The Pros and Cons of Building a Brick HouseDreaming about your perfect custom home in Greenville, South Carolina? At Five Star Construction, we’ve been building custom luxury homes for our clients for decades. We know the landscape here in the Upstate inside and out, and we know exactly what building materials and home styles work best with our beautiful scenery and the wants and needs of your family. While siding gained popularity during the late 90’s and continues to be a popular choice for a home’s exterior due to the ease of cleaning and replacement, building homes with brick exteriors is a tried-and-true style that you’ll still see in just about every neighborhood.

What are the pros and cons of building a home with a brick exterior? Let’s take a look.

unique features to include in a custom home design

One of the reasons our clients trust Five Star Construction when it comes to custom home design is our Design Center’s willingness to do whatever it takes to bring your luxury home dreams to life!

Over the years, we’ve had clients bring in everything from fully-finished floor plans to a few ideas scribbled on a napkin, and we’ve worked hard to help their dreams become a reality.

We love when clients come in with truly unique must-have features in mind. Today, we’d like to share with you three of our favorite unique home design ideas!

3 Unexpected Features to Include in Your Custom Home DesignOne of the most enjoyable aspects of designing a new custom luxury home for our clients is helping them pick and choose the little details that make their new home truly one of a kind.

One question our clients often ask is about what sorts of unusual or unexpected features they might add to their custom floor plans in order to make their house as stress-free and luxurious as possible without breaking their budget. We have a few ideas you may want to incorporate into your own home.

Should I Use a Brick Exterior in My Custom Home Design?Whether you’re in the early stages of designing a custom home, or you have a floor plan in-hand and ready to go, odds are good you have specific details about your home design that you consider “must-haves”.

This might include Craftsman-style interior details, an open floor plan that combines kitchen and living spaces, or even exterior details like a wraparound porch. Many homeowners, especially those with young families, dream about details from their own childhood residences, updated to match modern sensibilities..

One of the most common details that new homeowners ask for is brick exteriors! While they were a big trend in the 70’s, they’ve continued to be a mainstay in home design. Relatively inexpensive, durable, and inherently personalized, brick is a great go-to choice for custom home construction in South Carolina.

If you’ve been asking yourself, “Should I choose a brick exterior for my custom home design?”, the answer may very well be an emphatic yes!. Here’s why:

How much does it cost to build a new home?Budgeting to buy a home may involve lots of careful planning—cutting out the extra frills from your budget and putting each and every extra dollar aside to build up your down payment. When it comes to planning to build a custom home in South Carolina, however, the costs are going to be distinctly different than if you’re buying prebuilt new construction or an older home. How much does it cost to build a custom home in South Carolina? Today, we’ll break some of those costs down to give you a better idea.

Price Per Square Foot is a Good Place to Start

Many contractors think about the cost of building a home in price per square foot. The average custom-built home will cost anywhere from $80 to $200 per square foot, depending on your choices when it comes to flooring, countertops, and other customizations. Don’t simply set yourself a goal of $80 per square foot and assume everything will come together at that price, especially if you prefer high-end finishes and on-trend design details.

What to Consider When Planning Your Home Building Budget

First off, look at the property you’re interested in. Does it already have a structure on it that will need demolished and removed? Is there a steep incline at one end of the property, lots of trees that will need to be removed, large rocks, or standing water? All of these will complicate the preparation process and therefore cause your overall construction costs to rise. It’s important, when you see a parcel of land for sale at a tempting price, to check it out and find out what little details may be causing it to sell for so cheap.

Next, think about your chosen style. Do you like the look of traditional German architecture? Are you planning to build your ideal custom Craftsman-style home? Do you like the Arts and Crafts bungalow style so popular in downtown Greenville? Or are you more of a Neoclassical or Colonial type? Each of these home styles involves different details and features, which can raise or lower the overall cost of building. Higher-quality materials may be needed for one style as opposed to another. If your heart’s set on that perfect Craftsman floor plan, for instance, be sure to speak to Design Center representative to learn what sort of costs could be involved.

Are you adding extra onto the original plan? If you’re dreaming about extra corners or gables to make your home’s exterior truly unique to you, these come with added costs as well.

Rising costs start with your foundation. Are you interested in a full finished basement, unfinished basement, a crawlspace, or a slab foundation for your home? Each of these will involve different kinds of work and therefore different costs, with a full finished basement likely costing the most — and also adding the most value to your home after its completion.

Siding or brick? What kinds of shingles? Exterior details can switch up ending costs. A home with a plain, basic siding exterior and easy-to-find shingles will usually cost less than a home with carefully laid bricks or specialty roofing. Any change from your initial floor plan is likely to add onto your final cost per square foot.

Have you been dreaming about customized front doors, a huge picture window, or are you adding windows where none existed in the floor plan? Some homeowners want that window-over-the-kitchen-sink added in if it’s not already included in the floor plan. Cutting a window out of the wall and installing a new window will add costs. Customized window sizes require custom-ordered glass. Our Design Center representatives can help you to know what sort of added costs you’ll be looking at.

What’s inside the walls? One of the most significant aspects of your cost per square foot is going to be your internal home systems — what sort of plumbing or HVAC setup you choose can significantly raise or lower your projected costs. It usually winds up being around 17% of your overall cost, and we recommend spending a little more on high-quality internal home systems, since you’ll actually save in the long term due to higher efficiency.

What’s your vision for the interior? High-end appliances, cabinets, and countertops — or that special island in the kitchen you asked to have added in later on — all of this raises your overall cost. These sorts of things usually end up being less than 10% of your final home budget, but even 10% can end up being a lot of money, depending on your design. Be sure to research and price out your favorites before construction ever begins, so you can plan for that stainless-steel kitchen or vintage claw-foot soaking tub in the master bath.

Hardwood or carpet? Tile or stone? Your flooring options can range from inexpensive to a costly luxury, depending on what you have in mind. Many clients these days are searching for high-quality hardwood flooring, which can be located for fairly inexpensive costs. On the other hand, granite or marble floors are a luxury you’ll definitely want to budget for in advance. Tile or vinyl in the kitchen or bathrooms can look luxe without a lot of expense, while stone flooring is going to be a bit more labor-intensive — and therefore a little costlier.

Are you dreaming of an outdoor “man cave?” Need a workshop for your DIY projects? Adding a wraparound porch, extra balcony, or a finished attic? Be sure to bring these up in your initial design meetings. While these aren’t generally “living” spaces, they do get added to your overall budget and can easily rise your costs by tens of thousands of dollars.

Finally, what kind of closing costs are you looking at? While everyone knows there are closing costs involved in buying an existing home, some are surprised to find them included in buying newly-built custom home construction. With new home construction, buyers will absorb costs that vary depending on the lender, rather than splitting them with the seller, as is common in pre-existing construction.

Looking to Build a Custom Home in Greenville, SC?

Five Star Construction has deep roots in the community of Simpsonville, South Carolina, and the surrounding areas. We build all throughout the Upstate and work with everything from fully-finished floor plans to a hasty set of ideas scribbled on a napkin. Our Design Center will help to ensure that your floor plans match your unique dreams for your new home, and our process keeps you included every single step of the way. Five Star Construction is here for you from day one all the way through move-in day — and beyond. Reach us by phone at (864) 303-9143 or contact us online at any time to get started today!