Custom Homes in Grand Rapids MI

When it comes to building a custom home, you may already have a few general ideas for what you want. Maybe high ceilings, a big family kitchen, a balcony to enjoy the summer nights on.

All of those are great, but before you begin your construction project, let us spark your imagination with a few more custom home ideas that you just might fall in love with. 

Floating Staircases

This visually appealing design is when the steps to your staircase are all separate from each other yet still connected to the wall. At first, you may be afraid to walk up to them because you the allusion makes them look like they might snap. But after a few tries, they’ll feel completely natural.

The simplicity of floating staircases is favored among modern home designs, and can still ensure safety with a wall side railing!

On the other side, if you prefer traditional staircases, you may want to incorporate storage solutions below your stairs! This could be anything from a walk-in closet to individual pull out drawers. 

Double Island Kitchens 

Kitchen islands are one of the most common things people ask for when doing a kitchen remodel. They’re convenient, spacious, and create a great space for social conversations. But what if you had two of them? 

Here us out. Two could help you keep things organized while cooking. And they could be used to provide a variety of snacks and foods for guests. And two islands would still create a dynamic talking space, especially because people could lean against one while others sit at the other--giving people options! 

Two islands won’t work for every home, but maybe it’ll work for yours. 

A Balcony Pool 

Who said pools have to stay on the ground? 

You could incorporate an infinity pool on an upper level of your home to enjoy swimming above the ground. These types of pools don’t offer anything different from traditional inground pools, other than that you get to use your space more creatively!

If you’re hoping to have giant yard space for cookouts, social gatherings, and community events, yet still want a pool somewhere to burn some calories in the water, a balcony pool might be right for you. 

A Secret Study 

Sometimes you just need to get away to work on stuff. We get that.

The goal of a secret study isn’t so that people have to pull some book on the shelf in order to find it (although, we could make that!) but rather to have a study separated from your home’s general traffic area.

Most studies in homes today are close to the main door, or near the living room, and these don’t offer people the most productive working sessions. A private study will have the distance to avoid noisy distractions, random interruptions, and ultimately allows you to dive into your projects

A Community Study

On the other hand, maybe you’re someone who thrives on collaboration and conversation. 

A community study is great for the creative minds that love to spin ideas off others. These rooms feature areas to rest, hang out, and work. 

Elements like a giant hammock, whiteboard walls, coffee station, and more can all be incorporated into a community study area or home den. And a large enough table for everyone’s ideas, of course! 

A Beach Themed Fire Pit

Maybe you don’t live near open water, but you still love the feeling of sand between your toes. If that’s you, a beach-themed fire pit might be the right option for you.

These pits can be designed to shield you from the wind, and give you the social enjoyment of a summer fire. 

An In-floor Wine Cellar 

A wine cellar, in general, is a home addition you may have not thought about!

An in-floor wine cellar is just like it sounds. As you walk over your floor (say in your kitchen) you’ll have a section of glass that reveals a wine cellar beneath it. This can be accessed by a separate staircase, or you could have a system installed that opens a section of your floor to reveal a staircase. 

Keep all your wines the right temperature, and also within eyesight so you don’t forget to pop open one of your favorite bottles when you have guests over! 

Want More Custom Home Design Ideas? 

We hope this guide has given you a few creative bursts. If you’re looking for more content, check out our post on 5 Amazing Home Additions for Michigan Homes! As a Grand Rapids custom home building company, Schultz Builders offers top-of-the-line home building services. Feel free to reach out and contact us online or by phone at (616) 291-2646 with any of your custom home building ideas or requests!