Tips for Planning a Custom Home Design

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Where do you start when planning your dream home? Start here!

Imagine stepping into your dream home at your dream location. It gives you a welcoming hug, and you are set to enjoy your life to the fullest in a space that encourages you to thrive. There are many steps that come before that moment. New construction is very popular these days, and if that’s the route you are taking, consider these tips for planning a custom home design that’s yours.

Consider the Home Site

First, it is best to choose your home site. Houses can change, but the land and neighborhood you’re in are stable. Your home site can influence the driveway’s location and whether you have a walk-out basement or not. The home’s slope and position to the road can change everything. If you have an idea of what you want in your home design, keep that in mind when securing land.

Start Simple

Keep your home design simple. It can be easy to go over the top and end up frustrated and confused. Keep your mind from spinning by starting with the basics: at least one bedroom, a full bathroom, a kitchen, and a utility area. You’ll likely want a living room, too. Go out from there. Perhaps you’d like to host guests or grow your family, in which case you’ll want more than one bedroom and a powder room. If you work from home, you might like a private home office. For a more formal design, consider having a formal entryway.

Arrange the Traffic Flow

Now it’s time to arrange all those must-have rooms together in a way that lets you move through your house easily. There are two basic home layouts: in one, you circle through all the rooms on the ground floor. In another, you access each room through a central hallway. Some homes have a combination of these two models, with some rooms connected to each other and others only accessible through the front entry.

If you have a second floor, each room will likely be accessible only through a hallway, but you could connect two rooms through a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, also.

Think General, Then Detailed

In principle, it’s best to work from general to specific in your design. Think of the necessary basics and slowly move toward the details, like your kitchen layout, bathroom layout, and finishes. Once you’ve decided on the bare bones, you can think about wall paint, flooring, lighting, trim, etc.

Work with a Custom Home Builder

It’s smart to work with a custom home builder on your home design. A custom home building company will have professional resources for you to achieve the best results.


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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