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Live Your Dream: Custom Home Design Tips

By Alison Markham, Broker-Associate, GRI, Realtor® | February 20, 2008

(ARA) -The one thing better than buying a brand new home for you and your family is having a brand new home custom built. A custom built home gives you the satisfaction of knowing that your new home has been tailor-made to meet your needs, desires and lifestyle. In short, building a new home means that you get to create your dream home.

Yet, building a custom home has its challenges. It doesn’t pay to try to cruise through the experience. The more involved you are in the design and planning of your custom built home, the happier you will be with the finished product. It will also be important to find a reputable custom home builder you like and trust.

Start the process of building your new home by working on an overall idea of the kind of house plan you want. You can even draw some rough sketches of what you have been thinking of. Even though your rough drawing won’t be a technically useful document for your architect or builder, it will help give them an idea of what your dream house should look like.

Think carefully about the interior design of your home. What elements can’t you live without? What things would you like, but aren’t necessarily vital? Even though you are building your dream home, your budget may not allow for every luxury you imagine. You’ll have to pick and choose the elements that are most important for you.

If you’re planning to live in your new home for many years, you’ll want to consider your future lifestyle as well as your current one. Will your family grow in the coming years? While you might want bedrooms for small children close to your master bedroom, it’s likely you’ll feel differently when the kids are teenagers and blasting loud music in their rooms. Carefully consider the size, placement and function of all rooms, including bedrooms. It’s always important to evaluate the functionality and overall usability of the layout of your new home.

As you are finalizing plans with your architect and builder, be sure to speak up about your opinions before the building starts. If you’re not happy with something you should say so. It’s much easer to start with a design you love than to live later with a house that aggravates you on a day-to-day basis.

Taking an active role in designing your custom home will ensure the end result is a dream house and not a nightmare. To find out more about custom-home building, and to find a builder in your area, visit www.reliableremodeler.com.

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