Custom Home Design Tips

Custom Homes

Randy Glazer

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Picture your dream home, a custom home design. You probably have some ideas of what you’ve always wanted in your home. For some, it’s that open kitchen with a farmhouse sink—perfect for hosting dinner parties with friends and family. For others, it’s a quiet garden and fire pit, where they can sit at night and look up at a sky full of stars.

The bottom-line is this: building a custom home gives you a world of options. In this article, we’ll review some of the hot custom home trends and features so far in 2019, and what you should be considering for your own custom home project.

Straightforward custom home design

A custom-built home gives you the freedom to add whatever you want, wherever you want. This is one of the big reasons why custom home builds are so attractive—for many homeowners, they are literally building their dream house. Yet, many also realize that unlimited creativity can be too much of a good thing. Homes that end up being a mish-mash of different styles and architectural concepts sometimes are less than the sum of their parts. This is one of the reasons why many people looking to build are opting for more straightforward, unified design concepts.

Of course, you still get to customize your home. People building a new home are now taking into account how the property, exterior, and surrounding landscape all fit together. If you’re unsure about where to start, our recommendation is always to talk to a custom home builder and ask them about other properties they’ve worked on.

A perfect fit

No matter where your home is located, you want to be able to enjoy the weather when it’s nice out. More and more custom homes are built taking outdoor spaces into account, and not treating the surrounding environment as an afterthought. For example, a custom property might have a firepit and sitting area that faces a scenic hill or a bluff. Or, if the owners have green thumbs, space for gardening beds might be put between the main house and a guest house.

A home built for your needs

For many people, a custom home is something they hope to live in, enjoy, and pass down to their children. Custom homes give you the option to make your home just how you want it. Consider some of these options:

“Mother-In-Law” suites: True to their name, these separate spaces are perfect for parents who come to visit or, later in life, live with you. They’re also great for visiting adult children because they contain everything they will need to stay in a comfortable, independent place, without privacy issues.

Designed to save: From the literal ground-on-up, custom homes can be built with energy-efficiency in mind. By putting in dual-pane windows, insulation, and orienting the home in such a way that the afternoon sun doesn’t hit it straight on, your home builder can future-proof your home against rising cooling and heating costs.

Aesthetically pleasing: By having your new custom home painted by a reputable exterior painting company, you’ll not only have a great looking property, but you’ll also be able to select exterior home painting colors that complement the surrounding landscape, community, or other design features of your home, such as columns or exposed brick.

A home that makes you happy

Ultimately, the best quality to look for in a custom home is whatever makes you happy. If you focus on that in the planning stages, you’re setting yourself up for a lifetime of joy whenever you pull into the driveway of your new home.

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