What type of custom home are you looking for? Bungalow, Two Storey? Would you like a walkout basement? If you are renovating, what are you envisioning for the final structure of the home. Are you thinking that adding a second story would make your home function better, or would an addition off the front or back be more useful? These are some of the big questions you need to ask yourself.
Two stories are most popular amongst young families looking for a lot of living space at minimal cost. It is less expensive to build upwards than to increase the size of the main floor. Two stories tend to be less expensive per developed square foot than bungalows, and are popular and abundant in neighbourhoods with more affordable price ranges.
Another reason young families love two stories, the general design allows the children’s bedrooms to be placed in close proximity to the master bedroom, in turn containing children’s toys and clutter to the upstairs, away from the primary entertaining spaces of the main floor.
Bungalows are most popular with empty nesters and those with older children. With the lack of a second floor, there is no need for load bearing walls which allows for the opportunity for an open concept design and raised or vaulted ceilings. Bungalows are often found in more expensive areas, where lot sizes are larger and can accommodate a larger main floor footprint.
If the slope of the land is great enough, a walkout basement may be possible. These are popular because they provide homeowners with attractive living spaces at ground level beneath the main floor. Walkouts can also give the appearance of 2 or 3 storey on the walkout side, and add a great deal of value to a home for a modest amount of expenditure.
You also need to take a look at the approx sq.ft. that you are looking at building (this number may also be decided based on your budget as to how big we can go). If you are buying a lot that comes with some restrictions, you may have a specific size range that we need to build in. If you are building on a lot that has no size restrictions make sure to really evaluate the spaces and what you are able to manage now and in the future if this is your forever home.