Important Initial Things To Consider When Building A Custom Home

by - 6/02/2017 03:19:00 PM

Unlike a spec house and a resale home which forces the homeowner to accept the living space, they have bought as it is, a custom home is a space and style that you completely design on your own. By your tastes, you decide what to incorporate and what to shun as a design flaw or something you’re just not interested in. You and you alone, decide the layout of each room, the style and theme of each room. Because you’re going to be designing each room, the materials you use are wholly going to be up to your spec, and what kind of quality and origin they have, and more importantly where they shall be used is again, an artistic choice purely left on your shoulders. There some common pitfalls that most people make when going through the process for the first time when building a custom home.

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Buying land before surveying
The most common mistake is to buy the land you intend to build your house on before you’ve got a chance to properly survey it. The key aspects of the land itself are the addition to the property value it will put on top of the house when it’s built. Privacy and views are the two main sort-after aspects by the smartest buyers who know the location is important but so is the neighborhood.
Site preparation will have enormous costs which you will need to consider including the environmental remediation such as greener design variants that will utilize green technology or power sourced from nature surrounding the house. The municipal zoning will perhaps have the biggest deciding factor as to which value bracket the home will be, as the countryside and city locations always battle it out for the most attractive price. This must all be factored in before signing away on the land as

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Imposing and not adapting
When moving into a new neighborhood, the buildings will have a distinct character with a clear-cut style which was designed to match the landscape. Imposing designs can be incredibly well done such as the residential architecture. If you choose to impose your design on the property you’ve just bought it may not always harmonize with the environment and look totally out of character with the surrounding properties. This could be in the sense that shines brighter with a unique but well-done style, or it may stick out like a sore thumb. You might also cause a bit of grief because such actions which devalue a property even though they might be the favored artistic choice by the owner, will have an adverse impact on the value of the immediate market area.  

Adapting your design, such as if you added another floor, but kept the scheme the same and the colors melted into the rest of the home, that wouldn’t be a problem. One of the examples to keep in your mind is, if your property is down by the waterfront, it’s quite alright to build a garden home or extension, but it looks like a growth on the original home itself. The colors aren’t outlandish, and the style of the rooms isn’t wild and unrecognizable. Properties with access to a swimming pool or waterfront automatically go up in value but the extension or adaptation can either be a wart on the nose, or it can be the jewel in the crown.

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