Designing and building a new custom home can be one of the most exciting times in your life. You are building a new home! Just thinking about it makes you smile.
But the thought can also seem a bit overwhelming. Building a custom home is very different from buying a new car, or even an existing house. Planning is essential to realizing the home of your dreams.
Before meeting with your home designers, spend as much time as possible thinking about the type of home you want to build and what it needs to include. The following tips might help.
Determine Your Budget
One of your first steps will be to set a budget for the total cost of your home. Determine the estimated amount you prefer to pay and the maximum amount you are willing or able to spend.
Get an Idea of the Square Footage for Your New Home
Compare the home you now live in to the one you want to build. Does your home have enough square footage? Are there any rooms you wish were larger? Do you need more rooms? Do you want a one-story home, one and a half or two stories? Keep in mind that the price of your home, as well as future heating and cooling costs, increases with each square foot added. Your home designer and builder can provide more information, but it’s best to consider your preferences and limitations in advance.
Make Your Needs & Wish Lists
Make a list of what your new home needs. Then make a wish list of additional features that are not necessary, but would nice to include.
Look Online for Home Design Ideas, Likes & Dislikes
Browse the FBG photo gallery of home designs, entryways, kitchens, bathrooms and more. When you find something you like, note the gallery name and image number, such as #3 of Outdoor Living. Even better, create a board on Pinterest.
Designing Your Custom Home with Pinterest
The popular new social network, Pinterest, is an online pinboard offering an excellent place to gather, organize and share images. You can create a home design board, then search in Pinterest as well as online for custom homes, appliances, plumbing fixtures, lighting, color schemes – just about anything you can think of for your new home. (If you search for ‘Frankel Building Group’, you will see many custom homes FBG built.)
‘Pin’ the images you like to your board. You could even create a board for each room of your new home. Then when you meet with your home designer, you simply share the link to your board. What could be easier?!
Most likely, this will be the only custom home you build in your lifetime. Have fun with it!