By Lana Bingham
Thanksgiving is about more than fighting over who gets dark meat vs white meat, inhaling calorie-packed slices of homemade pie, and watching certain family members indulge in a few too many glasses of red wine. At the risk of sounding like a Hallmark card - This holiday is based on the foundation of appreciation and togetherness. Each one of us has a list of things we are thankful for (some longer than others), but if your house was given the chance to “give thanks,” what would it have to say about all this holiday hoopla?
“Thanks For Sticking Me With The In-Laws!” Despite the wide radius of nearby hotels, out-of-town in-laws somehow always end up crashing at your place. They take over little Suzy’s room and she’s forced to bunk with her annoying brother (Do you recall “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”?). However, building a custom home allows you to conveniently place an extra guest room as far away as possible from all other bedrooms, so your sleep will not be disturbed by Grandma's loud TV and Grandpa's heavy snoring. Don’t say that your Tampa new home builder wasn’t looking out for you when they suggested this well-designed floor plan; they even included a full bathroom. Out of sight and out of mind - The in-laws have their own private suite for the holidays, so you can enjoy your holiday, too.
“Thanks For Over-Cooking The Turkey and Burning The Gravy!” During the holidays, there never seems to be enough counter-space or room for additional cooking helpers. This leaves one person with all the daunting tasks involved in producing a multi-course meal, which sometimes results in a cooking calamity. In Tampa custom homes, these problems are easily avoided, as the kitchen is built for function and style, with state-of-the-art appliances and impeccable design finishes. Not only do you get to show off your culinary masterpiece, but thanks to new home builders Tampa FL, you also have an efficient layout to allow for prep, cooking, and clean-up to all occur at the same time. Don’t forget about the butler pantry, it will certainly come in handy as a space for mixing much-needed cocktails and assembling appetizers.
“Thanks For Causing Claustrophobia!” Thanksgiving is all about quality family time, but without sufficient gathering space, your home can feel over-crowded. South Tampa home builders design homes with functional floor plans and large open gathering spaces. While all the kids are playing upstairs in the game room, the adults can relax in the family room, and the grandparents can gather in the formal living room. An open floor plan (with more than one gathering space) allows for better hosting and more comforting accommodations.
“Thanks For Making Me The Technology Translator!” It’s no secret that technology trumps older generations. New age trash compactors, alarm systems and TV remotes tend to confuse guests, creating a communication conundrum in the home. New homes in Tampa are well-connected with high tech features and smartphone automation that allows you to control your home, without actually having to be there. Grandma calls your office in a panic because she can’t figure out how to turn the AC down. Thankfully, all you have to do is tap into your NEST Thermostat app and control the temperature right from your smartphone. Crisis averted.
“Thanks For Blaming Me For The Plumbing Problem!” When family comes to visit, there never seems to be enough bathrooms or hot water to go around. This can create a real battle between female teenagers and their grandmothers. Tampa custom home builders suggest tankless gas water heating and PEX plumbing, which carries hot water to each bathroom in a quicker and more efficient way. Building a custom home also allows you to have full baths and powder rooms in convenient locations, so no "bathroom schedule" is needed!
No wonder older homes are so bent out of shape during the holidays! They can’t offer a perfectly designed and functional home that allows you and your guests to relax and enjoy the abundance of food, family and fun that occurs this time of year. You’re on your own this holiday season, but if you contact us today, you could be living in a brand new custom home just in time for next Thanksgiving. Now that’s something to be thankful for!
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