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5 Exciting Basement Remodel Ideas

Basement remodeling often allows for far more creativity than projects in other areas of the house. From fully finishing the space to adding specific additions that boost overall home value, the average basement remodel is full of possibilities. Here are five of the trendiest, most exciting ideas to get you started.

A large, finished basement in a Columbus home.

What Is the Cost of Finishing a Basement?

The national average for remodeling a basement is about $22,000 (HomeAdvisor).Of course, the overall cost will vary depending on your goals as a homeowner. One definitive bit of good news, however, is that basements have a lower labor cost per square foot than upper levels. This is often a pleasant surprise for homeowners, who find that it affords them a little extra wiggle room in their budgets.

5 Basement Ideas That Add Value

An unfinished basement is like a blank canvas. There are a lot of creative directions a good builder can take it. Since downstairs areas often have extra space and fewer foot traffic concerns, homeowners are free to dream up exciting additions that might not work so easily in other parts of the home. Here are a few of our favorite additions, along with photos from some of our recent projects.

Bar

Nothing exudes class like a tastefully stocked downstairs bar area. For an extra dash of sophistication, set it against exposed brick and hang matching light fixtures above. Likewise, choosing separate high-quality woods for the seating and serving areas can help balance the aesthetic of this particular downstairs addition. We’ll leave the alcohol selection up to you πŸ˜‰

In-Home Theater

If your budget allows for a larger-scale basement build, an in-home movie theater is definitely worth considering. Who among us hasn’t fantasized about installing surround sound, dimmer switches, and aisles of cinema-style recliners in a dedicated room at home? Alternatively, a cozy entertainment center is a phenomenal add for those without the budget or extra space to commit to a full theater.

In-Home Gym

Imagine waking up, grabbing your cup of coffee, and strolling downstairs to a customized fitness area. No more workout commutes, waiting for your favorite machines, or feeling self-conscious! Fitness centers are a popular, relatively scalable choice for basement remodeling. They also tend to be an eye-catcher and excellent selling point should you ever choose to list the home. For many homeowners, an in-home gym is like a gift that keeps on giving.

Wine Cellar

Who doesn’t want to dazzle guests with a stylish wine display? Builders can utilize whatever space you have to build out anything from an efficient-yet-prominent bottle display to a full corridor and cellar. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination.

For more specific wine room tips, check out these 9 wine and bourbon display ideas.

Kitchen Area

A downstairs kitchen area after a basement remodeling project.

A small kitchen area has the power to transform your downstairs into a self-sufficient lounge or man cave. At this point, owners basically have a second living space that they’re free to use as a full-on guest suite or some sort of hybrid space. One creative and adventurous way to offset the cost of finishing a basement is by renting it out for periods of time on platforms like Airbnb or Vrbo! We recommend brainstorming with your builders about the possibility of a separate walk-out entrance if you plan to experiment with renting.

What Does Your Dream Basement Remodel Look Like?

Everybody has different priorities when it comes to basement renovation projects. That’s why it’s so fun to work with homeowners on reimagining these spaces. If you’re considering having work done, feel free to share your basement remodeling goals with us and get your free quote today. We look forward to chatting with you about your project!

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7 Gut Renovation Ideas for Old Homes

7 Gut Renovation Ideas for Old Homes

Location, location, location. You’ve heard it before, but the phrase takes on extra significance when you’ve found an existing home in the exact spot you want to live. It’s hard to turn down something like that. But what if the architectural style and/or layout of the home just don’t fit your lifestyle? It might be time for a gut renovation.

We’ve talked about rightsizing, spec homes, and on-your-lot builds, but what does it mean when a homeowner decides to do a gut renovation?

What is a Gut Renovation?

Gutting a house means essentially demoing all but the structure in order to rebuild the home. Depending on the scope of the desired changes, a builder may even need to alter structural elements of the home too. An increasingly common trend in today’s market, gut renovations can make a lot of sense for owners of out-of-date properties that are located inside desirable, well-established communities.

Working with ground-up construction crews who can bring these homes up to current market standards may be preferable to dealing with some of the downsides of buying in 2022. In addition to losing a potentially great location, these downsides can include spending more money for less home and paying high property tax bills (Mansion Global).

What’s the Cost to Gut a House to the Studs?

The cost of gutting a house (demoing) before any renovations tends to range from $2-7 per square foot, or typically under $10,000 for a 1,400 square-foot home (HomeAdvisor). As you might imagine, costs associated with the actual renovation part of a gut renovation depends on a lot of variables. From the redesign to the cost of materials and structural changes to a home, it’s impossible to present any sort of reliable average cost for a full ground-up renovation.

That said, we’ve established that there may be some significant benefits to going this route instead of buying in today’s market. So, if this scenario makes sense in your situation, what kinds of things might you focus on with your builder when gutting a house?

7 Areas to Focus on When Gutting a House

We recently gutted a home that was built in 1996 on a luxurious golf course inside a country club community. The location is absolutely ideal; the lot is everything an owner could ever want. But the clients needed to redesign the actual home sitting on that gorgeous piece of land. We worked with them to gut the old house and build a modern beauty in its place β€” a home that fits their lifestyle and needs much better.

Here’s what we did.

Exterior Elevations

It was clear that this project would require major structural changes to accommodate the redesign vision β€” many gut renovations do. With that in mind, we set out to transform the exterior in a way that would carry forth and reflect the modern farmhouse layout the client envisioned for their new interior.

Interior Design

The clients worked with our interior design team to develop the final vision for this softer, more contemporary interior. Note the curvature of the staircase, the access to natural light, and the house-wide dark wood flooring that helps tie the interior together.

Mechanical Systems

We’re almost a quarter of the way through the twenty-first century (crazy, right?). As technology progresses at breakneck speed, scalable home automation systems and other mechanical systems are a hot commodity. Adding top-of-the-line tech to your home can make life much easier, more efficient, and pretty darn fun too!

Structural Additions

Gut renovations are a great time to think about any additions you might want for your home. It’s never going to be easier to add on than when you’ve already got the house stripped down to the studs. Amongst their interior and exterior renovation needs, the clients on this particular project requested a sleek, new master wing (pictured above).

Floor Plans

Adjusting the floor plan is pretty typical when gutting a home. It’s important to take architectural style, foot traffic, and the individual needs of a family into consideration when laying out a custom home. A gut renovation lets builders bring that same level of planning into a remodeling project.

In this case, we relocated the kitchen, dining room, and great room areas to better highlight the views created by several new window placements.

Windows

A kitchen with an island.

Many older homes are lacking in adequate window coverage. For instance, this home is situated on a lovely golf course in Ohio, so it stands to reason that it should provide views of the picturesque landscape. Originally, however, the views did leave something to be desired. Thoughtfully and strategically placing new windows around the home was a simple way to open up the space a bit, bring in some natural light, and create some much-needed visibility.

A family room with tons of windows.

Outdoor Living

Outdoor living areas are certainly en vogue these days. As we touched on in the 3 Keys To Indoor Outdoor Living Spaces, it’s ideal to conceive of these areas in the initial home design phase as opposed to randomly adding them on down the road. Planning them out in the initial build allows builders to integrate and connect the spaces so that they truly feel like part of the home β€” connecting styles and accommodating for the flow of foot traffic throughout the home.

Does Your Home Need a Gut Renovation?

Together, we will draft up a plan and build a vision for your dream home. Corinthian Fine Homes has been a leader in Central Ohio custom home renovation for over 25 years. Contact a Sales & Design specialist today to discuss your options.

An in-home study built during a gut renovation.
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What Is Infill Development?

What Is Infill Development?

We’ve all seen that prime lot that sits abandoned in the city β€” maybe it’s sandwiched between a yoga studio and a cafe β€” and wondered at its potential. Infill development is a building tactic that’s gaining steam in 2022. It offers a potential solution to this sort of waste by tearing down and rebuilding housing in these spots. However, it is not without its challenges. The permit and building processes for urban infill can be long and time consuming with a heightened potential for creating homes that don’t fit into their communities. That’s why it’s best left to adequately experienced and responsible builders.

Is Infill Development Good For Communities?

It really depends how builders and cities approach the process. But this is actually where luxury custom builders have an upper hand. The ability to identify and match styles, area characteristics, and other subtle aesthetic choices is crucial to conserving the feel of the communities in which urban infill is desired.

“The issue is compatibility. And compatibility can be defined in a number of different ways, whether it’s trees, traffic, height, building design, or fitting within the historic district. And I don’t want to make that sound too easy, because that’s really where it’s difficult.”

Democratic D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (Washington Post)
The outdoor area of a home built through infill development.

With decades of design build experience across a wide variety of styles, many top builders do have the expertise to craft homes that accentuate the traits of the communities and neighborhoods they would join. This is a crucial component of responsible urban infill. Unfortunately, less experienced builders (even with good intentions) may try and fail to pay respect to the areas they build in.

When looking at the pros and cons of housing infill, much of it comes down to the way it’s done. By consulting appropriate municipality authorities, adhering to local regulations, and approaching an infill project with experience and commitment, these builds carry the potential to provide new housing opportunities within saturated communities where real estate is at a premium.

3 Perks of Infill Development for Prospective Homebuyers

Location

One of the biggest selling points of housing infill is that it gives prospective homeowners an opportunity to build in more densely populated areas like cities and bustling metropolises β€” locales that don’t see a lot of building possibilities otherwise.

Customizability

An infill project also presents the chance to customize within an exciting locale. This customizability will, however, almost always be subject to strict regulation. Local municipalities have architectural codes that homes must adhere to in different districts. Finding a spot that the city will green light for demolition and repurposing can be a process. Once a location is identified, builders must do their best to match the architectural style and general aesthetics of the surrounding areas, which are often turn-of-the-century homes.

Urban Development

If done right and respectfully, infill development can help revitalize neighborhoods and cities. An interesting proposal for Mexico City, where suburban sprawl has been an issue, called for infill development on the grounds that it would cut down on mobility issues, bolster the local economy, and conserve resources and infrastructure. This approach to combating suburban sprawl may make a lot of sense in cities that find themselves building outward too quickly or without a long-term strategy.

Questions About Infill Building?

If you’re looking to build closer to the city, infill housing may be a good option for you. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. We can’t wait to work with you and build the home of your dreams in the best possible community and location.

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The Spec Home vs. Custom Home Debate

When thinking about moving into a new home, there’s a fair amount of terminology that may be new to you. Future homeowners can get caught up in questions about building vs. buying or building on their own lots along with countless other considerations. Among these, the spec home vs. custom home debate may come up at some point. So, let us put the question to bed. No one really wants a spec home. There! Problem solved.

Sort of…

Before we get angry emails defending spec home builders and the quality homes that have been built in this manner, let us clarify: there’s nothing wrong with building a home for future homeowners. We simply take umbrage with the laissez-faire, assembly line mentality that so often goes into making a home for an unspecified buyer. With that in mind, it makes sense to establish a working definition of spec homes that we can refer to.

A newly constructed kitchen area.

What is a Spec House?

In the broadest sense, the definition of a spec house is a home that builders construct prior to entering into a contract with a buyer. These homes are therefore “speculatory” in nature.

So, What’s the Problem?

Building homes based on vague speculations about what an average buyer might like has a way of taking the inspiration and vision out of a house plan. Spec homes frequently fall short in this regard. That doesn’t mean that a home built for a future homeowner is automatically inferior. But all things equal, everyone prefers a custom home. Here are three reasons why custom homes will beat out cookie-cutter spec homes every time.

Spec Home vs. Custom Home

Built to a Standard

We made a mindset decision at Corinthian a long time ago. We agreed that whenever we need to design a build with no buyer lined up, we will set out to customize it the way we want our own homes. After many years in this industry, we know the materials, construction standards, and aesthetic decisions we would love to have in our own homes. This is the best way we’ve found to bring that custom house feel to a pre-built plan.

A spec home that is built without a specific standard in mind is vulnerable to wishy-washy decision making and non-cohesive design choices.

Creative Control

Whatever the balance of creative control between a builder, future homeowner, and architect, it is preferable to the half-blind projection of a spec house. Spec homes attempt to streamline the homebuilding process with efficient, budgeted home concepts designed to work for “most of the people most of the time.” This flies in the face of everything we stand for at Corinthian Fine Homes.

If you’re getting the impression that we don’t care for spec homes, well… you’re right. It isn’t that nice spec homes can’t exist, it’s just that they require strong direction and bold choices β€” two things that are often lacking in this space.

A white Georgian style house with a wraparound driveway.

Market Sensitivity

Even the best planned homes are still built by people, and people β€” you may have noticed this β€” cannot consistently predict the future. Paying attention to what the market wants is still a crucial part of building, however, and your average spec home has difficulty accounting for this. That’s because spec home builders can’t really know if what’s “in” during the design phase of the build will still be “in” two years down the road when they have a buyer.

When building for future homeowners, it’s tricky work to plan for the market trends of five or ten years out. Some decisions, however, are better than others. It’s important to (1) pay very close attention to the historical trajectory of material and design trends, and (2) root your home in a tradition and style of some sort that has enjoyed a long history of popular demand. For a list of in-demand styles, visit our design build page.

Through our interest in the home automation space, we’ve found that equipping many of our pre-built custom homes with future-proofed smart home tech goes a LONG way toward keeping these homes extremely desirable a decade and beyond down the road. In fact, some of the best homes we’ve ever built are in our current inventory, but just as many are builds from twenty or more years ago.

Dealbreakers

There’s a term you’ll hear a lot more in the hunt for a spec home vs. custom home building. That term is “dealbreaker” (as in, I loved the veranda, but the lack of upstairs bedroom was a dealbreaker). In custom home building, dealbreakers are addressed early on in the process. The home buyer(s) lay out all of the features, materials, and design choices that they do and do not want to see, and then the architects and builders plan accordingly. That pretty much takes care of it.

With a spec home, it’s not uncommon to begin falling in love on a walkthrough only to feel the floor drop out from under you (hopefully not literally) when you discover a feature (or lack of feature) that is irredeemable to your vision of a dream home.

Applying a custom home building approach to pre-built homes is the best way to both build an inventory list (there will always be homeowners who need a house yesterday) and minimize dealbreakers through decades of experience and thoughtful prediction.

A basement featuring gold light fixtures and exposed brick by custom home builders in Central Ohio.

Ready to Go With a Custom Home?

Give us a call anytime! You can choose between browsing our current inventory, building on a lot in our English cottage community, or starting a project from scratch. But at Corinthian, everything is custom.

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5 Steps to Build on Your Own Lot

So, you have some property and you want to build on your own lot. Great! If it’s your first time building from scratch on your own land, you may be curious about how to get started. Should you contact a custom builder? What difficulties can arise on the build? Should you have a design drafted up first to pitch to builders? Understandably, homeowners tend to have a variety of questions on the subject. Since we’ve been through the process hundreds of times, here is what we consider to be the ideal five-step process that will take you from conceptualization (aka Let’s build a house on my land!) to the day you actually break ground with your chosen builder.

An empty lot ready for a home build.

Contact “Build On Your Lot” Builders

Not all building companies will work with you to build on your own lot. With this in mind, it’s important to make sure you’re speaking with custom builders who will. Even some builders who are open to building on your land may still come back and say that your specific lot address is too far away for them to service. Once you find a builder you like who is willing and able to build on your lot, we recommend meeting with them in person as soon as possible.

Meet With Your Builder

It may be tempting to put this off. After all, life is busy. You may think you have a pretty straightforward build. Don’t do it! There are too many variables to consider for you to brush this step off.

How Does Meeting With My Builder Early On Help?

By discussing your needs and goals with the builder before you begin planning in earnest, you get the benefit of their expertise up front. They can tell you if something is not possible or (more likely) just requires a slightly altered approach. They can suggest alternatives and solutions before you start making decisions or drafting up designs. At the end of the day, meeting with your builder allows you to do three things:

  • Reduce overall cost
  • Save Time and Effort
  • Optimize design

If hearing that makes your ears perk up… us too! Good builders work to deliver as much value in the process as in the actual construction. That’s because a smooth, mutually beneficial process makes the end result that much sweeter. Your builder wants to hear your thoughts and discuss options with you. After all, your new house is a big deal! Don’t treat it like an Amazon or Etsy order. If you’re invested in building on your own lot, meeting with your builder is a crucial step to moving forward with confidence.

Shelving that is under construction

Determine Material Accessibility

As you might imagine, there is a big, long list of materials needed to begin a build. Getting sanitary and electric/gas sorted are two immediate needs that can prove to be an obstacle, depending on the build location. To build on your own lot, vendors and crews must be able to access it. Speak with your builder to determine if any material access obstacles need to be addressed.

Assess Lot Conditions

Before you build on your own lot, your builder will also need to take a look at the condition of the land. Who cares about the condition of the land? I’m building a home, not growing crops! While we totally get that, lot condition actually does matter quite a bit for homeowners too.

Tomato field or not, it’s important to check on things like flood zones and lot readiness. A flood zone can impact a crew’s ability to build on your lot in good conscience. Your “lot readiness” may affect how soon they can do so.

But there are other factors to consider besides the actual topography. Your builder can’t get the full picture until they have accounted for man-made features like building lines and zoning restrictions. Assuming these are squared away, however, you should be in the clear.

The Bottom Line

If it’s your goal to build on your own lot, don’t let any of these steps intimidate you. Chances are you’ll find plenty of builders willing and able to make your dream a reality. It’s just a matter of choosing the right crew, checking the right boxes, and approaching the build with the proper, professional wisdom.

A pond on a plot of empty, build-on-your-lot construction land.

Interested in Working With Us?

Corinthian has several options for building your dream home. For over 25 years, we’ve been the Ohio builders that homeowners come back to for their second and even third homes. Which of the following approaches fits your situation best?

Looking For Build On Your Lot Builders?

Our team would love to help you build on your lot. We have a long history of partnering with central Ohioans from start to finish, guiding folks through the five steps above and on to the day we hand them the keys and wave our fond farewell.

Looking to Build and Move in ASAP?

Our luxury Dublin development, The Hamlet on Jerome, has been designed to speed up move-in dates while giving homeowners ultimate customizability. How this works is we’ve already done the legwork of the pre-build effort and lot investigations. We’ve pre-cleared all of the steps on the list above for seventeen lots in beautiful Dublin, Ohio. This way, homeowners get to step in on prime real estate and immediately begin customizing their own English cottage on a flexible template, reducing build timelines to as little as seven months in some cases.

Looking to Design and Build From Scratch on One of Our Lots?

Check out our design build portfolio with a wide variety of different architectural styles. From Mediterranean to colonial style, we’ve almost certainly built in the style you’re looking for. We’ll even work with you to mix and match styles and features to arrive at a true ideal in terms of functionality, beauty, and location.

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9 Steps to the Home Building Process

Building a custom home is one of the biggest projects a landowner will ever undertake. But that’s no reason to be intimidated. Even though the custom home building process varies from build to build, we find homeowners benefit from grasping the basic structure. That’s why we wrote out the nine steps that are consistently true of them all β€” true regardless of the who (your builders), what (the styles and features you choose), and where (location and accessibility) of building your custom home.

A home that a house construction company is building on the other side of a large pond.

The Custom Home Building Process

One house under construction beside a finished house.

Preliminary Meeting

Preliminary meetings exist within the home building process to help you and your building team get acquainted. They are also a time to share and discuss ideas, explore the team’s design build portfolio, and bring up your must-have features (if you happen to know these already).

We ask clients to fill out a brief questionnaire as well at Corinthian. It’s a tradition we started years ago to (a) get to know you a little bit and (b) help define the project on paper, if only in very broad strokes.

Design Phase

A grey European manor house.

In the design phase, you get to go more in-depth with an architect or residential designer about your vision. You do not have to know everything yourself (if you did, after all, there would be no reason to speak with anyone!). Your involvement here is collaborative and the level of that involvement is up to you. Generally, however, it does pay to invest some time in discussing options with your chosen design professional.

During this phase, you’ll also visit potential lots to consider site conditions and settle on a build location (unless you’ve already decided to build on your own lot).

Estimate 

At this point you will have begun to nail down build specs. Choosing personal touches to set your home apart, tailor it to your needs, and ensure the plans reflect your lifestyle is one of the most exciting parts of the entire home building process.

Target costing and value engineering are important parts of an optimized home building process as well. The builder will prepare a budget based on the information you provide and should be able explain this cost estimate to you in clear terms if you have any questions about it.

A brick home with a navy blue sign that says "Corinthian Fine Homes."

Selections

A selections coordinator will work with you during this phase to nail down any remaining home choices and design decisions. Your selections will dictate a lot of what is to come, so be sure to ask plenty of questions!

Contract

Once you’ve gone over the estimate, received any necessary clarifications, and discussed any adjustments, it’s time to sign! A good construction agreement lays out every phase of the home building process. This includes all selections, specifications, and timelines. Your build contract will represent the primary source of truth on all build details from this point forward.

Permitting

With the contract signed, work will begin in earnest. The first priority at this point is always to ensure the necessary permits are in order. To do this, your builder will submit your building plans to the local zoning board and building department. Once these institutions have reviewed and approved the documents, they will grant you the building permit you need to break ground.

Pre-Construction Meeting

The pre-construction meeting is a time to touch base once more before the building team arrives on your lot to begin excavation. In typical cases, clients meet with the project manager and admin team to review all specs, selections, and plans.

Construction

A large house under construction.

When the big day finally arrives, all the important boxes will have been checked. Adjustments are still possible down the road, but a homeowner’s major decisions have typically been made at this point. With everyone on the same page and the path well defined, your crew will kick off excavation and construction.

Also worth noting: the best builders remain in communication throughout construction, giving frequent updates and remaining accessible for any questions that arise from the homeowner. The custom home building process spans a great many months, and it is likely the biggest investment a homeowner has ever made. That’s why communication is so critical. Frequent contact is the best way to ensure all parties are apprised of progress and comfortable that the project is meeting expectations.

Closing

Once construction is complete and the final touches are finished, there’s only one thing left to do! At different points throughout the home building process, closing day may feel like a lifetime away. But one day you’ll wake up to find the wait’s been absolutely worth it. That’s a day homeowners always remember. And as builders, it’s a day we look forward to with pride and excitement.

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A screened patio after a home renovation project.

5 Amazing Home Renovation Ideas

It’s easy to dream up dozens of projects around a home. It seems there’s always something that could be updated. But if you are indeed looking at home renovation ideas, you may be wondering which area to focus on first. While there are many ways to upgrade your space, some projects provide more bang for your buck than others. Let’s take a look at five of the hottest, value-adding home renovation ideas of the year.

A French provincial home with a winding driveway and upper balcony.

Fact: Homes with dining rooms and formal living rooms have an especially great opportunity to convert these areas into extra kitchen and living space for various projects.

5 Home Renovation Ideas That Add Major Property Value

For the average homeowner looking to renovate their house this year, we suggest the following additions: outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, home spas, messy kitchens, family entry areas, and three-row closets. These represent fantastic home improvements that add value and often do make life much easier in the process.

Outdoor Kitchen & Fireplace

Outdoor brick oven and patio.

There’s no greater opportunity to fulfill your biggest home renovation ideas than working on an outdoor living area. These spaces are particularly common in Mediterranean style homes, but any style of home can have them. There are countless creative ways to connect your indoor and outdoor living areas to great effect. Phantom screens and partially covered porches, for instance, grant homeowners the luxury of controlling their outdoor exposure from season to season in order to get the most year-round use possible.

In conjunction with a hospitable porch area, outdoor fireplaces and outdoor kitchens can totally transform the way you experience your home. From family dinners in the summer to block parties and hosting holidays, it’s easy to see why outdoor eating spaces are one of the most popular home renovation ideas these days. But what about your home specifically, is this a feasible addition for your space?

Yes, it probably is. Outdoor fireplaces and kitchens are usually very easy to add on to a home. The spatial accessibility of an outdoor living area effectively dodges many of the obstacles builders may encounter with more limiting interior additions. That said, we strongly suggest meeting with your builder up front to ensure they understand and will comply with your local setback line legislation.

Home Spa

From freestanding tubs to oversized showers, upgrading the master bath is at the top of the dream list for today’s homeowner. It’s no wonder either. Enough of these updates, and that “really nice bathroom” starts to feel like something more akin to a home spa. Which is pretty much the height of luxury, if you ask us.

As with outdoor living areas, larger master bathrooms can offer a large amount of possibilities. From personal saunas to deluxe his and her vanities, your options may not be quite limitless, but they’re pretty close.

Messy Kitchen

Regardless of what the latest design trends and hottest new home features are, kitchen updates will probably always make the finalists when it comes to worthwhile home renovation ideas. That’s because, more often than not, the kitchen is the command center of a home. It’s where families congregate most every day. As such, it receives a lot of attention.

In case you haven’t heard of messy kitchens before, this additional room is essentially a main-kitchen-adjacent, pantry/meal prep area. It allows homeowners to leave the more visible primary kitchen uncluttered and clean.Hop back and forth with ease between entertaining in the main kitchen and spreading out food and ingredients in the messy kitchen totally out of view.

Bonus: Adding a wine room or small bar area to a messy kitchen can really take your entertaining game to the next level.

Family Entry

When we renovate a home we didn’t originally build, we try to get a sense of any stress points or obstacles the homeowners are experiencing in their normal movements around the home. One obstacle we see a WHOLE lot is a bottlenecked and cluttered entry that requires routing folks through a laundry room or chaotic hallway filled with stuff. In homes like this, adding a family entry can be one of the more life-changing home renovation ideas out there.

Functioning as an additional entrance to the home, family entries often include lockers, bench seating, and hooks for seasonal clothing. Got a fur baby? Family entries are also a great spot to add a dog wash!

An extra entrance encourages decluttering by providing dedicated storage for backpacks, muddy shoes, coats, and all the other things that don’t really have any business going further into the house but so often do β€” getting left on the floor, hung on a door, or misplaced at inconvenient times.

Three-Row Closet

Another big trend in recent years has been closet space optimization. While some master bedroom closets may not have the dimensions to accommodate a three-row closet system, many can be upgraded to give the homeowner MUCH more space. Recent floor plans at The Hamlet on Jerome include the floor-to-ceiling height required to fit three rows of space for hanging clothing. You won’t believe how much time a person can save picking out what to wear!

Pro Tip: The top shelf of a three-row closet can be used for rotating seasonal clothing in and out.

Which Home Renovation Ideas Top Your Dream List?

Existing homes contain SO many creative avenues for renovation. Why not embrace one or more of these modern home improvements that add value and boost efficiency? Streamlining your space’s square footage with any of the home renovation ideas above will help you get more out of your home every single day. So, why wait? The sooner you elevate your house plan to meet today’s design build standards, the sooner that investment can start paying for itself.

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8 Popular House Amenities in 2022

8 Popular House Amenities in 2022

When it comes to house amenities, there’s no one size-fits-all solution. While some features may never go out of style, many more are subject to trends. The popular home amenities of 2019 certainly vary from the ones that are most requested today, which only makes sense. The world changes and with it our needs. Since you’re unlikely to find all of the home amenities on this list inside any pre-built home, it’s wise to give some thought to your desired features before you decide on building custom or buying a house. Assuming you do choose to build custom, however, you’ll want to know what’s popular today. That’s why we’ve compiled eight of the coolest and most current house amenities going into 2022.

Pocket Office

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In a world that has irreversibly shifted away from on-site employment, pocket offices have become a pretty big deal. You may not necessarily need (or have the ability to add) a full room for a home office β€” maybe you work from home a couple of days each week. Many households have multiple remotely employed family members. These scenarios are where a pocket office can really shine. Building a cozy alcove with a small footprint that lets you plug in without any fuss is a night and day upgrade from working on the couch.

Messy Kitchen

Of course, one couldn’t neglect the messy kitchen on any list of en vogue house amenities. It’s the most functional must-have in the world of home kitchens, so… what exactly is it?

What Is a Messy Kitchen?

Don’t worry, it isn’t an insult. Meghan Hale points out for Founterior that a messy kitchen is the practical addition to any open concept kitchen. These extra areas give homeowners an out-of-the-way space to well… be a little messy!

Messy kitchens are the ultimate mealtime staging area β€” perfect for prep work, clearing clutter, and storing those smaller kitchen amenities like toaster ovens and coffee makers without busying the aesthetic of the main kitchen area.

Because I don’t care who you are… there’s just no avoiding a little bit of a mess when serving great meals.

Walk-In Three-Row Closet

Space is always at a premium, and there’s probably nowhere that better exemplifies this than the average master closet. If you’re like a lot of people, you may have bowed long ago to the disorganization a small closet can breed. But how would you like to increase your closet space by an extra 1/3?

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A three-row closet gives you the ability to hang three rows of clothes on either side of your walk-in closet. This simple yet elegant design is a game-changer when it comes to accessing outfits, making efficient use of your closet space, and even organizing your entire wardrobe by season.

Guest Suite

A little extra space for family and out-of-town friends is never a bad idea. Being able to offer guests a bed made up on the lower level is a classy and convenient gesture that will win you points while entertaining over the holidays. It’s also a great option should you and a friend have a little too much fun with the next feature on our list.

Home Bar

The in-home bar is a top-tier luxury that we can’t recommend highly enough for those who enjoy the occasional cocktail. Get ready to up your entertaining game though! This particular home amenity is all but guaranteed to launch your address to the top of the list whenever there’s a get-together on the horizon. Heck, you may never have to leave home again.

Three & Four-Season Rooms

Ready to create the kind of indoor/outdoor synergy your neighbors will use for inspiration on their next home update? Let’s talk about three and four-season rooms.

From jeeps and convertibles to houseboats and “glamping,” mankind has devised more than its share of clever ways to enjoy the outside world without being fully at nature’s mercy. Screened porches and three-season rooms give homeowners easy access to that glorious summer breeze without all the mosquitos and other critters. Practice an instrument in relative privacy, catch up on a good book, or hang out with friends for drinks after dinner! In the hands of a capable builder, plans for a three-season room can even be upgraded to a four-season room with proper insulation, heating, and design plans.

Man Cave

Men, the name may persist, but good luck keeping the family out. After all, who among us doesn’t appreciate a space dedicated to unwinding? Every household deserves a room customized with total relaxation in mind. That’s why every Corinthian Fine Home includes a finished basement with a taller-than-average ceiling β€” we never build slab homes. And you’d better believe we’ll work with you to build the ultimate space for your man cave by the time you move in.

Home Gym

Looking to burn off some calories before you put your feet up? The sheer convenience of a home gym makes it extremely popular among requested house amenities. If you’re already spending money on a gym membership that makes you drive across town, slog through the snow, and interact with people you’d rather avoid, investing in a home gym is definitely worth considering.

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In Love With These House Amenities?

The Hamlet on Jerome just unveiled several new floor plans that include or accommodate each of the home amenities on this list in addition to many more. Located in Dublin, Ohio, every Hamlet lot offers extensive interior customizability to ensure your new home includes every must-have feature on your list. Give us a call to speak with a friendly member of our sales and design team today!

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6 Planning Tips For Building a New Home

Thinking about building a new home but not sure where to start? There are several useful steps you should take and a few mistakes to avoid as you plan your path forward. But first things first…

How Long Does it Take to Build a House? 

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Building a new home is a process, but it’s a worthwhile one.

As you might imagine, there are a lot of variables at play here. Design build homes will always vary by scope. Factors that may cause these timelines to fluctuate include build size, lot location, material availability, and approval delays. But take a look at our Hamlet on Jerome floor plans for a point of reference that will help put things in perspective β€” for each of these (exterior-consistent, 2,000-4,000+ sq. ft.) homes, buyers can expect a seven or eight month timeline from excavation to move in. So, while it’s true that timelines on building a new home will vary, you can get a decent ballpark by comparing the complexity of your build to similar homes. Because determining accurate scope depends on more than simply square footage (complexity, materials, and other factors will also affect the equation) it would be irresponsible of us to give a specific length of time on custom built homes. However, once a builder gets an idea of your goals in building your house, they will be able to provide more specific insights.

Building a New Home: 6 Strategic Tips For Success

Looking for tips that will help you get the most for your money when building a new home? We recommend monitoring interest rates, focusing on your must-have features, breaking ground in the early months of the year, anticipating future spatial needs, and doing adequate research on your builder.

Monitor Interest Rates

This may be a no-brainer for those who have been through the process of building a house before, but interest rates make all the difference. For anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to the housing market, those interest rates have been at historic lows. However, with the economy beginning to right itself in the wake of 2020/21, those rates won’t stay that low forever.

The good news is that while rates are expected to rise throughout 2022, they’re still looking awfully nice right now. To help out Ohio buyers, our company offers mortgage plans that allow folks to lock in these rates before they even start construction. Be on the lookout for these kinds of deals with whomever your builder is.

Ask About Building Materials

Securing a good interest rate will definitely save you some cash when building a house. And honestly, you may need it to help offset the price of building materials these days, which are through the roof. Everyone knows how bad the supply chains were through the holidays, but trust us when we tell you that lumber’s supply and demand situation will only get worse. That’s another reason it’s better to buy now if you can. It’s also a really good reason to hold your builders responsible.

The best builders refuse to use lesser materials. Others may be looking to cut costs, given the scarcity of materials. But ensuring you build a house with the newest materials comes down to more than just your builders; it’s about timing with vendors and suppliers too.

Pro Tip: Not a lot of folks know or consider this, but material suppliers and vendors typically launch their new product lines in the early months of the year.

While our own sourcing strategy for optimum value is to use the newest and latest technologies combined with aggressive buying techniques, not all builders take this approach. This matters when it comes to planning your must-have home features. That’s why we recommend beginning to think about what these are and how you’d like them to look as early as possible. From there, it’s just a matter of choosing good builders and staying in communication with them about these key features.

When builders fail to coordinate with suppliers to source the latest and greatest materials, it can lead to “new” homes that are already a year behind the times before they’re even built! But if you plan right and choose your builder wisely, there’s a surefire way to kill (capitalize on) two birds (low interest rates & the newest materials) with a single stone in 2022… start building a house between January and April.

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Build in the Early Months of the Year

Building a new home in early 2022 is definitely a smart move if you can can swing it. On top of locking in phenomenal interest rates in 2022 and getting the latest and greatest in materials, there’s just nothing like moving into a new home right before the holidays. Call us sentimental, but something about picking up new keys with a fresh dusting of snow on the ground just makes for a special holiday season.

As we discussed above, building a house can take eight or more months, so the best time to get started is early in the year β€”Β ideally between January and April.

Anticipate Future Spatial Needs

Young couples in particular tend to have future kids in mind when buying their first homes, but don’t neglect to plan for other growth possibilities too. Is there an in-law who may need to stay with you in five years? Will your kids be moving off to college? Will they be coming back? We can’t plan for every eventuality, but keeping the possibilities in mind can help us gauge what our spatial needs may look like in five, ten or even fifteen years.

Tensions and frustrations can build when there’s not enough space, that’s true. But as we discussed in our article on the benefits of rightsizing a home, living in too big of a home can lead to its own unique set of problems. These may actually be more insidious since “having too much space” sounds like a nice problem to have. For this reason, folks are less likely to consider the downsides (energy costs, maintenance, exterior decline) until they already feel trapped by them.

Research Your Builder’s Online Presence

Look at portfolios, reviews, social media, business ratings, and professional affiliations. Don’t neglect any of these areas. Why? Because each may tell you a little something extra about the company. While local builders may not have something to show across all of these categories, seeing what you can find will give you a fuller picture of their work. Each of these areas can give you a different level of awareness into how a business operates. Moreover, if there are any major red flags to worry about, you’re likely to find them.

  1. Portfolio β€” It’s pretty obvious why this is important when building a house. Pro tip: don’t limit yourself to the company’s website. While that may be where their best stuff is, companies that have been around a while may not be able to fit everything on there. If you’re looking for a specific feature or style that isn’t featured on your builders website, don’t be afraid to ask them or search for old home sale pictures online.
  2. Reviews β€” Check Google Reviews, Houzz, and even Yelp to get an idea of other clients’ experiences building a new home with your builder.
  3. Social Media β€” Social media will give you a sense of a builder’s consistency, engagement level, and even their personality if you’re lucky. Bonus: It’s also a great place to find more portfolio pictures of other houses!
  4. Business Ratings β€” The main source of truth here has always been the Better Business Bureau. Make sure your builder doesn’t have a pattern of unresolved complaints or a bad rating.
  5. Professional Affiliations β€” From the BIA Parade of Homes to the National Association of Home Builders, professional affiliations will let you see the level of peer respect a builder gets from their industry and colleagues.

Red Flags

  • A bad rating with the BBB
  • Poor reviews
  • Low online presence (when you can’t find much of anything online)
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The Bottom Line on Building a House

To recap, build early, think about your future, and do your research. The best time to build a house is early in the year, and homeowners should consider how much house they anticipate a need for in ten years. Since not all companies will approach your build with the same level of integrity, expertise, or access to materials, it’s important that you do some research to know (a) what you want, and (b) what your builder has a history of providing.

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5 Ways to Spot Good Home Building Companies

5 Ways to Spot Good Home Building Companies

Choosing between home building companies can be a project in and of itself. Luckily, there are a handful of things you can be on the lookout for that should help streamline the process and match you with the builder of your dreams.

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5 Things to Look for in Good Home Building Companies

As much as we LOVE to show off stunning home exterior photos, savvy buyers know that a great home isn’t just about the glitz and glamor. Here are five important things to pay attention to when working with home building companies.

Quality of Craftsmen

Craftsmen are the key to good house construction companies. Period. Hiring only the most technically evolved professionals pays dividends in the long run: both in terms of homeowner happiness and reputational longevity.

That’s why one of the things we make clear to our homeowners is that our team works with only the very best craftsmen in Central Ohio. This is not an area for cutting corners. Especially if you’re considering a higher-end home, study that builder’s portfolio. See how the homes they built twenty years ago are doing today. Do they still look sturdy and prepared for the long haul? Some of this comes down to maintenance, of course, but if you notice a trend of homeowners shelling out for structural repairs (check the BBB, Houzz, etc.) within this time period, look elsewhere for a builder.

Our own company continues to reach out to past homeowners β€” not just for references but also to take referrals and stay in communication.

Material Quality

Finding the top construction and building materials is a crucial part of the build process for luxury house construction companies. But as we first mentioned in 5 Perks of Building a House vs Buying, this industry moves at a speed that just might make your head spin. Homes built 10+ years ago are no longer at the top of the game in terms of building and construction materials.

Unfortunately, not all house construction companies have the resources and/or drive to work with the best of the best when it comes to building supply distributors either. In short, some builders just aren’t prepared, for one reason or another, to get the latest and greatest construction and building materials when they plan a new build.

Why Are Building Materials So Expensive in 2022?

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As an aside, if your’e wondering why building materials are so absurdly expensive, you’re not alone. It’s a common point of interest β€” especially regarding lumber.

In the case of lumber, Fortune explains that it’s because the demand has been so high for so long that much of the current supply ends up going to backlogged orders.

β€œThe backlog is just too strong…. I got customers in the Caribbean screaming for more; I got China customers screaming for more. Everybody is under a squeeze.”

Chip Setzer of Mickey Group

as reported in Lance Lambert’s Fortune article.

With material prices rising, now is definitely a time when the best builders refuse to cut quality workmanship.

Relationship with Home Tech

If your iPhone isn’t proof enough, just take a look at any given laptop to see how quickly modern tech gets replaced with the next best thing. Much like construction and building materials, 21st century home tech is moving at an astonishingly rapid rate. After all, weren’t we once blown away to be able to open a garage door with the press of a button? Today we have smart homes that connect every room in the whole house! Where will tomorrow take us? Who knows, but you should have a home built with that future growth in mind.

Choosing house building companies that strive to acquire and implement the very latest in home tech will make your home that much more valuable and enjoyable to live in. Does the builder have experience with building and installing home tech that can stand the test of time? What specific tech needs do they envision inside the home? This can be a weak point for even good builders.

To explore our company’s history with tech and the award-winning home automation system we copyrighted, check out our About page.

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Experience & Background

Some home construction companies simply don’t have the years under their belt yet. That doesn’t mean they’re bad builders β€” they just haven’t gone through all the paces quite yet. There’s a level of intuition one develops when they’ve strung together multiple decades of experience building custom homes with a top-tier team.

Of course, all house building companies have to start sometime. But over time, one’s ability to balance a variety of decisions along with a client’s wishlist continues to grow. Will investing in a custom kitchen hold its value for the homeowner, or would they be better off with more landscaping? How can we make the client’s preference happen in this space, even if it doesn’t fit the predominant style in the adjacent rooms? What kind of doors, windows, and trim details can we use to combine farmhouse and modern styles on this lot?

Learning to find efficient answers to these questions is a product of experience. It comes from working your way through dozens and dozens of projects with a team you trust.

So, as a general rule of thumb, if you want the best of the best, talk to professionals who have been working in the industry since before the turn of the century.

Technical Prowess

This is similar to the question of hiring craftsmen, but here we’re talking specifically about architectural design and planning. This is an area that simply cannot be faked, and it goes back to what we said at the top: Building great homes isn’t just about the glitz and glamor. But… it is a little bit about those things.

Hoping to build a colonial mansion? Perhaps an English cottage is more your speed? Spend some time looking over previous builds of prospective home building companies within the architectural style that interests you. Check out some blueprints if you can get ahold of them. This can help in comparing an architect’s eye with the craftsmen’s hands. Try to get a sense of the architect’s aesthetic trajectory.

Have their builds within the style you like stayed consistent over the years? Or does the builder’s understanding of it seem to have evolved? Do you like the direction they’re headed in? Many of our own clients choose to combine architectural styles. If this idea appeals to you, you may or may not be able to find a previous build that exemplifies exactly what you’re looking for in someone’s portfolio. That’s okay. Pay attention to the breadth of their designs. Are they versatile? Adaptable? Do they have a creative eye that inspires you?

Questions?

Taking a little extra time to attend to each of these five overarching considerations can be extraordinarily useful in choosing between house building companies. And you deserve to choose right when it comes to your forever home.

As always, we wish you the very best in choosing your house construction company. Should you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to our team.

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5 Benefits of Rightsizing Your Home

From empty nesters to the recipients of inherited homes, rightsizing makes a lot of sense for a lot of people. In a time when the downsides of excess are becoming more and more clear, many are realizing the benefits that moving to a smaller but more intentional space can have on their finances, home quality, and upkeep efforts.

So what could YOU stand to gain from rightsizing your home? Let’s explore that.

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Rightsizing your home does NOT mean downgrading.

Rightsizing vs Downsizing

While it might be more common to hear a friend say they’ve decided to “downsize” their home, we don’t love that term as a description. Why? Well, it’s the implication… The way we see it, a homeowner is making an exciting decision about their spatial needs and lifestyle goals. That’s the transition they’re looking at with this process. “Downsizing” feels somehow negative β€” there’s a suggestion of loss when, in fact, there are great gains to be made.

Moving into a home that fits you better shouldn’t feel like a step down. You simply have the opportunity to take your current investment and funnel it into something better that actually fits your current size needs. That’s why we tend to talk about “rightsizing” with our clients. Rightsizing is a luxury lifestyle decision that gives homeowners back their control over the value of a home and how they use it.

It’s a ticket to ENJOY your space again! And that ticket is often worth the price of admission, particularly for many empty nesters.

5 Ways Rightsizing a Home Can Pay Off

Cut Down On Exterior Maintenance

Whether you pay someone else to maintain your home’s exterior, try to handle upkeep yourself, or do some combination of the two, taking care of a home that’s way too big is no fun for anyone. If you’re struggling to get these things done, it may feel like every time you get one issue settled, another comes up. Neglect can begin to creep in taking the form of damaged roof shingles, broken gutters, leaky skylights, unplowed snow, unmowed grass, etc. Because let’s not fool ourselves here… it takes a lot of work to do proper upkeep on a large home.

But the extra effort isn’t the only downside to owning an oversized home…

Stop Overpaying

Of course, you’re also paying for all that excess space you no longer enjoy. Personally, I see this as one of the best reasons to rightsize. Show me a better argument than getting more for my money and you’re going to see a very confused look on my face.

Still, one obstacle to folks making the decision to rightsize can simply be recognizing the opportunity for it.

Becoming resigned to living in too big of a house can be a lot like that story of the slowly boiling frog in the kettle. This is especially true for empty nesters. Like the frog that initially views the kettle as a free jacuzzi, empty nesters originally had a perfectly good reason for the amount of house they have. But with all the kids gone, that once-useful space has suddenly become a lot.

Moving into a smaller, more intentional space can be a wonderful gift for empty nesters and anyone else feels like they aren’t getting their money’s worth out of their home.

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Lower Your Energy Cost & Footprint

Energy efficiency is on everyone’s minds these days. From energy-efficient windows to energy-efficient roofing materials, gone are the days of Old Man Winter stealing all of our warmth through little cracks around the home. But outdated and inefficient building materials aren’t the only way to lose energy efficiency.

We all know that more house means more space to heat and cool. While strategies like supplementing with space heaters may be a potential option in the winter for smaller homes, that gets pretty cumbersome across a 5,000+ sq. ft. McMansion. Bottom line: having a bigger home is not ideal for your energy efficiency, which is not good for your wallet.

It’s also not ideal for the planet since, as The New York Times points out, many air conditioner aren’t exactly the most environmentally friendly or up-to-date technologies ever invented.

Which brings us our next point.

Benefit From New Techniques & Materials

As we talked about in the 5 Perks of Building Vs Buying, the world of building and construction moves quickly. Techniques and materials that were used ten, fifteen, or twenty years ago to build your current home are no longer the industry standards of today. Rightsizing a home today means you get to benefit from all the progress that’s been made in that time.

“Sounds great, but won’t I just be in the same spot in another ten years?”

Yes and no. While progress is an unstoppable beast, it’s hard to deny that we’re moving at an unprecedented rate these days. Consider the difference in humanity’s developed technologies in general between 1960 and 1990. Now think about all that’s changed between 1990 and 2021. Both gaps are approximately thirty years long, but the technological strides made in the second period are exponentially greater.

In other words, while moving out of a home from a more recent era will also lend itself to the benefits of massive advancements in build quality, homes from before the turn of the century are likely to provide a particularly nice bang for your buck.

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Ready for a fresh start with new possibilities? Rightsizing could be right for you.

Make New Memories & Start Entertaining Again

The older the home, the more memories made within its walls. The desire to hang onto those cherished memories can be another obstacle to rightsizing for empty nesters. But it’s worth mentioning that an oversized house may actually become less inviting in the present. If structural maintenance, cleaning, etc. have fallen by the wayside, that may be affecting the warmth and pride of your environment when you look to entertain, have the kids home from school, etc.

A smaller space that you can throw all of your energy into may just become a more exciting spot for get-togethers than a sprawling mansion with doors that never shut quite right and layers of dust, right? If that sounds like an exaggeration, just ask yourself this: in which scenario do you see yourself excited to host Christmas next year?

Interested in Rightsizing?

The Corinthian Fine Homes team has been building homes and serving families in Central Ohio since 1994. Our luxury Dublin community, The Hamlet on Jerome, offers customizable floor plans in one of the state’s most desirable zip codes.

Please feel free to contact us for information or with any other questions you may have.

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5 Perks of Building a House vs Buying

Moving to a new home is one of the biggest transitions we make in life. The process involves a vast array of decisions β€” from choosing where you want to live to picking out flooring and paint colors. Before one gets to that level of detail, however, there’s a bigger internal debate to have: building a house vs buying.

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Advantages of Building a Custom Home

If you’re considering which route you want to go, you’re probably wondering whether the upsides of a custom home are worth it. Truth be told, in addition to the obvious perks of building a house vs buying one, there are several that may not be immediately obvious.

Customizability

When folks do decide in favor of building a house vs buying one, customizability is often the reason why. While you can certainly renovate a home after you purchase it, this has obvious disadvantages when compared to simply paying for what you want in the first place.

Are you preparing to host family and friends over the fast-approaching holidays? Where buying a home can lead to compromise, building one allows you to create a space specifically for your family’s needs β€” giving you the perfect amount of room and extra features to make your home feel cozy and inviting for the holidays.

Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that even if one decides to buy a pre-owned home and renovate to their taste, not everything can be renovated. Corinthian Fine Homes employs some of the midwest’s top home building professionals, but even they can’t suddenly renovate a 50-year-old Colonial style home into a mid-century modern.

Latest & Greatest Building Materials

While lack of customizability is one of the more obvious disadvantages of buying a home, many homeowners-to-be don’t consider the inherent difference in quality. Building materials are constantly evolving, and what’s top-of-the-line today probably didn’t exist in 1975 when that luxury ranch-style home on Zillow was built.

For example, quite a few groundbreaking new building materials are currently expected to change the industry in the coming years. Rental equipment company BigRentz elaborates on their list which includes prospective advancements like modular bamboo and light-generating concrete saying, “Buildings crafted with the most modern materials will be more equipped to solve ongoing challenges, reduce their carbon footprint, and make an impact in the industry.” From more cost-effective builds to enhanced sustainability and beyond, the benefits of using the latest materials instead of what was used decades before can be vast.

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Building a custom home means modern technology is on your side.

Budget Efficiency

Have you ever visited an all-inclusive resort or gone on a cruise? The “all-inclusive” business model is predicated on an understanding that enough people will pay for more in buying the package than they will actually consume during their stay. Likewise, when buying a pre-owned home, we will sometimes acquiesce to paying for things we don’t actually want and won’t get to fully enjoy. I.e. two extra bedrooms. “But hey,” we tell ourselves. “I suppose we could make use of them when we decide to start entertaining, right?”

Key Takeaway: Buying a house almost always means the buyer will either (a) pay for extra space, features, and/or land they don’t really want, or (b) settle for the opposite: not getting as much house as they want.

Choose Your Location

Location, location, location. That phrase carries a lot of weight in the building and real estate industries because at the end of the day, a beautiful mansion in the middle of the Sahara Desert won’t do anyone much good. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice where you want to live because your dream home happens to be 50 minutes away. When you build a custom home, what you’re really building is a future β€” a future inside any school district or zip code you like.

Sense of Ownership

There’s just something about knowing that no one else has ever set foot in a house without your invitation; that it’s all yours and always has been. This perk may be intangible and a tad decadent, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t feel pretty great. Building a custom home means you are truly the king or queen of your castle.

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A good question for deciding on building a house vs buying one is this: Can I live without X, Y, and Z?

Questions to Ask When Building a Custom Home

If you choose to build your home, you may wonder about the process of engaging and brainstorming with your builder. While the best home builders are good at explaining their processes, working within your budget/timeline, and providing recommendations without overstepping, it’s a good idea to ensure you get a few questions answered up front.


What is your estimated timeline and availability?

How do you communicate delays or obstacles with clients?

May I see some examples of similar homes you’ve built?

Can you recommend an architect, or should I engage someone?


A project can only succeed when buyer and builder are on the same page. Establishing a line of communication and some agreed upon benchmarks when building a custom home will help set the stage for consistent progress as you tie up any loose ends with your old house and prepare to move in to the custom home of your dreams.