If you are in the middle of planning your dream home, your mind may be ablaze with the possibility of planning anything you want. While you definitely need rooms like bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room, why stop there? Why not add on specialty rooms that make your home fun, whimsical, useful and cheery? Consider the following types of rooms when drafting your home plan with an architect.
If you enjoy soaking up the sun and enjoying your beautiful garden - but live in a climate with chilly mornings or evenings - consider putting in a sunroom. This windowed room will give almost a full-circle view of your manicured garden or woods-adjacent backyard. Just remember that sunrooms require different insulation and heating options to stay warm in colder months. You might want to think about putting in heated flooring for maximum energy efficiency. It's also best if your backyard faces towards the northeast so your sunroom isn't too hot in the summertime.
If your home sees lots of kids running in and out for activities like sports, camping, or runs with the dog, a mud room is a must. Plan with your architect to put the mud room directly off of the entrance from the garage to the home. This is the ideal place to store dirty shoes, backpacks, and recreation items you don't want cluttering up your kitchen or front entrance. Add bench seating with wicker baskets underneath to hold clutter. Add hooks to hold jackets and backpacks. And if you have a dog, you might want to think about putting in a custom dog shower to clean your pup off before they reach a sofa or your nice carpeting.
It might be time to build a craft room if your kitchen table is constantly covered in scrapbooking, sewing, or knitting supplies. Build a craft room on your second floor with wall-to-wall countertops and a large center island to cut large fabric scraps or layout scrapbook pages. Add ample lighting so you can see minute details when you work. Put in shelving and drawers to hold lots of little odds and ends.
A great addition to any family home is a movie theater. It's best to place this room in the basement, where windows are scarce and you can achieve maximum darkness, even during the day. Put in stadium seating with real theater seats or even nice leather love seat couches. Put a projector on the ceiling and hang up a large projector screen. To go all out, set aside a part of the room with a mini bar to hold movie snacks, a microwave for popcorn, and a little soda machine.
When you build a custom home, the sky is the limit. Add fun rooms like the ones above to create the best house possible.