Designing a custom or semi-custom home is a huge undertaking with a number of big decisions falling on your shoulders. When you build, it turns into a full-scale commitment that may look overwhelming — from customizing the floor plan to selecting paint options. As you begin the home-building process, consider implementing these tips to make your dream home a reality.
Start your project with a goal. You’re crafting a sanctuary that you will come back to at the end of each day to unwind and feel at ease. So, take it easy in the beginning. Create a checklist of ideas, features you may want in each room, or important must-haves. Once you lay out the structure of your project, then you can begin working your way towards final decisions with the help and feedback from your builder.
Plan for the Future
Imagine what your life could look like two years, five years, even 10 years down the road. Would your home still meet your style and function desires? When designing a home, you need to think long-term rather than “right now.” Do you plan on having kids? How much storage space will you need? Turns out, most homeowners underestimate how much space they need, which can be inconvenient for organization purposes and cost more to upgrade later on. Planning your home to fit your future needs will save you from continuously expanding to suit your situation.
Prioritize Function and Flow
A design that serves a purpose holds up over time. Dig into the details of your daily routine and consider what would make your everyday life uncomplicated. An open floor plan, for example, establishes a good connection and logical layout for smooth access throughout your home. Think about your previous or current home, what you like or dislike about the setup, and make sure you can achieve this with your future home. Leave no stone unturned and use every space to its fullest potential.
Upgrade During the Build
Some materials can be easier to change than others, but larger functional characteristics that impact important structural elements will not be. By upgrading at the start, you won’t need to worry about improving later. High-end materials and new appliances will last for years and save you money on maintenance and repairs. And, new homebuyers will be looking for the updated features. All in all, don’t set yourself up for additional work and money spent down the road — upgrade now.
Make it Your Own
You deserve to look around 15 years from now and still love the selections you chose. Although your custom home builder has the experience and expertise, YOU make the decisions. Pick the materials that best reflect your taste, personality, and style, that you will appreciate for years to come. Designing your own home can be a meticulous process, but it’s also so rewarding to take a part in building your future!
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