The biggest benefit of working with an Edmonton home builder is the ability to customize. Not only do you have your choice of superb new Edmonton communities, but you also get to select your model, layout, floor plan, finishes and more! If you’ve been dreaming of building a new home in Edmonton, here are some key features you’ll want to consider.
A Chef-Inspired Kitchen
As the primary gathering space for friends and family, the kitchen serves as the central hub for day-to-day living. As such, you’ll want to include features that keep your kitchen as beautiful and functional as possible. Popular items to consider include stone countertops, high-end lighting fixtures, ample cupboard and countertop space, eye-catching eat-in islands, stainless steel appliances, designer hardware and more.
A Butler’s Pantry
Sometimes called prep or spice kitchens, butler’s pantries serve as storage and service rooms for food prep and staging. An entertainer’s delight, butler’s kitchens are ideal for keeping food mess to a minimum while increasing usable counter and cupboard space (coffee bars, wet bars, additional appliances,etc.). A luxury addition to any home, butler’s pantries are also known to increase resale value.
Hot Water on Demand
Hot water on demand (or tankless water heaters) do just that: provide hot water in seconds. No waiting for the water to warm up, no worrying if the warm water will run out. They are also incredibly energy efficient (only use what you need) and are real space savers compared to traditional hot water tanks.
A Massive Mudroom
When it comes to keeping things organized, a mudroom is a must. As a dedicated space for ditching the day’s accessories, mudrooms prevent exterior dirt and clutter from entering your main living area. Simply put, mudrooms are a storage essential for stowing your coats, shoes, seasonal wear, school and work gear, etc. Add cubbies, built-in benches and shelving or even a dog-wash station for ultra-convenience!
Second Floor Laundry
Gone are the days of dragging dirty clothes up and down the stairs! With upper-floor laundry, you’ll be able to clean your clothes quickly and with ease. Having laundry on the second floor may also eliminate the need for individual laundry hampers, allowing for more storage overall. Speaking of storage, incorporating built-in shelving to your laundry area will also add functionality.
From phones and tablets to smartwatches and portable game consoles, most devices rely on USB outlets to maintain power. USB outlets aren’t just a space saver (no more bulky chargers plugged into the wall); they also tend to charge devices faster than the average adapter. Bonus: Plug in multiple devices at a time for added efficiency.
Smart Home Features
Save time and money with the latest innovative home features. Smart thermostats are especially popular and can be programmed to your unique schedule (i.e. turning the heat down when you go to bed or up when you start your day). Smart lighting can also be programmed to turn on and off as you enter or leave a room. Did we mention how much you’ll save on your utility bills?
A Wet Bar
Another must for those who love to entertain! Wet bars make a great impression, and they’re highly functional. For starters, wet bars keep guests out of the kitchen, allowing you to make the most of other entertainment spaces in your home (i.e. your great room or games room). They also free up precious space in your fridge, give you a designated area to store spirits, while adding value to your home.
A Finished Basement
Gain usable space and get more enjoyment out of your home by finishing your basement ahead of time. Additional bedrooms, bonus rooms, games rooms and theatre rooms are all great options, providing a welcome space for guests and entertaining. Finishing your basement along with the rest of your pre-construction home also ensures the design style remains consistent.
Make your space look bigger and more inviting by incorporating high ceilings. High ceilings also welcome more natural light, increase ventilation and add a touch of luxury to any room. Here too, you can improve your home’s overall value with high ceilings, as they are attractive to buyers.
An Oversized Garage
Protect your vehicles from the elements with a roomy, oversized garage. Garages are also necessary for storage when it comes to seasonal items while providing multi-purpose space for hobbies and handiwork. Ask your builder about in-floor heating for your garage and built-in cabinetry for tool storage.
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