This blog article is part of Castle Brook Builders’ Design and Build Process Series.
Moving to a new home can be an exciting process, but before you pack up and go, you need to decide what kind of house you want! If you’ve been considering building a custom home, these factors may help you decide to take the plunge and design your own dream house.
1. Perfectly Meet Your Needs
Castle Brook Builders implements a “design-build” method in creating your custom home. This method involves an architect/designer, engineer, and contractor working together as a team during the entire design, development, and construction of the project. This ongoing relationship fosters teamwork, efficiency, and success throughout the process.
This method also makes it far simpler for you to communicate what you need and want in your perfect custom home design. The collaborative design-build approach ensures that from start to finish, your custom home incorporates the floor plan, features, finishes, and functionality you want while remaining within your budget and on schedule. Our architects, planners, and designers will help you choose the home style and layout that’s best for you.
A new, custom-built home is the best way to perfectly accommodate your family’s needs and lifestyle. Homes built today have roughly 700 more square feet of livable space than those built 20 years ago; these typically include more open floor plans, larger rooms, additional windows windows, extra closet and storage space, larger kitchens, additional bathrooms, and bonus rooms that make at-home entertaining easy and fun. Master bed and bath suites combine spa-like luxury with the privacy and convenience of your own home. Today’s homes incorporate features of universal design, making them adaptable to the needs of different generations and abilities.
2. Quality Assurance
Building a custom home using Castle Brook Builders’ design-build method also helps remove ambiguity that may arise in material and construction specifications, which can lead to costly mistakes, miscommunications, or delays. Since the designer, contractor, and engineer work together, the focus remains on protecting the owner’s interest and ensuring the best quality craftsmanship. Plus, the team works together to make sure your home is designed and built as efficiently and beautifully as possible. Unlike projects in which architects, contractors, vendors, and subcontractors each work only on their own piece of the building puzzle–which can result in a disjointed whole–our design-build team works to help your custom home fit together in one seamless picture.
Holistic planning at the outset that includes finishes, fixtures, and customizations can help you get more value for your money, too. For example, knowing in the design phase that a special light fixture will be incorporated into a vanity enables initial construction to be done with that in mind, rather than having to make alterations later to accommodate it (saving time and labor costs).
3. Investment Opportunities
New homes offer lower maintenance costs, more energy efficient options (including heating and cooling systems, alternative energy sources, and low-energy appliances) and upgraded safety features. Building a custom home with green home features by using energy-efficient materials may also make you eligible for local, state, or federal tax benefits!
Interest rates are still at record lows compared to the final three decades of the 20th century. According to the Master Builders Association, between 1971 and 2001, there were only 13 months during which the interest rates actually dropped below seven percent. Lumber and materials costs are either declining or holding steady.
Home ownership, in addition to providing you with a place to live, is still one of the most dependable investments. Instead of paying rent every month, mortgage payments build equity in real property. Over the last 10 years, national home values have increased 88% overall, increasing the value of home investment. Quality custom homes retain enduring value and resale potential.
Building a home is also a personal investment that helps build neighborhoods, strengthen local communities, and secure your family’s future. Take a look at Castle Brook Builders’ featured subdivisions to explore some exciting new developments in the Omaha, Nebraska, area.
Castle Brook Omaha custom home builders would love to talk with you about making your family’s custom-built home dreams come true. Contact us today about viewing one of our model homes or scheduling an appointment to talk to our designers. If you’re interested in building your own custom home but aren’t sure what it entails, download our free ebook to learn about the quick and easy process.
Editor’s Note: this article was originally published on August 21, 2015.