What tips do custom builders have for buyers looking to build a custom home? We asked the experts at Design Gallery Homes by Drees, who cater to buyers looking to build in custom communities or in unique locations in and around Indianapolis

  1. CREATE A WOW KITCHEN: Make an impact in the heart of your home by splurging on the countertops and cabinet features. Consider a bold granite paired with cabinets that extend to the ceiling. Or incorporate open shelving with a dramatic tile backsplash.
  1. ADD SMART FEATURES IN THE KITCHEN: LED lighting within cabinets and drawers is becoming a major must-have for buyers. Connected appliances can keep an inventory of your food, send spoilage alerts, suggest recipes and even place reorders for grocery delivery.
  2. MAKE A GRAND ENTRANCE WITH A STYLISH FRONT DOOR: The front door sets the stage for your exterior and the main entrance of the home. Make a statement that will really wow guests.
  3. PLAN FOR OUTDOOR LIVING: If you love fresh air, think about establishing an outdoor living space. There are many options for adding covered spaces with built-in fireplaces.
  1. CREATE A SPA GETAWAY: You’ll spend a lot of time in your owner’s bathroom, so splurge a little to build a relaxing sanctuary. Consider incorporating unique tile designs and upscale lighting fixtures. We’re seeing an increasing number of buyers choose super-showers with built-in seating instead of bathtubs.
  2. ADD TRIM: Add character by adding trim around windows, a tray ceiling in the primary suite, or creating statement walls with your favorite trim treatments.
  3. INCORPORATE HIGH CEILINGS: Higher ceiling height allows for an open and airy feel. Plus, it adds dramatic impact to your home.
  1. FUTURE-PROOF YOUR HOME: Pre-wiring or adding rough-in plumbing for any needs you might envision down the road will save time and money. It is easier to get the wiring done prior to your home’s completion than to tear up walls later.

With so many options to include in your custom home, you need a team by your side who can provide expert advice every step of the journey. Whether you already have a lot or need help finding land, Design Gallery Homes by Drees can make your custom dream home a reality. Learn more at designgalleryhomes. com/Indianapolis or call (317) 268-2988.