Undoubtedly, you already know many of the benefits of custom-building your home.
Everything is under your control; from personalised building plans to
choosing your own fixtures and appliances, deciding where the sockets
and lights go; to surfaces, flooring and anything else where your
personal style is destined to be displayed. You will also know that
custom-builds will be of high-quality construction, materials and will
hold their resale value better and for longer.
Here are five reasons you should consider having a custom-built house for your next home.
As a unique person, with a family full of unique needs, why would you
expect an out-of-the-box home to fit your exact requirements? Your
custom-built home will be designed with your uniqueness in mind – rather
than you having to retrospectively mould an existing home to those
needs. Whether you want a log cabin or an ultra-modern design with your
favourite styles incorporated throughout, your contractor will help you
realise your dream.
When you buy an existing home, any environmentally-friendly features
you wish to have will need to be expensively retrofitted. Instead,
building a home from scratch gives you the unique opportunity to build
them in at the start.
Well beyond the water-saving appliances, consider other ways of
improving a home’s efficiency all year around. Ways to utilize solar and
wind energy, rain harvesting and grey-water reuse are all things not
normally added into the conventional house plan. You could include
renewable, reclaimed or recycled building materials such as timber and
stone. Your custom-designer will also know of ways to design a home to
require less heating and air conditioning, saving money (and the
environment) for years to come.
Your home will reflect who you are as a person; do you want to
retrofit an existing home or would you prefer to build your new home to
fit around you?
Your hobby or special interest deserves to be designed into your
home, whether you need to house a collection, sport or developing home
business. Maybe you desire a yoga studio, fitness room, games room,
theatre, swimming pool or even a bowling alley. Perhaps you are a
Masterchef wannabe or need a place for your grand piano.
High-tech needs such as state-of-the-art sound, lighting or
entertainment features can really make a statement as well as supply the
needs for you and your guests.
Every family is unique. Maybe your family has become one of the
increasing number of multi-generational homes with elderly parents or
grandchildren now sharing your home. Maybe you care for a disabled
person with special needs or simply have an extraordinary family in
other ways. Your current accommodation may no longer serve your needs.
Your design can include a traditional “granny flat” complete with its
own amenities, or simply extra rooms to incorporate the extra people
living in your home. As you age, you may prefer fewer stairs, wider
doors and lower countertops. Even if you are comfortable on your own for
the moment, with more and more families returning to the
multi-generational model of our ancestors, it is wise to plan for the
Obviously, a brand new home is going to come with brand new paint,
flooring, roof, appliances and everything else. You will also know that
the electrics and plumbing are up to current codes. But there’s more
You can design your home and gardens with low-maintenance in mind,
and with the latest technology going in, it will help keep it in
pristine condition for longer, with less effort. Your energy will be
better spent in appreciating your home rather than taking care of it.
Isn’t it time you stopped trying to convert other people’s dreams to
fit your life and design and build your own dream instead? Your
custom-built home will have your heart and soul invested in it, making
it truly and uniquely yours for many years to come.
Mark Williamson writes for Cambuild, custom home builder in Perth, Western Australia. Catch Mark on Google+ to discuss this piece.