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What Are YOUR Must-Haves When Building A New Home?

February 23, 2024

Homebuilding keeps changing. Every year, we see new trends in home design, fixtures, and building materials. It can get overwhelming to figure out what you really want and need. So, what are the must-haves when building a new home?

Start by walking around your home. What is it missing? It could be that you need an extra room, a better layout, more storage, upgraded fixtures, or any combination (or all of the above). Think about what it would take to make your home ideal. Next, browse websites and magazines for ideas. Go to open houses and model homes. Keep a list of the features that appeal to you so you have it when you’re sitting with your builder.

Here are features that McKee Builders considers to be must-haves when building a new home. Each one could be added later, but it’s so much easier and more economical to do it while you’re building your home.

IN THE KITCHEN 

  • More drawers than cabinets. Drawers in the bottom (base) cabinets are a smart choice. Drawers are so much easier to use than cabinets. This design also helps you stay organized, using a sliding layer on top. It’s perfect for organizing silverware, utensils, and linens.
  • Pull-out shelves and trash can. In addition to the drawers in your kitchen cabinetry, pull-out shelves make it simple to access things like spices, canned goods, and vertical items like pot lids and trays. Also, a pull-out trash can keeps the mess out of sight but easy to reach.
  • Dual wall ovens. Tired of bending over to check what’s in the oven? Or juggling your oven use to accommodate different items that require different temps? Solve both problems with dual wall ovens. They’re closer to eye level, which eliminates the bending. And with two ovens, you can cook or bake at two different temperatures!
  • Built-in microwave. Get that appliance off your counter! Have it mounted into a space within the cabinet area or above the oven. You might even put your microwave under the counter on your kitchen island—anywhere but cluttering your counter space.

PRIMARY SUITE REQUISITES

  • First-floor suite. Whether it’s a primary suite, a guest suite, or a space for other adults living in the home, the convenience of having a suite close to the main spaces of the home can’t be overstated. It also adds to a home’s resale value and allows for easier aging in place.
  • Oversized walk-in shower. If your bathroom layout has the space, go for the oversized shower! You’ll never regret having more square footage in a space you use every day. Add a bench, grab bars, and niches (built-in shelves) to better organize whatever you need. Planning ahead will make your shower more functional.

THOUGHTFUL FLOOR PLANNING 

  • Flex spaces. Look for a floor plan that offers flex space where you need it. Some plans have a room by the front entry that can be a formal dining room, office, bedroom, or study. Maybe you don’t want a flex space right by the front door. A home office, for example, should provide privacy and quiet to promote productivity. And if you’re using a flex space as a workout area, do you want passersby to see you in the front window? 
  • Laundry room placement. Bedding, clothing, and towels are constants. Remove the arduous trek from the source of the laundry to the source of the cleaning and back. Situate the laundry room near the bedrooms. But if the primary suite is on another level, choose who is most likely to handle the chore—and you know who THAT is!
  • Outdoor living space. Whether a balcony, patio, deck or screened porch, having a “room” that allows you to live, dine, play, relax or entertain outdoors has definitely become a must-have. If you’re using it as a true “living” room, make sure there’s enough space for a roomy dining table and/or comfortable seating. 

EVERY DAY NECESSITIES   

  • Wood floors. Whether you choose hardwood or luxury vinyl plank, wood flooring adds practicality and beauty to your home. It’s easy to keep clean and when the natural sun hits it, the grain in the floors is stunning! Carpet is fine in the bedrooms, but when it comes to the main living areas—including the kitchen—you can’t go wrong with wood floors.
  • Family entry/Mudroom/Sand room/Drop zone. Whether you call it a mudroom or the family entry, it’s the space you use every day to get from the garage into your home. Durable cabinetry, cubbies, hooks, and benches give you space to corral the things that come and go with you, like coats, shoes, backpacks, and leashes. 
  • Storage, storage, and storage. Storage is something that can easily get overlooked… until you don’t have enough room for all the holiday decoration boxes, luggage, or whatever else! Either way, you want a home that utilizes every bit of space in all those nooks and crannies that many builders don’t take advantage of.
  • Dog-washing station. If you have a four-legged family member, you’ll appreciate a dedicated pet washing station. Imagine having a dedicated sink, tub, or shower with a hand-held faucet or shower head for getting to all the tough spots. Add storage for towels, pet shampoo, and other grooming tools and products, plus the necessary treats to lure and reward your pup. (At East Gate, near Fenwick Island, DE, keep an eye out for our Sand Shower instead!)

The ability to personalize your new home is a major reason people choose a new home over a resale. McKee Builders has a variety of communities and homes for sale in Delaware and Pennsylvania. We’d like to show you our unique approach to new construction homes. Get in touch with us to get the must-haves when building a new home!

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