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Five Things To Know When Building A Luxury Custom Home

There is no place like home. This statement could not be truer when it comes to luxury custom homes. A house built to your specifications, on the perfect plot of land has the best chance of becoming a home your family will cherish for generations.

With expert help, building your dream custom home can be low-stress. The key is in the preparation. Here are our top five considerations for a successful build.

  • Verify the Reputation of your Custom Home Builder
  • Consider your Property & Location
  • Design with your Future in Mind
  • Remember your Budget
  • Consider the Small Details

Verify the Reputation of your Custom Home Builder

Choosing the right custom home builder can make or break your luxury home building experience. You need a company that understands your vision for your new home and has the knowledge and experience to realize that vision.

Take your time to check the credentials of your builder. Online reviews and awards are a good starting point. They will give you an idea of how previous customers rated the company and their building process as well as whether or not they have been recognized for their excellence.

Consider whether your chosen builder has been successfully operating for a while. Generally, a well-established custom home builder or a company with an experienced staff is a safer bet.

Ask the builder if you can tour some of their homes. Keep in mind while, the design may not match your taste, custom homes are built specifically for each client’s style and needs. This will be a great opportunity to discern the build quality and workmanship.

Outside endorsements are another indicator of a quality builder. Check if the builder constructs their home with any certifications such as those verifying healthy, environmentally friendly, and energy-efficient homes.

All of these criteria are excellent indicators of a high-quality luxury custom home builder.

Additional read: Why Is Now the Time to Build a Custom Home?

Consider Your Property and Location

Alongside choosing the right builder for you, finding the perfect plot is the key to building an amazing luxury custom home. For many people, building their dream home is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so we can’t overemphasize how crucial this step is. Here is what you need to consider.


Is the plot of land sufficient for your new home? There may be budgetary considerations that limit your choice. In a city like Chicago, space is at a premium. Ideally, you want to choose a plot that not only has enough space for your custom home but also leaves some ‘breathing room’ around the building itself.

Outdoor space is ideal for family gatherings and entertaining friends. In addition, having a slightly larger plot to start with gives you a chance to add an extension later. You may not need additional space now, but it is great to have the option.


Apart from the size of the land, consider its location. Do you know the community around you? Think about whether you can picture yourself as part of this community.

Then there are practical considerations such as accessibility of the area. How easy is your commute to work? Ask yourself what the traffic will be like, and how this will affect your life. If you are unsure about an area, visit at different times of the day to get a better feel for it. Mixing weekday and weekend visits is also a good idea.


Consider which other factors could increase the value of your future custom home: the proximity to parks, schools, and shopping centers are important for many homeowners.

Design with your Future in Mind

Imagine your life 20 years from now and ask yourself what your home would need to be like at that time. Then start making decisions about the design of your luxury custom home.

You may need additional bedrooms if you plan to extend your family. Perhaps you want to dedicate considerable space to your favorite hobby. As more companies are transitioning to hybrid work models, allocating a dedicated office space could be another priority.

Use Professional Help

Making design decisions is not always straightforward, and it is worth getting professional help for this step. Building a custom home is all about realizing your vision of your home. However, this includes aesthetic considerations and practical requirements.

An architect or designer’s job resembles that of a translator. They take your ideas and dreams and turn them into a blueprint for your builders to understand. Even though you are creating a custom home, practicalities are important. You need to integrate access to water, HVAC, and electrical services along with your aesthetic vision.

At BrightLeaf Homes, we have streamlined this process and integrated our design and construction team. As a result, we have in-house access to every resource you need for your dream home.

What about the Environment?

We believe that your custom home is part of the legacy you leave. Choosing healthy, sustainable materials is part of our process. Your custom home will be energy-efficient which saves you money every single month. You also have the peace of mind that the air you are breathing indoors is healthy as all of our homes come with the EPA’s AirPlus certification.

Remember Your Budget

Before you begin the building process, you need to consider the cost of the land, the actual home, building permits, site engineering, plans, and interiors. It’s a lot to keep track of, especially if you are combining building with a busy schedule or a full-time job.

To make it easier for you to stay on top of costs and manage your budget throughout the process, we provide pricing feedback and cost estimates throughout the entire design process This helps prevent surprises as we finalize costs before the build.

After all, you need to know where your budget is going. Having your design and build under one roof allows our team at BrightLeaf Homes to keep you informed at every stage.

Staying on top of the progress of your luxury custom home is just as important. That’s why we provide a dedicated project manager for your future home is along with regular updates of your project’s progress

You have one point of contact throughout the project. Daily photo updates and regular walkthroughs give you a behind-the-scenes look at how your home is coming together BrightLeaf, we use our online project management platform to facilitate these updates.

Consider the Small Details

When it comes to building your dream home, there are no details too small to consider. Smart home features can add a lot of convenience to your life. Before finalizing your plans, consider each individual space.


How good would it be if your coffeemaker started brewing coffee just as you are about to wake up? Smart home technology helps you control appliances easily via a tablet or your smartphone. Whilst this type of control may seem like a small detail, the location of appliances contributes to your workflow.

If you enjoy cooking for friends and family, consider having a kitchen that allows you to socialize while you are preparing food. How about a breakfast bar? Imagine your life in your new home and design your kitchen from there.


How many bedrooms do you need? The answer will depend on the stage of life you are in. Are you planning on starting a family? Or are your kids about to leave home, and your bedrooms need to be convertible to a study or an exercise room?

Ideally, you build a custom home that is perfect for you now and evolves with you over the years.

bedroom with midcentury design

Family Rooms and Living Spaces

In many homes, family or living rooms are the heart of the home, possibly after the kitchen. They are often the biggest room in the house with the best view. You might want comfortable seating and socializing areas but also leave space for a serious entertainment system.

living room with all glass sliding patio doors and traditional brick fireplace


Outdoor Space

In the Chicago area, your outdoor space needs to do double duty. Having a space that is inviting for summer barbecues and weatherproof in the winter is key.
You also need to consider the maintenance your property will require. Detailed landscaping will make an impression, but also requires plenty of upkeep. A basic, well-kept lawn with low-maintenance plants can be easier to take care of.

Outdoor Space Area

Trust the Experienced Experts at BrightLeaf

Choosing to build a luxury custom home is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life. It is important to take your time to prepare. Find a builder you are comfortable with and choose a plot of land where you can see yourself living for years, if not decades.

Our experienced design team and build experts are happy to discuss your requirements and advise you. We love to see your dream home become a reality, so don’t hesitate to schedule a call with one of our experts today.

Additional read: How Long Does It Take To Build A Custom Home?


About BrightLeaf

BrightLeaf is an award-winning, custom home builder specializing in sustainable, modern energy-efficient homes as well as remodeling and renovations. We are also a  full-service real estate brokerage that can help you buy and sell in the Greater Chicagoland Area.

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