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Whether you’ve outgrown your current home or are looking to downgrade, you have a big decision to make.

Are you in love with your neighborhood? Does your growing family hold too many memories in your current home that you can’t imagine leaving, but you know you need more room? Don’t have the time to go through the steps of building a new home? 

It might be time for you to remodel. The Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire has a list of qualified remodelers to help you out through this next step in life.

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Do you want a home with changes that can’t be added to your current home? Would the cost of remodeling your home way outpace the home’s resale value?

It may be time to build your new dream home! But there are few things to consider before building new as well. First off, building a new home takes time and patience. There are a great number of decisions to be made throughout the process which may cause some stress at times. If you are ready for this great new step in your life, read ahead. 


With the country still emerging from the recent recession, many people wonder if this is a good time to build a home.

The answer is: Yes. It’s a very good time to build your dream home.

Market conditions can change, and recent opportunities like low mortgage interest rates may not be around for long, so home buyers shouldn’t wait. There are a number of reasons to build a custom home that will fit your specific needs instead of settling on an already built home.


Designed to accommodate today’s busy lifestyles, new homes feature open floor plans, flexible spaces, low-maintenance materials and other amenities that make them more appealing than ever before.


Innovative materials and construction techniques mean that today’s new homes are built to be much more energy efficient than homes constructed a generation ago. A lower cost of living means you can save big over the years.


Compared to older homes, new homes require less ongoing maintenance in their first few years.


Custom homes stand out from the crowd. They are one-of-a-kind, upscale creations that come with upgrades and unique architectural design. In addition to flexibility in home design and architecture, buyers typically choose their ideal location and environment. As a result, custom home design often incorporates elements of the local landscape, whether that is a view of the lake, a natural stream, or the distinct colors and plants of a prairie landscape.


While production Builders build communities by restricting design to a group of preselected home types on lots they have picked and purchased themselves, custom Builders tend to build on land owned by the customer and start fresh with each design.

Production Builders typically construct a large number of homes throughout the year; these may offer a variety of options, but production Builders generally do not use construction plans other than the ones selected by the building firm. Custom Builders spend more time on each project and often work on fewer homes per year.



Today, home owners like to see features that will improve their lifestyle through health, entertainment or comfort. In this way, custom homes really set themselves apart from the competition. Yoga studios, resistance pools and fitness rooms can be added to encourage healthy living; game rooms, theaters and even a bowling alley can be added for fun; and for comfort, breezy, screened-in porches, outdoor kitchens or warm hearths can make 
your home feel cozy and welcoming.

Custom amenities are also taking a turn to the world of tech. In a world where there’s an app for everything, buyers are beginning to expect a custom home to do more and be “smarter.” Nowadays you can control many features in your home using a phone, including energy usage, security systems, lighting and even the music playing in each room.


Whether it’s aging parents living with their adult children or young adults moving back with mom and dad, multigenerational households have specific needs when it comes to a home. Custom Builders are seeing an increasing need to tailor homes to this lifestyle. Multigenerational families often build homes that include the traditional mother-in-law suite or even feature a locked-off living space within the home. These apartment-style spaces can have their own kitchenette, full bathroom and living areas to provide a sense of privacy and independence.


As the country grows older and many baby boomers look to retirement, Universal Design (UD) features are an ever-growing priority for many custom buyers and Builders. UD is used to ensure that features like wider doors, lower countertops and fewer stairs are used to create a home that everyone can enjoy comfortably. An accessible home allows owners to age in place, prolonging their ability to stay in the house independently and can also increase value by opening the market to any future buyer, despite age, stature or ability.