Custom Home Needs vs. Wants

Custom Home Needs vs. Wants

How does one determine needs vs. wants in a custom home design? Here are a few ideas.

Building a custom home is one of the crowning achievements of the American dream. In Maryland, Shore-Line Construction can build a home on Maryland’s extensive waterfront, and tailor its design just for you and your family. One of the hardest parts of coming up with the design, however, is determining one’s needs vs. wants. To help you with this challenging task, here are a few ideas to consider.

Custom Home Needs

The Basics

One can start with the basics and build your home design from there. Of course, every home will come with a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, dining room, and living room. You can all agree that you will have at least one of each. Determine how many bedrooms and bathrooms you’ll need for the household and whether you will need more than one living area.

The Custom

One factor that may slip the mind is whether one should have an open or a closed floor plan. While a closed plan may add privacy, an open floor plan is more common today and aids in visibility and communication across the house.

Other custom factors that your family may need include office space, a basement, a laundry room, and any room designated to lifestyle, such as a theater room, music room, playroom, or whatever you can think of.

Custom Home Wants

A custom home comes with limitless possibilities. One can include skylights, reading nooks, libraries, rooms of wonder, garden rooms, and so much more. Secret passageways and hidden doors are not out of the realm of possibility. Although you may need specific home features, you can also allow yourself to incorporate your dreams.


Now that you have your ideas for how to determine needs vs. wants, it’s time to strategize on your priorities. Everyone in the family can make a list of their needs vs. wants, ordering them by importance. After comparing lists, you can combine and compromise and let the planning begin!


At Shore-Line Construction, we know that your home is a reflection of you. That’s why we strive to make each home we build as beautiful as the family who will live there. We work with each of our clients to design a home that fits their needs. The end result is a durable, energy-efficient custom home that the family will enjoy for generations to come. Shore-Line Construction has been serving our customers for over 25 years, and we look forward to the opportunity to help you!

If you’re interested in learning more about what Shore-Line Construction can do for you, check out our website or give us a call at 410-574-6623. Keep up with all of the latest news by following our blog and social media pages on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Houzz!

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