From the Ground Up

7 Ways to Optimize Space in Your New Custom Home Build

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2020 helped many homeowners realize that they need more space in their homes. Whether you’re working from home, or just spending more time at home, you’ve likely noticed that you have areas where you could utilize your space better.

2020 also caused a surge of people relocating, with a total of 8.9 million people relocating to a new home since the pandemic began.

When you do move into your new custom home, you’ll need to begin getting organized and unpack. This is also a great time to ensure you are maximizing all of the space available to you in your new home. Here are 7 tips to help you get started: 

1. Add Mirrors

Mirrors are great for making rooms look both larger and brighter. It can also create space in rooms as well. Mirrors are not just for decoration, they are both functional and a design element. There are so many wall and floor mirrors for you to choose from, you really can’t go wrong with your pick.

2. Keep Windows Uncovered

Uncovered windows or windows with sheer curtains allow natural light, and bright sunshine directly into your home. They also make the rooms feel bigger than they really are, and provide inviting, natural light during the daytime. A home with uncovered or slightly covered windows will feel much more open and airy than a home with heavy, dark curtains on every window.

3. Invest in an Outdoor Living Space

Don’t limit yourself by thinking you only have the indoor living space of your home! If you have an outdoor space, design a nice sitting area on your patio or porch for entertaining guests or just relaxing in the fresh air. You can arrange your furniture in a way that allows you and your guests to socialize comfortably outside. And if you have a covered outdoor space, that’s even better! You will get the fresh air and sunshine without having the direct sun on you or shining in your face.

4. Keep the Floor Clean

The floor can easily be cluttered over time, whether it’s done intentionally or not. You likely have very nice flooring in your brand new custom home, so show it off! Instead of storing things on the floor, put them away in cabinets, closets, or in the garage. Keeping your floors clean and free of clutter also makes them easier to access when you need to vacuum or scrub them clean.

5. Organize Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the places in your home where you will spend the most time. Organize it so it’s easy to find all of your utensils and other things you need for cooking. Make sure you utilize all of the cabinets, drawers, and pantry space available to you. And don’t forget to routinely get rid of any old food, snacks, or spices that take up space.

6. Buy Beds with Storage

Beds with storage are extremely practical for both adults and children, and they can save you a ton of space. Most of these types of beds come with pull-out drawers, cabinets, or cubbies for additional storage space. Depending on the type of bed you have, you may be able to keep all of your belongings you’d normally keep in a nightstand in the bed storage, and not need an extra piece of furniture in the room. Then your bedroom will look and feel bigger, and you’ll have extra room!

7. Choose Storage and Organization Products that Work for You

Make sure you measure all of your spaces before you buy any storage racks or bins. Don’t make the mistake of buying a bunch of storage that does not actually fit into your space, forcing you to keep the storage elsewhere and making more clutter. When you are purchasing storage products, look out for products that can stack on top of each other, saving you even more space.


Again, this year we all learned that maximizing our space in our homes is extremely important. If you have any questions about how to start the custom home process, download our free ebook here.