The best thing about a custom home is that it’s meant to be a functional space for the way your family lives. Whether you’re looking for a gourmet kitchen, a place to entertain, a functional outdoor oasis or a large home office, a custom home can have the exact features you want. Consider these features when your trusted custom home architect is designing your custom home.

Expanded Mudroom

Many homebuilders are switching from mudrooms in hall closets or the hallway area from the garage to the inside of the home. Consider your uses for an expansive mudroom that can store all seasons of outerwear, umbrellas, shoes, and even sporting equipment.

If it’s large enough, it could also function as a space to keep outdoor furniture and toys during the winter. Add built-in lockers or shelves to help keep things organized and looking tidy, especially if you have children in the home. Not only does this keep your home organized, but it also saves space in bedrooms and other closets.


While some built-in shelving is standard in most custom homes, most homeowners wish they had more built-in shelves in their homes. But why stop at shelving? Some homebuilders are including built-in desks, tables, and entertainment centers for a sleek, streamlined design.

Kitchen Nooks

Kitchen nooks used to be cozy spots to enjoy breakfast or a quick dinner, but nooks have gone multi-purpose in recent years. Nooks near an open window with built-in tables and benches are a great space to keep an eye on the kids while they do homework, and you cook dinner. They’re also a great spot to keep an eye on the kids or pets playing in the backyard, read your tablet while cooking, or even fold the laundry.

Upstairs Laundry Room

The worst thing about doing the laundry is … well, just about everything. While few things will make this chore better, having a laundry room upstairs is a serious perk. Not only does it help when you have children, but as you age in your home, you’ll enjoy not having to carry heavy loads up and down the steps.

Indoor/Outdoor Space

Pocket doors and retractable walls are not just for luxury homes anymore. Being able to slide a wall in allows you great options for entertaining, as well as enjoying a warm spring breeze from the comfort of your couch.

The most important factor to consider when planning your custom home is to work with builders and architects you can trust. During the last 10 years, I’ve closed approximately $2 billion in construction loans and have seen the good, bad, and ugly of architects and builders. If you’d like to get a name or two of an architect or builders that would be a good fit, please reach out to me and schedule a free consultation today! Call 847-214-2404 or complete this simple contact form via my website.

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Ed currie