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The 11 Essential Features You Should Have in Your New Home

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You’ve decided it’s time to move into a new home. Perhaps you’d like more space for your growing family or want a home with a modern design. No matter the reasons, it’s a smart idea to start the process by deciding what features you’d like in your new home.

Check out these ideas to get your mind moving in the right direction!

  1. A Kitchen Island Complete With Sink
  2. An Open Floor Plan
  3. A Porch Perfect for Relaxing
  4. A Fireplace in the Living Room
  5. A Walk-In Kitchen Pantry
  6. A Spacious Master Bedroom and Bathroom
  7. An Energy-Efficient HVAC System
  8. An Attached Garage
  9. Hardwood Floors in the Kitchen and Foyer
  10. A "Flex" Room
  11. A Mudroom

The 11 Essential Features You Should Have in Your New Home Kitchen Island Image1. A Kitchen Island Complete with Sink

Imagine enjoying the extra counter space provided by a kitchen island. You can pack school lunches, chop vegetables, roll cookie dough and never run out of space to work! A kitchen island with a sink like the one in the Charleston Place II model gives you a convenient place to rinse your hands, wash lettuce or grab a glass of water before heading into the living room. An island is a modern touch in any kitchen.

2. An Open Floor Plan

A home with an open concept floor plan invites easy communication between family members and friends. A parent preparing dinner in the kitchen can chat with kids gathered in the living room. The design of the Schooner model makes it easy for the host to talk with guests seated in the dining room for an informal dinner while putting the finishing touches on the meal. An open floor plan sets a pleasant atmosphere in your family’s new home.

3. A Porch Perfect for Relaxing

Does your vision of a new home include a porch? If so, check out the Clipper model. A porch is an ideal place to have lunch or dinner outside without going too far from home! It is also a peaceful place to read, host guests, listen to music or work on a project all while enjoying the soft breezes.

The 11 Essential Features You Should Have in Your New Home Fireplace Image4. A Fireplace in the Living Room

A fireplace is a popular feature with many people who want a new home. An electric fireplace such as the one in the Wetherby Mills II model looks clean and modern. Just imagine sitting in your cozy family room on a cold winter’s evening watching the glow from your fireplace.

5. A Walk-In Kitchen Pantry

When you think of kitchen storage in your new home, you may simply envision a line of cabinets. Why not take the idea of kitchen storage a step further and opt for a walk-in pantry? Think of all the ways to organize your canned goods, spices, utensils, paper goods and more. The best part of having a walk-in pantry like the one in the Charleston Place II model, is you have a special hideaway for all of your kitchen necessities.

The 11 Essential Features You Should Have in Your New Home Master Bedroom Image6. A Spacious Master Bedroom and Bathroom

A must-have feature for many people is a spacious master bedroom and bathroom such as the one in our Wetherby Mills II model. Imagine moving into a master bedroom with lots of natural light pouring in and more than enough space for a large bed, comfortable chair and dresser. In addition, a master bathroom with a tub and shower as well as a double vanity would allow you and your partner to get ready for the day together.

7. An Energy-Efficient HVAC System

Each of our new home models has an energy-efficient HVAC system. This means reasonable energy bills each month and, most importantly, a comfortable atmosphere in your home 365 days a year. In addition, an efficient HVAC system gives you peace of mind about the quality of the air inside your home.

8. An Attached Garage

If you have two cars in your household, then a home model such as the Charleston Place II with a garage is ideal for sheltering your car from the harsh weather. A garage can also be a versatile space useful for much more than car storage - you can use the other side of the garage for storing bicycles, sports equipment, garden tools and dozens of other items.

9. Hardwood Floors in the Kitchen and Foyer

Hardwood floors are not only attractive, but they’re also durable. Having hardwood floors in the kitchen makes cleaning up spills and broken dishes a simple process. An appealing hardwood floor in the foyer of a home model such as the Wetherby Mills II makes a wonderful first impression on visitors.

The 11 Essential Features You Should Have in Your New Home Flex Room Image10. A "Flex" Room

Consider a flex (bonus) room as another essential feature in your new home. The Wetherby Mills II model has one. You can use it as an office, a guest room, a workout room or for any other purpose. Even if you’re not sure how you want to use it, having a flex room in your new home gives you the luxury of extra available space whenever you need it!

11. A Mudroom

A mudroom is another essential feature especially for a larger family looking for a new home. The mudroom in the Clipper model has a built-in bench so family members can sit down and take off their dirty shoes or boots before entering the main area of the home. This unique room is the perfect place for coats, hats, umbrellas and even the dog’s leash as well as other pet supplies.

Making a list of must-have features is an effective way to start on the path to a new home that exceeds your expectations! Get in touch with us today for more information on the home models mentioned above and all of the great features found inside.

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Originally published July 24, 2019