Buying land is among the biggest investments you can make in your life. Thus, it makes good sense to build a house upon it that features everything that will make your life easier and happier.
Make this undertaking more successful and stress-free by working with reputable new home builders. They can design and build your new home – helping you in every step of the way to make sure that your dream house becomes a reality.
Here are five features that you should consider integrating into your new home. These ideas will help you save money, energy and time in the future as well as boost your property’s resale value.
1. Underfloor heating
If you are living in a cooler area, installing underfloor heating in your house is a great idea. This is an energy-efficient way of creating a warm space because, as opposed to the old-style heaters, this operates at a lower temperature. And this translates to lower electricity consumption. Also, there will be less heat wasted since it warms from the ground. Depending on your lifestyle and resources, you can choose from either a hydronic or electrical underfloor heating.
2. Smart technology
Tech innovations continue to improve. Today, there are already devices that allow you to automate so many household devices, such as your heating and cooling systems. Best of all, these gadgets can inform you about energy consumption, which is a great way to help you save on bills and enhance convenience.
Basically, a digital home ecosystem has a device hub that acts like a brain. This controls different house functions by using your smartphone or voice commands. These include thermostats, house lighting, vacuum cleaners, and security cameras.
As for determining how much energy the household consumes, an in-home display proves beneficial. This interface connects to a power meter and highlights electrical usage either on a daily, monthly or seasonal basis. Also, it can inform you if you are in a low-to-high use so you can decide which devices to use and avoid to prevent a high energy bill.
3. Solar power (panels, battery, and evacuated tube solar)
If you are looking for a great solution to reduce your energy bills, going solar is your way to go, especially in sunnier climates. In addition to solar panels, you can also opt for solar batteries. This way, you can store the excess energy produced by your solar panels in a day that you can use at night, which can certainly save you on power costs. Also, this is beneficial during a power outage. When you suddenly experienced loss of power, for whatever reason, you will have peace of mind knowing that you have stored energy that is readily available.
Another great option if you want to take advantage of solar power is to install an evacuated tube solar system in your new home. Experts say that this can significantly lower your monthly electricity costs. It works by harnessing the rays of the sun to heat the water.
4. Smart tap and other water fittings
Today, you can save water by installing the right sink, smart tap, shower, and other water fittings in your home. For instance, you must install a tap with an aerator. Aerators will combine water with air as it pours from the tap, which means that the tap will make use of less water yet still feels high pressure. As for showerheads, consider opting for one with a lower flow rate. The key is to choose water fittings with higher WELS star rating as this implies that it is more efficient.
5. Smart storage
Knee-wall dressers, walk-in closets, and built-in bookshelves are prevalent among new home builders since these ideas help maximize a home’s storage capacity while reducing floor usage. If, for instance, you want to have a home office, you can have your desk built under the staircase or in an unused wardrobe so you can easily hide away your workspace whenever you are not using it.
Having a drawer with built-in storage in your bathroom is also a great idea. This will keep your personal care appliances like hair straighteners, blow dryers, electric toothbrush, and electric shavers organized. Also, it will save you the hassles and headache of untangling power cords whenever you use these items.
The main benefit of building a custom home is to have a living space that features your preferences and personality. So consider integrating these implements to have a more comfortable, energy-efficient abode that you can enjoy for many years to come.
AUTHOR BIO: Ben White is the Sales & Marketing Manager of Danmar Homes. He has had a passion for home construction from an early age as he grew up in construction and followed in the footsteps of his parents. At Danmar, we believe in building great homes of value for families that want to build an asset and their financial future through housing and developments.