Maximize Space in Your Custom Built Home

Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.

Landscape Design Ideas To Complete Your New Home Build

Construction & Contractors Blog

When you build a new home, you often spend so much of your time designing and building your home that you forget you have a lot full of dirt to design around your home as well. Landscape design doesn't have to be intricate, but you should have some idea of how you want your land to look so you can start planting trees, flowers, and shrubbery to give your home personality. Here are some landscaping design ideas you can consider to make your new home build fully complete.

Asymmetrical tree design

To frame your new home, you want to place trees at the edge of your yard. Trees help break up the square, hard lines of a house and add a sense of whimsy. They also add depth to a small yard and structure to an expansive landscape. In short, you will want to have trees in your front yard to help give your new home personality. Instead of choosing the same type of trees to place at the edges of your property, choose a variety of decorative and shade-style trees to create a pleasing asymmetrical design. Trees you can plant together include:

  • Japanese Cherry Blossom
  • Red Maple
  • Honey Locust
  • Quaking Aspen


Curbing is a great way to give your property a streamlined look. Place curbing along the edges of your front and back yard, around mature trees (it makes mowing around them cleaner), and along sidewalks and your driveway. You'd be surprised how a simple hardscape addition can make your property look much more defined.

Retaining walls with a garden

If you have a long front yard and want to give it some dimension, talk to your contractor about adding a retaining wall. A retaining wall is built into a part of your yard and reinforced with dirt to give it the effect of resting on a hill. Retaining walls are designed with decorative brick, and usually have trees and shrubbery placed behind them when they are completed. You can also add lawn lighting along the bottom of your retaining wall to add a glamorous appeal to your landscape at night. Great garden ideas for your retaining wall include:

  • Willow trees with snapdragon flower beds
  • Wild roses
  • Morning glory vines

Talk to your contractor about adding a few visually-appealing plants and trees to your new lawn. They can recommend a landscaper to do the work for you or install shrubbery themselves to help make your new yard as beautiful as your home. Visit a site like for more information.


3 November 2015