5 must-have design features in your custom-built home

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When designing a custom-built home, modern innovations help improve your home’s functionality – ensuring your home offers every convenience and luxury for years to come.

When building your dream home, here are five essential features worth investing in:

Home technology

Smart homes are increasing in popularity, with access to a range of home-automation features like keyless entry, home surveillance systems, surround sound systems, climate control and even app-controlled smart appliances.

Intelligent home design incorporates these smart features, offering greater convenience and functionality. By including home technology in your custom-built home, you’ll enjoy added convenience, enhanced living and peace of mind with cutting-edge security.

Alfresco living

Bringing the outdoors in is easy with an alfresco living area in your custom-built home. Features such as a wood-fire pizza oven, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen with a BBQ and wine fridge, outdoor heating and even an outdoor surround sound system are sure to impress your guests when entertaining. These areas work best as an extension of your home, creating an additional living space that connects seamlessly with your indoor open plan area.

Wellness and fitness

When designing your custom-built home, including a bespoke space that encourages exercise and general wellbeing is the ultimate luxury. These spaces could take the form of a personal home gym, swimming pool, and sauna, including extra features like built-in wireless speakers, televisions, or even specialised flooring. The plentiful options are ultimately dependent on what suits your lifestyle and interests.

Butler’s Pantry

A butler’s pantry not only offers added storage, but provides an additional utility area for meal preparation or hiding clutter when entertaining – keeping your main kitchen as the centre stage for serving your guests.

Originally considered as an oversized pantry, the modernised version has evolved into a second kitchen that gives your custom-built home even more storage and functionality.


Designing an informal entrance into your home via a dedicated mudroom helps keep your main entrance pristine for guests. By offering a dedicated storage space at the entry of your home, the mudroom becomes a highly usable area that keeps the rest of the house free from clutter.

If you want to create a home that is truly unique to your tastes, then our Custom home design process is sure to impress. Creating a custom-built home is all about embarking on a design journey where our dedicated Glenvill Design Experts and in-house Architect can help guide you towards realising and building the home of your dreams.