Note from Ray:
The following article was written with a specific housing community in mind, but there are still a lot of great ideas for little luxuries that can truly make a new home into a dream home!
When you choose to build a new home at The Highlands in Kelowna, there’s a good chance that you’re going to want to live in it for a long time. This is your perfect chance to build a dream home with sweeping views of Okanagan Lake and Kelowna, in a great, award-winning community. So if you’re going to build your dream home, now is the time to plan all of the extra things that will take your home to the next level.
A bathing station for the dog
People in Kelowna are passionate about their pets and if you’re building a custom home, you may want to include some extras for Fido. We suggest putting in a doggy bathing station in your garage, so when you get back in from a hike on the mountain, you can get your pup all cleaned up! If your dog is smaller, elevate the station so that you don’t have to bend down and crouch over your dog.
On-demand water heater
Never have a shower run cold again. With an on-demand hot water heater, you save space and you save energy because you are only heating water as you need it. This also means you can take long, luxurious showers without running out of warm water.
Independently controlled outdoor outlets
Few neighbourhoods in Kelowna know how to celebrate Christmas like Kettle Valley. If you want to be a part of the revelry, build your home with outdoor receptacles beneath eaves and in various locations around your house. This will help eliminate the need for messy extension cords and you can wire them to switches in your home, so you can switch the lights on and off as you need. You can even go a step further and put them on a smart home automation system and control the outdoor lighting from your phone.
Dual kitchen workspaces
If your home is the gathering place for family and friends, you may want to consider dual work spaces in the kitchen, complete with sinks and garbage/recycling cans. It helps keep people out of your space while you’re working, or you and a friend can work at the same time without getting in each other’s way. It takes the separate beverage bar to a whole new level!
Jetted laundry sink
Washing delicate laundry can be a chore, but if you have a jetted laundry sink