We’ve all imagined our dream home at some point in our lives. Whether it’s an ultra-chic beachside mansion or a cozy countryside cottage, everyone has their own idea of what a dream home looks like. But how do you actually make that dream a reality?
Like with anything worth having, it comes down to having the right plan in place. If your dream house design only requires small, inexpensive upgrades — you can probably achieve this in pretty short order. That’s not to say you can’t have a sprawling home on a large acreage with beautiful views. But it all comes down to how you plan your dream home build.
Simply put, a lot of people miss out on the opportunity to have their dream home because they don’t plan it properly. Sometimes, they get discouraged about the price or have little faith in the home builders. Whatever the reason, their dream home never comes to fruition. Well, we’re here to make sure it does. Here’s what you need to know about building a dream home.
Know Your Budget Inside Out
Before you pick up the phone and call up some custom home builders, you need to have a budget in mind for your dream home. It’s no surprise that this is the number one reason that dream homes don’t get built. Perhaps even less surprising is how much of a burden the budget can put on partnerships and families.
To avoid these issues, you need to keep it honest upfront. Even if you have a good salary, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have a ton of expendable income lying around. Take a look at all your monthly expenses and decide on a realistic number you’re comfortable with spending on your dream home. If you overexert yourself financially, it won’t matter how beautiful that home is once it’s built.
Once you’ve solidified a budget, don’t start getting wishy-washy on it. It’s easy to go down a rabbit hole of beautiful homes, furniture, and appliances and tell yourself, “Well, maybe a few thousand here or there isn’t so bad.” This kind of thinking is what will lead to more significant problems. If you’ve carefully mapped out a budget, there’s a reason for it. While having a bit of wiggle room isn’t the end of the world, it can be a slippery slope if you’re not careful.
Determine What You Really Need
Needs and wants are two very different things. You might want a swimming pool with a helipad beside it. You might need three bedrooms for your family to sleep in. See the difference? Yes, a dream home is supposed to be your dream, but that dream still has to be realistic if you want to make it a reality.
Find out what the most essential pieces of your dream home are and go from there. If a home theatre is really more important than another bedroom, that’s totally fine. However, you may have to make sacrifices elsewhere to accommodate that. At the end of the day, if it’s important to you and it’s within your budget — you can include it in your custom house design.
Find the Right Home Builders
Choosing the right home builders might very well be the most crucial part of this process. Fortunately, we don’t live in an era where we have to sift through the Yellowpages for hours and call home builders we’ve never heard of. We have the Internet now. There’s no excuse for not doing your research and seeing if the home builders you’re looking into are indeed the right fit.
Take a look at their digital footprint. Do these custom home builders have happy clients? Do they show pictures of projects they’ve done? Are they proud of the work they’ve done? All these seemingly small indicators will help you determine if they’re serious about the work they do. The last thing you want to do is pick home builders at random, and the end result is a disaster.
At Bennefield Construction, we value all our clients and approach each of their projects with the quality, care, and dedication they deserve. We’re always happy to talk about what you have in mind for your dream home project. Drop us a line at the bottom of this page, and we’ll get back to you in a flash!