First, think about the shape of your family in the next ten years. Are you planning on bringing a new baby into the world? Will your teenagers finally head off to college? Do friends and extended family visit often? While we can’t expect to control our futures too far down the road, having a conversation with your partner about what kind of home design you’ll need to accommodate future family will save you from having to annex the baby room or relegate your visiting parents to the basement pullout.
Avoid the “Inefficiency Tax”
With more kids comes more laundry. More cooking, more dishes, more mess. Inefficient home appliances or poor insulation can tack on extra costs when you least expect it. Whether you plan to settle in your custom home with two people or twelve, consider asking your contractor to source eco-friendly materials, incorporate solar panels, and accommodate for smart energy appliances, saving you from the tax of inefficiency in the future.
Don’t Jump on the Fad-Wagon
Lastly, make sure that your style choices are timeless enough to carry you into the future. Are trendy marbled countertops something you’ll still enjoy in fifteen years? Be sure your rug floors, open-style floor plan or casement windows won’t fade quickly from style. While it is certainly possible to tear up rugs and refit doorways, projecting future preferences early on can help you avoid common regrets when building your custom luxury home.
Empire Custom Homes has completed more than 500 custom home and remodeling projects in Central Florida. Take advantage of your custom home builders’ expertise and don’t be afraid to ask questions of your contractor along the way. As fun as remodeling can be, we hope your initial luxury custom home design will last your family for generations. Take a moment to consider how your life may evolve as you settle into your home, and then talk to us about how we can help make your dreams a reality.