Planning and designing your new home should include features and details that will make your home more livable as well as an extension of your personal style. The planning stage is the perfect time to make sure that your new home has all the features that you truly desire. Here are a few ideas to ponder as you draw up your wish list.
Living in Northern Michigan means four season weather conditions. You’ll want your dream home to be accommodating regardless of the season. If you plan to live year-round in Northern Michigan, you may wish to consider an attached garage with a breezeway or an entrance that leads into a mud room This is convenient for hanging damp clothes, and to shed wet or muddy shoes before tracking in a mess to the rest of the home.
Storm doors with a screen option allows for summer breezes to flow through your home while offering protection in harsher weather. And of course, having a closet or coat room nearby is very convenient to accommodate your seasonal wardrobe changes.
Open Floor Plans
Nothing beats an open floor plan for adding the feel of spaciousness no matter the size of the home. Popular designs include large windows to let in light and to appreciate the beauty of your setting. Often this area becomes the central feature of the home and sets the stage for the rest of your design ideas.
Lighting is often overlooked and adding the required wiring and fixtures later can be a nuisance. Home owners in Northern Michigan need to consider how seasonal changes in natural and ambient lighting will affect each room and plan accordingly. Be sure to consider how trees and landscaping can change the amount of available light with the change of seasons. Sometimes flipping the blueprint or changing the orientation of the house on the land can make a significant impact.
No one ever complained about having too big of a laundry room. With all the outdoor recreation opportunities that our area has, you’ll likely find need to accommodate extra laundry as well as storage for the extra gear and clothing.
Like laundry, extra space for storing your wardrobe is super desirable. Walk-in closets are great as they can be designed to arrange easier access and provide better lighting making for a much more functional space. Consider finishing the interior with genuine cedar. Cedar naturally repels moths and other insects, it is low maintenance, and provides a natural fresh scent!
Sometimes living in Northern Michigan means that your closest grocery store might not be so convenient. Having extra room to store staples can make country living more enjoyable. Walk-in pantries also give you more space to store kitchen gadgets that might otherwise take up up counter space.
Wine Rooms and Wine Closets
Whether you prefer one of the Grand Traverse region’s wineries of perhaps something from another part of the world, climate controlled wine storage is highly desirable. Besides protecting your investment, a well-designed wine room can be a beautiful accent to your home.
There’s something special about a home bar. Perhaps you entertain frequently, and a bar makes a great place to congregate or maybe you’ve always wanted a place where everybody knows your name. With Northern Michigan being home to so many great breweries, a built-in tap system is a perfect way to enjoy the local flavor.
Home Theater or Audio Room
Are you a film buff or an audiophile? If so, then a dedicated home theater or audio room should be in your plans. Special design considerations such as dimensions, wall construction, insulation, floor and ceiling materials, wiring, lighting, seating, and other details make for an environment that is ideal to relax and enjoy your favorite film or musical recording.
Northern Michigan is a popular choice for those who can work remotely. Consider having additional electric outlets, and a dedicated Internet router or network cable. Lighting is critical for reducing eye-strain so consider both windows and lighting fixtures in your plans.
Why build a dream home and then have an ordinary garage? Luxury garages are one of the hottest trends these days. Well-lit with fully finished walls and ceilings, epoxy floors, plenty of storage, extra electrical outlets, and extra room for all your toys and maybe even a convertible for cruising down M22. With creature comforts like this, your garage becomes a natural extension of your home. Heating and cooling, televisions, sound systems, wet bars, and bathrooms round out often asked for features when designing your perfect garage.
Maybe you want to have a private space for a home office, a humidor, or perhaps a safe room? Either way, a secret room can be a unique addition to your home.
COVID-19 Home Building Trends
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed more focus on the home and amenities that can help make your time at home even more enjoyable.
With movie goers being deterred from attending theaters along with theater closures, many new film releases are now being streamed. Subsequently, larger, more luxurious home theater rooms are in demand.
The same is true for home fitness rooms as traditional gyms and fitness clubs face restrictions. The upside is that a home gym can save you travel time as well as time saved not waiting for a machine to become available. Plus a home gym also no longer means working out alone or being isolated. Streaming fitness services like Peloton are popular. Planet Fitness is even streaming “Home Work-Ins” and dozens of other services are available including yoga, dance, and strength classes.
Working from home is now mainstream and upgrading your Internet and home networking is vital. You may wish to add network cables through the home to facilitate additional WIFI routers. These can easily be added to new construction and will reduce clutter.
There has been a shift toward more open patio or deck areas to enjoy the outdoors that Northern Michigan has to offer as well.
With less time dining out, the kitchens, pantries, and dining areas have more focus. Larger panties, more spacious kitchens that make it easier for more cooks in the kitchen, and dining spaces that are more open and flexible.
Touchless bath and kitchen fixtures are more popular as well and more styles and options are available than ever before.
With more family members home at the same time, privacy is more valued, and bedrooms and dens can offer a needed quiet space or retreat. Simple additions like additional furniture like a recliner and reading light, can add a more comfortable touch to these spaces.