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Features to Consider For Your New Build

With countless features to consider when building your custom home, it can seem overwhelming when trying to navigate which features and trends make sense for your family and lifestyle. One of the biggest advantages of building a new home is being able to personalize areas to fit the specific needs and preferences of your individual family. If you’re thinking of building, consider this short list of features to incorporate into your custom home:



Today many families need more than a coat closet for storing all the things we carry around each day. Many homeowners require a full ‘drop zone’ for sports equipment, cleaning necessities, and any other odds and ends. Not only will a large mudroom provide an alternative to a messy entryway, but it also offers the ability to incorporate a functional storage system to organize all your clutter, keeping it out of sight for when guests stop by.

Another common trend many homeowners are seeking is a laundry room that’s either part of a large mudroom, or at minimum, as close to the main bedrooms as possible. By planning the laundry room near the master suite, you’re able to keep a well-organized home that provides more functionality.



So many of us today live active lifestyles, making it helpful to have a home that adds convenience to simplify our routines. With continued advancements in technology for home automation and security in recent years, we recommend you consider the following smart-home-technology options when building your new custom home:

  • Smart door locks, doorbell camera and surveillance cameras, and security alarm system
  • Home automation system, such as a programmable thermostat, smart appliances, and smart lighting options
  • Entertainment options, including a built-in speaker system
  • USB-charging points and lots of power outlets



We have seen how important kitchen spaces are to our clients, especially over the past few years. Having a unique space that is truly the heart of the home deserves to have some new ‘upgrades,’ such as:

  • Under-cabinet lighting
  • A walk-in pantry
  • Oversized island
  • Wine and beverage storage
  • Integrated appliance garages for out-of-sight convenience
  • Breakfast nook or breakfast bar



Making sure you have enough storage for your belongings and heirlooms is one of the most challenging parts of moving into an existing home. However, by building a new home, you’re able to personalize the storage to meet the needs your family. No matter what your requirements are, Paul Gray Homes’ design team will help guide you in determining the built-in solutions necessary for functional storage needed, while also maintaining the design aesthetic you want.



Think beyond the essentials and build a home that represents your family, making sure to incorporate spaces that truly enhance your lifestyle. One ideal solution is to plan for a bonus room to add space to spend your down time. Depending on your family and your areas of interest, your bonus room could include a theater/media room, a home gym, or a game room complete with a wet bar. Perhaps you prefer entertaining guests and would like to have a dedicated wine tasting room or cigar lounge? Whatever your preference, make sure you consider adding a bonus room in your new home plans.



So many of us crave spending more time outdoors, and once the weather cools down, many families will begin moving dinners and game time outside. As you plan your new home, make sure your plans include a proper outdoor space. Here are some of our favorite outdoor living options our homeowners have chosen recently:

  • Outdoor kitchen with a grill and pizza oven
  • Entertainment area with a fully-stocked bar, including appliances and prep spaces
  • Lounge area with comfortable seating and an outdoor TV or projector
  • Dedicated dining space with a large table and lots of seating
  • Screened patio with a fireplace


If you’re excited to start planning your new custom home, reach out and talk with a Paul Gray Homes designer today! Call us at 316-978-9047