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Dream Home” Design Tips from a Mason Custom Builder

Updated: May 28, 2022

Ashford Homes Tips for Customizing Your Dream Home Design

The planning stage is a critical aspect of any custom home build. When building in an area like Mason, Ohio, which is known for its rapid growth, luxurious homes, and trendy neighborhoods, you have much to consider. You are also afforded nearly unlimited possibilities. This is particularly true if you happen to work with an experienced home builder like Ashford Homes.

At Ashford, we love building in areas like Mason because of the small town charm and close-knit community. In 2010, the area boasted a population of around 30,000 people. You could add to that population with your very own “dream home.” If you are new to designing a home, we have some advice you’ll want to consider. With some imagination and the following design tips, your ideal abode could become a reality.

Location, Location, Location!

You want to live in Mason. You’re just not sure where in Mason you want to live. This is one of the most important considerations to discuss with your custom builder. One area that is seeing unprecedented growth is Crooked Tree Reserve.

Imagine living in a luxurious ranch-style home surrounded by a woodland retreat. The community consists of a 50-acre preserve that is close to everything, including two metro parks, The Liberty Center Mall, shopping, restaurants, and more. The schools are some of the finest in the area, which makes Crooked Tree Reserve an ideal location for budding families and those who are merely thinking of starting a family.

This is just one example of the prime locations Mason has to offer. Where do you want to live? It’s best to start thinking about that before you start designing the overall structure.

Gather Notes, Sketches, and Images Beforehand

Building a custom dream home in Mason is all about what YOU want. This is your chance to really let your imagination fly. Envision what it would be like to live in the perfect home. What would the exterior look like? What amenities and upgrades would the structure have? How many rooms do you prefer, and how much lighting do you need?

To answer these questions, start sketching the home you have in mind. Look through magazines and search the web, and make sure to print any images that catch your eye. Show these materials to your builder so you’re both on the same page.

Custom builders can work wonders, but they can’t read your mind. By working through your ideas on paper, you will have a much easier time designing your home when the time comes.

Have a Budget in Mind

Your custom builder will work with you to ensure you stay on budget throughout the design process. Throwing out a specific number lets your builder whittle down the amenities and upgrades that are available to you. The good news is that everything is included in a custom build. The land, floor plan, exterior, amenities, appliances, and upgrades are all incorporated into the final, closing price. This takes the burden of price-watching off your shoulders, making it easier to enjoy the home design process.

Amenities and Upgrades to Fit Your Lifestyle

All custom home packages come with a certain number of amenities. Upgrades are also available to give your home a little something extra. When building a Mason custom home, you have a wide range of amenities and upgrades to choose from. Don’t think so much about price when it comes to luxurious upgrades. Instead, focus on the amenities and upgrades that suit how you wish to live, and that coincide with your dreams of the future.

Do you plan to have kids? Do you have aging parents who may need to come live with you for a while? If so, then a bath and shower combination might be better than a stand-up shower, for example. Pay special attention to the amenity upgrades available for the kitchen and bathrooms, as those rooms tend to have the most appliances and water fixtures. Picture yourself using your choices day-to-day and think more about the elements you need as opposed to those you merely want.

Think About Energy Efficiency

Mason custom home builders do everything possible to protect the environment. The eco-friendly home designs, sustainable materials, and “green” building processes help you do your part with regards to preserving the local ecosystem. You’ll also save money in the future when it comes time to pay your energy bills. Be sure and ask your builder about the energy rating of your home and the ratings of any appliances you decide upon.

Create the Right Atmosphere with Aesthetics

Think carefully about the light, color, and overall flow of your home. These elements working together will create a certain atmosphere and will affect your mood. Think about your home in the winter, for example. Mason winters can get cold. Plenty of light showing in from tall windows should do the trick to keep the blues at bay. You can do the same with lighter colors and an open floor plan. Your builder can help you choose window placements, color palettes, and floor plan ideas that mesh with your vision of the ultimate home.

Choose the Best Mason Custom Home Builder

You have a lot to think about when deciding to build in an area like Mason, Ohio. You can make the process easy – and fun – by working with an experienced custom builder like Ashford Homes. Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, we have been the area’s premier builder for over twenty years. We are known for our commitment to quality and exceptional attention to detail. Start the process of building your Mason area home today by calling (513)442-1800.


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