What Makes a Custom Home a Luxury Home?

There’s a difference between custom & luxury custom homes.  If you are building a new home, it’s important to know the differences and be honest with your budget and expectations.  If you are ready to build your dream home, are looking forward to enjoying the process and the focus isn’t on the budget but on quality, then you are ready to build a custom luxury home.

Here is what to expect when building a Custom Luxury Home:


A luxury custom home build includes a team of professionals; an Architect, a Luxury Builder, an Interior Designer, and a great Landscape Architect.  Each professional brings their expertise to the table working together to accomplish the most amazing house possible for the client.   For luxury custom home projects, we advise our clients to hire the entire team upfront, before a floor plan is even drafted. This will ensure the best design from the beginning to end.


The professionals and processes of a luxury home build are designed to alleviant stress and time required from the client.  A professional interior designer will guide the client through all the aesthetic decisions before the build even starts. A luxury builder will educate and ensure the right quality products in construction are ordered ahead of time to ensure a smooth build schedule.  The experience is to be enjoyed by the client as they lean and rely on the team of professionals they’ve hired.


Luxury custom homes are constructed & designed with high-end/premium materials, finishes, fixtures, and appliances. They are designed with true stylistic architectural details & quality craftsmanship. Luxury custom homes often include indulgent amenities such as well-equipped kitchens, gorgeous back kitchens, resort-style bathrooms, a designated movie theater, or a lavish home office.  The design decisions are focused on the client’s lifestyle and desires.


Due to their unique features and quality construction, luxury homes are listed above the median, in both cost and value.   The use of high-end materials finishes quality craftsmanship, and customization throughout result in a higher budget per square foot.  A luxury custom home builder and the client will work together to make sure construction details are done right versus putting the focus on cutting corners.  A luxury custom home budget is not about the sky being the limit, it’s about a really smart budget that is centered around quality.

If you’re considering building a new home, it’s important, to be honest about your expectations around quality, stress, and budget.  Are you expecting a luxury custom home build experience or does building a custom home without the tag of ‘luxury’ attached fit you better?  We work with both types of clients and part of our job as designers is to help navigate our client’s expectations and goals.  What fits one client doesn’t fit another so no matter what type of home you are building the best advice we can give you is to communicate expectations upfront to all professionals hired and then listen and be willing to learn along the way.

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