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Ten Important Features to make your Custom Home Stand Out from the Crowd

  1. Large kitchens – the Number #1 most important room in your house! If your budget is limiting you to only one room to really make impressive, do not hold back in the kitchen! Your design dollars will be well spent on granite countertops with nice “beefy” edges. Back splashes are important as well. Go for granite to match, or mix it up with some stone. Sitting/gathering areas is ideal. Second sinks are also big winners. Brand name appliances (must be stainless or enhanced with cabinetry) is the cherry on top!
  2. Energy efficient appliances, high-efficiency insulation and high window efficiency. Among the “green” features touted in homes, these are the ones buyers value most. The use of recycled or synthetic materials is only borderline desirable. Additional insulation or advanced construction that increases R-value is expensive, but becoming more and more popular.
  3. Home office/study. People would much rather have this space rather than, say, a formal living room. A room with multi-purposes i.e., desk with comfy couch or theatre chairs is more usable than just a formal room to hold unused furniture.
  4. Main-floor master suite. This is a must feature for all types of buyers in varying life stages, and appears to be getting more popular in general. This is a sure fire advantage when considering “resale” down the road.
  5. Outdoor Living Room. The popularity of outdoor spaces continues to grow, even in seasonal or colder climates. People want to spend more time outside – cooking & entertaining. This is a lifestyle change and priority for many people today.
  6. Great-rooms. This “buzz-word” is a must have for most of today’s house hunters. The kitchen open to the main family/gathering room is essential to demonstrate a modern floorplan necessary for today’s lifestyle.
  7. Jetted Tubs and Expansive Showers. Jetted tubs are still desirable for many home buyers, although they may not be overly used. Oversize showers with seating areas and multiple shower heads are also moving up in popularity.
  8. Stone and Brick Exteriors. The old standard of “curb-appeal” still holds true. Stucco and vinyl don’t make the cut. The more stone and brick, the better! And, well worth the investment.
  9. Community Landscaping, with Walking Paths and Playgrounds. The more your community offers the better. People love to see well-cared-for common areas and lush golf courses on their way to their own driveway. A community–like Montreux–that offers walk paths, parks, pools and tennis courts is even better.
  10. The more Garages the Better. Regardless of how many cars you may actually own, more garages are better. Three garages is the new standard. An entire bay must be available for storage… toys, boxes, golf carts, ect all need a home, and the space will be well utilized.

The ten features were based on a survey conducted by Paul Cardis, CEO of AVID Ratings Co.