Would you like your house to feel high-end or cheap? Silly question, right? Of course you want it to feel high end, right? One way a home can feel luxurious is to feel cohesive but custom.
Custom can be more complicated
Custom designs can be amazing, unique and special. But doing something for the first time means its' not vetted. It can introduce unique challenges.
Example: do you buy your furniture from a store? Of course! We all have something factory made in our homes. I have some friends that have custom sized couches and hand-made tables. But those items are the exception, not the rule. Mass produced items consistent and perfected. So why do we assume that for home designs to be great, you need to start from scratch?
Before you go custom
Consider alternatives to custom design by exploring standardized options first.
Why you don't need all custom design
You don't need to start design and concepts form scratch to get a lux results.
Prioritize where you really want custom designs
Save time and money because vetted concepts are more efficient
Explore semi-custom options
Have more certainty about how it will turn out
Consider prefab or semi-custom options
Going custom is like testing a new recipe. It might not turn out exactly how you planned.
You can save a lot of money & time choosing something already done.
You know what it will look like.
Someone has already worked out design issues.
You can create small modifications
The key to getting what you want to do it efficiently is to not reinvent the wheel.
About the author
Hey there neighbor, I'm Julie Bennett.
I'm a homeowner turned renovator and a Seattle real estate agent. I'm a woman on a mission to make renovation easier. I had some "if I had only known" moments when renovating my homes. I started Renovator's Toolkit to help homeowners like you "know what you don't know."