There’s no place like your new home for the holidays!

As wonderful as they may be, there’s no doubt, holidays are hectic. In fact, from Halloween to New Year’s Day, time often feels like it is on fast-forward. And in the constant rush to get everything done, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s most important: spending quality time with loved ones. Not to mention maintaining your mental and physical health.

But what if you could alleviate some common holiday hassles with your new home?

As a custom home builder in PA and Southern NY, we know how to turn a potentially stressful situation into a delightful experience. And because we want you to have a relaxing holiday season, we have brainstormed three ways your new home can help make the holidays more enjoyable.


Add Simple Holiday Touches to the Main Spaces

Is there anything more exciting than moving into your dream home just before the holidays? Your new, custom home—with its Flexible Floor Plan, gourmet kitchen, spacious socializing area, and designer lighting features—is the perfect backdrop for your treasured holiday decorations.

Of course, putting up and taking down holiday decorations can be a hassle. If the thought of decorating every room of your new home dampens your festive mood, focus on the main areas that guests will see. For example, the front porch, entryway, family room, kitchen, and bathrooms are perfect places to display your holiday style.

First, do a quick declutter of the main spaces. This will let your decorations take center stage. Next, it’s time to decorate. But do yourself a favor and keep it simple. Trust us. You will be happy in January when you have less to put into storage.

These sensational ideas will add the perfect festive touch to your new home:

  • Make your custom home sparkle with a few strands of outdoor lights.
  • Hang a beautiful wreath on your front door for an extra special touch.
  • Arrange an odd number of items together for maximum visual impact.
  • Fill your new home with the pleasant aroma of scented candles.
  • Ask your voice-activated device to play your favorite festive tunes.


Organize Your Entryway for the Holidays

The holidays are a time for celebration. And if this is your first holiday in your custom home, you are probably eager to host parties and meals. That is understandable. Building your dream home is quite an accomplishment. You finally have the perfect place for holiday entertaining.

But the mass influx of guests can cause a lot of stress if your home is not prepared for the extra coats and (most likely snow-covered) shoes. Thankfully you selected a reputable builder with home plans designed with everyday living and entertaining in mind. Specifically, we’re talking about your entry. Or rather, your guests entry into your beautiful home.

When guests enter your new home this holiday season, the entryway makes an important first impression. Your tastefully decorated, orderly rear foyer—with the drop zone for storage, bench to remove and store shoes, and lockers for organization—sets a harmonious holiday tone for the rest of your home.

These ideas will help keep your entryway clutter-free, especially during the hectic holidays:

  • Move off-season apparel and bulkier items to other generous closets or the garage.
  • Put a basket of clean slippers with a sign asking guests to remove shoes in the entry.
  • Prevent slips and soaked socks by putting a tray near the door for drippy footwear.


Prepare to Make Houseguests Feel Comfortable

Hosting overnight guests can be a lot of fun. You get to spend quality time with loved ones you may not see often. But it can also be stressful if your home is not prepared—especially if your guest has special needs.

Perhaps your parents live far away and have impaired mobility. You would like them to stay at your new home over the holidays, but you’re concerned they will have trouble navigating the stairs. Your friendly housing consultant might suggest a floor plan with a convenient guest suite just inside the front door. That’s just one way a custom home can be designed to meet your specific needs.

Here are some helpful tips to make your houseguests feel welcome:

  • Tidy up the guest bedroom with fresh linens.
  • Be sure they have access to extra towels, toiletries, pillows, and cozy blankets.
  • Create a mini necessities station with lotion, a reading light, water bottles, and snacks.
  • Include a small note with the household’s Wi-Fi network and password.
  • Supply an empty dresser so guests don’t have to live out of their suitcase.


In conclusion, the holidays can be stressful. But when you build a custom home, you can have the holidays without the hassle because your home is built for your lifestyle.

For instance, customize your new home to include the enlarged dining room you have always wanted. Ensure you take care of yourself by turning your flex room into an exercise area. End your day curled up with a book or watching TV in your sitting room. It’s all possible when you build your dream home.

So whether you’re entertaining guests in your home, hosting friends and family for an extended stay, or looking for a little downtime to recharge your batteries, your new home will make the holidays easier.

Whatever your holiday season entails, Fine Line Homes can accommodate your every need.