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3 Myths About Building a Custom Home

Published on:

9/30/20

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Carrie Barker

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Are you dreaming of building a custom home but you aren’t sure it’s a possibility for you because you don’t have a huge budget? Guess what … this is just one of the myths about building a custom home that is swirling around.

What if I told you that you can, indeed, build a cute and cozy little custom home that is perfect for the way your family lives? It’s true. Let’s dive into 3 of the top myths.

MYTH 1: A CUSTOM HOME HAS TO BE LARGE

Let’s debunk this myth right away. A custom home does NOT have to be large!

Have you ever watched an episode of ‘Tiny House, Big Living’ on HGTV (if you answered no, then watch an episode on-demand!)?

These little, tiny (duh) homes are packed with custom details. They are clearly not large, but they are the epitome of a customized home with details that improve and enhance the way the family will live in their home.

I know that you’re likely not building a tiny home, but this example illustrates that a home can be custom at ANY size … from 200 sq ft to 20,000+ sq ft (and anywhere in between).

MYTH 2: A CUSTOM HOME HAS TO BE ‘FANCY’

Again, let’s look at the tiny home example. I’ve watched many episodes of ‘Tiny House, Big Living’ and never once have I seen a house dripping in ‘fancy’ (aka, incredibly ornate) details that you would see in a mansion on ‘Real Housewives’.

The reality is that when you’re building a custom home, you can incorporate any type of design that makes you happy … whether that’s ‘fancy’ expensive details or just simple architectural details that make your brand new home look like it was built in 1920.

The beauty of building a custom home is that you can morph all of your favorite details from several different homes together to create YOUR dream home.

Together with your builder (and/or architect), you can design the perfect (‘fancy’ or simple) custom home for your family.

MYTH 3: A CUSTOM HOME HAS TO BE EXPENSIVE

This might be the biggest myth of all … a custom home does NOT have to be expensive. Granted, many custom homes are at a higher price point but this isn’t a requirement.

Once again, we’re going back to the tiny home example … I’ve rarely seen a budget of over $100K (and many are in the $40Kish range). Umm … a highly customized tiny home with a very small budget.

Obviously those houses have very little square footage, but it just goes to show that custom homes have a wide variety of price ranges.

When working with a custom home builder, you have the opportunity to customize the home to YOUR budget.

Your builder (psst … hire an experienced one!) will be able to tailor your home square footage and finishes to fit into your specific budget. This will, of course, require you to make some compromises and you may not get every custom detail that you want in your dream home, but you’ll be very close to your dream home.

THE BOTTOM LINE

I hope you now realize that you can, indeed, build a cute and cozy little custom home that isn’t fancy or expensive but does have fun custom details that are perfect for the way YOUR family lives.

If you’re ready to move forward and start planning for your custom dream home, be sure to grab my *FREE* ‘Custom Home Build Prep Guide’ to get you started on a path that will lead to a custom home build with less stress, more confidence, and a strategic plan to stay on budget!

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