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There’s so much that goes into purchasing a new-construction home: finding the right builder, your ideal community, a functional floor plan and selecting the finishes and features to complement your personal style. But when you decide to go the custom route, you have the opportunity to have input in every single detail of your new home—which can be really overwhelming for a lot of buyers. Weston Dean Custom Homes aims to make the custom-building process as stress-free and simple as possible, and that includes providing tips and tricks buyers need to find inspiration for their custom home. Read on for some ideas that will put you on the right path toward bringing your vision to life.
Browse floor plans
Every family has unique needs and wants, and it can be hard to find a standard, non-custom layout that includes everything on your wishlist. Custom doesn’t have to mean designing a floor plan from scratch—in fact, we highly encourage building upon and altering an existing floor plan or pulling together components you love from multiple plans.
Once our team has discussed a vision for your home and selected a lot, we’ll start drafting your custom floor plan. The design process includes revision meetings where buyers can provide feedback and make adjustments, ensuring that the flow and feel of the home are perfect for your family.
Start a Pinterest board
Building a custom home isn’t just about getting the floor plan you want. From the big components like the overall style, flooring and paint scheme down to minute details like hardware, light fixtures and built-ins, a home should be cohesive and reflective of your vision. But a vision can be hard to put into words—and a picture is worth 1,000 of them.
Pinterest is a social media network that helps users organize photos and link on specific boards, which can be designated to just about any topic. It’s incredibly popular in the homebuilding and interior design industry, as you can be as broad or as specific as you’d like while finding seemingly endless inspiration. To create an account, go to Pinterest.com, sign up with your email, Facebook or Google account, select areas of interest (in this case, home decor, home design, etc.), confirm your email address and then get to browsing!
You can either make a single board for your custom home inspiration or separate it into further categories—exteriors, kitchens, guest bathrooms, outdoor living spaces and more. You can search by specific styles or features, and gather all of your favorite photos and links in one place. Our design team is happy to use this tool to understand your sense of style even further, and translate it perfectly into a home you can live in and love.
Check out our open model homes
Homes can look completely different in person than they do in magazines, on television and online. The best way to understand what you like the flow and look of a home is by actually walking through it—either in-person or virtually, thanks to new technology in the midst of COVID-19 this past year. Be on the lookout for open houses that are close to what you’re envisioning your next home to be like. On the contrary, you may find walking through homes with a different style than you prefer will help you focus on things like layout, room size and other big-picture details.
For inspiration surrounding exteriors, landscaping and general curb appeal, an open house isn’t even necessary—spend the afternoon driving through neighborhoods you admire. It’s a fun and easy way to decide between front- or side-loading garages, brick or stucco exteriors and if you prefer the shutter or no-shutter look.
Lean on us for help
Weston Dean Custom Homes wants you to enjoy the design process. Whether you have an exact idea in mind, are completely lost or find yourself somewhere in between, we can guide you in the right direction toward bringing your dream to a reality. Check out our Vision Views guide to understand the style you’re leaning toward, browse our video and photo galleries of past projects and then contact us online or by calling (210) 408-9107 to get started on the process today.