4 Things You Shouldn’t Overlook When Designing Your New Home

Designing your new home is one of the most important and exciting tasks in the home building process, and it requires a lot of forethought and decision making.  As a premier home builder that has been serving residents of Southern Ontario for 41 years, Sinclair Homes has a list of 4 things that you shouldn’t overlook when designing your new home. Keep reading to find out.

1. Layout

The layout of your home is probably one of the most important aspects of the design phase. Mapping out every room so that each space meets your needs will ensure that you get the most out of your home. Do you want to add a mudroom or entryway? Perhaps you’ll want a playroom for your kids or an extra bedroom down the road. These are all considerations you’ll want to make well before the construction stage.


If you intend to be in your home long-term, it’s important that the design and floor plan will work for your lifestyle as you age. For example, bungalows have fewer stairs and are often the preferred home style for the elderly and for people with mobility issues. With this in mind, you may also wish to swap out doorknobs for levers, install a walk-in shower with grab bars, comfort-height toilets, and no-step entryway doors for increased accessibility. These elements will make it easier to age in place comfortably.

2. Storage

When people are adjusting to their new homes, they often wish that they had more storage space. Don’t overlook this crucial element of home design — specifically, we are talking about dedicated storage rooms, closet space in the kitchen and bathroom, and drawers for pots and pans. Designing your home to accommodate storage space will help keep your home tidy and clutter-free. You can store things like Christmas decor, additional furniture, food supplies, and luggage out of sight and in an organized way instead of stuffing it under beds and losing track of what you have.

We have learned that an organized home means an organized mind and we are dedicated to spreading this message to all our customers!

3. ENERGY STAR® Certified

By purchasing a Sinclair Home, you will be living in an ENERGY STAR® certified home. By upgrading your appliances to ENERGY STAR certified models, you’ll save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Choosing to install a water-efficient toilet and an energy-efficient washer, dryer, and other kitchen appliances is something you shouldn’t overlook when designing your home, which is why Sinclair Homes includes them as standard!

4. Extras That We Covet

So far, we’ve laid out the important must-have elements of your home that you don’t want you to overlook. There is also the list of “extras” that we think everyone should consider when designing their home.

  • Extra Outlets

Installing outlets under your cabinets and in your kitchen island is incredibly convenient! We recommend mapping out your home’s layout before planning your electrical outlet placement. This is the best way to ensure the outlets complement your furniture arrangements.

When you purchase a Sinclair home, you’ll get the same high-end finishes that we would install in our own homes; including nine-foot ceilings on the main floor, triple pane windows, hard flooring, granite countertops, and a highly efficient airtight building envelope.

You’ll also get the same level of service that we would give to our own families, ensuring that every design element was hand-picked especially for you to make your life easier.

If you would like more information about any of our communities, you can contact us here to start a conversation.

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