More people are turning away from buying existing homes in favor of custom builds. The benefits of building a custom home are obvious – you get exactly what you want from your living space and don’t have to deal with renovation while living in an existing structure. On the other hand, some people get swept away in the idea of building an ideal living space, and they neglect some important considerations. Here are some questions to ask yourself before diving into blueprints or breaking ground.
One of the first decisions you’ll make regarding your home is size – number of bedrooms and living spaces, or how many bathrooms. If you are planning on having children, this will affect the number of bedrooms, outdoor spaces, and even required proximity to schools. If you already have children but plan on having more, make sure each child will have their own dedicated sleeping space. Families with multiple children may also want to consider flex rooms that can be used as playrooms or homework areas.
Another question worth considering is how long you plan to stay. Many people build custom homes with the intention of staying in them indefinitely, while others may only plan for five years. The length of your tenancy will affect the size and function of your future home.
People have different ideas for how they want to use their spaces, and they are each worthy of consideration. For example, some people love to entertain so they want large open spaces to accommodate guests. On the other hand, some want the space partitioned into amenities for the family. Still others want private, dedicated spaces for future generations or parents. Think of how your needs will evolve, as well as how your future home can rise to meet them.
Many people make the mistake of creating a list of “must-haves,” only to find that including all of them is out of their price range. It is important to prioritize and decide “must-haves” and what are simply wants. Some choose to keep all high end finishes and make the final space smaller, others find room in the budget by swapping out high-end finishes for more budget friendly items, allowing for more space. It is entirely dependent on your preferences, but how much house you want for your budget matters.
How do you see your future home? Is it a contemporary masterpiece or a traditional styling? It is important to find a builder that work with your vision and preferred design aesthetic.
If you’re looking to build your first custom home, we can help – contact us for more information or visit www.nwohomebuilders.com/new-home-construction-floor-plans to browse our floor plans.