Top 5 Benefits of Choosing a Custom-Built Home | Custom Building vs Buying Existing

Purchasing a new home will be one of the largest investments you will make during your lifetime. While it can be an exciting time it can also be filled with many questions and decisions that need to be made. The first being, whether to buy existing or custom build? While buying existing may mean you are able to move into your new home more quickly, it’s important to take your long-term needs into consideration. 

There are many advantages that come with building a custom home:

Personalization and Customization – 

One of the biggest, and most obvious benefits of a custom-built home, is that the home is designed to meet your specific needs. You will not have to compromise or make do with what is available on the market. You get exactly what you want, from floor plan, kitchen layout and number of bedrooms and bathrooms, your home is designed around you. Here at PortSide Builders, it starts with a series of conversations with one of our Custom Home Designers. They will listen carefully as you discuss your vision and they will create a floor plan that perfectly meets your needs and lifestyle. You will also have the freedom of selecting all the home products. From the siding, roofing, windows and doors to interior choices like flooring, wall coverings, light fixtures, appliances, and more. You will get to create the exact home of your dreams, right down to the switch plate covers. 

Lot selection and Site Evaluation – 

Custom-building gives you the freedom to choose to live in an area most suited to you.  Whether you prefer a wooded lot, an active community or open prairie setting, the choice is yours. Our Custom Home Designers will work with you to make sure your home brings out the best in your building site. They will walk your property with you to ensure the topography, soil conditions, vision corridors, sunlight exposure, native vegetation and potential driveway and utility locations are all take into consideration when designing your home.  And, if you don’t already own property, they will even help you choose just the right site to build your home. 

Universal Design - Built to Age with You and for the Comfort of Everyone - 

When custom building, you can design your home to accommodate your changing needs throughout your lifetime.  Universal Design is not a style or trend, it is a process whereby the home is built for all stages of life, allowing the homeowner to live in their home comfortably as long as possible. By incorporating Universal Design into your home, you will be making the environment usable by as many people as possible at little or no extra cost. Universal Design benefits people of all ages and abilities. Adding simple universal design features during construction provides both immediate and future benefits:

  • Zero-Step entries into the home, wider hallways and doorways, and curbless showers provide convenience and safety by reducing climbing, tripping, and obstructions for walkers or wheelchairs.
  • Easy to use door handles, faucets, and light switches will aid those with hand strength issues.
  • Single-story design, non-slip flooring, and good lighting will prevent missteps and falls.
  • Lavatories, cabinets, countertops, and work spaces designed to the proper heights allow comfortable and safe use by everyone in the home, regardless of abilities or impairments.  

A home with Universal Design emphasizes both aesthetics and functionality, and is a comfortable, safe home for a lifetime. 

Energy Efficiency – 

Building a home from the ground up ensures you are using the most current energy-efficient structures and materials. Newly-constructed homes also offer modern heating and cooling systems that meet the most current energy standards, saving on energy bills in the long run.  Additionally, new appliances are typically more energy efficient than older models. In most cases, a new home will be much more energy efficient than an older home.

Quality Construction Saves Money – 

Modern building materials are increasingly longer lasting and maintenance free.  Items like siding, roofing, windows, flooring, cabinets, and countertops…all things that used to require frequent replacement or repair, can now last for decades before requiring attention.  With a new, quality-constructed home, expensive and frequent maintenance will be greatly reduced. This will save you money, and stress, over the life of your home. 

When it comes to choosing a home that will stand the test of time, it’s important to work with a trusted custom-home builder who has built a reputation on quality construction and customer satisfaction. At PortSide Builders we’ve earned our reputation by striving for perfection in every last detail of each home we build and striving for total customer satisfaction. 

Learn more about our custom-home design and construction process. 

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