Building your very own custom home is an exhilarating experience. You get to decide every single detail that goes into your home. From the big decisions, like the actual square footage of your home, how many bedrooms and bathrooms you’ll have, and what your patio and yard will look like, to some of the more minor, but no less important, details like paint colors, tile choices, and cabinet hardware. You get a say in everything when you custom build your home and fit it precisely to your family and personal needs.
When most people begin planning their custom homes, one thing that often slips their minds is the importance of privacy, both inside your home and outdoors. If you’re planning on custom-building your next home, follow our tips on making privacy a priority.
Ways to Make Your Home More Private
1) Soundproof the rooms
There’s nothing worse than trying to enjoy a new book or catch some shuteye, only to be disturbed by the television blaring from the next room or by pots and pans banging around the kitchen. When we think of privacy, our first thoughts tend to prevent others from seeing us, but privacy doesn’t just mean creating personal space visually, but auditorily too.
Room soundproofing is one of the ways to maintain privacy within your home, especially when you’re customizing your new build. Some things you can add during construction are:
Insulation – a thick layer of insulation increases your home’s energy efficiency and muffles noise.
Sound barrier – a sound barrier is a layer that’s added in between the insulation and the ceiling to block out noise.
Sound clips – sound clips elevate the ceiling over the insulation layer, which helps disperse sounds in your home.
Soundproof door – by adding soundproof doors to the interior and exterior of your home, you can block out more noise.
2) Position living spaces in the back of the home
When planning the layout of your home, you should consider putting rooms that are more frequent in the back of your home or away from the street. Also, the kitchen and living room tend to be rooms that have higher traffic, as opposed to the formal dining room or study.
By having them in the back of your home, there’s less chance of passersby seeing you and your family gathered in your home.
3) Make your windows more private
When choosing the actual windows installed in your home, consider window placement and type. If you want more privacy, a picture window, an oversized window, isn’t your best bet. Instead, choose smaller and higher windows, or opt for tinted glass on windows close to busy streets.
Tinted windows still allow sunlight to come in and for you to see out but prevent people on the outside from getting a clear view in. Once your home is finished, choose window treatments that create more privacy. Shutters, blinds, and shades are great ways to add more privacy to your home.
4) Be strategic with landscape design
When designing the landscape on your lot, building a tall fence isn’t the only choice you have to keep your front and back yards private. A fun way to add more character and privacy to your home is to incorporate boundary wall design and privacy hedges in your back and front yard. Both boundary wall design and privacy hedges are excellent choices when you are near your neighbors.
Boundary walls offer many different options. You can incorporate live plants and greenery, rocks and stones, wood, or even metal to create a unique boundary wall that fits your home.
Creating privacy is one of the most critical elements when designing your custom home. If you’re planning to start building your custom home, contact our expert team at Lancia Homes.