How To Make Sure You Still Love Your Custom Home In 10 Years

Posted on: 6 February 2023

When designing a custom home, most people focus on choosing features and elements that fit them in the here and now. There is nothing particularly wrong with this approach. However, if you plan on staying in your home for a while, you might also want to consider the future. Here are some steps you can take—and tips you can follow—to help ensure you still love your custom home in 10 years.

Stay on budget.

Set a budget from day one, and make sure your builder and designer know what that budget is. Stick to it. While it can be tempting to upgrade all of your finishes and keep adding to your building plan, doing so will drive up your costs. If you end up spending more than you can really afford, then your mortgage or loan payments will be higher than desired. This may cause you to resent your home after a few years of having to make high payments on it.

Keep the floor plan simple.

Chances are, your lifestyle will be a bit different in 10 years than it is today. You may, for example, no longer have kids at home. Or, if you are childless today, you might have two kids in a decade. It is therefore best to avoid any highly specialized floor plans that are suited to your specific, in-the-moment needs. Opt instead for more open floor plans and room layouts that you can change and redecorate around as your lifestyle changes.

Pick timeless finishes.

When choosing finishes such as the counters, wall color, and flooring, try to opt for timeless materials and patterns. For example, you may want to stay away from trendy, metallic tile and instead opt for simple, timeless subway tile. You can't go wrong with neutrals. You can add color to the room with drapes, towels, and other small decor items that are easy and inexpensive to replace. 

Choose a great location.

Don't be in such a rush to have your home built that you build it in a less-than-ideal location. After a few years, having to drive an hour to work or the grocery store might get to you. Be patient, and wait for the right property to become available before you buy land and build.

If you follow the tips above, you are more likely to still love your custom home in 10 years. And if you're having something custom-built, it only makes sense to focus on longevity.  

For more info, contact a local company like Bullseye Construction.


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Those who build things and repair things for a living are often referred to as contractors. This may seem like an odd term, but it traces back to the fact that these folks work on a contract-by-contract basis. First, they may work under a contract associated with your home. Then, they may take on another client under a new contract. Plumbers, HVAC repair teams, builders, painters — they are all contractors in some way. Construction workers are also contractors. We encourage you to read and learn more about their professions and what they involve here on this blog, where we'll post often.

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