While it is easy to imagine all of the cool things you could do with a custom house, you need to focus on the most important elements. Some people make the mistake of throwing their money at the most impractical parts of a home. Here are some of the things you should really spend your money on.
While it may not be as glamorous as a walk-in closet, your floors are essential. They exist in every part of the house and will never not be in use. This is your chance to choose your dream floors – both in aesthetic and function. Make sure your floor is made up of the material that’s easy to clean in the relevant areas (like kitchen and bathroom). Try to avoid a floor that is gaudy, visually distracting, or carpeted. Some of the more expensive flooring can last a whole lot longer. Exotic hardwood flooring, though expensive, is sure to display your level of taste and class.
The importance of the roof shares a lot of similarities with that of the floor – it is in use every day and has serious aesthetic and practical value. In this case (as is the case with many expensive items), it’s actually better to splurge on it now, rather than spend constant money on repairs and replacements through the decades. A good quality roof should last as long as 50 years. Look into the options available – wood or metal shingles, clay or concrete tile, or even synthetic rubber slate. You will want to take the climate and weather tendencies of your location into account. For example, states with a high storm rate (like Florida) will want to have a roof reasonably capable of withstanding high winds.
No matter how nice the house, you cannot live inside of it without proper water, plumbing, filtration, electricity, and some kind of heating/cooling system. If you skimp and save on one of these, odds are that you’re going to be coming back and spending your money in the future on repairs. Spending the money now to get updated, modern, efficient, and eco-friendly systems will be the best choice in the long run. They will also likely be easier to maintain.
A custom home is an opportunity to dream. After all, who doesn’t have a dream home in mind? The key is just to do it step-by-step, without bankrupting yourself. If you focus on the most important aspects of the home first, the rest will come with time.