Building Custom vs. Remodeling & New Additions

When you’re frustrated with finding just the right home for your needs, you have two excellent options: building a new custom home or changing your existing home via remodeling or adding an addition. As a skilled and experienced local home builder, Miller’s Residential Creations can help you create your dream house in one fell swoop (with new construction), or gradually over time (with home renovation or new additions). Let’s look at some of the key factors that can help you choose the right path.

Why Build a New Custom Home in WV?

Creating your new home vision, from the ground up, is an amazing experience. We guide our clients through the process to plan a dream home and build it with the highest quality craftsmanship.

We suggest building a new construction home if:

  • You’ve found a terrific lot available in a neighborhood you prefer. It may have a better view, be closer to (or further from) neighbors, be in a higher value zip code or better school district, etc.
  • Remodeling your house would be a poor investment, which can occur if your renovations would increase its value too much, well above comparable homes in your area. (If you plan to sell in future, home shoppers in your neighborhood may not be prepared to pay more for a too-fancy house with your upgrades.) In this case, consider a new build.
  • There’s just no way to transform your existing home into the custom home you really want and need.
  • You don’t want to live in a home that is being renovated.
  • You want a supremely eco-friendly home. (This can be done more easily and more completely with a new build, rather than a renovation or remodel.)
  • You want incredible long term value. A new custom home pays for itself every day in the terrifically comfortable lifestyle you and your family can enjoy in a home designed just for you. Whether you choose to keep it in your family for generations (as a valued heirloom) or sell it in future, the well-built and unique custom home typically retains high value.
  • You’re tired of the repair and maintenance costs (and headaches) associated with an older home.
  • You have the budget for a new build or can arrange financing for new construction.

Why Improve Your Existing Home?

A brand new custom home isn’t the right option for everyone, of course. Rather than creating from scratch, why not get your dream home through remodeling and/or a new home addition? Maybe it’s not a good time for you to move to a new brand home now. Maybe you basically like your current house, but need more space, and you can achieve this through an addition. Maybe you want a quicker, less costly way to upgrade and modernize your house, so renovation or remodeling may be the best option.

We suggest remodeling or a room addition if:

  • You love your neighborhood, so staying put (and adding on to, or remodeling) your current house makes sense.
  • Property values are going up in your neighborhood, and your home investment is paying off, so it’s financially prudent to stay put and remodel or add a room.
  • Your home value hasn’t hit the ceiling for your area. (If you already have the most expensive home on the block, you may never get value from home upgrades, and might be better off building a new custom home. Relatively new construction will provide great value if you sell.)
  • You love your current home, but need more space (and you have property space available for a room addition).
  • You like your current home, but are tired of the worn or dated finishes, especially in the bathroom or kitchen. Renovation or home remodeling is in order.
  • You’d like to finish your unfinished basement, to gain more living space, create a home gym, man cave, laundry room, home office and/or extra bedrooms.
  • You want to turn your master bedroom into a suite.
  • You need an extra bathroom or a mother-in-law suite.
  • You’d love a larger, more modern kitchen or bath.
  • You’re craving an open home layout, but your home’s living area is subdivided into small rooms. Certain non-weight-bearing walls can be removed, in a home renovation or remodel, to create the open feel you desire.
  • Your homeowner’s association or local community allows the type of home expansion you want.
  • Your current home is structurally sound to accommodate your proposed remodeling changes. If you plan to add a second story, and your existing home won’t support it, you might be able to retrofit your current house. However, it may be less trouble to achieve your two-story home with a new build.
  • You have equity in your home to finance your remodel at a good interest rate. (Home equity loans are a popular method to fund home renovations, but of course you may have many other options.)

Should you remodel or build a new custom home in WV? We can help you learn which home building solution is right for your specific needs. Contact Miller’s Home Creations today.

Brian Miller is the owner of Miller's Residential Creations, a custom home builder and remodeling company servicing Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties of West Virginia since 2004.
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