Avoid These 3 Mistakes When Building a Custom Home

Designing and building a custom home can be an exciting time: there’s so much potential, and you’ve got so many ideas about what you want your new home to be. You’ve checked Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram for ideas, looked at inspiration books for kitchen and bedroom designs, and you think you’ve got it all narrowed down to what you want in your custom home.

The problem is, people often find that what they wanted is not what they actually needed one, five, or even 20 years later.

We’ve worked on enough home projects to know which areas tend to be future problems for people, which things they wish they would have changed, and the things they wish they had more of. Here are three mistakes to avoid when you start planning your custom home.

1. Building to only satisfy today’s needs.

This is one of our custom homes. We worked closely with our Customer to give them exactly what they need to avoid any mistakes that come from building a custom home.

This is one of our custom homes. We worked closely with our Customer to give them exactly what they need.

You’re presumably going to be in your home for a good long time, and you’re going to have to deal with life’s circumstances such as a parent coming to live with you, having a/another child and, later in life, aging.

If you build to your life’s situation today, you may find things have changed drastically in five or ten years, and the home doesn’t suit you anymore. That means expensive renovations or moving to another home that’s better suited to your new situation. So you can plan for the future by doing things like putting the master suite on the bottom floor (which tends to be a very marketable feature in the coastal Delaware market), or having wider hallways to accommodate aging family members. You may not need it now, but you’ll be glad you have it later.

2. Build specific, single-use rooms

You may have specific uses in mind for rooms in your new home, like a music room, exercise room, or even a kid’s playroom. But you may only use that room for an hour or two a day, and possibly not every day.

Rather than designing a particular room around a specific interest, complete with hardware, cabinetry, or other design features, consider creating a multi-purpose room instead. Make it adaptable to changing needs, requirements, and users.

Remember, if you ever sell your house, that room is likely going to be listed as a bedroom or office anyway, so try to keep it as simple as possible, and use temporary fittings and designs to fulfill the function you want at that time, and easily convert it later.

3. Poor space planning

You might be tempted to have an oversized master closet the size of a small bedroom, but is that really the best use of space (it may be and, if that’s what you want, we can build it)? It’s one thing if you’ve got a 7,000 square foot home, and can spare 100 feet here or there. But if your home is a quarter or third that size, you might want to put some of that space into the actual master bedroom or bathroom instead.

Similarly, don’t overdo it on storage. While every bedroom should have ample closet space, there’s no reason to overbuild it. While we can’t help you decide what personal belongings to bring along on your new custom home journey, moving into a new house is a good time to examine the things you’re keeping and the things you should be letting go. Rather than building a house filled with storage space for the things you haven’t actually seen in five years, trim down on the things you’re keeping, trim down on storage space, and increase your functional living space instead. You want a house for living, not for storage.

There are plenty of things to consider when building your custom home. It’s important to plan everything out, and have several talks with your builder about your ideas and long-term plans. Broadpoint is adept at making suggestions and recommendations to help you achieve your ultimate goal of having the perfect-sized custom home that fits all of your needs, both now and in the future.

To learn more, please contact Broadpoint Custom Homes to learn how we can help you build the home that suits your immediate needs and gets you ready for the future.