Are you considering building a custom home?
If so, you’re not alone. 5.34 million homes were bought and sold in the US in 2019. Of those homes, 682,000 were newly built custom designs.
You might be thinking: A custom house sounds wonderful, but is the extra effort worth it? Won’t it be more expensive than buying an existing home?
The answers might surprise you. In this post, we’ll discuss 8 reasons why custom home building is the best option for future homeowners.
Your dream home lies ahead, so keep reading!
1. Full Design Control
The most obvious benefit of building a custom home is designing every aspect exactly the way you want it. From the actual layout to the types of materials to the tiniest details, your home will be uniquely yours.
Not a fan of marble countertops? You can have granite or concrete instead.
Do you love lots of natural light? Create a wall of windows in your living room or bedroom.
Want to enjoy your morning coffee or after-dinner cocktails on the porch? Build your home with a wraparound porch so you can catch the sunrise and the sunset.
Whatever features you’ve always dreamed about, a custom home builder can make it happen.
2. Adapted to Your Family’s Needs
If you buy an existing home, you’re building a house that was created for someone else’s lifestyle. Wouldn’t it be better to build a home that’s suited for your unique circumstances?
Maybe you’re a middle-aged couple with three teenagers at home. Maybe you’re young working professionals with three dogs instead of three kids. Maybe you have elderly parents and you anticipate them moving in with you one day.
Just like there’s no one-size-fits-all family, there’s no one-size-fits-all home. Think of the customization options for the families listed above.
The family with teenagers will need extra bedrooms (and bathrooms), as well as some private space for mom and dad. The young couple might opt for a more open floor plan with home offices and a fenced-in yard for the dogs.
Those concerned about their aging parents could build a separate “suite” with a small kitchen and everything else their folks would need. As you can see, the possibilities are endless!
3. Choose Your Lot
Even if you find a great existing home, what’s the neighborhood and surrounding area like? Is it where you would choose to live if you were building a home from scratch?
Another advantage of building a custom home is the freedom to choose exactly where to build it.
Maybe you want to be near the best schools or you want a shorter commute to work. Or maybe you want a secluded ranch on the outskirts of town. Whatever the case, you have the freedom to select the best location for your lifestyle.
4. Better Budget Control
You might think that a custom home is beyond your budget, but that’s not necessarily true.
A skilled homebuilder will construct your home within the confines of your specified budget. You control the price point of everything that goes into your home, from the construction materials to any special features.
Your builder will factor your budget into each stage of the construction process. If any adjustments need to be made, you can make those decisions together.
5. Highest Quality Materials & Work
You weren’t there when an existing home was built, so how much can you know about the materials and work that went into it?
Even if the original quality was good, there’s no guarantee the previous owner maintained the property as they should have.
Many a family has moved into an existing home only to find maintenance nightmares lurking underneath. Any money you save buying an existing home could get eaten up by costly repair or renovation work.
Building a custom home eliminates all those worries. You’ll rest easy knowing that only the best materials, brands, and products are going into your house. You also won’t have to worry about unexpected repair bills, since everything you install will be brand-new.
6. Individual Expression
Chances are you’ll start by looking at sample floor plans—which, of course, are 100% customizable. But the sky truly is the limit to building the home you’ve always envisioned.
Do you want a large gallery wall to display your favorite artwork? How about a spiral staircase leading up to the master bedroom or a library wall for your home office? Or maybe you have a bold accent color you want to weave through every room of the house.
Whatever the case, you have the ability to express your unique style down to the tiniest detail.
7. Energy-Efficient Options
Many older homes were built before energy efficiency became popular (or even possible).
You could end up with a house that’s drafty in the winter and sizzling in the summer—not to mention the impact on your electric bill.
When you build a custom home, you can design it with energy efficiency and cost savings in mind. From energy-efficient appliances to double glazed windows, you can create an environmentally-friendly home that’s both comfortable and affordable.
Don’t forget about all the smart home technology available too. Installing it during the building process lets you control the lighting, temperature, and locks with the touch of a button—even if you’re not at home!
Final Thoughts on Building a Custom Home
So, what do you think? Is building a custom home the right choice for you?
Think of the freedom you’ll have to select a lot and build a home that’s suited to your family’s needs. You’ll have complete control over the materials, the design, and how much you spend.
We can’t make the decision for you, but we can promise that you’ll never regret choosing a custom home.
Do you live in the great state of Texas? Rock Ridge Homes proudly operates from Stephenville to Aledo and all towns in between.
Contact us today to find out how to build a custom home you’ll enjoy for years to come.