
High-quality windows are one of the best investments you can make. They not only keep out noise and UV rays but they can also reduce the cost of your bills by being better at heating or cooling. Ask your architect or home designer which window options would be best in your home. New or good quality windows are also one of the top things buyers consider when looking at homes.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where most people spend the majority of their time, where the family gathers and it’s the number one thing buyers’ look at when purchasing a house. Trends in kitchen styles come and go but classic white is popular now. A stone counter- whether it’s granite, quartz or marble- is also a great feature. If you have room, talk to your architect about adding an island or peninsula to add seating and storage. Upgraded appliances and cabinetry are also great ways to maximize your resale value. No matter what your design aesthetic is, make sure you and your architect maximize space by having a good layout and plenty of storage.
Flooring is one of the most important features of a house. Hardwood floors are a huge trend among homebuyers currently. Talk to your architect and designer about which type of flooring is best for you. Hardwood is always a good seller and bamboo offers a good eco-friendly option. If you put in carpet make sure it’s plush and stain-resistant.
- Master Ensuite
Consult your architect about adding or redoing your master ensuite. Many buyers won’t even consider a home without one. Ensuites offer a sanctuary away from the rest of the house and if a family has kids it becomes even more important. If you have space, a separate tub and shower are usually preferred over a combo and closet space is key.
- A Finished Basement
One of the best architectural features you can add is a finished basement. A finished basement adds possibility to a home so whether or not you do anything with it or just use it for storage it’s something worth adding. If you already have a finished basement talk to your architect about adding a cool feature room down there. Home theaters, playrooms and wine cellars some huge hits right now among buyers and super fun for you to enjoy too.
- Open Layout
The number one architectural design people are looking for among homes today is an open layout. An open floor plan allows sight lines all over the house, which is great for entertaining or keeping an eye on kids. It’s great at opening up a smaller home as well. If you already have a large space and are worried an open floor plan would make space look too sparse, add some cool architectural features such as ceiling beams, trey ceilings, different flooring or pillars.