Balance Between Luxury and Utility in a Custom Home

When you build a custom home, you need to strike a balance between having things for luxury and utility. After all, what is the point of having a custom home built which may meet your functional needs but does not meet your luxury needs? You might as well have gone for a production house which servers the same purpose at a lower cost. At the same time, there is no point overdoing the luxury part and running out of money. 

With a custom home, a ratio of 40:60 works quite wells usually with 40% for luxury and 60% for functionality. Some people even go 50:50 ratio. But, giving more than 50% for luxury is surely overkill. At the same time, giving less than 30% for luxury is not worth it as well. So, in our opinion, a ratio of 40:60 usually works the best. Of course, the specific details may vary for one family to another depending on the design and other requirements. 

A good custom home builder would help you achieve this balance between luxury and functionality while designing and building a custom home.

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2022-05-12

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Common Issues of a Custom Home Project

There are many issues one would face during a custom home project. Here is an overview of some of the common issues that might arise during a custom home project.

Mismanagement of the budget is the most common problem of a custom home project. Custom homes are usually very expensive and require a very large budget. Inexperienced builders may not handle the budget well. It is important to make sure that the construction plan and the budget are in sync at all times. If not, the costs can easily exceed the budget.

Deviation from the planned design is another common issue that may arise during a custom home project. This can happen when there is no proper communication between the designer and the builder. I have seen many projects where the designer and the builder don’t talk to each other at all. The designer would in fact exit the project right after the design phase. This is a mistake because builders can easily misinterpret the designs and build something else other than what the client had initially envisioned. 

Delays in obtaining the necessary permits and approvals is another common issue with a custom home project.

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2022-02-21

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Relationship with the Custom Home Builder is Important

 

If you are planning to build a custom home, you need to set aside many months or even years. It involves special relationships with the builder and the designer. If the relationships are not smooth, then the whole project would be filled with a lot of hurdles. The relationship should be such that it should be convenient for both the parties involved. It should not be one-sided.

You should always explore multiple different options while hunting for a custom home builder in Las Vegas. Before starting your research online, it is better to ask the people whom you know for recommendations. While doing online research, it is important to go deep. You should not just do surface level research. You should read multiple blogs, articles, discussion boards and forums related to custom homes. 

The builder’s style should match with yours. Compatibility with the builder is of utmost importance. If there is no compatibility, then it can lead to a lot of arguments and unpleasant experiences.

In Las Vegas, Merlin custom home builders is one top notch custom home building company which does a great job.

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2021-12-19

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Hiring the Right Custom Home Building Company

Picking the right custom home building company for your new project is not straightforward. You need to carefully go through the credentials of each builder that you interview. You need to go and tour the homes built by the company previously. Of course, with the current pandemic situation in the world, not every one would be comfortable with physical tours. But, at least make sure to do virtual tours of projects built by the builders. If you have decided to do a physical tour, then make sure to follow all of the safety precautions recommended by the WHO.

While researching on a particular custom home builder, it is important to do a thorough analysis of the projects done by the builder. You need to analyse things like the time taken by the builder to complete each project, unique features built by the builder, awkward situations solved by the builder and so on. You should find out how the builder meets client expectations. You should feel comfortable with the builder’s working style. Above all, you should trust your instincts and follow them while hiring your builder.

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2021-07-06

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Buying Raw Materials for your New Custom Home

When you look for a builder to handle the construction of your custom home, you need to think about how much responsibility and freedom you want to give him in terms of the purchase of the raw materials. You need to ask yourself how much you are willing to compromise on the quality. 


It is not that all custom home builders use substandard materials. A few of them resort to such methods which affects the whole home construction industry. 

It is a normal practice in home construction wherein the quality of materials and construction is reduced in some areas and the quality is intact in some other areas. Builders do this to cut costs. You have to make sure that the builder you hire doesn’t do this. After all, you would be spending a lot of money in case of a custom home.

You need to ask the builder to be completely transparent about what kind of materials are being purchased, what are the brands being purchased and what are the costs. You need to involve yourself a lot more in the process of purchasing the raw materials for your custom home.

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2021-05-10

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Custom Home: Three Main Aspects

 

The main problem with building a dream custom home is the beginning phase. Knowing where to begin and how to begin is not so easy. The task can definitely be daunting and complicated. There are three main things about which you have to be very clear about before beginning a custom home project. One is the budget, second is the timeline and third is the plot of land.

Setting a budget for the construction of a custom home is not straightforward. You need to obtain quotes from multiple builders and designers. Apart from that, you need to be firm on the maximum amount of money that you are willing to spend for the project. That maximum amount is going to be ceiling for your budget and you can be a little flexible within the ceiling.

The timeline is another crucial factor. You cannot just allow a custom home builder to take an indefinite amount of time to complete a project. You need to set a firm deadline and get a written confirmation from the builder.

The plot of land you choose should be perfectly suitable for the design of your custom home. It cannot be just any random plot of land.

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2021-03-19

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How to Approach a Custom Home Construction Project

If you want a specific kind of a house catered to the taste and preferences of your family, then you should go for a custom house. A specialized custom home builder would handle such a project. Not any random home builder can handle such projects. It is a lot more complicated for an ordinary builder to successfully complete a custom home construction project.

The plans used for the construction of a custom home is created in collaboration among the client, builder, architect or the designer. A builder would very rarely create a custom home plan on his own without the help of an architect. Only on certain occasions where the client gives some references of the home design that he wants, the builder will create plans on his own. Usually, it is recommended to hire a professional home designer for a custom home project, especially if the project involves a high budget. In such cases, it is not recommended to take risks. Using a professional home designer may cost you a little more. But, you can rest assured that the project will turn out as per your expectations.

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2020-06-11

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Importance of Sequence in Custom Home Construction

The custom home construction process is highly misunderstood by a lot of people in the USA. Many prospective homeowners initially start out with the intention of getting a custom home built. But, ultimately they end up purchasing a home which has already been built.

The main reason why many potential homeowners abandon the idea of custom home construction and go for an already-built home is that they lack the clarity about the sequence in which the whole process needs to be carried out. Most of them would purchase the land first. Then they would hire a designer or an architect to design the style of the home and come up with a blueprint for the construction of the custom home. Once they have the plan ready, they would then go to a builder to get the plan realized. This is a completely wrong approach when it comes to custom home construction.

When it comes to a custom home project, it is important to hire the builder first. The builder is the most important resource for the successful construction of a luxury custom home. Once the builder is finalized, you can then go on and talk to the designer or the architect. As a matter of fact, even the purchase of the land should come after hiring the builder.

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2020-03-22

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Custom Home with Unique Features

 

The best thing about having a custom home built is that you would have control over every aspect of the construction of the home. Every detail of the home will be unique and as per your requirement and preferences. It would be fully customized and personalized according to your need.

When homeowners have unique requirements for a custom home, it would help the builder to be a lot more creative as well. Most custom home builders would enjoy the whole process of constructing a client’s dream home. It is always good to have unique elements in the custom house such as a fireplace wall, angled windows, shower with dual-entry, high windows, wine cellar and so on. A fireplace wall acts as a separation between the living room and the kitchen. Angled windows would add to the attraction of the home by giving a cohesive look. A shower with two entrances would be a great but largely unexplored feature. High windows in a house would make sure that the residents of the house have more privacy than they would have with normal windows. If you like wine, then it is not a bad idea to have a wine cellar in the basement of the custom home.

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2019-12-15

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Custom Home Building: Where to Buy Home Construction Materials from?

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Most of the custom home builders who have to buy raw materials needed for construction prefer shopping from big well-known stores such as Home Depot for obvious reasons. These stores would have all the necessary needed by the builders in the same outlet. Once a builder has chosen a shop to buy from, he can buy everything he wants from the same shop without going elsewhere. It is extremely convenient.


However, there are builders who buy wholesale from suppliers who specialize in construction materials. Price is a big factor which influences who they buy from. In many cases, pressure from the client would determine where they buy from. Some homeowners insist builders that they buy from Home Depot or a similar shop mainly because of their bias towards such a shop.

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Builders who avoid buying from big stores often say that the materials available on those stores are low in quality and are not good enough for construction purpose. I am not sure how much truth there is to this. But, there are many builders who have tie-ups with distributors or suppliers and always stick to them until and unless insisted by the homeowner to shop elsewhere.

 

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2019-07-03

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