Building a custom home gives the homeowner an opportunity to really add some personality and unique designs to the plans. Whether you’re looking to incorporate unique home features when building a custom home or are considering a home renovation to increase the value of your home, check out this list below for ideas on how to make your home stand out.


Create a Hidden Room

Both kids and adults alike enjoy the aspect of a secret, hidden room. Some ideas include a movie theatre loft, a hidden library, or even a speakeasy-style bar – all of which will surely add some personality to any design plans.

Include Built-in Shelves

Built-in shelves are becoming standard in custom homes and creates a great opportunity to experiment. Consider adding things like built-in desks, bookshelves, and tables while dreaming up your new home ideas. This is a great way to ensure organization is adequately addressed in your future home.

Incorporate a Kitchen Nook

Adding a charming breakfast nook to your kitchen design adds a number of elements. This can help save money down the road on furniture while also maximizing space and adding a little flair.

Design a Large Mudroom

A common trend in home building is to stray away from tiny hall closets and instead opting for an expansive mudroom. All this added space is a great spot to store things like coats, shoes, and even sports gear. Designing some built-in lockers and shelving could be a great way to stamp some uniqueness onto your build.

Get Innovative with Stair Design

A unique design to your staircase is a popular way to inject some life into your custom build. Staircases can act as visually pleasing focal points of the home. Conversely, if you opt for the traditional concept, think about using the staircase for additional storage.

Consider an Upstairs Laundry Room

When mapping out your custom home, one of the last things you’re probably thinking about is doing laundry. That said, as we are often chasing convenience in our busy lives, working an upstairs laundry room into the plans will save you hundreds of trips up and down the stairs.



Save Room for the Spa

The bathroom design creates an opportunity to really treat yourself. A large master bathroom equipped with enough room for a soaking tub, a walk-in shower, and even a sauna are becoming more and more popular. This is a great way to pamper yourself while adding a dash of luxury to your home. As a bonus – a modern bathroom with unique features is said to increase home value.

Plant a Tree

Bring nature to you with some greenery inside the home. Sure you can buy some houseplants after the house is built, but perhaps designing an indoor courtyard for a tree to grow will add life to your home.

Include an Outdoor Living Space

A permanent outdoor living room as part of your house’s structure is something to consider, especially in warmer climates. Combining the indoors with the outdoors via a sunroom, or sliding glass doors to the backyard is always an option.

Skylight and Sun Tunnels

Opt for natural light in your designs with sun tunnels or skylights. This is a great way to brighten up otherwise low lit areas.

Don’t Forget Wine Storage

A custom made wine cellar is a great addition to any wine enthusiast’s home. Plus, they aren’t just for show – wine is susceptible to spoiling, so keeping it in a controlled environment where temperature and humidity doesn’t fluctuate can not only prolong life but also enhance flavour and aroma.

Strategically Place Outlets

We don’t often think about electrical issues when planning out dream homes, but consider where you’ll be placing outlets. With electronic devices becoming so ingrained in our lives, USB ports are a great option to consider.



Central Vac

Make cleaning as easy as possible with a central vacuum system. These systems have more power than plug-in vacuums while also only require the user to carry a cord and attachment.

Ground Floor Master Bedroom

Accessibility is always important to keep in mind when designing our homes. Dual suites are becoming more and more popular in floor plans as aging loved ones are often moving into the home to be cared for.

Build a Smart Home

Smart tech is taking over the home. Plan ahead for automation – think programmable thermostats and wifi-controlled locks, lights, and security systems.

Be Environmentally Conscious

Go green with solar panels on the roof, this is a great way to bring down future energy costs. Water saving appliances, and smart appliances are also becoming increasingly popular.

Heated Flooring

Heated floors are a great touch to add to any bathroom. Today, bathrooms are considered to be an important place to relax and unwind. Installing heated floors will add a luxury comfort for when you want to pamper yourself and take the chill off of tiles. It’s also a great selling point to add value to your home.

Heated Driveway

Continuing with the heating trend takes us to the heated driveway. These are great things to have in colder climates as it will cut down on shoveling time!

Aim Big in the Garage

No cool house plans are complete without a three-car garage. In fact, these are becoming standard in most new home construction. Consider using the space for a workshop, camper or trailer storage, or even a place to hangout.


Get Started Today

In conclusion, adding extra value to your home with home additions can not only make your home seem larger, more comfortable, more stylish, they are a great way to add value! But unless you have years of experience with building, planning and designing home additions, they can seem a little daunting. But that’s why Torino Construction is here! We have been helping homeowners for over 10 years create, design and receive the home additions of their dreams. 

Our company is more than capable of helping you achieve the beautiful home you’ve been envisioning, with a professional, experienced staff of Senior Project Managers, Construction Managers, Interior Designers, Customer Service Representatives, and Site Supervisors who work closely with a team of Architects, Consultants, Suppliers, and Subcontractors  we are more than confident we can bring your vision to life. Contact us today to get started!