If you’re thinking about building a custom home in the greater Rochester area you may be tempted to get yourself ready for the “big event.” And while what you’re planning is certainly big, it’s really more like a series of events. We builders talk about it in terms of the building process. The better you, as a homeowner, understand the process, the less stress it causes you—and the happier you’ll be with the final outcome.
Much of the building process takes place before any actual building begins. A huge part of the process of building your dream home is the dreaming part—and it involves learning and gathering information.
A lot of homeowners consider this the most fun part of the process. You’re not making hard and fast decisions, yet. You’re looking for inspiration and ideas. You can let your creativity run wild. There will come a time when you’ll want to rein things in a bit, but in the initial stages you can just gather ideas.
So where can you go for information and ideas when you’re in the dreaming phase of the process? On site that’s great for homebuilding inspiration is houzz.com. Some of what you’ll find there is kind of on the edge. Some of the ideas, however, are extremely practical. You can play around with ideas for individual rooms—or for the whole house. And you can even create what they call idea books, where you store the various ideas and designs that you like for future reference. Then you can come back later to review them. You can even join discussion groups about specific homebuilding or design topics. Just be aware that some of what you’ll find here comes from professional designers and some ideas and comments will come from homeowners just like yourself.
A lot of homeowners like to go to the Better Homes and Gardens website for ideas. Bear in mind that this isn’t a homebuilding website per se. It’s really more of an idea site for home ideas and decoration. But what it can do is help you to identify what your overall style is and give you ideas for the kind of finish you’ll want. Once again, you’re not making building decisions at this point in time. You’re simply gathering ideas about what you want.
What if you want to collect ideas about the styles of homes that might appeal to you (and be appropriate for the area you’re living in)? One site that’s a good source of overview information is the DIY Network. Even if you’re not planning to actually build a home with your own hands, this site gives a good basic overview (both visually and in short descriptions) of a wide variety of styles to choose from. And while Art Deco may be more suitable to the area around Miami Beach than the Finger Lakes region of New York, it’s still fun to glean ideas!
Enjoy this part of the custom homebuilding process. You’re not locking yourself into anything at this stage, but it can be a big help in deciding what you like—and what you don’t.
Once you’ve done this, you’ll be ready to move onto other phases in the homebuilding process.