Building a custom home is a big decision. Before going in this direction, you have likely looked through countless homes for sale and made notes about things you like and others you don’t. Maybe you found a great location, but the home on the lot does not work for you? Maybe you love part of a design, but there are areas of the house that drive you crazy?
Building a custom home is a strong choice when you find a lot with a great location but are not satisfied with the current home, when you find a home in need of significant repairs, or for undeveloped lots.
Among the most powerful reasons for deciding to build a custom home is a desire for choices. A custom home can start as a blank slate. In essence, you have the opportunity to build your dream house. Beyond choices like the appliances and finishes, every detail from small to big is in your control. It is ideal when you have a vision for the type of house you want. Whether you want a design that makes a statement, a house with the latest technology, or simply a place that feels like home, building a custom home allow you to make those ideas a reality. Maybe you are taller or shorter than average and want doors and windows to fit you perfectly, maybe you are left handed and want optimized doors and fixtures, or maybe you just love a certain aesthetic, species of wood, or a color scheme. Whatever the impetus, a custom home can facilitate that expression.
On the other end of the spectrum, if you do not want to get caught up in minute details you can work with a designer or architect you respect and let them choose details you might love but never knew existed. At the end of the day, building custom is best when you want something unique.
Another significant reason to go with a new custom home is greater reliability and less maintenance. When you buy new fixtures, appliances, and build with new materials many of the common repairs needed with older houses get pushed way down the line. Over the course of home ownership, repairs and maintenance can really add up. If you buy an older house and have to replace the roof, the A/C, buy new appliances, fix water damaged bathroom walls and floors, replace flooring, and repaint, pretty soon the money you thought you were saving by buying used stretches thin.
Let us not forget another great reason for building custom, secret rooms! Who has not thought a spinning fireplace that leads to an underground man cave would be cool? In all seriousness though, your imagination is the limit for what can be done, whether it is a room for a guitar collection, a garage set up for building a muscle car, a kitchen Julia Child could only dream of, or a dining room large enough to accomodate the entire extended family on holidays.