Build a Custom Home

5 Reasons to Build a Custom Home

Build a Custom Home

5 Reasons to Build a Custom Home

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.  

Open floor plan in custom home
Open floor plan and vaulted ceilings in a custom home built by the Coastal Cottage Company

“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.

Reasons to Build a Custom Home

Improved safety

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

24 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Build a Custom Home”

  1. I like what this article mentions about new homes being safer than older homes. I am wanting to build a custom home, and I think that along with all the benefits it comes with, the safety is one of the biggest parts for me. I want to keep my family safe, and what better way than with a new home.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Tyler. There are a multitude of pros and cons to consider when deciding between building a new home or purchasing an older home. We agree that there are many reasons why new construction can be safer and the health and wellbeing of your family is imperative. We hope you find a quality builder to work with if you decide to build a custom home.

  2. Great post! Thank you for helping me understand the benefits of building a custom home. I really like how you said that “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?” My parents finished building their home about a year ago and they love it because everything that is in their house is what they wanted.

    1. Thank you, Rockford, for reading our blog and for your comment. There are so many great benefits to building a custom home and we’re happy to hear your parents agree!

  3. I would love to design my dream home. I’ve always thought that it would be nice to just renovate our home but it sounds like it would be more beneficial to have a custom home build. I’ll have to talk it over with my husband to see what he thinks before I do anything.

  4. My parents made their dream home when I was just a toddler, but it was cool to grow up in a unique home. It’s kind of like a cabin, so it’s really homey. I think it would be great to design your own home, so you can use your creativity to make special designs.

  5. Who doesn’t want to build their won dream home? When designing and building a new home thinking about safety is must even when the invest go a little bit costly. You got some excellent point and anyone who is going to build a new home should be happy finding this post.

  6. I think what you said about building your dream home is just about right for me. I have so many ideas for a home that I would rather just build it all from the ground up. I think I would like it if I could build my own home and put things where I wanted them.

  7. I always loved looking at custom home designs while growing up. I never thought that I could actually have my own custom home one day. However, my husband and I can now design a home for ourselves. I like that we won’t have any future renovation costs. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Annie, for reading our blog and taking the time to comment. And we’re so happy to hear you and your husband were able to build your dream home!

  8. I think at some point everyone should build their dream home. By doing so, you can make the right renovations and repairs to your home. I think it would really change how your home is. It would also be cool to have your own home that you designed.

    1. Thank you, Charles, for reading our blog and taking the time to comment. We couldn’t agree more that designing and building a custom home really makes it feel like your vision, rather than someone else’s. We hope you’re able to build your dream home one day!

  9. Thanks for the great advice. I have been looking at buying or building. You make a great argument about why I would want to build. I really like that new homes have better materials in them. I would really like to have a green house. It would save on some power bills, and I like saving on the power bills. I guess I could even have it built with solar panels.

    1. Thank you, Kody, for reading our blog and taking the time to comment. We couldn’t agree more that designing and building a custom home really makes it feel like your vision, rather than someone else’s. And building a green home is a fantastic way to save money in the long-run and contribute to the conservation of natural resources. We hope you’re able to build your dream home one day!

  10. It is really a nice and informative blog and the content is really precise. I liked your views on it. I will subscribe to it. I am looking forward for more such kind of blogs as they are really mesmerizing. Thanks for such an interesting and wonderful blog.

  11. This is some really good information about why it would be a good idea to build a custom home. I like that you talked about how you could build your dream home. That does seem like a good thing to do if you don’t like moving or if you found a good location.

  12. This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that a custom home won’t have any renovation costs. My husband and I have been talking about moving out of our apartment and into our first home, but I have a lot of things I would really like to have in a house. So we don’t have to spend money to renovate and make a house the way we want, we’ll definitely look into building a custom home so it’s how we want right off the bat. Thanks for the great post!

  13. Great post! Thank you for helping me understand the benefits that come with building a custom home. I really like how you explained that “Custom homes offer the latest designs and the safest construction methods, all tailored to your family’s lifestyle.” I have never built a custom home before but I can imagine how helpful a new home can be when it comes to ensuring that everything in your home is working properly.

  14. It’s interesting that you point out how building a new home can be more economical than renovating an old home. As you brought up, each renovation costs extra money so it makes sense that it may cost more. It would also save money since there may be unseen costs in buying an older home like replacing the electrical.

  15. I like your tip about designing your dream home. It can be easy to get intimidated in this type of situation and end up holding back, but it is definitely best to do everything you want to. You don’t want to go through all of the work that comes along with a renovation, and not be in love with your house. Do you have any tips for finding great professionals to help you plan out and design this type of thing?

  16. The major reason I would want to build a custom home is so I can build my dream home. That way, I can have everything exactly as I want it to be. And, I won’t have to worry about renovating an already built home to fit my needs.

  17. I appreciate the information on why building a custom home is beneficial. I agree that building a custom home can really decrease the amount of maintenance you will have to do later and give you fewer surprises in the long run because you are typically ensuring that you get more quality products in the beginning. My mom is debating on having her home customer built or if she should buy something pre-built, I will be sure to share this information with her.

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