When building a custom home, it's common for homeowners to focus their attention on the interior of the home. However, you should consider what details you want to incorporate in your outside areas.
Though you can make some enhancements on your own once your home is complete, your builder can assist with making other improvements during the building process. Keep reading for a few outdoor additions that will make your home feel like a fantastic retreat.
1. Add Sufficient Wiring to Support Your Home's Outside Electrical Needs
It's common for homes to have an electrical outlet or two to power outside items, but depending on how you want to use your home's outside spaces, this might not be sufficient. If you know that you want to add an outside nook for a specific activity (such as a hot tub or outside media center), you might want to have your building add additional wiring to support your home's electrical needs.
Having your custom home builders add more wiring or outlets during the building process is much more efficient and cost-effective than trying to add these items after your home is built. Once your home is built, you generally need to open the walls to beef up your home's electrical wiring.
2. Incorporate an Enclosed Outside Space into Your Home's Design
For some households, a patio or deck is sufficient for their outside activities. Other families may want an enclosed outside space to use for their outside entertaining. An enclosed outside space is an effective option to keep pests from spoiling your gatherings, and many rooms provide some level of temperature control.
A screened-in porch is one of the most basic, yet functional outside spaces. The screen keeps insects out, but the space usually has little or no temperature control.
Like the name suggests, a four-season sunroom is usable the entire year. It boasts energy-efficient glass that helps the room maintain a comfortable temperature, and it usually has heating and cooling to further adjust the temperature.
A three-season sunroom usually isn't used during the chilly winter months. Though it might have some type of heating or cooling, the system isn't designed to handle dramatic temperature adjustments. The glass also tends to be thinner and less energy efficient.
3. Integrate an Outside Kitchen
An outside kitchen gives you a space to prepare food during cookouts and parties. It can be as complex or as simple as you need. To incorporate an outside kitchen, your home builder will likely need to add additional electrical wiring, gas lines, and water pipes to ensure you have the infrastructure to operate the kitchen. Your builder will also use weather-resistant materials that can stand up to the elements.