As the housing market and the economy in general have recovered in the past few years, Americans are expanding their horizons when it comes to home ownership. Though older houses are still a popular option, there has been a greater shift toward custom-built homes, and for good reason. Building a new home provides a great many number of advantages, including: Total Control Older homes often require some sort of renovation to meet the buyer's exact desires and demands. With a custom-built house, you are in complete control, down to the type of wood used for the fireplace mantel. No decision is out of your hands. When your new home is complete, you have the assurance that it is exactly what you dreamed it would be. Less Costly Buying a home is a major investment. It may seem like it's cheaper to buy an older home, and upfront, it may be. But many older homes require much more upkeep and repairs than a custom-built one. Instead of spending your Saturday dealing with foundational problems or fixing a fidgety sink, which cost time and money, you can instead enjoy the day with your family, knowing your custom-built home is problem-free. More Energy-Efficient One of the major costs of older homes is energy inefficiency. From the refrigerator that consumes way too much energy to poor insulation that leaks air conditioning, an energy-inefficient home may as well be burning money. With a custom-built home, the latest construction techniques, as well as brand new appliances, ensure your home is energy-efficient, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars every year. A Place to Call Home Whether you rent or buy an older home, it may be tough to really see it as your own. With a custom-built house, you have the peace of mind that you are the only family to make memories there. It is truly a home for you and your children, one that can be cherished for generations. Your custom home will be like no other, unique to your family alone. Whether you have dreamt of a farmhouse, a craftsman or any other style of house, Frank Betz Associates has the award-winning plans to make it a reality. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of a custom-built home!