When it comes to building your dream home, every detail counts. Custom homes can be pretty pricey, so you need to make sure that every cent is spent wisely on the things that matter to you. You also need to think long-term and choose the features that will increase the value of your home should you ever decide to sell it.
With that in mind, here are five things you need to install in your future home.
1. Upgrade Your Bathroom with Heated Floors
One of the most requested upgrades for custom homes nowadays is the in-floor heating system. And, it makes perfect sense if you think about it. Why should you rely on traditional radiators when technology has evolved so much? Just imagine how comfortable and enjoyable it would be to walk barefoot on a heated floor surface when you get out of the shower.
Heated floors are also an excellent way to save energy and money by heating up spaces in a more efficient manner. Another great thing about this feature is that they can be installed quickly and relatively easily under the flooring. All you need is a simple welded wire mesh mat that you can purchase for about $10 per square foot. Best of all it cost about as much as light bulb to operate.
2. Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters work by heating the water only when it is necessary instead keeping it at a constant temperature all the time. That way you can reduce the energy loss you may experience in your home because of the traditional storage water heaters and save money on your energy bills.
If you like the idea of building a green home, make sure to consider various aspects, such as size, fuel type, energy factors, as well as costs before purchasing such a water heating system. And don’t forget: have a professional plumber to install and do maintenance work on your water heater.
3. Central Vacuum System
How would you like to be able to clean your house quickly and quietly without the usual hassle of struggling with a traditional vacuum cleaner? Does it sound good? Then you could consider installing a built-in central vacuum cleaner.
This system consists of a permanent fixture unit usually located in the basement or storage room and inlets located throughout the house. That means you will only need a vacuum hose and vacuum head that you can plug into the inlet, which will automatically turn on the central unit.
You can forget about dragging the whole vacuum cleaner all over the house and reduce the noise associated with this chore since the central unit is nowhere near where you’re cleaning. Central vacuum cleaners are also great because they don’t blow back dust particles in the air, and only need to be emptied two or three times per year. So, you should definitely take this feature into consideration when building your dream home.
4. Glass Tile Flooring
Sometimes, you just want your home to seem more sophisticated and modern, and that often has to do with the different materials employed throughout the rooms. Glass is one of those particular elements with a stylish vibe that works exceptionally well in spaces that receive a lot of light.
Glass tiles come in countless shapes and sizes, so you’ll have no problem finding the right fit for your ideal home. Additionally, glass tiles are incredibly easy to clean and maintain since they are one of the most practical materials you can find.
5. Dual Flush Toilet
If you’re not familiar with how dual-flush toilets work, the mechanism is pretty easy. The toilets have two different systems of flushing: one used for liquid waste that uses less water, and one for solid waste that has access to a larger quantity of water. That way, you can reduce the amount of water you use and contribute to environmental sustainability with your new green home.
Despite their pretty hefty initial cost, dual-flush toilets do not exceed a 1.6-gallon quantity of water per flush, making them a wise investment in the long run, both for financial and environmental reasons. Think of how much you’ll save and what you can do with that money.
While it may not seem so, home improvements can make a huge difference in how you feel in your home. It’s no wonder they’re a multi-billion dollar business. Indulge in a little sophistication, and you’ll instantly feel like the king in your castle. And, as a bonus, you could manage to save some money as well.