Planning a new custom home can be an exciting but also overwhelming time. There are so many decisions to make! It is little wonder that so many people experience decision paralysis. The planning stage of custom home construction forms the basis for your dream home. There is a lot riding on the decisions that you make during this stage, so it is important to make certain that you make the right decisions. The steps below can assist you in working with your custom home builders to create the perfect home for you and your family. One of the great benefits about working with a homebuilder that provides true custom homes is that you do not need to limit yourself to a set of pre-conceived home plans. While many people think they must rely on floor plans that are already produced, this is not the case. Start simple by sketching out ideas that you may have for your custom home plan. List features that you would like to see included in each room of your home. You can find inspiration from a variety of sources, including online, magazines, television programs, architectural digests, and from model home tours. Even a rough sketch can serve as inspiration for your design team and assist your home builder in understanding what it is that you want in your future home. It is also important to consider the future and what your needs may be in a few years. One of the most common reasons that many people decide to sell their home and buy a new home or build a home is that their current home no longer fits their needs. This could be because their family expanded with the addition of children, aging parents came to live with them, or college students returned home. Whatever the case may be, it is important to think about your personal situation and whether you will need to accommodate family members in the future. Even if you do not think that family will need to live with you permanently, think about the need to accommodate family for visits and special occasions in the future. What about entertaining? Or, are you planning to retire soon and think that you might need some flex space in your home to allow for hobby space or a home office? Everyone’s situation is different, but by thinking ahead now, you can ensure that your new home will fit your needs tomorrow as well as today.