Do you follow celebrities on Instagram and see constant photo updates from their homes? More often than not, the rich and famous flood their home with custom features and fittings. These things are made from scratch and specifically designed for the homeowner. As with all things in life, we take inspiration from what we see online or in the media, so naturally some of you may be considering adding custom features to your homes.
Don’t get me wrong, this can have some benefits. There’s obviously a uniqueness to custom features that can’t be matched, making your interior design stand out. However, the more you look into this idea, the less sense it makes.
An overly expensive purchase
Yes, you are buying something that is custom-made and designed to your specifications. In this way, you can say that it might present good value for money as you’re buying something with the exact features you’re after, rather than spending money on something that’s not 100% perfect. Still, the cost of making custom features for your home is just astronomical. You can have any custom thing built that you can think of, but the cost of labour and manufacturing is too much. It simply isn’t worth it for the average homeowner, which is probably why these features are unique to the rich and famous!
Doesn’t add value to your home
Usually, when making home renovations, you like to add things that can boost your property’s value. In most cases, this will happen as renovations can improve your home in many ways. However, did you know that custom features and fittings fall into the category of home renovation failures? The custom nature means you have something in your home that’s built for your tastes – and your tastes only. If you are trying to sell your home, someone else might not like the massive custom water feature in your garden, or the big chandelier in your entrance hall.
As such, the value of your property decreases as people realize they have to spend money to get rid of your feature. Or, your feature puts people off, leaving your home on the market for too long, meaning you need to drop the price to attract other buyers.
The results can be questionable
Seeing a custom design on paper or via a computer is one thing, but seeing it in the flesh is another. You can spend lots of money getting something made for your home, only to be left astounded by the results. That’s not a good astounded, by the way, it’s a bad one! The results don’t meet your expectations and you realize that this feature doesn’t actually look good in the flesh. So, you’ve wasted time and money on a feature you’re not 100% sold on. With non-custom items, you can usually view them in person before buying, so this removes the issue.
In conclusion, custom features seem more of a novelty for people with a lot of money than something you need in your home. Sure, you want to make your interiors unique, but there are better ways of doing this.0