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Building your own custom home affords you the rare opportunity to control every aspect of the home — from size and location to architectural style and finishes. However, in order to create a living space that’s truly customized to your lifestyle, you’ll want to ask yourself the following questions before deciding to build a new custom home with a new home builder in South Tampa.

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1. How Much Space Do You Need? 

When it comes time to build your custom home, one of the biggest questions you’ll need to ask yourself is, “How much space do I need? Especially when designing a home specifically tailored to your needs and desires, you want to know that you’re creating a living space that is well-designed, comfortable, and pleasing to look at. To determine how much space you’ll need for your home, you’ll want to consider a variety of factors, including the size of your family, whether or not you plan to entertain guests, and so.

Other circumstances that may require additional space include if you work from home or regularly engage in hobbies that take up a good amount of space. You don’t want to be cramming your workout equipment or easel into the corner of the room again as you might have in your old home. A home with the capacity to allow multi-generations, such as grandchildren or great-grandchildren, is also beneficial down the line.

2. Do You Have a Location In Mind?

Choosing to build a new custom home means not only do you get to choose the design and style of your home — but you also get to choose the location. It’s best to choose a location based on how you and your family live, including work, school, and recreational activities. To assist you in this process, we’ve outlined a few factors to take into consideration when choosing the right location for your custom home:

  • Cost of the property
  • Convenience and walk score
  • Dining and recreation
  • Proximity to work
  • Property taxes
  • Community
  • Geographical features
  • Sunlight
  • Utilities placement


3. What Aspects Of Your Lifestyle Should Be Built Into Your Home?

A custom home is your one and possibly only opportunity to create a place that’s uniquely yours. If you’re an avid bike rider, this is your chance to create space for bike storage. If you’re a woodworker, there’s nothing to stop you from creating the perfect workshop. If you’re a musician, plan for a soundproofed studio space right off the living room. No matter which recreational activities you enjoy or what your profession is, there is a custom home design ready to meet your desires.

4. Which Home Layout Best Accommodates Your Needs? 

Once you know what rooms you want and how much space you have to work with, the next thing you’ll need to decide is how you want everything put together. This is a critical step of the process, as how the rooms are arranged can affect everything from traffic flow and privacy to comfort level of your guests. A great place to start is to consider some of the following more minor questions to begin creating a floor plan:

  • How many entrances do you want? Any private entrances?
  • Should the indoor space of your home flow seamlessly into the outside space or be completely separate?
  • Which rooms do you want near each other?
  • Are there any areas of the home you want to be more private or separated from the rest, like the master suite?

With these concepts and floor plan decisions in mind, it’s time to relay your vision to a custom home builder in South Tampa like ZMC Homes who can incorporate your ideas into a blueprint that satisfies your needs and desires.

Give us a call today at (813) 599-1133 or fill out our contact request form to schedule a consultation with ZMC Homes, a home renovation contractor in Sunset Park.

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