Designing the Perfect Custom Home for Your Family

Most everyone agrees that designing their custom home is their favorite part of the building process (aside from move in day, of course!). Norfleet homes are each built according to personal style and needs, from the features to the finishes. While exciting, there are many decisions that go into designing a home, which is why our experts are here to help along every step of the way. Read the rest of this guide to start envisioning your dream space and get prepared for your first meeting with your custom home designer!

The Floorplan

Your lifestyle should directly influence many of your design choices, but particularly your floor plan. Large, active family? Consider an open floor plan two-story with a flex space. Retired and relaxing? Ask about our luxury cottages. The first step in design is finding the bones of your project, and the floor plan is just that. 

To help establish your design priorities, ask yourself:

  • Where do I typically spend most of my time?
  • Where do I see my family in 5 years?
  • What does my family’s daily routine look like?

This will help you focus on floor plans that make your day to day life easier and more efficient. 

The Rooms

Once you’ve decided on the ideal floor plan, you can start customizing each room! Do you want the front room to be a child’s bedroom or a home office? The same things you considered for your floor plan can be used here as well. If you often have guests, you may want to design guest bedrooms away from central spaces for more privacy. Or, if you typically work from home, you can create a home studio or personal office. Deciding which rooms will serve what purpose will help when choosing the final design touches for your custom home.

Many Norfleet Homes floor plans offer optional flex spaces, which are designed to provide space for additional bedrooms, hobby rooms, or offices. This tends to be ideal for growing families who anticipate a need for more space down the road. 

Here you can see the bedroom of a Norfleet custom home.

The Features

It’s important to include features in your home that will enhance your lifestyle. If you’re the family chef, consider treating yourself to a gourmet or chef’s kitchen! When you build with Norfleet, you have access to home upgrade packages designed to enhance everyday living. 

Do you spend your time enjoying the outdoors? Entice the whole family to join with an outdoor kitchen with a grill, sink, and refrigerator, or firepit and pergola. These features will create an inviting space for your family and friends to enjoy together! 

If you like to unwind after long days, create a master retreat with a his and hers vanity, walk-in closets, tiled walk-in shower, and claw foot tub. Luxury features will turn your bathroom into a relaxing spa.

The Interior Finishes

When designing a custom home, it’s key to use quality finishes to maintain your home’s value—and comfort—throughout the years. The materials used standard in our kitchens and bathrooms include custom maple cabinetry, granite countertops, and ceramic tile floors.

The interior features are where your personal style can truly shine. Your flooring, paint, and accent choices should cohesively create a space you can’t wait to come home to. If you like modern charm, choose light, bright color for paint and flooring paired with simple designs for accents. If you prefer a classic, southern style, use deep, warm colors for flooring and paint with more stylistic accents. To create a consistent style throughout your home, use similar flooring and color palettes in each room. Our experts can help you find the perfect color and accent pairings when you visit us!

Many don’t realize the impact lighting can have on a space’s style, but it’s important to have lighting that complements your color schemes and features. Warm lighting is best paired with equally warm colors. You also need to consider which features you want to illuminate, such as including bar lighting or bright lights over a vanity. 

The Exterior Finishes

Exterior finishes are the best way to make an amazing first impression! Exterior lighting can be used to illuminate a walkway, front door, or plants for a warm ambiance. At Norfleet, a beautifully pavered driveway, front and back porches, and a generous landscaping allowance are standard for every home. 

Picking your finishes is an important (and fun!) part of custom home design. Here you can see some tiles and paint strips that a family would choose from.

The Final Touches

Last, but not least, the final touches! Although simple touches—like door handles—don’t seem all that important, they are! Every aspect of your home should complement your tastes, and be woven together with cohesive elements. Choose colors, textures, and finishes that work well with your other major design features. At Norfleet Homes, we believe in the details, so we will work with you to ensure every part of your home, even the door handles, are up to your standards! 

Norfleet Homes—Quality craftsmanship, personal design

Your home isn’t just a place to live, it’s a place to make memories with family, entertain friends, and grow throughout the years. At Norfleet Homes, you can design a home that allows you do all of this, and more. Our design and construction professionals will help you every step of the way, until you have a home that is built for your family and around your life. Call (352) 472-5780 to learn more about designing your dream home with Norfleet, or visit us online