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5 Essential Features You Need in Your First Home

Posted on Feb 19, 2019 by Earl Raatz

5 Essential Features You Need in Your First Home Featured ImageThe Calgary market remains one of the best for buyers getting their first home because of the range of options available that appeal to a broader variety of buyers. The features that we offer at NuVista Homes include ones in highest demand today that are likely to continue being popular. Another thing to keep in mind is that these desirable features often have a lot of appeal when you decide to sell.

If you're ready to take that step and buy a home, here are some features to keep in mind that are present in many or all of our show home options, which can also be part of your custom home design:

Craftsman Elevation and High Ceilings

One feature that appeals to a lot of people is Craftsman elevation. The higher elevation not only gives the house a unique look but also provides porches that are perfect for any gathering. An advantage that comes with an elevated porch, that is also covered, is being able to avoid a heavy snow buildup in this area.

A 9' foundation and ceiling height are broadly regarded as an ideal height to use for your home. No matter whether you're getting creative with lighting, using a lot of artwork in your living area, or taking advantage of tall shelving, you'll find this ceiling height beneficial. The extra height helps create an even better sense of openness, which many prefer.

5 Essential Features You Need in Your First Home Laundry ImageUpper Floor Laundry

Gone are the days when you always have to make a trip to the basement to do your laundry, with many homes now featuring a laundry room on the upper floor. With a location next to the linen closet and easily accessible to the bedrooms, laundry days will be that much easier. Other advantages make this arrangement ideal, too.

For one thing, you can put everyone's clothes and linens away very quickly when your dryer is on the same floor as most of the bedrooms. If you have younger children that require frequent clothing changes, having your washer and dryer near their rooms makes things easier. Getting your linens put away straight out of the dryer helps you stay organized, and these laundry rooms also feature a handy place to fold.

Lighting Packages

The lighting in your home is one of the key features that are easy to overlook, despite its importance. Having lights that allow you to complete all your tasks without any difficulty is always great. When your lights illuminate art or decor in pleasing ways, you'll be even happier with these options.

Having your lighting included as part of a package takes the guesswork out of deciding which fixtures to use and where to put them. Most homeowners have different needs for different areas of their homes, and the packages accommodate this need a lot more smoothly. When lighting is part of a package, you can be sure everything in your home stays perfectly lit.

5 Essential Features You Need in Your First Home Fireplace ImageOpen Floor Plans

Families of many sizes have great use for open concept floor plans. Combined kitchen, living, and great room areas give you all the space you could hope for in owning a home. Buyers with growing families like to maximize their space, and open plans are perfect for that purpose.

One of the things that homeowners find particularly helpful about open plans is how easy they make entertaining. If you're hosting a large group over the holidays, this plan makes it all easier. Should your kids have regular birthday parties or sleepovers, an open floor plan works well in that situation.

Natural Gas Fireplace

One of the best ways to take the edge off a chilly night in Calgary is with a fireplace. Gas fireplaces are energy-efficient and cleaner than wood-burning options. When you use one of these, you can enjoy warmer living areas.

Another reason these fireplaces are preferable for many is that they are safer than wood-burning units. If you need to put your fire out, all you need to do is turn it off. Homeowners who have children also tend to find these options safer.

If you're looking for a first-time home to buy that has amenities which add to the resale value, these features are perfect to keep in mind this spring. Our home options have the features likely to continue attracting buyer attention, so why not take advantage of buying one today?

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