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Good Design Feature often overlooked in New Homes

Being involved as a Homebuilder since 1986, I can say without a doubt that one of the most popular design features would suprise many prospective home buyers. It’s not even located inside the home and it is often overlooked.

It’s a rear “covered” deck or patio. There are several reasons why this is such a good option if it is not included in the home design. First and foremost, it’s more economical to build  with the house and will cost quite a bit more to add later. Building materials such as roof shingles, siding, etc. all match so it doesn’t look like an addition or after-thought. 

If budget is a concern as it is for many of us, there are several items in a new home that can be postponed until later and done by the homeowner or as budget permits. Examples include custom painting, extra trim, upgrade appliances, upgrade light fixtures, upgrade flooring, or upgrade countertops. However, Installing a roof for a covered deck or patio is not going to be a weekend or handyman project for many of us. It will require a professional contractor, detailed specs, and permits.

Then there’s the savings in “wear and tear” on the deck material or concrete that a roof provides as well as the protection of the rear entry door or slider from wind-driven rains and the freedom from maintenance that a rear porch provides.

But best of all is the extra “livability” it provides. How many times have we invited guests for a picnic or gathering and hoped to grill outside and then find oursleves confined in the house on a rainy day?  The rear covered porch or deck provides that extra “livability” and use.  Even in good weather, it’s an inviting  transition to the outdoors and harmonizes indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Ironically, I didn’t think of this when I built my home years ago but it’s top on my “wish-list” of home improvements. If I had to do over again, I would have built it with the house at a fraction of what it will cost today.

Fine Line Homes, Harrisburg, PA often includes a rear porch with Single “Move-In Ready” homes as well as townhomes.

Any thoughts?

Do you have a special option or home design feature you favor? One that you would do or wish you had done with your original house construction?

(2) Comments

  1. We love to grill year-round, but at our current home the deck is uncovered so many evenings we are dodging raindrops to flip our steaks. Therefore, in our next home we will definitely be looking for a covered outdoor living space not just for grilling, but entertaining as a whole.

    Another design feature I would like in my next home is a small, very small room to set-up our computer, printer, camera equipment, etc. Neither of us works from home so using an entire bedroom as an office is a shame. Right now we just have a small desk in the bedroom but it just looks so messy!

  2. Rear Foyers with Drop Zones are design features introduced in the past few years. They are popular and might be something to consider. Drop Zones are good for Cells, Cameras, ….small electronics. Some Drops Zones might be large enough to handle a computer.

    There are a couple other design options. Some new designs have a computer loft or niche. They work well and provide quick easy access for everyone in the house.

    One More… Saved the best for last……We have one new design with a feature called a “Pocket Office.” That’s a small room with a “pocket door” intended for a small desk, computer table …..whatever. No need to be tidy and neat.. just close the pocket door behind you and it’s “out of sight…out of mind.”

    Our Design with the “Pocket Office” is so new we don’t have it posted to our Website yet… but it’s coming soon. It’s called the “Bellarose.”

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