Building a custom home is a lifetime investment, as well as a dream for many individuals. Because of this, it’s extremely important to get the floor plans for your custom home right. After all, it’s much easier to adjust a home designer’s draft than it is to modify a home that has already been built. It is important for you to have a vision in mind for things like what style of home you want, how big you want it to be and features you need it to have. With a clear vision, a strong list and a good home designer, you’re well on your way to owning your custom dream home.

Style

Everyone has some kind of aesthetic they prefer that sets them apart from others. Homes are no different — from the stepped roof and imposing silhouette of a Tudor home to the minimal, logical layout of the ranch style, there are numerous design philosophies when it comes to architecture. It’s exactly because of this variety that you, as a home buyer, need to be well-informed and researched on your possible options. However, there can be some factors limiting your options. If your plot of land is restricted, then building an American Craftsman-style home may be more practical than a sprawling California Ranch home. Whatever your specific situation may be, it’s important to be well-informed so you can make the decision you will be most happy with in the long run.

Features

For many people buying a pre-built home, the features each home offers play a large part in the purchasing decision. This remains true while building a custom home. Luckily, you have a lot of control over what features your home will include in the final product. So in order to be as happy as possible, it’s a good strategy for you to draft a list of must-have features in your home and another list of options you would like to have. This list can include a wide array of options, whether it be accommodation for central heat and air, walk-in pantries/closets or a fully-equipped kitchen with a serving bar and island. It’s important to know exactly what things you must have in your home and what options you would be willing to compromise on. Knowing about both style and design features you need will prepare you for the final and arguably most important step of the design process.

Choose a Home Designer

The importance of this section absolutely cannot be overstated. Choosing the correct home designer can be a difficult process, but the payoff at the end is well worth the effort.  There are two key qualities to consider when hiring a home plan designer tailored to your specific needs: communication and experience.

  • Communication.  It is extremely important to have a communicative home designer who is willing to work with you and listen to your input. If your home designer doesn’t fit under this category, it is probably best to find a new one, or all the work you’ve done on research and listing will have been for naught. A home designer willing to work together and communicate can bring your vision closer to reality than one who isn’t.
  • Experience.   Another important aspect of choosing a home designer is making sure they have the relevant experience to complete your job. Choose a home designer who comes highly recommended and who also has a history of designing homes in the style you are looking for. You may also want to find homes in your area to draw inspiration from and find which home designer drafted them.

Conclusion

In short, thorough research and meticulous planning are both required in order to be successful when building a custom home. If you know what you want and can find the right home designer to make it happen, your dream home will become a reality.