Why Choose a Custom-Built Home? Local Real Estate Professionals Weigh In

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As a luxury home builder here in the Triangle, we’re committed to building high-quality, custom homes designed to fit each individual homeowner’s needs and lifestyle.

Have you been wondering if a custom-built home is the right option for your family?

We talked to a few local real estate professionals to give you an unbiased look at what it means to build a custom home and why you might consider working with a custom home builder like Rufty Homes.

How would you define a custom-built home?

Shawn Britt, Realty World Triangle Living:

“A custom home is a one-of-a-kind house that is designed for a specific client and a particular location.” 

Tina Bernhardt, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston New Homes & Land:

“A custom home is one that is built specifically to suit a buyer’s needs. Every buyer has their own individual tastes and desires in their home design and features. Building a custom home gives them the opportunity to live in a unique, one-of-a-kind residence."

What are some of the most popular custom home upgrades?

John & Leslie Young, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston:

“With the growing need for work-from-home space, we’ve noticed buyers are looking for dedicated offices. Another trend we’re seeing is that about 30% of buyers don’t see the need for a formal dining room. Of course, high-end appliances and smart home technology are always popular as well.”

Tina Bernhardt, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston New Homes & Land:

“Living in the Triangle we are very fortunate to have nice weather most of the year, so buyers look to take advantage of that. Custom outdoor living amenities including covered porches with fireplaces and phantom screens, beautiful hardscapes such as patios and pools and extensive landscaping are often at the top of their list.”

Shawn Britt, Realty World Triangle Living:

“Space for entertaining is key, whether inside in areas like the kitchen or in outdoor living spaces. Buyers also tend to put an emphasis on master suites and closets and look for ways to maximize storage space.”

What’s the average timeline for a custom-built home?

Tina Bernhardt, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston New Homes & Land:

“It honestly depends on the size and design of the house. Plan for at least 9-12 months at a minimum.”

Shawn Britt, Realty World Triangle Living:

“On average, you should expect it to take 12-18 months.”

John & Leslie Young, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston:

“With permitting and all of the other little things that go along with actually building the home, the process will take around 12-ish months.”

What are some of the advantages of working with a custom-home builder?

 Shawn Britt, Realty World Triangle Living:

“Buyers get exactly what they want. With a custom home, the end result perfectly matches every element of the client’s wishlist.”

John & Leslie Young, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston:

“Getting to design their plan from start to finish is great for buyers who have specific ideas for their home. Plus, custom home builders typically have a great reputation and provide high-quality work, so there’s a certain peace of mind that comes along with that.”

Tina Bernhardt, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston New Homes & Land:

“When working with a custom builder, buyers receive a white glove treatment from start to finish. The custom builder typically offers a team of experts including a designer, the best in quality craftsmen and a dedicated construction manager who essentially becomes part of the family during the building process.”

What should buyers look for when deciding to work with a custom home builder?

Tina Bernhardt, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston New Homes & Land:

Again, reputation and quality are most important. Also, when selecting your custom builder, you should work with the builder and the team that makes you feel the most at ease before you embark on a new home build. It can be a lengthy process and the right builder will make it an enjoyable one as well.”

Are you considering a custom-built home for yourself? Contact us today! We’d love to talk more about how we can turn your dream home into a reality.

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  • “There was never a question that they were putting our needs first and they were always honest with us. At one point in the building process, we talked in-depth about reconfiguring the layout of the home to change the orientation of the garage. Jon was upfront with us and told us they’d absolutely do it if we wanted, but he warned us that lumber prices were starting to go up, which could impact the project.”

    - Chad & Caroline

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