Decisions to Make When Building a House

Building a custom home is a fun and exciting project. Who wouldn’t want to create the home of their dreams? That said, there are a ton of elements involved that require effort, time, and, of course, money.

Given all of these factors, planning is key for a successful custom home project. So, before the first shovel digs into the ground, you’ll need to make a bunch of design decisions.

Luckily for you, a custom home builder can do it on your behalf! Leenan Homes can help break down the process into simpler steps so you can easily put your dreams and thoughts onto paper.

Some of the design decisions you’ll have to make include those on:

  • Architectural style
  • Floor plan
  • Finish selections

In today’s post, we’ll provide you with an outline of the top design decisions at the best cost. What’s more, we’ll also tell you about the most important spaces of the home to focus on!

What Is the First Step to Building a Custom Home?

The first decision is dependent on the vision you have for your home. Hiring a custom builder like Leenan Homes can help you get started by pinpointing the architectural styles you may like. In addition, your custom builder will come in handy for brainstorming your home’s stylistic elements.

During this stage, you’ll also want your custom builder to take note of any elements you want to prioritize. It’s typical for to-be homeowners to have a wish list of items they may have come across on websites, magazines, or journals.

custom home wish list

So, if you’ve saved some specific looks, now would be the perfect time to let your custom builder know.

What Comes Next?

Your home will also need to get approved by the neighbourhood. As such, you’ll need to let your designer know of stylistic elements such as the colour palette you’d like on your home’s exterior.

All in all, your custom builder will help walk with you every step of the way. By working with Leenan Homes, you guarantee yourself not only peace of mind but also high-quality, customized services you can trust!

What Happens When It Comes to Finish Selections?

This phase is usually the most exciting for most of our clients. However, it’s also a process that tends to be the most overwhelming and time-consuming.

Now, for finish selections, you’ll have literally hundreds of options to choose from. Of course, Leenan Homes will be there to help make the process smooth and organized for you. We’ll lay out a path to success and help you achieve it.

From the paint colour to the flooring to the countertops, we’ll walk with you every step of the way. We’ll provide you with a comprehensive selection guide based on your particular home design.

What’s more, we’ll also provide you with options and assist you in making the right decisions based on your needs. Every design decision is yours to make! Our role will just be to guide you on what steps to take to realize your goal.

When Should Design Decisions Be Made?

Ideally, you should be able to lock down your design decisions as soon as possible before the beginning of the construction. The sooner you’re able to do so, the better your chances will be of having a seamless building process.

design decisions

Late decisions can (and often will) have an impact on the budget and construction schedule.

During the architectural design phase, you’ll want to lock in certain selections including the roofing, colour palette, appliances, fireplace details, interior beams, plumbing fixtures, windows, and exterior doors.

Your custom home builder will want all these selections made early as they will have an impact on not only the architectural design but also the home’s foundation and plumbing groundwork.

Let’s take the interior flooring material, for instance. The material used for the flooring has an impact on the foundation height variation. As such, it’s crucial for a client to figure out which areas will have what in regards to the floor material in order to get the foundation right.

In addition, your custom home builder will also want to know your selections early for ordering purposes.

What Spaces Should You Put the Most Focus On?

Not all spaces in a home are created the same. You’ll want to focus on spaces that are most utilized. Usually, these are the kitchen, living room, and master bedroom.

Giving these spaces your full attention can go a long way in solidifying your vision for your custom build. Also, that can help you from getting overwhelmed, as making selections for other spaces after will be easier.

What Details Should You Consider in Your Design Decisions?

The design you go with will have a significant impact on the feel of your home. The following are the areas you’ll want to put tons of thoughts into:

1. Flooring

The type of flooring you choose will certainly have an impact on every space of your home.

flooring choice

It goes without saying that you should go for an attractive, durable, easily maintained and high-quality flooring option.

2. Cabinets

Cabinets are an important design element in any home. When it comes to the design selection, you’ll have plenty of options in regards to the texture, colour, type, and cabinet front design.

As for the trim, design selections include wall paneling, crown molding, and window casings.

3. Exterior Detailing

First impressions speak a thousand words. If you make the right selections, that can go a long way in boosting your home’s efficiency, air quality, and weather resistance.

4. Lighting

Lighting is everything in a home. So, one of the most important design decisions you’ll have to make will be on the lighting elements. For best results, your plan should combine overhead lighting, natural light, and lamplight.

Bottom Line

Established 7 years ago, Leenan Homes is a local, custom home builder. Our team is comprised of designers, architects, construction professionals, and real estate experts.

So, if you’re looking for a custom home in Regina, Leenan Homes has you covered! We can make your dream home into a reality, and help with all the decisions along the way.

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