Design Ideas for Your Dream Custom Built Home
Date: July 23, 2020
There are many advantages to designing your own home. Gone are the builder-basic styles, layouts that don’t work for your family, and exteriors you can’t tell apart from your neighbors’. To help with your planning, check out these tips:
Find the right property. There are no limits to what you can create with a custom built home, but the size and quality of your lot do impose restrictions. While you need to have everything decided when you purchase the property, make sure you have a general idea of what you need. Your architect can help with this. Also, double check zoning laws so you don’t end up not being able to build your dream three-story home on a residential street that only allows bungalows.
Consider your lifestyle. What kind of lifestyle do you want to live? What’s important to you? From bigger elements like smart home automation and sustainability to smaller considerations like storage and organization, think of these things when designing the layout and built-in elements. For example, if you hate shoveling snow, now is the opportunity to make sure you have the shortest driveway possible.
Build for the future. Your needs right now are at the top of your mind, but a custom built home is a significant investment in time, money and energy. It’s also likely that you want this to be your forever home, so it’s a smart idea to build for tomorrow. Think about how your family will evolve and what your future needs will be. Consider building materials that are designed to stand the test of time.
Avoid the fantasy trap. This is your dream home, so it’s okay to indulge on that outdoor fireplace or luxury bathroom tiles that you’ve been envisioning. But to keep your budget in check, focus on the priorities and items that will give you the best value for your dollar.