So you’re ready to take the plunge and build a custom home? Congratulations! No more cookie cutter houses for you! It’s time to put your own personal stamp on your house. After all making a house a home is all about personalization. Even with the excitement and possibilities of building a custom home it’s important to keep a few things in mind so that the process can be as stress free and enjoyable as possible.
This is the fun part! Look at magazines, watch home decorating shows, look at Pinterest, blogs and dream your heart out! Find out what floats your boat and gets your heart beating fast in terms of flooring, cabinets, and layouts. Visit show rooms, and model homes to discover what you like and what you don’t like in a home. Understand why certain materials bring value to a home and which materials don’t stand the test of time. After you have fun with the pretty stuff take time to look at the details of what goes into a home like closet size, irrigations systems, outlets, plumbing and electric designs,. The more you know the better you can communicate your needs and vision with your builder.
Define your Lifestyle:
A home is the foundation from which you live your life. You want it to be organized and set up in the best possible way for you to live your fullest and happiest life. Ask yourself:
- - How many bedrooms would benefit your family most?
- - Do you have family visiting often and a guest room is a must?
- - Do you work from home?
- - If you like to entertain would an open floor plan work better?
- - Would it be more convenient to have the master bedroom on the first floor?
- - If you have young children would it be important to have a mudroom before entering the home?
- Answering lifestyle questions will help you prioritize the needs of your family and create a home that will make life even more wonderful once you move in!
Building a home is a process and doesn’t happen overnight. There are many decisions to be made about room sizes, colors, cabinetry, flooring, etc. Take your time and do your research so you know what you want and can communicate that with your builder and the team.
With today’s modern appliances, electronics and gadgets the modern home needs to have a ton more outlets than homes only a decade ago. Remember to place extra outlets:
- - In the closets for lighting, beauty appliances, charging stations, as well as appliances needed for clothing care.
- - Outside, close the front door, around the fireplace, and anywhere holiday lights need to be plugged in.
- - Around the bathroom counter. You don’t want to be stuck without enough outlets for your hair dryer, your curler; your husband’s shaving needs, and your special devices.
- - Around the toilets and in hallways for night lights.
- - The kitchen pantry for any appliances that might live there as well as any area that might become a charging station.
- - Add motion sensors that turn on lights as you approach the house
- - Add carbon monoxide unit on wall near bedrooms
- - Video surveillance cameras
Do you want your laundry room on the first level or the second level close to the bedrooms? Since laundry is a must for all of us, take time to think about how you want things set up. Do you want open shelving or cabinets? Do you want a space to fold laundry, organize loads, store baskets? Create a space that makes you happy or at least makes laundry a little more pleasurable!
When building a home, thanks to home decorating shows, we know that the most value comes from the kitchen and the bathrooms. Make sure you research and work with quality materials to last you a long time, are practical and fit your lifestyle. Make a list of items that you really want and prioritize them so you can easily make decisions about where to save in the budget if necessary.
Lastly, have fun as you go through this process. It will be so worth it in the end!