There’s something special about walking over the threshold of a home you designed yourself. Just like Cinderella’s slipper, a custom built home fits your lifestyle and your needs perfectly.
While there are numerous reasons to purchase a pre-owned home, today’s newly-constructed and built-to-suit homes offer more benefits than ever before. So these are the top five reasons to build your own custom home:
Design your dream home
A home built before 1990 is unlikely to reflect the current needs and desires of most home buyers. Modern trends such as open floor plans, resort-style bathrooms, professional-grade kitchens, and home theatre rooms just don’t exist in most older houses. So the biggest benefit of building a custom home is your ability to design it to be exactly what you want.
“Green” products and construction
Building codes require higher energy efficiency standards than ever before, which translates to lower utility bills and less impact on the environment. New homes now feature tighter-sealed building envelopes, energy efficient windows, thicker insulation, and better air filtration which can alleviate symptoms of those who have asthma or allergies. New construction also allows homeowners to take a whole-house approach rather than adding in elements piecemeal, saving significantly more money in the long run.
Lower maintenance and fewer surprises
We’ve all heard horror stories of older homes that passed inspection but then a year or two later, the roof leaked or the HVAC needed to be replaced. New construction has fewer of these costly surprises. Not only are improved construction methods and cutting-edge engineering implemented, but you also get to choose the best building materials and appliances you can afford. And many of these elements come with warranties and other guarantees, such as 30-year roof warranties.
More stringent building codes and advancements in technology mean that new homes tend to be safer. Hard-wired smoke detectors, garage doors with infrared beams, air conditioners with environmentally-friendly coolants, and materials with fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) keep your family healthier and safer. Safety is especially important when building near the coastline. Building a custom home allows you to take advantage of the latest innovations in high-wind zone home design and construction.
No renovation costs
Pre-owned homes can be modified to meet your standards, but each alteration will cost you. While changing paint colors and cabinet hardware might not be a big deal, removing walls or laying down new hardwood floors definitely are. For example, the average kitchen renovation costs between $20,000 and $40,000! So it’s not unusual for a custom home to actually be more economical than an older home that requires extensive renovations and repairs.
Custom homes offer the latest designs and the safest construction methods, all tailored to your family’s lifestyle. Why endure the stress and cost of renovations when you can enjoy a home that fits you like a fairytale glass slipper?
We’d love to talk with you about making that fairytale a reality.
Blog by Jessica T. Smith for the Coastal Cottage Company