What to Consider before Building a Custom Home

Custom Home New Home Custom Home BuilderIf you’ve been looking for a house but haven’t found one that suits your needs, consider the advantages of a custom home. There are huge benefits in being able to make a home your own in every way, beginning with the selection and customization of a unique plan with the help of professional designers who truly know the ropes. A custom home lets you get exactly what you want in a living space, while taking control of every aspect: budget, design, materials and layout.

A brand new custom home is without question a major investment, but also one of the most exciting and gratifying projects you will ever undertake. All the more reason to be well prepared and do your homework in advance. Here are some solid tips to help you get things going in the best possible way.

New Homes Come in Many Shapes and Sizes

An experienced custom home builder will have talented expert design staff who can work from your sketches and list of wants and needs to create comprehensive working drawings. Ask if the company has conceptual 3-D design capability, to give that extra exciting advantage of being able to “see” your home take shape before construction actually begins.

If you are overwhelmed by the possibilities, start by creating a file of images from magazines and on-line sources. Any or all of these can be shown to the custom home builder during the planning stages, and their advice and suggestions will be extremely helpful. Some guidelines for the type of home you create may be determined by the flavour of the community where you decide to build. Custom Home New Home Custom Home BuilderOnce you know what parameters you are working with, however, there is nothing to stop your imagination!

A Custom Home Builder Keeps Your Own Needs in Mind

One story or two? Number of bedrooms? How about the size of the garage and yes or no to a finished basement? Think about your special interests and those of your family, such as cooking, creating artwork, video games or gardening. All of these personal details will make a difference in terms of what rooms are incorporated into your new home and how they will look. As far as your architectural tastes, do you like modern, contemporary lines or a more traditional heritage style?

The Importance of Good Custom Home Builders

Do your research. The hiring of reliable and innovative custom home builders is paramount, as it will affect the majority of the factors that you need to consider, including construction budget, approval of paperwork and codes, quality of the work and ultimately, of course, the overall appearance and feel of the house. Create a custom home you can be 100% proud of, and keep in your family for generations.

Doug Kerr - the owner of Kerr ConstructionDoug Kerr is the owner of Kerr Construction in Vancouver. With over 25 years of experience in the renovation and new home construction business, he has developed the Kerr System for designing and building. With this Design/Build system he has helped hundreds of clients achieve their dream homes while also winning multiple national and provincial building and renovations awards. Being a former world-class athlete…” Read more.

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