Building Your Dream Home – Top Must Haves

by | Jan 9, 2018 | Building, Home

My Dream Home

First things first. If you were direct to our site for permits and applications, please find that page here.  But first, we hope you enjoy these ideas for building a dream home if not for yourself maybe for a friend or family member.

To the others who have already started the path to build the dream home you have always imagined. If you feel certain you have included all the personalized features you have always desired, we hope you take a moment and check out these top dream home must haves.

Building a new home is exciting, and can also be exhausting with all the overwhelming decisions to be made both before and during the home building project.

But, you feel confident you have got this building prep stuff down, without a doubt.  I mean how could you have missed anything with all the months or possibly even years you spent creating your masterpiece of a home.  Plus, with all the endless hours of researching the best planners, builders, and installers, you feel confident there is nothing you missed on your dream home creation.  Let’s see if that is the case.

Moving In

So you have made it through the weeks of watching your plan come together.  Closely monitoring the builders and installers to ensure they have not forgotten a thing in your dream home project.

And then the day is finally here…’move in’ day, YAY!  You have oh so nicely convinced your friends and family into helping you move in.  They give in, only with the promise of good food and drink in return.

You are so proud of the quality and architectural details and everyone raves at the beauty.  However, after a few months of living in your dream home you notice a few things and find yourself repeating to your friends and relatives these gut wrenching words, “…I wish I would have….” 



“If I only would have made my mudroom bigger.”

Oh, those dreaded words!  We’ve all heard them, and we are here to help first time home builders avoid being the one’s saying those words.

Take a look of our favorite ‘must-haves’ to help prevent those ‘I wish I would have’ moments.


  • Auto shut off
  • Closet lighting
  • Under cabinet lighting
  • Security lights
  • Recessed/can lighting
  • Dimmer switches


  • Bigger
  • Extended folding table
  • Pull out laundry hamper/baskets (for organizing, e., delicates)
  • In-wall Ironing board (left or right door)
  • Pull out drying rack
  • Rinsing sink
  • Full sized broom cupboard


  • Heated floors
  • Double sink
  • Built in medicine cabinet
  • Pull out shelves (space saver)
  • Slow closing toilet lid
  • Water saving shower head
  • Low-flow toilet


  • Warming drawers
  • Pull-out drawers instead of shelves
  • Instant hot water
  • Pull-out baker sheet drawer
  • Convection oven
  • Motion sensor faucets
  • Sponge storage drawer
  • Under cabinet outlets


  • Smart home wiring
  • Closet outlets
  • Exterior outlets
  • Central vacuum
  • Multiple high voltage outlets in garage (electric vehicles, power tools, deep freezer )
  • Security system
  • USB Outlets


  • Bigger
  • Cubbies with USB outlets
  • Verticle storage
  • Extra storage
  • Small shower
  • Hand held sprayer


  • Solar panels
  • Deeper garage (for more storage)
  • Tile all entry ways (avoid hardwood floor damage)

  • Outside garage entrance
  • In floor heat
  • Add a mudroom
  • Recycle & Trash Chutes

  • Insulated Garage Doors
  • Screen doors
  • Intercom

We hope you find these “Must Haves” helpful in your home building journey.  

Do you have any “must haves” or “wish I would have” tips you would like to share?

We would love to hear them and surely others would too. 🙂 Please feel free to share them in the comment section below. All the best in your dream home success!

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