Finally, a complete list of the pros and cons of custom built homes to help you decide whether a custom home is the right choice for you. Already made your decision? Get started building now!

Pros of Custom Built Homes

You Can Fully Customize and Personalize Your Home

One of the greatest advantages of custom built homes is your freedom to have it fully customized to make it truly your own. For example, you can decide whether it will be modern, contemporary, colonial or Tudor. If you want a ranch style, you can add a wrap-around porch or you can include an outdoor courtyard in a Spanish-style home.

You can also decide on the size of your home and its rooms. You choose whether they are big or small. It can be as rustic as you like or designed with as much luxury as you want. The choices are endless and are really only limited by your imagination and budget.

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A custom built home can be fully personalized exactly how you want it

You Can Choose the Highest Quality Materials

If you are having a custom home built for you, you are in control of the types of materials that go into that home and you can choose to have only the best and highest quality. Using the finest materials will ensure that your home will stand the test of time and will look beautiful for years to come. You can choose quality products such as premium sidings with lifetime warranties, insulated concrete forms, and weather protection systems that shut out air and water but allow your home to breathe.

Your Maintenance Costs Will Be Reduced

Maintenance costs for a new home are lower because everything is new. In addition, building your custom home with high quality materials will also save you on maintenance costs over time. Quality materials, especially those with lifetime warranties, will last longer and not need to be replaced or repaired over time.

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With a custom built home you get to choose the location of your lot including the views

You Select the Size, Location, and Type of Lot

Another nice advantage of custom built homes is the fact that you get to choose the lot. You could select a gorgeous lot near a lake or one with a spectacular view of a mountain. Look around for the most beautiful location you want and design a home that suits that environment. If landscaping is not your cup of tea, then you may prefer a smaller lot with little or no maintenance. The choice is yours.

Your Home Can Be the Most Energy Efficient Possible

With a custom built home, you can choose to make it as energy efficient as possible. A good custom builder will make your new home Energy Star Certified, which means that even though you may pay a bit more in the beginning, you will use at least 10% less energy than a non-certified home, but the average savings is 20%. This can translate into thousands saved over time that you own your home.

Energy Star homes are more energy efficient than an average new home and will save you money on fuel costs

You Can Save Money Due to Less Competition

Today's real estate market often benefits sellers. The high competition for existing homes can drive the prices up. If you choose to go with a custom built home, you won't have to worry about a bidding war driving up the cost of the home that you want.

Cons of Custom Built Homes

It Will Take Longer Before You Can Move In

Compared to purchasing a home that is already built, it will take longer before you can move into a custom built home. Every custom home is different, so it is difficult to give an exact timeline. If you consider the entire time from when you first decide to build until you are totally moved in, it will most likely be at least a year.

However the wait will be well worth it once you have that perfect home, designed especially for you and your family. If you purchase a home that is already constructed, you may end up deciding to change some things down the road that will end up costing you time and additional money anyway.

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A new home may cost more upfront but it could save you on costly renovations in the future

It May Cost More Initially

Custom built homes may cost you more initially, but knowing you're getting exactly what you want when you build could save you money on costly renovations or repairs in the future.

The average cost to build a new house in Canada is about $200 a square foot. This means that if you build a 2,000 square foot home, your cost would be about $400,000. Your costs will increase depending on the location of the lot that you choose, the types of materials that you use, and the customized extras that you include such as custom cabinetry, built-ins, and other custom interior and exterior features.

This cost could increase to about $300 a square foot or $600,000 for a 2,000 square foot home. The cost is actually quite reasonable compared to purchasing a pre-built home in one of Canada's major cities such as Toronto, where the average house price is $921,000.

The Landscaping May Not Be Mature

New building sites are often clear of any mature trees and shrubs. Sometimes trees need to be removed in order to make room for the new home. You can, however, try to work with your builder to situate your home on your lot in order to keep as much of your already mature landscape as possible. On the other hand, a cleared lot means that you can choose the types of trees and plants that you want and place them in an aesthetically pleasing layout.

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You may be able to work with your builder to position your home to preserves some of the mature landscaping

It May Be More Challenging to Find the Right Location

Building lots are often hard to find in urban locations that are close to shopping, schools or other amenities that you might want. If you are flexible about where you want to live, you may be able to find a most beautiful lot in the country that will probably cost you a lot less than an urban lot. The extra savings can be put towards making your new custom home even more amazing.



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Conlin Premier Construction: Custom Built Homes You'll Love

Customs built homes are not for everyone, however, if you are looking for the perfect home, built exactly to your liking and with the high quality you deserve, contact Conlin Premier Construction. You can trust Conlin to help you build a house that is the perfect dream home for you and your family.

At Conlin, we do all of the work ourselves and we have our own sub-contractors who do the mechanical work. This means that we can be in charge of the quality control on every part of your home's construction, from start to finish. And we make sure that you are with us all through the process. Your complete satisfaction is our ultimate goal, and that is why we prioritize excellent communication.

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At Conlin Premier Construction, we are a family owned business with over 30 years of experience and expertise in the custom construction industry. We are located in Peterborough and we specialize in new custom home builds as well as:

The following video will further explain why Conlin is the best for custom homes in Kawartha Lakes.