What’s Different about Custom Mediterranean Home Plans?

Custom Mediterranean House Plan Designs – what to look for

Mediterranean houses resemble the Mediterranean villas designs and are found in places with warm weather. They are easily recognized with their red, low-pitched cotta-tiled roof, arched doorways, and rough plaster exteriors. Other distinct features they have to survive warm climates are, balconies, verandas, stucco siding, swimming pools, courtyards, curved windows and open gardening to keep it breezy.

The average cost of building a Mediterranean house can vary from approximately $350,000 to a million dollars, depending on the size and house plan one has. Mediterranean style houses are simple yet elegant spaces, they are timeless and never really go out of style. When living in hot areas Mediterranean houses are the best choice. The half-tube shape of roof tiles allows air into the house and keep it cool. The flooring is made of tile and that helps keep the feet cool all day. The houses exterior offer a unique design with the stucco or brick painted brighter to distinguish it from the roof.

The downside to Mediterranean style houses is the staining of wood doors and windows doesn’t wear very well when painted white because of the heat. The houses have an issue with inadequate lighting and storage due to small intimate designs. They require yearly lime coating on the walls to allow them to breathe. Financially they are known to be quite expensive too.

What’s Different about Custom Ranch Home Plans?

Pros and Cons of Ranch Houses – what to look for

Ranch style homes are gaining in popularity again. Not only are they popular with retirees but also young families and everything in between. With a shift in the market, building a ranch style home may be a great idea for you.

Pros of ranch houses

  • Open living space – Ranch homes are known for their open living spaces, making entertaining and family gatherings a regular occurrence.
  • Safer – Older people will be relieved that they don’t have to climb stairs, and parents will be happy to know they don’t have to worry about their small children navigating steps.
  • Easy cleaning – With no second floor it’s easier to clean windows, climb the roof, or even paint. The height of some second-story homes could be dangerous.

Cons of ranch houses

  • Cost – Building a ranch home is more expensive. It requires more materials for foundation, roof, siding, etc.
  • Larger lot – Since a ranch home will take up more space it requires a larger lot. You may have to give up some of the land you initially wanted as a yard in order to build a one-story.
  • Privacy – While this may not be at the forefront of your mind, it’s something to think about. Normally, master bedrooms are on the 2nd floor and feel isolated from the rest of the house. A first-floor bedroom may not feel as private and can take some getting used to.

What’s Different about Custom Log Home Plans?

Custom Log House Designs – what to look for

Custom log home plans can capture that cozy cabin in the woods feel while still offering innovative designs and a homey yet upscale feel. You can even have your modern kitchens, high ceilings, and beautiful stone fireplaces with these designs. There are some things that you’ll want to know before jumping into your log cabin design.

One of the main issues that come up with log home designs is the level of maintenance that is required. What a lot of people don’t know about log homes is that over time the wood will shift with changes in the environment, which can cause more general maintenance costs on your home. Termites and carpenter bees/ants can also be an issue with log homes, so make you discuss this with your insurance agent.

Energy efficiency in design

One of the great things about a log cabin home is that they are very energy efficient. The massive logs that get used in building your home are excellent at conserving energy and can absorb heat throughout the day that continues to warm your home throughout the night. These homes can be up to 15% more energy efficient than standard homes.

Log home “kits” are a standard purchase when building your home, but keep in mind with these kits that the convenience comes at a price. The pieces of these kits are designed in a precise way, which may limit your ability to make changes during the building process.

If you are looking to build a home that is the right environmental choice, you can’t go wrong with a log home. Materials will usually be sourced from sustainable forests, and the whole tree gets used in the process, ensuring that there is minimal waste.

What’s Different about Custom Multi-Story Home Plans?

Multi-Story Home Custom Plans – what to look for

Multi-story homes have a lot of advantages and disadvantages and deciding on building one vs. a one-story home can be difficult. For now, let’s focus on multi-story custom home builds and what benefits they have as well as the issues that can come up.

One of the more apparent benefits of a multi-story custom home design is the range of design options that are available to you. Since you have more space to work with as well as this being a new build, you have many more choices when it comes to designing your new home. Even when you are ready for a remodel or redesign, you’ll have more to work with since there is more space.

The unfortunate downside of having more space in your home is when you are looking to cleaning and maintaining your home. Since you have more space to work with, that means there is more square footage that needs to be cleaned, more moving parts that can break, and more general maintenance that needs to be done.

Unparalleled privacy

Another advantage of a multi-story home is more privacy. Since you’ll have multiple floors available, you’ll have more space to get that much needed “you time.” This is also a plus for families if you want to have a separate area from your children as they get older, having your own space is a must.

Bigger home spaces, however, mean it’ll take more power, and more time to heat and cool, so your utility bills will generally be higher in a multi-story room than a one story. One thing to keep in mind during the design process is heat rises and cold air falls, so this may help you plan when thinking about your utilities.

How to Market Custom Homes to First-Time Buyers

Custom homes may often be conceived as once-in-a-lifetime dream homes or else a second vacation home that fits a particular niche for those who love to get away from it all. Younger and first-time buyers are less likely to be in the market for this type of home, but some custom home architects and builders don’t even bother to make a concerted effort to reach these prospective home buyers. And there is a certain investment and financial commitment involved. But while first-time buyers may struggle to loosen their custom home budget this year and next, for many high-earning career professionals, it won’t always be this way. At the same time, these buyers don’t want to wait any longer to build and move in to a home all their own.


Customize homes in place.

With just a few tweaks to their construction crews and custom home plans, many custom builders are in a better position to market to these prospective buyers than they realize….Everybody loves the story of the home that has stayed in a family for decades if not generations, and one of the reasons is that these stories aren’t common enough. The average person and family changes homes every 7-8 years, but that doesn’t mean they necessary want to. All things being equal, they’d prefer to avoid moving and trading up into their next home.

Don’t believe me? Check out this Forbes news report that suggests more custom home builders are starting to take this marketing approach and reaching out to younger and first-time buyers. This isn’t just about the major home furnishings, either. Some custom home builders are now installing things like plain shelves in their kitchen with an option to upgrade to built-in custom cabinets at some point down the road.


Customer marketing and customer success applied to the housing market.

The principles of customer marketing are being applied to the housing market more than ever including new custom home builders. Builders are in the best position to know exactly what that home needs to make an upgrade or addition. This leads to hassle-free projects with beautiful, seamless results. One of the biggest barriers for existing homeowners to act on their aspiring home remodel projects is the stressful decision-making the comes with planning every last detail of the project. When these upgrades and additions are already planned as part of the original home build, this planning phase is all but a non-issue.

This is especially true when marketing to first-time or younger home buyers who may be interested in a custom home build but are wary of the cost and the evolving nature of their household and family size. Every home builder wants to deliver dream homes that make their owners happy for years to come. But the commitment toward and potential value of the homeowner’s long-term customer success goes well beyond referrals and free word-of-mouth advertising. More than just the realtor who helped them find a home, more than just a tract home builder with a good reputation, you can be the builder who delivered a dream home in multiple phases that evolved with the needs of the buyers and their family.