Design Selections for building a custom home in Maryland

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Are you building a custom home? If so, congratulations! A custom build can be a dream come true. But it can also be overwhelming, as there are countless options to choose from when it comes to custom builds. In this blog post, we’ll tell you about some of the most important design selections to make before building your new home. Hopefully, this will help you feel more in control of the process and take away any anxiety that may have been generated by your lengthy design binder.


  • Roofing material. When it comes to roofing materials, there are a few things you’ll want to consider. The first is whether or not you want your roof to have asphalt shingles or slate tiles; each has its own benefits and drawbacks. For example, asphalt shingle roofs are typically cheaper than other materials but can be more prone to damage from heavy winds and hail storms. Slate tiles are more expensive but last longer than most other options because they do not absorb water or break easily under pressure like asphalt does; however, they need regular upkeep throughout their lifetime as well as after installation. A third option is metal roofs which are often very strong but tend not to last as long as wooden ones because metals rust over time when exposed directly to sunlight or extreme weather conditions like snowfall (this means there may need replacing every few decades).


Siding refers to the exterior covering of a home’s walls. Siding materials include brick, stone, stucco, vinyl, and wood. All siding choices have their pros and cons. For example, brick may be more expensive than vinyl but will last longer and give your home a more traditional look; stone is durable but can get very hot in the summer months; stucco adds value to your home but can require maintenance down the line.

So before you decide on which type of siding for your custom-built house or renovation project, consider these factors:


The driveway is the first thing people see when they arrive at your home. This is the place where you can express yourself—it can be made of concrete, asphalt, or pavers. Concrete and asphalt are both durable and will last longer if well maintained. There are many ways to make them look good: for example, you can stain them or paint them; or even stamp them with a pattern. Pavers can have different textures or colors as well; ask us about this option today!

Interior Paint Colors

When choosing paint colors, choose ones that will last a long time, are easy to maintain, and will make the space look bigger. The easiest way to do this is by painting the walls in light colors.

If you want your new home to feel like it’s worth more than the price tag on your mortgage, then consider painting the interior in dark tones. Darker colors create an illusion of depth and make rooms appear larger.

Another way to enhance the appearance of space is by using bright white trim around doors and windows. This creates a crisp contrast that makes rooms seem larger than they really are while also making them appear more expensive than they really are!

Kitchen Backsplash

For the backsplash, you’ll need to consider durability and ease of cleanliness. You should also think about how easy it is to install, replace and repair.

Here are some of our favorite options:

  • Hardwood flooring is a classic choice for your kitchen’s wall tile. It’s durable, easy on the eye and well suited for high-traffic areas like your kitchen countertop or island. Plus, you can choose from many different colors and styles so that you can make sure your design fits perfectly with what you’re going for in terms of décor!
  • Ceramic tiles are another great option if you’re looking for something that’s both durable and long-lasting while being easy to clean as well (which makes them perfect). They come in all sorts of different colors too so again – no worrying about finding something that will fit in with everything else!

Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops

The kitchen is the heart of your home, so it’s important to consider the design and materials of your cabinets and countertops. There are many factors to consider before you choose a kitchen style, from budget to maintenance and even resale value.

  • Budget: The cost of cabinet and countertop materials varies widely depending on the material you choose—from as low as $10 per square foot for lightweight materials like plywood or particleboard to as high as $100 per square foot for exotic woods like teak or mahogany. Other factors that can affect the price include complexity (custom-made cabinets cost more than prefabricated ones) and finish (painted surfaces require fewer coats than those that are stained).
  • Style: It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices out there when it comes time to purchase new cabinetry or countertops. Here are some suggestions:
  • If you’re planning on selling your house in 5–10 years, stick with traditional colors such as white or black because they’re timeless and won’t look dated when selling time rolls around again next year!
  • If space isn’t an issue but money is tight then go ahead and go cheap! Stick with laminated counters because they’re durable enough not to chip away during normal use while also being inexpensive enough at only about 10% higher than solid surface models which tend toward brittle technology due to their low-density polyurethane makeup means a longer lifespan.”

Vanities for Bathrooms

When it comes to vanities, there are many considerations to keep in mind. First and foremost, you’ll have to decide on the style of your vanity. There are several different styles of vanities available on the market today including modern, traditional, and transitional styles. Your choice should be based mainly on your personal taste but also take into account the size of your bathroom and whether you want a large or small unit.


Another key decision will be what type of material to choose for your vanity. In terms of the price range, most people find that wood-framed cabinets are more affordable than those made from other materials such as granite or marble. However, if you’re looking for something durable enough for daily use yet still aesthetically pleasing then stainless steel is an excellent choice!


The final consideration when shopping for a bathroom vanity is its size; this will depend largely upon how much space is available in each area where major plumbing equipment must be installed before installing any other fixtures such as sinks themselves. For example, if there’s insufficient room between two adjacent walls then using inset mountings would allow us instead; however if not then we might need outside flush mountings instead which means keeping those pipes away from walls rather than putting them behind them.

Lighting and Ceiling Fans

When you think about the most important aspect of a room, what comes to mind? The paint color? The flooring? Lighting is the most essential element in your home. Lighting can set the mood and create ambiance, which is why it’s so important to choose high-quality lighting fixtures that do more than just provide light.

The size and shape of your ceiling fan can be an important part of its design. Ceiling fans come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they use electricity to move air around the room. This helps keep everyone cooler during warm weather months when it gets hot outside! They also help circulate fresh air into stuffy rooms on humid days.

Tile Flooring for the Bathrooms, Kitchen, and Laundry Room

Tile is a durable and long-lasting material that has been used in homes for centuries. It’s versatile and can be installed on walls, floors, showers, tubs, and other areas. Tile flooring provides a clean look that will last for years to come.

Tile is easy to clean and maintain because it’s waterproof and stain resistant—so spills are easy to wipe up! This makes tile perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms where water damage could ruin the finish of your new home if you chose something like wood instead (which isn’t waterproof).

If you plan on installing any tile at all in your new custom build then we highly recommend using porcelain tiles – they’re extremely durable & won’t chip like natural stone does over time so you won’t have any maintenance costs down the road when compared against granite countertops which require polishing every year or so depending on how often they’re used during meal prep time(s).

Interior Doors and Hardware

Consider the hardware you’re choosing. Hardware can be a great way to add a unique touch to your room. However, it’s often expensive and requires special attention to detail. If you choose hardware that doesn’t match your house’s design or style, it could look out of place and cheapen the overall look of your home.

Placement of Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are important because they allow light, airflow, soundproofing, privacy, and security. Light is necessary for health and well-being. You want to maximize the amount of natural light in your home while maintaining privacy by putting blinds or curtains on your windows. Airflow through windows keeps air circulating throughout a room which helps prevent mildew from forming on walls and furniture. If you don’t have much floor space between rooms then it might be best if you place doors between areas rather than walls so that there can be more airflow in those rooms too!

Seating arrangements for families help them feel comfortable together but also allow each family member some privacy if they need it (which is especially important when their teenagers are around).

Custom builds have a lot of options, but these are the main ones.

  • Custom builds have a lot of options, but these are the main ones.
  • You must get it right or you’ll be stuck with a house that doesn’t meet your needs.
  • This means you need to do your homework before getting started!


I hope that this article has helped you to think about all of the design selections needed before building a custom house. If you’re like me and love having options, then going custom is definitely the way to go! It may seem overwhelming at first, but we’re here to help you every step of the way. We can help with everything from your financing options to helping you choose between white or black kitchen cabinets (and everything in between).


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