Post # 1
We are not building a brand new house per se – our house flooded with several feet of water so we are essentially rebuilding the entire interior, so its pretty much a blank canvas. What are some neat little features that you love and couldn’t live without? I feel like we have such a great opportunity to make the house truly ours, so I don’t want to miss anything!
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Organized closet, drawer, and cabinet space. Spend the money to optimize the storage spaces in your house.
Post # 4
We put a switch inside our entry coset for the Christmas lights. It only gets used for a month of ever year, but it saves going outside in the snow. We also did double hook-ups (elecrtic and gas hook-up for stove and dryer, in case we changed our minds/upgraded later) and an outlet and cable jack above the fireplace for when we someday get a wall-mount TV. A lot of our little extras were hook-ups for future things.
Built-in bookshelves, if that’s your thing. We also did a walk-in pantry in the kitchen. It’s really nice to be able to store everything neatly and hide it at the same time. And pot-lights in the living room. Most in our area don’t have a center light, so people use lamps, but pot lights give the same warm light and aren’t cluttering up our space.
Post # 5
Kitchen pantry and drawers instead of regular cabinets on the bottom!
Custom closet shelving, if you can afford it.
Home network that goes to all rooms of the house.
Post # 6
Heated bathroom tiles, rain shower head, and separate jacuzzi tub. We also have a TV in the bathroom to watch from the tub. It’s pretty much the best room in the house!
Post # 7
lazy susan cabinets. i hate having to dig deep into the corner of the cabinet to find stuff. with a lazy susan, you just spin and everything is there 🙂
Post # 8
Lots of storage space and no-tank water heater for me!
Post # 9
I looove our walk through pantry… It’s large enough for a deep freeze and you can walk through from the garage and put away all the frozen stuff and pantry items and not have to drag it all into the kitchen. It’s super handy.
Post # 10
If you have central vac, then a kick sweep!! I’ve always wanted one because they are insanely convenient.
The other ladies have had some great suggestions as well, if I think of anything else I’ll be back.
Post # 11
Love the thread, looking to get some more great ideas here. We’re building this summer.
I love big windows if that’s an option for you.
And I second the pantry.
It’s nice to have lights on dimmers as well.
If you’re putting a cold material on the bathroom floor I’d suggest going for infloor heating if you can.
Good luck and have fun with it!
Post # 12
Thanks everyone for the great ideas – keep them coming! We live at the beach so we don’t have a TON of space but I like all of the suggestions for the little details. We are definitely going to try to really maximize our cabinet space. I am still trying to convince him that we need heated floors in the bathroom. Since we live in a flood zone our heat has to come out of the ceiling which means frigid floors in the winter!
Post # 13
i love a walk in pantry. it’s a great way to utilize the corner of the kitchen. also, pots and pans drawers. instead of having all lower cupboards, opt for banks of large drawers instead. they are ideal for pots and pans, bakeware, tupperware-like containers and lids, etc. it’s so much easier and more organized.
dimmer switches and potlights are a must. more outlets in the kitchen than you think you need.
the posibilities are endless. it’s basically up to you.
Post # 14
we just built our house not too long ago. In our kitchen island we put roll our drawers for easy access to casserole dishes etc, rather than just a shelf. We also have extra deep drawers beside the sotve for pot/pan storage. It’s awesome.
one thing we dont’ have that I wish we did is a small broom closet. We have no where in our house to put the brooms/swiffers away. I also turned one of the front entrance closets into a nook for me to put a bench/shelving in there, rather than a coat closet with a door.
This might go a little beyond what you’re looking for, but we added an extra window to our living room to allow more natural light and open the space up a bit. best decision ever.
Post # 15
Seperate tub and shower in the master bath – 100% worth it. Even if it’s not a jacuzzi tub (mine isn’t), it is so wonderful to have! I made sure our tub is decently deep (some are super shallow – defeats the point). I’m sorry your house flooded, but I hope you have fun with the re-model!
Post # 16
@katiemack10: thanks – we are over the sadness and now just looking forward to making it truly ours (plus a little more, with an addition including a new master bath!!)