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8 Cool Features for Your Next Custom Home

Details make all the difference in home livability. Your new custom home can go from great to amazing with some forethought and planning. Check out these 8 cool features submitted by the SeerStone Homes community. Implement those that fit your lifestyle and you’ll be on your way to luxury living!

  1. Position Your Shower Controls
    In a walk in shower I like to have the controls at the entry of the shower, not under the shower head. This allows the client to get the shower started before they even get in, very nice if they plan on taking a steam or have young children they need to get the shower started for.Thanks to Fern Allison of Lakeside Interiors, Inc.
  2. Include a Baking Station

    A great custom feature all new homes should have is a baking station with a built-in countertop scale.Set at 30″ rather than 36″ this counter gives you that extra leverage while working the dough. Topped with marble—the best dough rolling surface—it is a perfect addition to a gourmet kitchen. A built-in scale blends into the counter seamlessly and allows for easy conversions for those using recipes from all over the world.Thanks to a lower counter top a baking station doubles as a kid friendly prep area.Thanks to Olga Adler of Olga Adler Interiors
  3. Build a Shower Outside
    We put an outside Shower on the master deck overlooking the pool area. It’s great for a morning summer showers and the kids can us it before they track water in the house. Makes your house feel like you are living in Nantucket on vacation.Thanks to Donnetta Campbell of Campbell Publicity
  4. Create an Outdoor Living Room

    All homes should have a customized outdoor living area. Perfect for the warm weather, these living areas should include outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, bars, and pools so that the whole family will desire to stay together at the home.Thanks to Chris Cipriano of Cipriano Landscape Design
  5. Install a Laundry Chute
    A unique feature I remember from my childhood, which I WISH I had in a current home, was the laundry chute that sits directly ABOVE the washer in the laundry room.We would always bring our dirty clothes into my mother’s bathroom, which had a long chute that could be opened directly over the washing machine. What a GREAT time saver, so you don’t have to drag clothes all over the house.Thanks to Penny Haynes of RSSzine.com
  6. Install a Urinal
    My custom home has a urinal in the master bath. Saves water. Everyone should have one.Thanks to John Miller of John Miller Public Relations
  7. Put Electrical Outlets Inside Cabinets

    When we built our last home, we put electrical outlets inside select cabinets in the kitchen, bathrooms, mud room, and offices. These allowed to store items out of site, while leaving them ready to use and/or charging. Items we plugged in included:

    • Toasters
    • Electric Mixers
    • Hair dryers
    • Electric Toothbrushes
    • Cell phones
    • iPods
    • Labelers

    Thanks to AMS of Adept Systems

  8. Make a Unique Statement
    My father built an unusual home over 60 years ago with a wall that he and my mother made with the impressions of shells. Extremely unique. Actually, the whole house is unique because my father built it from an old hotel that was torn down in the late 1940’s.Thanks to Susie of Biloxi, Mississippi

Addendum: Below are a few other ideas readers sent in.

  1. Screened porch
  2. Fireplace
  3. Solar window film


{ 19 comments… add one }
  • Katherine Whitney July 8, 2009, 9:37 am

    I love the idea of an outdoor shower. I have one at my house in Marthas Vineyard and I use it all the time. Its so enjoyable and relaxing. Also I really like the idea of an outdoor living room. Both of these things would be the great for the summer!

  • Donnetta Campbell July 8, 2009, 9:51 am

    See more on my cool custom home on my facebook page
    we love to travel so will rent or trade anytime!!!

  • Chris Brock July 9, 2009, 10:04 am

    We are doing a major remodel that includes an outdoor living space, complete with a pizza oven! You can see it under construction in this short video: http://www.brockbuildersinc.com/285/large-home-remodeling-project-video/

  • Norwall July 20, 2009, 4:59 am

    This is a great starting point for my dream home list!

  • SueLoo August 12, 2009, 12:38 am

    I could really use the electrical inside cabinets. Don’t know how hard that is to retrofit, but it might be worth trying. I could finally get the junk off the counters. I hate the clutter.

  • Palo November 20, 2009, 12:13 pm

    I want them all! Where do I sign up?

  • SherCher December 21, 2009, 4:25 am

    Great feature set you’ve included here. Outdoor kitchen, I really want one.

  • Alison Moore Smith December 26, 2009, 5:09 pm

    I’m with you, Palo!

  • Extreme John December 27, 2009, 1:57 am

    I love the outlets in the cabinets, we did that in our home and it’s one of my favorite and most convenient features. We also had two hideaways put in that make it nice to keep certain household appliances (blenders, etc.) on the counter but concealed and plugged in 🙂
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  • Alison Moore Smith January 8, 2010, 2:06 am

    Sorry, John, you got stuck in the spam filter. (Maybe it’s the straight jacket! 🙂 ) Glad to have you here.

    What are “hideaways”? We had our small appliances in an enclosed area on the countertop with a roll down door. Something like that?

  • KinKin January 31, 2010, 1:23 pm

    Some great ideas. My cool feature is an ice rink in the back yard. Someday!

  • Alison Moore Smith February 3, 2010, 7:24 pm

    Seriously? Because we actually thought about that when we had the five acres. I’ve seen it done in cold climates and it’s not that hard. Just an oval, cement slab with a cement edge, close to a water source. Cool! 🙂

  • Lylah November 9, 2011, 8:42 pm

    Put outlets in cabinets! You don’t know how many times I’ve wished for this. Seriously needs to be a code requirement or something so that it’s in every home.
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  • Delilah Henderson February 28, 2013, 6:28 pm

    I would love a laundry chute! Growing up in Maryland we had one. But if I were to have a custom home I would want heated floors and hidden storage that would be pretty cool!

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