Thoughtful Touches to Incorporate in Your New Home

Embarq Signature Homes leaves no stone unturned, adding unique yet useful features into every home we build.

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Embarq Signature Homes leaves no stone unturned. We do our best to make sure to incorporate unique, yet useful features into every home we build. Recently we have utilized space-saving and attractive pop-up outlets in our kitchen islands that virtually disappear when not in use. Glass railings in outdoor spaces to give full view to a wooded backyard. We also take small, seemingly wasted spaces and turn them into main features that check the boxes on both form and function, such as a wine and spirits closet.

Upgrade Your Island

Pop-up outlets are a great option for adding power to your island without worrying about unsightly cords or limited outlet placement. Here are some things to consider when choosing pop-up outlets for your island:

  • Number of outlets: Some pop-up outlets have just one or two outlets, while others have as many as four. Consider how many appliances you typically use on your island and choose an outlet to meet your needs.
  • USB ports: Some pop-up outlets include USB ports, which can be handy for charging your phone or other devices.
  • Wireless charging: Some pop-up outlets even have a built-in wireless charging pad, which allows you to charge your phone without having to plug it in.

Enjoy Unobstructed Views

Glass outdoor railings are a popular choice for decks, patios and balconies. They offer a number of advantages, including:

  • Unobstructed views: Glass railings allow you to enjoy the view from your deck or patio without being obstructed by posts or balusters.
  • Increased light: Glass railings allow more light to pass through, making your outdoor space feel brighter and more open.
  • Modern look: Glass railings can give your outdoor space a modern, stylish look.
  • Easy maintenance: Glass railings are relatively easy to maintain. They can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution.

Step Up Your Spirits Storage

Here are some things to consider when designing or organizing a custom alcohol and spirits closet:

  • Shelving: Install sturdy shelves that can accommodate different bottle sizes and heights. Consider adjustable shelves for maximum flexibility.
  • Racks: Utilize wine racks or liquor racks to store bottles horizontally. This helps prevent the corks from drying out and ensures proper storage for your wine.
  • Drawers: Drawers are ideal for storing bar tools, cocktail shakers, coasters, napkins, and other barware.
  • Temperature and humidity: Ideally, an alcohol and spirits closet should be kept at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Extreme temperature fluctuations can affect the taste and quality of your alcohol. Humidity levels are not as critical for storing liquor and spirits as they are for wine, but it’s still best to avoid storing them in excessively humid environments.
  • Lighting: Similar to wine, it’s best to keep your liquor and spirits in a dark place. Install low-heat LED lights if you need illumination for browsing your collection, but avoid placing them directly on the bottles.
  • Ventilation: Proper ventilation is important to prevent the buildup of odors and mold. If your closet doesn’t have built-in ventilation, consider installing a small exhaust fan.

Additional considerations for your wine and spirits closet:

  • Style: The design of your alcohol and spirits closet should complement the overall style of your home and entertaining space.
  • Aesthetics: You can enhance the aesthetics of your closet with decorative elements like mirrors, artwork, or a small countertop for mixing drinks.

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