When working on home enhancements, we usually spend time on the bigger features. In most cases the most useful enhancements are the minor changes that add convenience. Whether you are constructing a new home or rehabing an older one, give some thought to the following useful home enhancements.
In your home, extras are a wonderful thing. An additional laundry room or kitchen sink can be convenient. Extra cable outlets allow flexibility in furniture placement. Additional closets help minimize messes and keep items easily accessible. The above are simply a sampling of the many possible duplicates that you will appreciate while residing in a house.
Consider areas of your home where you may need the option to add appliances. Add power to those spaces. For example, an extra fridge or freezer can be useful in the garage. Maybe you need an outlet in a bathroom cabinet for charging electric razors or toothbrushes hidden from sight. Exterior GFI outlets are another useful amenity to install in advance.
Anticipate Future Upgrades
When designing layout and amenities, think beyond its present use. For instance, if you plan to upgrade carpeting to hardwood flooring down the road, the difference in height will influence the changeover from room to room or at the first step of a staircase. Design the house with this in mind to minimize future costs. This may also be considered for things such as sound systems, plumbing, central vacuum, and light fixtures.
Larger May Be Better
Sometimes larger options are well worth the added expense. Consider whether upping the size of a certain item is beneficial. For instance, higher garage openings may accommodate trucks. A larger sink will make a difference during parties. A wider deck will provide easier walking room around your seating and grill.
More Useful Home Enhancements
The best way to think of other useful home enhancements is to think about the room and how you will use it in the short term. Then imagine how that may change. What are the amenities that you need to fit all scenarios. Think about family gatherings, new equipment, toys, etc. Be sure to ask your builder for additional ideas.