Built to Suit!


Spending most Sunday afternoons at open houses, I have the opportunity to talk with potential homebuyers about what they like about the home I am holding open, and that discussion often leads to what the homebuyer would want in their "dream home." It's not uncommon, but is somewhat rare, when all the pieces come together for a buyer in a home that has already been constructed. Recently, a home by MJ Custom Homes, just entering the frame stage, was purchased by a buyer. This early purchase gives the buyer the wonderful opportunity to customize the home to meet her needs exclusively! A few modifications to the floor plan, and the opportunity to make all selections has for the most part turned this spec home into a custom home!


Just as a tailor makes a suit to fit your body, a custom builder tailors homes to fit the lives of the homeowners. Some people love to host dinner parties, and so a formal dining space is important to them. For others, the dining and living rooms are a thing of the past, and a large, open floor plan with maybe a four seasons room is what they truly desire. Floor plans also encourage us to think in 2 dimensions; length and width. While walls and doors usually define spaces in a home, a 2 story or vaulted ceiling can make a space appear larger than it really is! A new trend is the trey ceiling not only making a statement in the master bedroom, but also setting off both formal and informal dining spaces, and great room spaces. With the popularity of large, open floor plans rely more on ceiling treatments and height variations to define the spaces in our homes.


Now blogs aren't supposed to be too long, so while there is so much more to talk about with this subject, I will close it off here, and promise to pick it up with my next blog focusing on the importance of good design and construction!



Sharon Rooney

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