6. Assess your needs
When planning your dream custom home, it is essential to think about and write down your list of “needs”. Think about items such as these:
- What style do you gravitate towards – in terms of interior design and exterior architecture?
- How much natural light and open space do you require?
- How much time do you and guests spend in the kitchen? Do you need multiple seating, entertaining and preparation areas?
- Do you need large amounts of storage inside (walk-in closets, linen closets, wine storage and the like) and outside (garages for vehicles, boats, recreational vehicles)?
- Do you want an equal number of bathrooms and bedrooms?
- Do you require outside “fenced in” space for your children or pets?
Once you have answered these types of questions, your initial meeting with the homebuilder will be much more seamless for all involved.
7. Dream about your wants
Very often in the process, a client’s “wants” can effortlessly be integrated into the home’s design and function, without adding expense or time to the project. To help you create a list of “wants” think about some of these questions:
- Do you plan to remain in the home through your golden years? If so, you may want to consider a bedroom and bathroom on the first level, near the kitchen.
- Do you plan to have more children?
- Do you have frequent overnight guests? How long do they typically stay?
- What aspects of the kitchen design are on your wish list?
- Would you like your home’s security, lights, and entertainment centers to be centralized and WiFi enabled?
8. Think about functionality early
Along with a home’s design, functionality is critical and should be assessed early in the home planning process. Frank Lloyd Wright insisted that form follow function, and there was a reason for it. Décor and furnishings can easily be adjusted as trends and personal whims change but functionality is more difficult and costly to adjust. If you prefer open floor plans, then that should be part of your initial design, since walls may be difficult to move especially if they are load-bearing. If you prefer ample natural light and easy access to the outdoors, this will inform your window/door design and placement.
Lights, security systems, entertainment systems, smart thermostats/appliances, and WiFi access are all items that need to function at a high level and the technology/wiring is integrated early in the building process. Our team will work with you to ensure that your home lives and breathes efficiently and smoothly, so you can focus on more important matters like your family and business endeavors.
9. Future goals for family
Take some time to think about your family’s future needs, as this will impact your home’s design and function. As your children grow, they will need more space inside and outside to explore, play and expend their energy. For example, you may want to add a pool or spa, an indoor exercise area/home gym, or a multi-media room for watching movies. Allow some freedom in your flex space planning to add these items in the future.
10. Choosing a building partner
While we offer luxury, we also offer value. Our established relationships with vendors and suppliers give us buying power. We purchase materials at the lowest possible market prices without sacrificing quality, and we pass those savings directly on to our clients.
When it comes to the most expensive purchase of your life, you should not take chances with an inexperienced homebuilder. We have completed hundreds of luxury custom homes since 1998 in a wide range of styles and locations. Our reputation for excellence is unparalleled in the Northern Virginia luxury custom home market. Our qualified and certified team will oversee your home building process from financing through construction, including permitting and inspections, to finally welcoming you home – all within a shorter timeframe.
We are hands-on and pride ourselves in knowing each client. Our small size allows us to make changes on the fly and suggest tweaks along the way – such as flooring, wall coverings or finishes – to improve the end product. Your main point of contact throughout the process will be an experienced construction professional and a client liaison. They will visit your site each day and provide communication to you throughout the process. Suburban’s owner is also available 24/7 for each client.
When you move in to your home, that’s not the end of the process for us or for you. We provide a comprehensive warranty on the home and stand behind it even after the warranty is completed. Our reputation depends on your total and complete satisfaction – many years into the future.
When you’re ready, give us a call or set up an appointment so we can help you design and build your luxury custom home in Northern Virginia.