Custom Home: Build Now and Expand Later

Financial planning is required before you start the custom home planning process. What about planning for space?

Space Panning in a Custom Home Design

Flexible Custom HomeSpace planning is a way for home builders to help buyers plan their homes in the most efficient manner possible. Whether you a a first time home buyer just starting your family, or on the verge of retirement, space planning for your dream home is imperative. 

Square footage is the currency that determines the longevity of a home’s life. You can acquire more square footage by building out, up or total renovations. A proper budget and thoughtful design considerations are essential to ensure that your budget is as well-resourced as possible.

Dawol Homes is here to help. We can help you plan your custom home, no matter where you are in the process. Our team of experts recommends a few creative ideas to help you plan for the future. These could be to increase space for your growing family, multiple generations living under one roof, or as an investment in resale values. This is freedom and flexibility that comes with a custom home. Plan now, expand later.

Living Space: Defined

Let’s start by getting familiar (or reacquainted with) some terms that will help to further define sections of this discussion. What is the difference in total square feet and total living square footage? It goes beyond semantics. The total square footage of your home includes storage and the basement or attic. The number of square feet that can be used for living is called total living square feet. This article will focus on creative ways to increase livable square footage in certain cases. 

Zoning and codes

Your Dawol Homes team must have open communication with you when floor planning is being done for future customizations. Also, you will need to consider and comply with any local HOAs, neighborhood zoning, or code rules. Every building situation is unique. Some neighborhoods have one set of rules for construction while others for renovations and additions. Our team can help you determine the right resources to use for renovation or new construction depending on where you are building.

You can transform unfinished areas into full living spaces

These spaces should be considered if you are in an area where bonus rooms are a standard feature in home construction. Imagine all the possibilities for a bonus room: a private gym, a mancave or a her haven, an office, a guest room, or any other accommodation. Even if you are building right now, a finished bonus room may seem like a far-fetched decision that will be saved for years. We recommend still including the required space in your floorplan along with basic plumbing setup. It doesn’t matter if your bonus room is finished in the future, but it’s cheaper to include these items into the framework to allow for future buildouts and to avoid costly complications later.

These same possibilities are available for finishing an attic. You can transform existing storage into a playroom or guest bedroom, a quiet office, or multipurpose media space. Remember that attic space must be accessible via a staircase and have a ceiling height of at least 7 feet.

Imagine Dormers

A dormer is another way to increase ceiling height in lofts or attics. A dormer can not only increase the ceiling height of smaller areas, but it also adds curb appeal to your home. You can see how dormers add an elegant complement to any home, from coastal retreats to craftsman cottages.

Consider Porches or Patios as Possible Future Sunrooms

We have seen a revival in renovations to bring indoor living spaces back inside. To ensure that your project is as economical as possible, talk to your custom home builder about converting your outdoor living space into an indoor sunroom. As the seasons change, so does how you entertain your guests. A back patio that was once a great outdoor space for the warmer months might be better suited to being a cozy sunroom year round.

You can add living space to a garage

Even with careful planning during the blueprint phase, there will be some inconveniences if you add or renovate after you move in. It’s why adding square footage to structures that aren’t attached like your garage is a real bonus. Living in Myrtle Beach mean you will have visitors. A guest area can be added above your garage as a bonus room. It uses the existing framing, foundation, and electrical infrastructure to increase square footage at a fraction the cost of other future renovations.

Recompose Your Kitchen

kitchen custom designThe kitchen is one of the best rooms to invest in for the future. Our floor plans place the kitchen at the heart of the house. There is plenty of space for future renovations, such as the conversion of space that was originally intended to be a flex space into a breakfast area or walk-in pantry. A kitchen’s central location makes it a great candidate for adding additional square footage through a bump-out or direct expansions.

Combining Open Spaces can be freeing up or a combination of them

Because of their flexibility, we see open floor plans as a popular choice with our customers. These floor plans allow for customization, with some space choices being made and others left as “yet-to-be determined”. If you are unsure, an open floorplan’s framework can be modified later to accommodate your specific living needs. This allows you to reconfigure spaces and make use of space that was previously used for storage. You may be able to create more living space by adding storage space to areas that are less used.

The longevity of customization

Planning ahead is crucial to ensure the foundation has been laid for future renovations or additions. However, there are certain customizations that might be more cost-effective and possible only during initial construction. You should consider your budget, living space needs, and return on investment to determine whether you want to increase square footage in the future or now.

Dawol Homes has years of experience with designing custom homes in the Myrtle Beach area. We can help you design a home that is flexible and will adapt to your changing needs.

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Dawol Homes
9404 Hwy 17 Bypass,
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 294-2859

Dawol Homes Sales Office
3100 Dick Pond Rd # E
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

We build homes in: Cypress River PlantationWaterway PalmsWaterbridgeMurrells InletCollins CreekBellwood LandingCarolina ForestPlantation LakesNorth Myrtle BeachSocasteeSurfside BeachPawleys IslandLitchfield Plantation


custom homeDo you have a new home floor plan that you love or perhaps you have land that will inspire you? Or perhaps both? There’s a specific type of home building just for you.

In case you are dreaming of designing a brand new home that will take full advantage of the distinct geography and scenic views of land that you like, then you are a good candidate for a build on your lot.

Home building on your own lot may sound like an expensive prospect, but you can be assured that new houses could be built on your land or lot across a range of budgets. Here are four steps to help you get started.

Pick Out A Starting Point For Your Home Building

The process of home building Myrtle Beach on your lot can start in any one of these four places.

The land you love – if you own a land or inheriting one, then you are one step ahead of the dreaming stage. In case you have not found that perfect lot yet, you could work with a real estate agent who has a specialization in purchasing land or contact a home builder who could assist you in finding the perfect spot for your custom home.


With an architect – based on your budget as well as the level of customization that you are searching for, you could hire an architect to convert the ideas from your wish list to a blueprint.

With a floor plan – the internet can provide dozens of firms that sell floor plans that you could bring to a custom home builder Myrtle Beach for inspiration or tailor made for your land.

With a custom home builder – the majority of homebuilders provide their own floor plans that you can have built, with its design followed. You could customize the design as well but that would be based on your custom home builder.

Study Your Land

The next thing you have to do in building your own home on your own land is for you and your home builder to work with a civil engineer to ensure that you are adhering to the rules for the jurisdiction where your land is located.

Customize The Floor Plan

Then customize and design your house so it fits your lifestyle.

Find Out How Long It takes To Build on Your Lot

Constructing a new house takes between four to six months when your custom home builder Myrtle Beach has already built your floor plan, however, it could take much longer when you are having a totally new design built or if you want an extensive customization. So, in case you’ve got a certain time frame for your move, you are much likely to be better off with a semi custom design instead of a completely custom designed house.

Determine How Much It Costs To Build On Your Own Lot

The cost of building a home in Myrtle Beach on your lot will depend mostly on the custom home builder that you choose, however, as a general rule, more customization means more money required.

If you are all set to start on building a home on your land, call Dawol Homes now.

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Dawol Homes
9404 Hwy 17 Bypass,
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 294-2859

Dawol Homes Sales Office
3100 Dick Pond Rd # E
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

We build homes in: Cypress River Plantation, Waterway Palms, Waterbridge, Murrells Inlet, Collins Creek, Bellwood Landing, Carolina Forest, Plantation Lakes, North Myrtle Beach, Socastee, Surfside Beach, Pawleys Island, Litchfield Plantation