When you decide you want to buy a home, you will most likely be overwhelmed with your options. Not only do you need to choose a general location to focus your home search on, but you also need to decide which home features are needs and which are wants. Considering today's inventory of available homes for sale is low, you may not be able to find the right home in the right location that is priced right where you need it.
Thankfully, building a custom home is a great option to consider because you can design the house you want and need while staying within your budget. Of course, building a custom home is also a challenging task if you struggle making decisions. With this guide, you will learn a few important things to consider when designing your new construction home.
Don't Select a Stock Floor Plan
The floor plan is one of the biggest decisions you will need to make during the building process. From a traditional ranch style or contemporary bungalow to a more transitional multi-story home with an open floor plan, the possibilities are endless.
Once you find a basic plan, your builder's architect can customize the plan to fit your specific needs. For example, architects can change the roof line, add a front or back porch, add or remove doors and windows, and even take out a wall to make the home more open.
Choosing a stock plan may seem like the easiest option, but you do have the ability to customize every standard floor plan to suit your likes and dislikes.
Focus On the Kitchen/Master Bathrooms
It is also important to note that certain areas of the home are more prominent than others. Not only are these the most popular rooms of the house, but they are also the most attractive to buyers. Therefore, you want your focus to be on the kitchen and master bathroom for your own benefit, but also to appeal to buyers if you ever need to sell the home.
For the most enjoyment and function while ensuring the highest return on your investment, the kitchen and master bathroom should be spacious and designed well.
The kitchen cabinets should be designed in a manner that maximizes storage and efficiency. Custom features, such as soft-close cabinet doors and drawers, under-cabinet lighting, and energy efficient appliances are ideal.
In the master bathroom, make sure to include a linen closet for storage. The larger the shower area, the better, since a large glass shower makes the bathroom feel more open and airy.
Building a custom home does not have to be overwhelming. By focusing on a customized floor plan and the kitchen and master bathroom, you can build the home of your dreams.