4 Reasons People Build A Custom Home

Too often people hear the phrase “custom home” and imagine ultra luxurious estates like what you see on television. This connects the idea of having a custom home to the very wealthy, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Custom homes are more common than you think and completely in reach for the average person.


In reality, custom homes are for everyone and we’re going to talk about some of the reasons people decide to go the custom home route.


    1. Floor Plans that fit
      If you’ve shopped for a new home, even for rent, you’ve probably seen floor plans that make you wonder what the builder was thinking. This happens because a home was built to fit the needs and wishes of someone that simply doesn’t match up with your own. By building a custom home you get to find the right floor plan for how you and your family live.

  • Features that fit

Features are important when it comes to overall comfort in your home. You may need walk-in closets, a formal dining area and commercial style kitchen while other people just want a den and large wrap-around porch. When you build a custom home, you can select features that match the life you want to live, helping to ensure that you’re happy with your home for years to come. 

  • Flexibility for the future

Families change, needs change and how you use a home changes over time. Sometimes you can predict these, but sometimes you can’t. For instance, if your kids are almost grown up, you can imagine an empty nest in the near future. If you’re wanting to start a family, you can imagine needing a play room and room to grow. Building a custom home while taking these ideas into account can help make sure your home fits your needs as your life changes.

  1. Budget control
    We know that it sounds like custom homes are always more expensive, but that is not the case. In fact, having a custom home actually allows you to control your budget and also allocate money where you prefer it to be spent. For example, you may not really care about having an extra room or a large patio but you do care about having a highly functional kitchen. When you build a custom home you get to allocate funds towards features that matter to you instead of paying for things you don’t really care about.

Buying a home is a large investment, but at least with a custom home you end up with a place you can truly call your own. With a custom home, you’re more invested in the process, and more comfortable with the results, which is important since you probably plan on living there for a long time!

5 Reasons to Visit a Model Home

5 Reasons to Visit a Model Home

If you’re considering having a home built, you have probably felt a bit overwhelmed at the many factors to consider. Not only are there many decisions to make, each one comes with extra stress due to the length of time you live in your home and the size of the investment. So how do you make the best decision for you and your family?

One of the best ways to get a feel for your future home, and ease the decision-paralysis that can happen, is to visit a model home. If you’ve been on the fence about making a trip, here are a few good reasons you’ll want to make plans and visit a model home today.


  1. Home builders are unique and have their own take on many aspects of the custom homes they build. Seeing pictures and videos are great, but they are not as immersive as a walk through. Visiting a model home is a great way to get a real feel for a builder’s overall style.

  2. Visiting a model home gives you a chance to experience some of the custom choices in person. This is a lot different than seeing pictures and videos, and can really change your opinion in surprising ways. You might decide that you do want a soaker tub or breakfast nook after you see them in person.

  3. Walking through a model home is a great way to find inspiration. All too often people limit their options based on what they’ve had in previous homes. This is a great way to rule out things like floor plans and options, but it doesn’t help you decide what you love. A visit to a model home is a fantastic way to experience options and find out what you like and want.

  4. Visiting a model home gives you a chance to ask questions in a low-pressure situation. Be sure to bring any questions you have with you, and take notes as you go for things that come up during the walk-through.

  5. How much square feet do you really need? While you can use your previous homes as a gauge, floor plans can dramatically change how the size of a home feels. One of the best ways to see what square feet really feels like is to visit a model home. 


These are just a few of the ways visiting a model home can help you make the best decisions for your future custom home. Just remember to take full advantage of the experience by coming prepared with your questions, take plenty of pictures and take your time. After all, building a home is an important decision that you and your family will live with for years to come.


Schedule a visit to our model home on 873 E. Ashford Ave or call (417) 724-9880 for more information.

Financial checklist for new home buyers

Buying a home is the American dream, and the goal of many people who are ready to put down some roots. In some circumstances, buying a home can also be a great investment. For first time homeowners, however, the process alone can be quite intimidating. If you’re not prepared financially, it can also be a significant drain on your resources.


The following tips can help first time homeowners prepare for the financial aspects of home ownership so that the entire experience is more rewarding, and less stressful.


Reduce your debt

Debt can derail your financial stability, especially when you’re considering a mortgage. When possible, try to reduce your debt so that you’re juggling fewer bills. This can potentially also improve your credit score and make financing your home a bit easier.


Create a budget


Budgeting is always helpful, but it’s critical when it comes to buying a home. You’ll need to know how much of a mortgage you qualify for before you really start shopping around. An easy way to do this is to get pre-approved for a mortgage and use that as your home buying budget. Keep in mind, it’s okay to set your home budget lower than your pre approved amount. 


Have a savings

The home buying process is costly and being a homeowner comes with additional expenses you don’t have as a renter. For this reason, it is important to have savings that are not used for the purchase of your home. This is a buffer that you can use for emergencies should life throw you a curveball.

Educate yourself

The home buying process has many steps and can be a bit overwhelming. For those that are new to the process, it can also be intimidating and stressful. You can reduce your stress, and empower your decision making, by learning about the home buying process. There are plenty of sources available online, like this guide to home buying from Investopedia.


Consider your options

You can shop for homes already on the market, but that isn’t your only option. You can have a home built for you too. This gives you the ability to more closely match your home with your needs, including lot location, floor plans and other options. 


Remember, buying a home is more of a marathon than a sprint. Be patient as you work through the process and try to enjoy the adventure. This will help reduce the frustration that can come with trying to work through all the steps it takes to go from day dreaming about a home to getting the keys and moving in!


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Spring Home Trends

Spring Home Trends

There’s no doubt about it, trends are just as big in the world of homes and home décor as they are in fashion. While home trends tend to stick around a few years at a time, they definitely shift every three to five years. All you have to do is see a fifties style kitchen or an entryway from a classic 70’s home to see home trends in action.


Architectural trends are a bit harder to follow, but when it comes to home décor most people enjoy switching things up with the season. Spring is especially popular because it’s the first chance after the long, cold winter to invite some color and life back into your home.


Here are some of the newest trends for 2021 that you may want to try in your own home.


Rustic modern: Sure, it seems like these are opposite, but when you combine them in your home you’ll achieve a distinctive look. Sometimes called “modern cottage” this look features farmhouse style interiors with bare wood, reclaimed wood pieces and modern touches. You can make this look your own, by mixing and matching old and new elements, like reclaimed end tables and modern table lamps.

Contemporary country: You don’t want to resurrect the cow prints just yet, but you can easily achieve this look with country-style decorations lightly mixed into a modern space. This could be the addition of meadow prints, embroidered pieces and calm lighting to soften up a contemporary room. If you already have a more rustic, country space, simply add contemporary elements, like a modern centerpiece, painting or furniture accent piece.

Bright and muted pastels: Spring home décor is not complete with a conversation on pastels. Few things say spring as much as pastels, and that isn’t a trend that will go away anytime soon. This year, however, mixing bright and muted pastels throughout the home is popular. This could include throw pillows and blankets, area rugs, candles, and wall art that showcases this color palette.

Global themes: Infusing living spaces with globally inspired looks is a fun trend this spring. From using color themes and centerpieces inspired by nature from around the globe to cultural décor items, global themes can reflect your personal travel stories or dream trips you want to one day take.

Surf and turf: Sure, the beach is always in, but right now bringing a bit of the ocean to your home is in. From cool ocean hues to decorations inspired by a day at the beach, people are getting creative with their living spaces this spring. There really is no wrong way to do it, from ocean blue accent pieces and shell centerpieces to sea breeze incense.

What spring home décor trends do you plan on following this year? We’d love to hear all about it on social, so feel free to share tips and pics!

How To Separate Needs & Wants When Buying A Home

It doesn’t matter if you’re building a custom home or shopping existing homes, the process can be a bit overwhelming. Looking at all the possibilities, considering your options and learning about features can be stressful. When you try and weigh it all against your family’s needs and your budget, well it’s easy to see why the home buying process feels so intimidating.


In reality, building or buying a home should be an exciting journey that marks the beginning of a new adventure for your family. To take some of the stress out of the equation, we have a few tips to help you separate needs and wants. This will make it easier for you to make decisions and narrow down you options.


1. Ask yourself “What will my family look like five years down the road?”

Just about every decision you need to make when building or buying a home comes down to your family. Do you need to be in a great school district? Do you want a neighborhood with lots of school aged children? Is your family going to grow or will your kids be leaving the nest? Your answers to these questions determine location, size, floor plan and features, so it is a great starting point in the home buying process.


2. Consider what your work situation will be in the next five years.

Of course there is no way of knowing what will happen in the future, especially when it comes to work. Jobs come and go and career paths change, but it’s still something to consider. Your location impacts your daily commute to work, and if you have kids you can add the drive to school to your day as well. You may need extra space for a home office as well, which will effect the number of rooms you need as well as the floorplan.

3.Consider how you spend your free time now and how you want to in the future.

Are you someone that enjoys entertaining or family gatherings? If so, you may want to focus on features that will make your home an easy and fun place for dinner parties. Do you like spending time outdoors? If so, you’ll want to look at outdoor living spaces. And if you have hobbies, your new home will need to accommodate them as well.


4. Think about your long term plans.

Will this be the home you retire in or do you plan on owning a few homes in the next 5,10 or 20 years? If you’re buying the home you plan on retiring in, you can pay less attention to things that impact resale value. In this situation, simply focus on comfort features and things you enjoy from your living space. If you plan on selling the home at some point, you will want to think more carefully about how features and floor plan options impact resale value.


These questions just help you clarify what you really want and need from your next house, but they aren’t all inclusive. Use them as a jumping off point to figure out exactly what you’re looking for as you shop around. At the end of the day, your home is just that – yours! Be sure that you select flooring you love, appliances you look forward to using and an area that you’ll be proud to call home.