McKee Homes introduces our top seven list of new home special features! We have been designing and building new homes since 2010. In that time, we have found a number of special features that really resonate with our home buyers. Many of these new home special features could also be added to existing homes to make them more livable.
- Drop Zone (a.k.a. Mud Room) at Garage Entry
Keep your home organized and clean with a bench seat and cubbies for shoes and miscellaneous items. These drop zones are strategically placed by the door from the garage into the home. Our drop zones include hooks for coats, hats and umbrellas, too! Drop zones are a great way to add convenience and livability to your home.
- Nine-Foot Ceilings
Nine-foot high ceilings give your home a feeling of spaciousness and elegance. No chance of claustrophobia in an open floor plan home with nine-foot ceilings. A National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey reported that about 65% of respondents said they prefer a house with nine-foot ceilings compared to a similar size house with eight-foot ceilings.
Unfortunately, if you currently have a home with eight-foot ceilings, you are stuck with them unless you upgrade to a new home or add on to your existing home. Any new rooms added to the footprint of your current home could be built with taller ceilings.
- Arched Doorways
Another way to infuse spacious elegance into your home is with arched openings instead of the standard straight-line openings. Participants in a study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) were more likely to judge spaces as beautiful when they had curves than when they only had straight lines.
One of the simplest ways to add curves to your home is to convert straight openings into arched openings.
- Kitchen Islands
A kitchen island creates a beautiful and functional focal point in the kitchen that brings everyone together and increases enjoyment for your family and friends. It’s a place kids can do homework and family and friends can hang out while meals are being prepared. You also gain under-counter storage, an additional work area, and casual seating.
Adding a kitchen island to a remodel project or buying a new home that includes an island in the kitchen is a great way to improve your home living experience.
- Walk-in Shower Without Door
Glass shower doors are much nicer than curtains, but they can be difficult to keep clean. You can keep a squeegee nearby to clean the glass after a shower but the sealant around the door frame can attract mold and mildew and take regular maintenance to keep clean and looking new.
An alternative to shower doors and curtains is an “L-shaped” walk-in shower with a low curb or sloped floor that doesn’t need a door or curtain. The water never gets to the opening as it is 90 degrees from the shower head and a few feet from the main shower area.
Any shower still needs regular cleaning but taking the doors and curtains out of the equation makes cleaning easier and faster.
- Outdoor Living Spaces
Spending time outdoors is healthy and enjoyable. Living in a home with a beautiful outdoor patio, screened porch or deck increases usable space and makes entertaining and relaxing at home easier and more fun.
Buying a home with outdoor living spaces, or adding a patio, deck or screened porch to your existing home, is one of the best ways to increase comfort. Should you ever need to sell your home, outdoor living spaces make your home more desirable to homebuyers and increase its value, too.
- Low Maintenance Siding
Another way to make your home more enjoyable is to reduce the amount of maintenance required. Some types of siding, like wood and pressboard siding, require regular maintenance and don’t hold up well to weather and extreme conditions.
Other types of exterior siding and applications, such as brick, stone and vinyl siding require very little maintenance, which saves time and money over the long haul. Fiber cement siding is another good alternative. It looks more like real wood than vinyl siding but does require some maintenance as it needs to be caulked and painted when installed and every ten years or so.
Brick and stone can be very expensive, especially if the entire exterior of the home is covered. That’s why we recommend looking into vinyl and fiber cement as a lower cost alternative.
Read our Vinyl Siding Vs Fiber Cement Siding article for the pros and cons of both types of popular and affordable siding.
Whether you are looking for a new home or thinking of remodeling your existing home, these new home special features are worth taking into consideration during that process. They add value to your home and make it more enjoyable for you and your family.
For more information about McKee Homes new home special features, our design studio selections and options, floor plans and neighborhoods, please contact us using the form below or give us a call at 910-672-7296.