Are you planning on building a new custom home? If so, it may be time to start thinking about storage solutions. A modern house can easily have upwards of 10 closets and compartments, but with all the furniture and belongings that go into your new home, there's bound to be some clutter.

Wausau Homes has helped many clients build homes before, and have seen how often people underestimate the need for storage space in their new homes! Here are six pro storage tips to include in your custom home design.

1. A mudroom with cubbies.

Once you have had a mudroom in your home, you realize how essential they are and you’ll never go back to not having one. It's the space where you can kick your shoes off and remove your wet coat before entering the house. But what many people don't realize is that it should also include cubbies or shelves to store away winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves.

There are a lot of reasons why this type of storage is important:

  • It saves space in the entryway by keeping everything tucked away neatly.
  • It helps keep clutter at bay since things aren't just left on the floor.
  • The items won't get dusty from being stacked up against one another like they would if they were stored on an open shelf on top of each other.

The mudroom is a space that not only provides storage for your shoes and coats but also offers a place of refuge from the snow or rain. When you walk into the house and need to remove your outerwear, you can then stash it in one of the cubbies rather than cluttering up other parts of your home.

Our custom homes are designed with this idea in mind. We have included many different types of coat closets as well as shoe cubbies so that there are plenty of places to store all your wet weather gear without having to worry about how they'll look in the rest of your beautiful home.

2. The perfect kitchen pantry.

Why do you want to pay attention to how you design your kitchen pantry?

  • You're tired of having to search through your cabinets and refrigerator for the ingredients you need.
  • You've tried using a pantry organizer before but it never worked for you!
  • You're tired of cooking in a cramped kitchen with no storage or countertop space.
  • You want to be able to cook more efficiently and enjoy the process, but you don't know where to start!

Imagine having an organized pantry that's easy for you to use. It has everything you need so you can spend less time searching through your cabinets and more time enjoying cooking. Imagine how much more efficient your cooking will be when all your spices, oils, seasonings, canned goods, and other food items are organized in one place. With custom built-in kitchen pantries from Wausau Homes, you can have everything at your fingertips whenever you need it. And with our wide selection of styles and finishes available to match any home decorating style or color scheme, we'll help turn that dream into reality.

Wausau Homes will help design a custom kitchen pantry that fits perfectly into your new home. Our experienced designers will work with you every step of the way, from planning out how much space is available in your kitchen, all the way down to choosing which materials are best for your needs.

3. Hidden storage under your stairs.

You're tired of your cluttered garage and want to have a place for all your stuff. You've tried using storage sheds, but they never worked for you!

You can have a custom built-in hidden storage under the stairs in your new home. This is a great way to keep things out of sight, yet still easily accessible when you need them. This is a great way to take advantage of all that unused space in an inconvenient area.

And since it's part of the house itself, there are no worries about security or weather damage.

The most popular items people store in this area are extra blankets, pillows, or holiday decorations. There are many other ways you can use this space too - think about using it as an office space, a playroom for your toddler, or a craft room!

It's time for some creative problem solving! With Wausau Homes, we can design hidden storage under your stairs in your new custom home. This may seem like an intimidating task but it doesn't have to be! There are many ways that you can utilize this area with clever solutions waiting right around the corner for you.

4. The garage that holds it all.

We know first-hand many people’s garages could qualify them for an episode of “Hoarders.” It’s the door you keep shut when guests come over. The garage becomes the catch-all for whatever doesn’t fit in the parts of the house you actually live in. It becomes cluttered with all the stuff you need to store. It's a hassle every time you want to go out and do something fun because you have to spend so much time cleaning up.

As you plan your new home, there are some things to think about when designing the perfect garage. How do you design a garage that holds it all? There are many different things that need to be included in a garage design for it to function properly. The right design can make all the difference, and we’re here to help you find the perfect one.

The garage is where you store all of your tools and vehicles. The size of the garage will dictate how many vehicles can fit inside or if you'll be able to store any equipment in there for hobbies like woodworking.  We have created oversized two-stall garages complete with built-in storage and also have some floor plans with a workshop space built right in.

Imagine having a custom garage that fits everything in it perfectly, leaving no wasted space. Your new garage is designed specifically for your needs, giving you easy access to what matters most when it comes time for some fun! Wausau Homes can design the perfect custom home for your family that includes an efficient and organized garage.

5. Bathroom storage behind your mirrors.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, can you help me with my storage problems? Bathroom storage can be difficult to find in a custom home, but it's important if you want to make the most of your space. One way Wausau Homes does this is by maximizing the use of what is already available, like mirrors.

Mirrors can be used for many things such as creating an illusion of more space or making a small room look bigger. Behind the mirror is where all that extra storage goes! You can design a mirror with built-in shelving so your makeup and hair products are within reach without having to open up any drawers or cabinets!

The mirror is great, but it is just the beginning of efficient bathroom storage. Want more ideas? Maximize space by adding overhead linen space, drawers under sinks, cabinets over toilets, and much more!

6. Ingenious closet design.

Have you ever walked into your closet and been immediately swallowed whole by your clothes? Planning ahead on your closet design will mean the difference between having a place where everything can easily be seen and accessed, and whether it takes two people to shove the doors closed.

Your new custom home is a blank canvas. You have the opportunity to create your dream space in every way, including closet design. Ingenious storage solutions are available that will give you plenty of room for all your clothes and shoes, without taking up any more floor space than normal. Wausau Homes offers Easy Track Shelving Systems that are custom-designed, built-in closet organizers.

We all know that the size of your closet is important. A closet is not just about what you can store and see, but also a place to keep items out of sight when not in use. Our designers take into account every detail from how the room flows to the height of ceilings to make sure there is plenty of storage space for everyone. There is no reason not to make use of this perfect solution if it's offered by Wausau Homes!

You want every space in your house to be functional and efficient, not just the rooms that have been designated for certain purposes. If you're building or remodeling a home from scratch, there are plenty of creative ways to add thoughtful storage to the equation.

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