3 Innovative Features for Your Custom Home

Building a custom home offers an opportunity not just for personal expression, but also for letting your imagination run wild and adding features to your home you’ve never seen before.

While the features below aren’t new, they aren’t very common and still very cool. Whether you one day decide to add one of them to your home, or come up with something better, you need an award-winning, experienced home builder like Blythwood Homes to pull it off. They can also provide you with other custom features that never occurred to you, but that fit your lifestyle.

Here are three ideas to get you started.

Aging-in-Place Features

Designing a custom home offers the ability to not just meet present needs, but to anticipate future ones. Aging-in-place features ensure that your home remains accessible, safe, and comfortable as the years go by and allow you to remain in your home for much longer than ever before.

  • Concept: These features accommodate the natural aging process, enabling homeowners to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. This could include wider doorways for potential wheelchair access, zero-threshold showers to minimize tripping hazards, nonslip flooring, assistance grab bars, lower cabinets, and adjustable counter heights that can be modified based on an individual’s mobility.
  • Benefits:
    • Long-term Cost Savings. Investing in these features now can reduce the need for costly home renovations later on.
    • Comfort & Independence. With these features, you can retain your self-sufficiency and sense of dignity and well-being.
    • Flexibility. Many aging-in-place designs are also beneficial for households with members of varying heights, ages, and mobility concerns.

Integrated Green Spaces

Incorporating greenery into home design is more than just an aesthetic choice; it’s a nod to sustainability and mental well-being.

Concept. This involves creating pockets of greenery inside your home, whether it be vertical gardens on the walls, a central courtyard with local flora, or even an indoor vegetable garden in the kitchen. These aren’t mere potted plants but are parts of the home’s architectural design.


  • Improved Air Quality. Plants are natural air purifiers, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Certain plants can even filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Therapeutic Value. Being close to nature can reduce stress, boost mood, and improve concentration.
  • Sustainability. An indoor vegetable garden can offer fresh produce, reducing the carbon footprint associated with transporting groceries. Moreover, green spaces can provide insulation, reducing energy costs.

Smart Adaptive Lighting

Gone are the days when home lighting was simply about flipping a switch. The future is about adaptive lighting systems that sync with your life.

Concept. Adaptive lighting involves an automated system that adjusts the lighting conditions based on various factors. It can sense the time of day, detect the amount of natural light entering the room, or even sync with your alarm to wake you up gently. Instead of static bulbs, think of lights that can change hue, intensity, and direction.


  • Energy Efficiency. By adapting to the available natural light and only providing what’s necessary, such systems can significantly reduce energy consumption.
  • Health & Well-being. Exposure to varying light intensities and colours at appropriate times can support our circadian rhythms, leading to better sleep and overall health.
  • Ambiance & Aesthetics. Whether you’re reading, hosting a dinner party, or watching a movie, adaptive lighting can create the perfect mood without manual adjustments.

To summarize, a custom home goes beyond current aesthetics and immediate needs. By integrating innovative features like aging-in-place designs, green spaces, and adaptive lighting, you craft a living space that evolves with you. Whether for functionality, sustainability, or long-term planning, these features encapsulate the essence of a future-ready custom home.

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