If you're planning on building a custom home, now's your opportunity to get everything exactly the way you want it. You don't have to settle for anything less. While you're planning your home, don't forget to add a few features that will keep you comfortable, while saving you money. Here are four simple upgrades that you'll be glad you added to your new home.
Heated Bathroom Floors
If your new home is going to be built in a region that experiences freezing temperatures during the winter, one of the first upgrades you should consider are heated bathroom floors. The last thing you want to do is freeze your feet off when you use the bathroom first thing in the morning. Radiant floor heaters can be installed directly under your ceramic tile. With a flip of the switch, your tiles will heat up, so that you can walk on your bathroom floor without experiencing the frigid winter temperatures. This type of upgrade is particularly beneficial if you have arthritis in your feet. Cold temperatures can cause intense pain in arthritic feet.
If you're looking for a way to save money on your water bill, you'll want to install water-saving toilets in all your bathrooms. New low-flow toilets only use about 1.6 gallons per flush. If you want to save even more water, have dual-flush toilets installed in your bathrooms. These toilets have multiple settings for flushing liquid or solid waste, which means you'll only need to use the amount of water that's necessary for the type of waste that's in the toilet.
Tankless Water Heater
If you're tired of running out of hot water in the middle of a shower, you should look into a tankless, or on-demand water heater. Tankless water heaters heat the water as you need it, which means you'll never run out of hot water during your shower again. Not only that, but everyone in the family will be able to enjoy a hot shower.
If you're trying to make your new home as energy-efficient as possible, it's time to talk to your contractor about upgrading the insulation. While standard insulation levels will keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, upgraded insulation will do a better job, while saving you money on your heating and cooling bills.
Get everything you want out of your custom home. Talk to your contractor about including the upgrades described above. To learn more, contact a home builder like Genuine Home Builders Inc.