Unique Features to Add to your Custom Home

Have you thought about heated floors? Why not include a slide? (Seriously, we will make a case for this later.) When designing a custom home, you have the unique opportunity to build a space just for you, according to your preferences for work, recreation, and design, and to accommodate your family and belongings. Don’t waste the opportunity to make your life easier or express your taste by leaving out unique custom home features like some of our favorites below.

Conklin Construction Co. builds unique and fabulous custom homes in the suburbs of Madison, Wisconsin such as Cottage Grove, Deforest, Windsor, Waunakee, and Sun Prairie. We’re proud to use our custom home construction and neighborhood expertise to design your dream home in the perfect greater Madison location for you. 


Unique Features to Add to your Custom Home

Unique Kitchen Ideas 

  • Pull-outs that stand out- Make your life easier with pull-out cabinets. Don’t riffle to the back. Keep everything at your fingertips!

  • Custom cabinets- Cabinets are the ultimate storage solution for everything you use in your kitchen. Do you need deep, wide drawers for your woks? Organization for your designated cutting boards? Build it in.

  • Featured fixtures- Build faucets that work for you. Consider a pot filler, tall faucets with pull-outs, or double facets for heavy work areas.

  • Coffee or beverage bar- Set up your morning ritual in style with a designated coffee and beverage area. Consider a built-in wine or beverage cooler to complete the theme and keep everything you need to make your perfect drink effortlessly available.

  • Double islands- Entertaining, seating, workspace, a craft station, kitchen islands can be anything. There’s no reason to stop with just one. Build two islands with entirely different purposes. 

Features to Add to your Custom Home

Mudroom and Laundry Station Inspiration

  • Mudroom lockers- Always include more storage than you think you will need. Mudroom lockers are a great way to give everyone a place for their things and keep your common area tidy.

  • Wrap around bench- Give yourself plenty of room to armor up with ample mudroom seating.

  • A place for pets- Mudrooms are perfect for planning for pets. Build a spot for your pooch’s kennel, food bowls, and extra storage to keep their supplies handy. Include a pet-washing station to equip yourself for future messes. (Pro-tip: This is also a great place to hose down a very messy child.)

  • Command station- Include a whiteboard to keep track of the family schedule, a rotating-art display to showcase recent masterpieces, and plenty of hooks to keep track of everyone’s essentials.

Bathroom Features You Didn’t Know you Needed

  • Tech Upgrades- Take advantage of everything the future has to offer. Include bathroom technology upgrades such as Uv sanitizer, sound system, built-in dryers, and custom product dispensers. 

  • Bidet- We won’t talk about this sensitive subject for long. We’ll just say, trust us, include a bidet in your bathroom design.

  • Wet room- Enjoy ample shower room, accessibility, and flexibility with a wet room. The entire space is meant to get wet and drain. It may include showers, seating, or a tub.

  • Heated Floor- Keep your toes toasty, even on the coldest Wisconsin winter day.


Unique Features to Add to your Custom Home in Madison Wisconsin

Standout Bedroom Features 

  • Reading nook-Built-ins and cozy recessed spaces are great additions to bedrooms.

  • Window seat- Create easy seating that invites you to survey your domain each day. Window seats are fantastic bedroom features.

  • Private outdoor seating- Add a private second-story balcony or create a secluded patio for the main floor bedroom. 

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Brilliant Home Features to Include Anywhere

  • Layered Lighting- Give yourself options. Set the mood or illuminate everything with statement lightning and more uniform and subtle lighting in every room.
  • Fireplace- A fireplace isn’t just about entertaining! Include one to create a cozy, intimate vibe in your most personal spaces, like a bathroom or bedroom.
  • Skylights- Bring in natural light and keep your privacy by including skylights in your design.
  • Extra Outlets- We know it’s a stretch to call an outlet brilliant, but including strategic and ample outlets in your custom design will change your daily life.


Creative Extra Credit

Some ideas are too out of the box for all but a brave few. We love it when a client is game for something truly one-of-a-kind. Here are some of our favorites: 

  • Plant a tree- Create a living showcase in the center of your living room with a conversation starter and a green statement.

  • Slide- Connect your main floor laundry and upstairs bedrooms with a slide. It’s exactly as functional as a laundry chute, and exponentially more fun.

  • Hidden room- Tuck a secret sanctuary behind a bookcase or other unexpected wall. Keep something fun just for yourself.

What Does a Custom Home Cost in Madison, WI?

Not everyone wants to talk about pricing upfront. We are confident about our prices and our process, and we want to start our conversation with transparency. We break out prices into three brackets for greater specificity. 

1)Base Home Construction-- $400 thousand Plus

Includes: 1500+ sq ft home with 9’ ceiling, 8’ basement ceilings, laminated floors, stock granite countertops, and stock cabinets. This estimate does not include landscaping or appliances.

2) Average Home Construction-- $490 thousand Plus

Includes: 1800+ sq ft home with 9’ ceilings, living room and master tray ceilings, 9’ basement ceilings, engineered wood floors in common areas, quartz countertops, semi-custom cabinets, stainless steel kitchen appliances, gas fireplace, deck, concrete driveway, and base landscaping.

3) High-End Home Construction-- $675 thousand plus

Includes: 2200+ sq ft home with 10’ ceilings, 9’ basement ceilings, finished in-place hardwood floors in common areas, high-end quartz countertops, custom cabinets, high-end appliances, upgraded landscaping, concrete driveway, screen porch, and accent walls.


The Best Custom Homes in Madison, Wisconsin

We relish every opportunity to build beautiful dream homes that elevate our clients’ daily lives and the Madison residential landscape. We cannot wait to pair our expertise with your imagination and create something just for you. Reach out today to get started. 


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