Are you thinking about buying a custom-built home? Perhaps you have already dove in, but are now looking for tips to ensure this experience is a good one rather than leaving you with regret. Our site is filled with tips from our team, but now we have scanned the web for tips from “experts” in this field to add to our tips to ensure you have as close to a flawless experience as possible as you go through the process of creating your own custom home.
We all want our dream home to be exactly that, a dream home, but not every aspect of that dream is realistic unless you have bottomless pockets. I doubt that is the case for most people reading this, so we want to make sure that you prioritize the items that you “must” have, then start ranking the items that would “like” to have incorporated into the design of the home.
Watch the Trends
Most experts would agree, especially if you want resale value of the home, do not fall for new trends when working out the design of the home. I don’t care when you build, there are going to be popular fads, but these fads often die out as soon as they arrive, so don’t fall for the trap. Think longevity, not trendy with your design.
What Is Your Style?
Most people do not even know, to be perfectly honest, but this is easy enough to find out. You can figure this out by scanning through different home and interior decorating magazines and websites and marking the things that you like the most. Generally speaking, your top favorites will all emulate a certain style, and that is what is recommended for you to incorporate into the design of your home.
You want your home to have a “wow” factor, but it is still a home and it must be functional first. There are certain design aspects that need to be incorporated into the home, such as the kitchen triangle, then you can create the wow around those functional aspects. Think of the problems you faced in previous homes, and ensure those design issues are not precent in your new custom home.
Use the Technology
There are so many advantages in terms of the technology that can be incorporated into a home today than even a decade ago, you want to take advantage of them all. From the simple no-brainers like direct internet access and wifi boosters built into every room to all the “smart” equipment. As an example, I have an older friend that was anti-tech going in, but we talked him into incorporating smart technology into his home, now he runs his entire household off his smartphone and tablet. This has lowered his energy bills as well as making his home safer with the security technology. Needless to say, he is quite happy he took that recommendation.
It is highly unlikely that you have enough construction experience to manage a custom-built home on your own. That is not a dig, but just the reality of the situation. If you find yourself overwhelmed or short on time, the best thing you can do is add a residential construction project manager to your team to help you.
Watch the Compromises
As we noted above, it is unlikely that you will be able to get everything you want, but you should not be willing to compromise on your “musts.” If you do, you are going to find yourself just as unhappy in your new custom-built home as you were in your previous home, and we want to avoid that at all costs. You have the ultimate approval authority, so stick to your guns on the features you really want.
If you need help, let Better Build Now work with you on your custom home build. We offer a wide variety of services for homeowners, including residential construction project manager and construction consultant. For more information about these services, give us a call at 888-402-4180.