Tips for Turning Your Custom House Into a Home

When working with a custom home builder, you want to create more than just a house. You want to create a home. Making the jump from house to home isn't always easy, and there's a lot to consider. Keep these tips in mind.

1. Make a Wish List

The delightful part about building a custom home is that you can have almost anything. To get started, make a wish list of everything you want. Do you need a giant pantry? Do you want a baby's nursery off the master bedroom that can be converted to a walk-in closet down the line? Are you craving high ceilings, cozy fireplaces, or other features? Then make sure to include those items on your list as well.

2. Note What You Like About Your Current Home

Unfortunately, sometimes people get so distracted by their wish lists that they overlook features they enjoy in their current homes. Make a list of what you love about your current home. Include rooms and closets that you like, but don't just focus on the floor plan. Make a note of the little things you like, from cabinet finishes to pendant lights to door hardware.

3. Look for Inspiration

To help you as you develop your list of wants for your custom home, take some time to look for inspiration. Most bookstores and libraries have design books and magazines that you can look through. Your custom builder may also have model homes that you can tour.

4. Think About Livability as Well as Aesthetics

While honing in on features for your custom home, don't just think about how each feature looks. Also think about how it will be to live with those features. For example, you may like high ceilings with exposed rafters, but when you're watching TV and unwinding at the end of the day, you may want a cozier space with lower ceilings. Ideally, you need to balance those elements.

Similarly, you may like the look of one type of kitchen countertop, but if you cook a lot, you also need to ensure that you get the durability you need in your kitchen.

5. Remember the Light

The way you orient your house is also important. You want the light to move through your home in a way that is comfortable and homey. For instance, you may want early sunlight to stream into your bedroom, or you may want the builder to position the home so that it doesn't get too hot in the summer.