(Closed) We're building… What to include?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Walk-in pantry!!

Post # 4
5540 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

There are so many cool house ideas on Pinterest. One for sure I think is awesome is recessed outlets so even when plugs are in the sockets they are flush with the wall. Also, having USB outlets built into the wall for charging stuff. In the kitchen, having deep pull out drawer cabinets for pots and pans and cookie sheets and that kind of thing. Built in cabinets in the closet for shoes and stuff. I can’t wait to build a house to be able to customize everything I want. 🙂

Post # 5
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Definitely include the mudroom! And extra closet/storage space… more than you think you’d need. When we moved in to our house, I thought we’d never use all the closets. But within a few months they were all full! If I were you, I’d buy some home decorating magazines, ones with house tours of each room. Look at a ton, and see what features you love. When we were renovating our house, I looked at SO many pictures and it helped me see what I really liked. 

Post # 6
773 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

A co-worker is doing this in their kitchen, they are putting their freezer in the counter, so the lid is part of the counter, and its built in and you cant see it. Does that make sense?

Post # 7
4044 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wish I had somewhere to put my trash can and recycling in the kitchen. A friend has a small pantry door in the kitchen with her trash can in it, so its out of sight.

I’d like more drawers in the kitchen (like for pots and pans) and less cupboards/doors.

I’d like french doors from the kitchen or dining room out to the deck/patio so I could BBQ without carrying the food across my living room carpet.

I really like having double front doors and an extra wide staircase, so convenient for moving things in and out!

I also like first floor laundry.

Post # 8
35 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would NOT do the recessed outlets. There has been lots of people having problems with certain chargers and plugs fitting in them.


I would have tons more storage than you need! I like the stair storage idea on pinterest where the steps have storage in them. 

I love lighting effecs, especially in the kitchen.

Post # 9
1036 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

walk in closet.

more closet space in general.

i dont know where i’d put them but french doors, maybe a office.

a freakin basement !!

fenced in backyard.

more garage- pole barn >mr.hersch.

Post # 10
5427 posts
Bee Keeper

  • Laundry chute from upstairs to basement – better yet, have the laundry room by the bedrooms upstairs!
  • walk in pantry – a room dedicated for canned and boxed goods
  • Add powder room to every floor – you don’t want to have the runs and just not “make it” to the bathroom upstairs
  • more electrical outlets – nowadays almost everything needs a plug. I would add outlets to the kitchen (toaster, coffee maker, microwave, blender, etc… unplugging one item just to plug another one is annoying!) Have a dedicated space and reachable plug for the cell phones chargers. (table height!)

Post # 11
10451 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Central vac with the hoses inside the wall. I hate central vac otherwise, but those wall hoses are awesome. Along with central vac, get a floorboard suction in the kitchen so you can just sweep stuff right in.

Heated tile floors in the bathrooms – must have.

I like second floor laundry where the laundry room connects to the master bedroom.

Be smart and put the electrical outlets in the bedroom where they won’t end up behind furniture (so annoying trying to plug in your phone and you have to move a dresser).

If you do a big tub in the master ensuite, make it a JETTED tub. Pisses me off so much when builders cheap out and don’t make a big giant tub have jets. Like ours…

That’s all I can think for now!


Post # 12
2889 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

  • a mudroom
  • oversized windows
  • a laundry chute
  • woodwork without nooks to collect dust 🙁
  • outlets at least every four feet
  • a bonus room
  • ceiling fans
  • a couple of coat closets
  • lots and lots of storage
  • a dedicared space to store vacuum

Post # 13
2889 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Oh and plumbing that is easily accessible so you dont have to rip up floors and walls whicch is what I am facing this month wahhaaa!

Post # 14
6738 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Huge windows in the living room and fireplace. 

Fireplace in the upstairs master as well as a sitting area, french doors to master bedroom, walk in closet, huge master bath with both a tub and a stand up shower. Laundry room upstairs – would be nice to put in cabinets that pull out with containers that would already separate colors and whites so half the work is already done!  Balcony in the upstairs looking down to the front door. 

Walk in pantry in kitchen.  An island, of course.  And cabinets that pull out for garbage and recycle so things are more organized. 

I love the faucets that you just touch to turn on. 

Deck in the backyard. 

Storage under the stairs. 

Vaulted ceilings.  Ceiling fans. 

Granite in the kitchen. 

Finished basement. 

Extra large 2 car garage – you’re going to want to have space for storing tools and the like in the garage and also have room to drive 2 cars in and have room to open the doors. 

I’d say my BIGGEST dream – is an outdoor fireplace and tv area in the backyard with a pool.  That’s what my biggest dream is for my house lol. 

Towel warmers in the bathrooms. 

Multiple zones for central AC – will save you money on electricity later when you don’t have to turn it on for the entire house. 

A double oven in the kitchen, built into the cabinets and a stove top built into the granite countertop. 

Here’s my dream home pinterest board:  http://pinterest.com/shaeshae18/dream-home/

I also really love homes that when you first walk in, the whole downstairs is pretty much open to the back and the stairs are in the back of the house instead of right smack in the middle of the foyer as soon as you walk in through the door. 

Post # 15
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I am all about the “other” areas of the home… as someone who is 50+ and have owned several houses over my lifetime, I can say… that the “standard” stuff is much easier to find… such as great Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms & Living Spaces.

Difficult to find GREAT lots (preferably with a view), HUGE Garages, EXTRA Storage (like Linen Closets, Pantries etc), WORKABLE Basements and AMAZING Laundry & Mud Rooms (both of which I prefer on the main floor… so they are closest to the core living areas)

PHOTO – Dream Garage

When it comes Mud Room my dream one offers access to the Garage, Backyard and perhaps a side entrance.  And a perfect space would have a Janitorial Sink / Dog Wash.  Perfect for all kinds of chores, like potting plants etc.

PHOTO – Mud Room with lots of storage and a “Dog Sink”

Dream Laundry… big enough to work in (not a tiny room you have to walk into and back out of of).  But a seperate room with a door to close off the rest of the home.  Space for Sorting, Folding, Hand Washing, Drip Drying, Hanging, Ironing, and maybe even a sewing machine.

Lol, and at this point in our lives, where we are semi-retired, and travel alot, it would be awesome to have an “incredible” walk-in closet that had all the bells & whistles imaginable.  Including a packing island.

PHOTO – Walk-In Closet with Packing Island

By The Way… there are many great sources of inspiration on the Internet… one of my faves is Houzz.com

Hope this helps,


Post # 16
10846 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

  • A main floor walk in pantry (we have one in the basement which I love, but I wish it were on the main floor)
  • Laundry on same floor as bedrooms
  • deep kitchen drawers
  • walk in closet(s)
  • Built in wiring/internet/ethernet/cords/outlets for tv & media
  • Storage storage storage
  • Separate room for the toilet in the master ensuite so someone can brush their teeth or have a shower without disturbing the other.
  • BIG windows
  • Mud room
  • Extra deep garage to accomodate shelves/work area at far end
  • Good defined space for garbage, recycling and organics/green bin disposal in kitchen (with big enough bins for each!)
  • A defined space for pet food/eating (if you have pets) & litter boxes if you have cats!

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