5 Questions Every Custom Home Builder Should Ask Before You Build Together

Planning a custom home is an exciting prospect. You’ve searched for the perfect property and are ready to watch your dreams unfold. By building a custom house, you can design it exactly how you want. There is no compromising, and you can match your new home to fit perfectly with your lifestyle.


1. What are Your Immediate Dreams and Goals?

What Features Do You Value?

For some, it may be a large walk-in closet, a beautiful spa-style bathroom, or a chef’s kitchen. We all have a list of features we value over others, so it is important to identify what will make your home unique and coordinate these features with your sense of style.

How Do You Want Your Home to Feel?

Do you like a traditional style home or a modern minimalist style? Some people like their homes to feel warm and cozy. Others love to incorporate lots of windows to expand their living space outdoors. We want you to feel exactly how you imagined whenever you—or your family or guests— pull up to your home and walk inside.

2. What Are Your Future Plans?

When you create your new home, planning for the future is important. If you’re just starting a new family, how many children do you hope to have? This will allow you to plan for enough bedrooms to live comfortably.

Do you plan to grow old in your home? If your new house is a two-story home, you might want to create a master bedroom downstairs for easy access in your senior years. It might also be nice to have a separate space away from the kids when they become teenagers.


3. What Are Your Lifestyle Needs?

Consider Including a Mudroom

If your family spends a lot of time outdoors and enjoys an active lifestyle, you might want to consider a mudroom. A mudroom is excellent for keeping coats, shoes, winter accessories, and other sporting or outdoor equipment. Built-in closets and shelves are perfect for storage and can really make your mudroom work for you.

What About Keeping the Laundry Upstairs?

Most older homes are designed with the laundry room on the lower floor set away from the bedrooms. When you consider that the majority of your laundry comprises clothes, bed sheets, and towels, doesn’t it make sense to do your laundry upstairs?

Do You Work from Home?

If you work from home, you’ll appreciate the value of a separate workspace. Consider where you might want to locate your office. If you bring in clients, you may benefit from a space separated from the rest of your home and accessed from an outside entrance.

Make Outdoor Living a Part of Your Lifestyle

If you love spending time in the fresh air, how about designing an outdoor space for your family to enjoy? Consider an outdoor living room or install huge sliding doors that open up your living room to a beautifully landscaped yard.

4. Tell Us About Your Family

If you have a young family, we highly recommend designing your home with the following options in mind:

  • A large mud room to store coats, boots, and sports equipment.
  • A playroom to hang out in and house all their toys.
  • A convenient space where you can watch your kids and help them with their homework while preparing dinner.

If you have teenagers, consider designing your floor plan with the primary bedroom downstairs, which will give you a separate space to relax.

Aging Parents

Anyone with aging parents might consider adding an in-law suite to their floor plans. This could serve as a rental suite until they are ready to move in and could also be a good option for boomerang kids who find themselves back home during or after their education.


5. What Are Your Hobbies?

Do you like to host parties? Let us design and build an open-concept living area to provide an ideal entertainment space. Or, if you are a wine connoisseur, why not include a wine cellar in your home building plans?

No matter what your interests are, there is always a way we can work your lifestyle directly into your new custom home. By paying attention to the details, you can build a house you and your family will enjoy for years to come.

Timber Haus Custom Home Builders in Edmonton

At Timber Haus, we build custom-designed homes that stand the test of time. With a full range of professionals on our team, we make your building experience seamless. Ready to discuss the design of your dream home? Book a consultation with our team.