Building a Custom Home – Advantages and Advice
There was once a time where it was common for homeowners to build their house themselves. Now, in a time when even highly valuable subdivision plots are being filled up with row after row of carbon copied luxury homes, more and more people in the market are looking to custom home floor plans and the assistance of architects. While building a home from the bottom up is no easy feat, there are many advantages to building rather than buying.
Perhaps the biggest advantage that comes from constructing a custom home is personalization. But more than setting your home apart from the rest of the block, having a close and active role in determining what will go into your new home can make the property more valuable and much more efficient. Efficient windows, top of the line insulation, even passive solar and solar paneling in sunny areas can give loads of value to your custom home, all while making your life that much more green and environmentally-conscious (not to mention more affordable). While these features can be added on to most homes later on, building a home with energy efficiency in mind is the best bet. The right appliances can boost this gain. One of the biggest considerations prospective home owners have when purchasing a home is the cost of replacing all the old, junky, and inefficient appliances. This is compounded when you factor in not needing to update wiring, pipes, and drainage, three of the most problem-ridden vital systems to any old house.
When it comes to price, most people seem to think building your own custom home would be leagues more expensive than simply buying and older home. While it is true that the median price of new home construction is slightly higher than that of an older home, this does not account for the cost accrued from upkeep and home renovation. When you build a home, you won’t have to worry about wiring issues, outdated plumbing, or structural issues for a very long time. Not only do these costs add up quickly, they can also spring out of seemingly nowhere, interfering with financial plans and cause inconveniently timed costs.
Functionality is also better in a custom home. It’s extremely rare to find a house that meets every aspect of your life completely. Maybe it has a great office space for working from home, but the kitchen is too small for your family dinners. Maybe there are more than enough spacious bedrooms on the second floor, but no central living room. When building a custom home, you decide how much square footage you want to devote to what. Instead of having to settle for two of your three biggest functionality needs met, you can achieve all three and more. Of course, this comes with the pride of having created a home like none other on the block, one that stands out in the neighborhood not just from the curb, but suits the specific needs of you and your family.
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