Custom homes are generally considered more desirable than their cookie-cutter counterparts that you might see clustered together on hillsides like so many sheep.
But they’re expensive. Only the most moneyed among us can afford to build exactly the house they want, from the ground up.
What can you do to make a “pre-owned” house more distinctive? How can you make it less like layout 7-B and more like your own, personalized, custom home?
Retrofit for a Custom Home Feel
Customizing a home is best done before the building begins, but it’s not impossible to do afterward. It makes the most sense with a home that was built at least 20 years ago that is now in need of some updating. Otherwise, you have to rip out parts of the home that are still perfectly good, just not to your taste.
Among popular exterior options for custom homes are siding types and add-ons like porches and porticos. Some cheaper developments use vinyl siding in the ubiquitous beige, but if your siding is starting to show wear, consider replacing it with fiber cement siding. It looks just like wood, but lasts longer and is virtually insect- and fire-proof.
A porch or portico can really make your home stand out in a development. Pillars, railings and lighting choices all combine to create a unique entrance.
Custom Home Interiors
Interior options are more limited once construction is completed on a custom home, but there’s still lots you can do. Moving or taking out walls makes a big difference when your space is boxy and cramped.
If you don’t want to do a big, messy renovation, opt for smaller changes, like installing better lighting fixtures, chandeliers and ceiling fans. Have additional electrical outlets put in too, so you don’t have ugly wires running all over the floors.
The kitchen might be ready for a full renovation — new cabinets, countertops, flooring, appliances and fixtures. If it’s still in good working order, make smaller changes that can really make it look like a custom home, like getting new granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile or hardwood flooring, or copper faucets.
The same goes for the bathroom. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But don’t leave it boring, either.
Replace the generic vanity with a cherry wood selection. Add a marble top or a vessel sink with a brushed-bronze faucet for a custom home look. Have the walls retiled in a more modern style, then add new hardware like towel racks and toilet paper dispensers.
Falk Construction can help you get the house of your dreams for an affordable price. We build custom homes for clients all over northern Utah, and we do remodels, renovations and add-ons to existing homes.
Your home should make you happy. If it doesn’t, call Falk Construction. We can help!