There’s something so exciting about building a new home from scratch. With a clean slate for your blueprint, the sky’s the limit for all the customizations and special features you can add to make your new space feel unique. When you work with a custom home builder, you know your gated community home is going to be perfectly suited to your design taste and functional needs.
However, it can be overwhelming to search through the endless choice of design options — that’s why we have done the work for you. Take a look at these must-have custom features when building your custom gated community home.
Outdoor Living Area
Your outdoor space is an extension of your home, and using it regularly is an easy way to make your home feel more spacious. There are no limits to what you can do with an outdoor living room, no matter how varied your needs. Add couches and a big-screen TV for cozy movie watching under the stars. Set up a cocktail bar for hosting parties and entertaining friends. Install a fire pit and add some chairs for a reading nook in colder months.
Comfy furniture, colorful decor, and unique lighting can all be added to give your outdoor area the comfort and functionality of a home rather than just a utilitarian backyard space. Think of this area as your functional, multi-purpose room without walls — just don’t forget the overhead fans for warmer months!
Home is where the heart is, and that includes not just the people we live with, but the other people we love too. Whether it’s out-of-town friends who like to visit for a weekend vacation, or an elder parent or family member who needs to stay on a more permanent basis, it’s important to design your home to accommodate the people that you welcome to stay with you.
Consider a guest suite — also know as a mother-in-law suite or guest house — to offer your visitors a cozy place where they can feel at home. Guest suites can be designed as part of the home, or have their own separate entrance for extra privacy.
One of the best reasons to live in Austin — besides the countless swimming holes and hiking trails — is the 228 days of sunshine we receive each year. And what better way to make the most of those warm Texan days than with an outdoor kitchen?
Outdoor kitchens—like the ones we’ve built in our gated community, McCormick Ranch, instantly add a touch of luxury to a custom home. With a sink, refrigerator, and gas grill — or even a pizza oven — you’ll have all the elements of your indoor kitchen right in your very own backyard. Start your morning right with coffee and breakfast in the morning breeze and end the day with a family dinner and a sunset view. Cooking outside in warmer weather also reduces energy consumption by keeping the air inside cooler, which is a bonus for your electric bills.
Sliding Track Door
There’s a reason why open-concept floor plans — homes with no or little separation of walls between rooms — have been such a popular architectural trend in residential construction for the past 10 to 20 years. Aesthetically, they add a sense of space and create a better flow of traffic. Plus, they allow more natural light.
But there are times when it would be nice to have a temporary boundary to close off certain rooms: for example, when you need some quiet for a nap or to focus in your home office, or when you’re making noise from a workout in your home gym. And that’s where a sliding track door comes in. Architecturally, this one is easy on the eyes, and you can close it when you need some privacy or keep it open to enjoy a more open floor plan.
Custom closets aren’t just for fashionistas. Spacious walk-ins like the one pictured above are a complete space saver, for one. Built-in shelving and nooks make the most efficient use of your space from floor to ceiling and can even store off-season clothing or other household items.
With clothing rails at a precise height, shelves at your specified depth, and as much storage and display room as you need, a custom closet becomes a personalized space to suit your needs. A floor-to-ceiling three-way mirror offers a 360-degree view to transform the way you get ready each morning. Custom closets have become a staple in luxury homes as a way to turn a normally hum-drum part of the home into a place that feels both organized and inspiring — a perfect way to start and end your day.
At Paradisa Homes, we’re home builders who want to help bring your vision of a one-of-a-kind space to life. Contact us today to learn how our architects and designers can help you build the kind of place you’ll be proud to call home.