What you’re looking for in a luxury custom home is probably quite different than what your friends or neighbors are after. After all, that is one of the big ideas behind custom home design: Your home should be uniquely yours. That means it should reflect your personality.
But what is your luxury custom home personality?
The answer to that goes much deeper than just what color schemes, finishes, or materials appeal to you. It can be easy to spend a lot of time looking at fantastic images of luxury custom homes sites such as houzz.com, housebeautiful.com</a? or bhg.com.
You can visit the homes of friends and acquaintances to pick up ideas based on how they’ve finished their homes. You might even tour open houses in the Hill Country to see what other residents are doing. All of those are great ideas—and can be very helpful. But ultimately, creating the home that you really want comes down to what you want from your home rather than following the latest trend or design element you’ve seen somewhere else.
That means that before you begin drawing up floor plans, it’s a good idea to take some time to think about how your family lives. That’s much more important than what flooring you install or what finish you choose for your kitchen cabinets.
What are the activities you enjoy doing together? Are there hobbies or extracurricular activities you want to take into account in your design? What about professional needs? Are you planning to work from home? If so, both the configuration and location of your home office are significant considerations. Are there safety features that are important to you? What about energy-efficiencies? Bear in mind, that sometimes the smaller, overlooked areas of your home really have a big impact on your lifestyle.
Sometimes it’s easy for homeowners to get wrapped up in the finishes of the home before they consider the essentials. It can be helpful to go through a simple planning exercise before you even begin looking at designs or potential floor plans. Start with a blank sheet of paper and divide it into three sections. Label one section: “Must Have”, the second section: “Nice-to-Have”, and the third section: “Dream Features.”
Spouses may want to fill out these sheets separately and then share them with each other—just to make sure they’re on the same page. You may even want to involve your children where it’s appropriate. Your goal will be to arrive at a single unified list of what the absolute essentials are before you start drawing up plans. There will be plenty of time to pay attention to details such as flooring and finishes and decorating. But you want to make sure that you have your essential needs for space covered first.
As you fill out your list of essential elements, consider some of the following things:
- Do you enjoy entertaining? (Do you tend to entertain formally or more casually?)
- Will you entertain overnight guests frequently (a nice guest suite may be important)
- Are there family activities you enjoy together (how important is a media room or a game room?)
- Do you like spending time outside? (How important is landscaping or even a pool?)
- What kind of cooking do you do? (Is a gourmet kitchen in order, or do you prefer a simpler style?)
- Do you have extra vehicles you need to store (Will a three-car garage suffice?)
You can see where this is going. As important as colors and materials are (and they are important), the element and features mentioned above are the things that will make your home uniquely yours. First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure that the spaces you create within your home fit the way you live. That’s when your home fits your family’s personality.
Adapted and updated from a December 28, 2015 blog post