What Not To Do When Building An Indianapolis Custom Home

Written by: Penny Siml on Monday, December 12, 2016

Building an Indianapolis custom home isn't always as easy as it might seem.
When you think about your dream home, you probably imagine a large farmhouse kitchen, a luxury spa bathroom, separate bedrooms for all of your kids, a large lower level complete a theatre room, and an outdoor living room. Whether your dream home includes all of those things or not, you need to have a plan of action when it comes to building an Indianapolis custom home. Without a set plan, you can easily be swept away in upgrades, fees, additional costs, and time delays.

When building an Indianapolis custom home, you have to know what to avoid and what not to do in order to get the home of your dreams.


1. Without a plan, you could end up not being prepared for all of the little decisions that come with building a custom home and when that happens, the timeline could be impacted by serious delays.

  • 2. You might also end up paying for features that you don’t even want. A plan will help you know exactly what you’re looking for and help you stick to your original budget.
  • 3. Not having a plan as you build your custom home can also result in a home that you don’t love. Your custom home should be your dream home, not someone else’s dream home.



To help you prepare for building your Indianapolis custom home and getting a plan ready, here are some things you should NOT do during the process:

  • Ignore room layouts: Sure, you’re paying someone to design a custom floor plan, but you need to pay attention to the room layouts. Everything from the size of a room to how much closet space will be included should be considered.
  • Forget about natural light: Lighting can be tricking depending on the size of your home, but usually natural light is the preferred way to light a room. If your floor plan allows it, include windows in every room and maybe even consider skylights in certain rooms.
  • Include unused rooms: The theater in the lower level sounds great, but how often do you actually find yourself sitting down to watch a movie? Design is great, but function should trump design in this case. If you’re building a custom home, make sure you love every square foot of the place.
  • Poorly place the laundry room: Upstairs? Behind the kitchen? Through the mudroom? Where is the best place for the laundry room? The best place is wherever you think it will be best utilized. Placing it upstairs means you don’t have to lug dirty and clean clothes up and down the stairs, but downstairs could flow better with your home.
  • Exclude proper kitchen design: Your kitchen needs to work efficiently and smoothly with the rest of your home. It should be close to where you bring groceries in, but it also needs to be close to the dining room. However, you also have to keep in mind the actual layout of the kitchen. If you’re constantly walking around an island to get to anything, will that work? If your sink is incredibly far from the stove top, how will you boil water?



Planning each and every step of the custom home building process is crucial to success. At Carrington Homes, we take pride in our building process. We’ll work with you through each and every step of creating your dream home.


Thinking about building your custom home? Be sure to read our free ebook, “Tips For Building Your Custom Home,” get helpful information on the entire home building experience.



Penny Siml




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