5 Must-Haves for Your Custom Home

If you’re building a custom home, chances are you aren’t going to want the most common, everyday designs and amenities. Building a custom home means getting a chance to build your home exactly as you want it, from the ground up. In order to help you build the home of your dreams, let’s take a look at 5 must-haves for your new custom home. 

  1. An Open Layout

Open layouts are all the rage right now. By using an open layout, you create a wide-open, expansive atmosphere in your home. An open layout is one that can breathe and one that doesn’t feel cramped whatsoever. Because many older homes aren’t built with open layouts, building your custom means you can design your home to be as open as you want it. Big living rooms and fewer walls are a great start.

  1. A Roof That Will Last

Instead of getting a common roof that will require maintenance work and will only last you about 17 years at best, go for a roof that you’ll almost never have to do work on once it’s installed. By using synthetic cedar shakes, you can achieve the simplistic, natural beauty of cedar with all the durability of asphalt shakes. The cedar shake roof life expectancy is 40 years if maintained correctly. Maintenance involves simple things such as debris removal.

  1. Durable Kitchen Countertops

If you want to make the most out of your custom home, durable countertops are a must. Gray quartz countertops are currently very popular, thanks to their marvelous beauty and extreme durability. You can use them in your kitchen to create a grounded, clean look that won’t fade over the years.

  1. Outdoor Entertainment Space

Having an outdoor space for entertainment is another must-have for your custom home. Consider some pergola design ideas or try installing a hardwood deck with furniture and an awning for shade. Such a space can be perfect for outdoor karaoke, lounging, grilling, and more. This is a really good move to make, especially if you live in an area with a hot summer.

  1. An Entrance That Wows

Your entrance is everything, and having one that wows could mean the difference between average curb appeal and outstanding curb appeal. The key here is to create a welcoming effect while not skimping on unique or beautiful features. Using a large wooden door with a large window in the middle and a unique knocker is one example of an entrance that can wow. Another option is to incorporate creative driveway paving ideas such as plants surrounding the driveway or using more decorative stones compared to traditional gravel. 

Create a stylish, winding walkway to your front door made from natural stones or well-laid brickwork for added appeal.

How to Maximize Curb Value for Your Custom Home

Having a custom home provides you the rare opportunity to pick and choose from the ground up. Whether you add an outdoor entertainment space, durable roofing, an open layout or more, you’ll find no shortage of options when it comes to customizing your home and maximizing curb appeal. 

If you’re ready to get started on your custom home, contact Caldwell-Cline Architects & Designers today!

Skylar Ross is a contributor to the Innovative Materials blog. He is a content writer for the construction and home improvement industries with an interest in landscaping, outdoor remodeling, and interior design. Skylar is focused on educating homeowners, contractors, and architects on innovative materials and methods of construction that increase property value, improve sustainability, and create a warm and welcoming ambiance.