Building a new home is always an exciting experience, but before you even begin the process you have to make an extremely important decision: do you choose a home design offered by a builder or do you opt for a custom home.
There’s no doubting the fact that choosing an off-the-rack home design is the quicker and more convenient of the two options, but it’s also worth noting that there are some significant advantages in taking your time and designing a custom home.
If you’re in the process of considering which option to take for your next new home build, make sure you check out our list of the top 5 benefits of building a custom home. You might be surprised at what you learn!
As the name suggests, one of the major benefits of building a custom home is that you get to be involved in every stage of it’s design. This means you can choose everything including the floorplan, the building materials & construction method and the fixtures and fittings.
This means that you’ll end up with an home that is a true reflection of your needs, personality and lifestyle instead of settling for someone else’s idea of the perfect home. You’re also able to make choices that are in line with your priorities and values. This can include design elements (like a home office, alfresco entertaining area or extra bedrooms) that reflect your needs as well as being able to opt for more eco friendly or cost effective build materials and methods.
2. Energy Efficiency
Designing and building your own custom home means that you’re able to ensure that it will be as energy efficient as possible from day one. Incorporating the right materials, insulation and design – including concepts like solar passive design in which windows, walls and floors collect, store, reflect and redistribute heat – will mean that your energy bills and carbon footprint will be as small as possible. This will make a big difference over the lifetime of your custom home.
3. Low Maintenance
The problem with going with a home builder’s design is that you’re essentially opting for what’s most profitable for them to build. Cheaper materials and building methods might not seem like an issue at first, but they can result in increased maintenance issues for you further down the line. With a custom home, however, you can be 100% sure that everything is being built to a standard that will stand the test of time. You can also design the house to suit your needs well into the future, which can save you a lot on costly renovations.
4. Financial Benefits
Choosing a custom home might seem like the more expensive option at first glance, but it actually provides home builders with a whole host of financial benefits on top of the lower power bills associated with a truly energy efficient home we discussed earlier.
The freedom to choose your materials, building method and design type (such as a pole home) can actually result in a home that is far more cost effective. It also allows you to spend money on the areas of your home that are the most important to you and to make savings in other areas. Unlike an off-the-rack design, you’re not forced into spending money on features that you don’t really need or want.
5. Environmental Friendliness
Solar power, solar battery storage, grey water recycling, solar passive design, recycled/low carbon footprint building materials, less destructive & more innovative and efficient building methods – when you’re building a custom home there is almost no limit to the ways in which you can make your new home more eco friendly. The only question you have to ask is how important is it for you to build an environmentally home and what features do you want to incorporate into the design.
As you can see, while building a custom home might not be the quickest and easiest option available, but it definitely has some significant advantages over choosing a design provided by a home builder. At Schlager Group, our expertise in custom home design and construction will ensure that you’re able to make the absolute most out of all of these benefits and end up with the custom home of your dreams. Get in touch with us today to find out more.