The difference between a cookie-cutter home and a custom built luxury home is a bit like comparing gas station coffee to a premium latte. You get to choose what goes into your premium, six dollar cup of java, and a skilled barista will make it fresh for you; it’s a customized drink built to your tastes.
A custom luxury home builder also gives you the freedom to choose; you get to pick what materials, location, school systems, and spaces your new home will have. Although the builder will be more than happy to help with all of the details for your new luxury home, there are still tons of questions you will have to decide yourself.
Location of your new home is more than just finding a pretty patch of land on which to build your dream home. Check out the other homes in the neighborhood; I know the last thing you want to think about when building a new luxury home is resell value, but all sorts of things can change in the next ten years. Best to be prepared for any eventuality. Check out the value of the surrounding homes and make sure that they stack up to the luxury home your are planning for yourself. Also, check out distances from conveniences, such as the local mall, parks, theaters, and shopping. Figure out what your commute time to work would be. Also, find out if the home you want to build will be within local building codes.
When considering location, also research the local schools. Look into both the public and private institutions around the piece of land you are looking to build on. There may not be a schooling system around your new home area that will supply the education you wish to give your children.
Before going to a contractor, make sure to start a scrapbook with pictures of homes and design elements that you would like to see implemented in your luxury home. This scrapbook will give the contractor something solid to work with when pulling together blueprints. You can pull pictures off of the internet, out of luxury home magazines, and even from photographs of friends’ and family members’ homes that you find appealing. This will give your contractor a great idea of your personal style.
But the most important consideration is who to contract. There are thousands of builders all over the world, but most high quality, luxury builders are located in larger cities. Most contractors will be willing to travel to build your new home, so you may still have a great selection of builders within reach of your site.
Do a little homework before you decide on a contractor; ask any friends or family who have used luxury home builders to see if they have a company they would recommend, or one that they would never use again. Read online reviews of every contractor.
Once you have a list of potentials, request an interview with the contractor; you can learn a lot about a contractor during this face-to-face meeting. Check out the look and styles of homes they have built, and see if the contractor’s style will mesh your own. If possible, have the contractor work up a mock up or sketches for you to look at.
If you don’t feel comfortable with a contractor, move on to the next! This is a big investment, and a big project. Working with someone you like can be the difference between a house, and the luxury home you will love for many years to come.