5 Mistakes to Avoid When Building A Luxury Custom Home

luxury houseFor many people building a luxury custom home is the culmination of years of work and planning. Every step of the process from finding homebuilders Greensboro to carefully choosing all the features and finishes is done with care and a desire to get everything just right. But even the most careful homebuyers can make mistakes when it comes to their luxury custom home. And those mistakes can make it harder to enjoy your luxury home. Watch out for these five mistakes when it comes to creating your luxury dream home:

Not Paying Attention to What’s Behind the Walls

When you are building a luxury home, make sure you choose a reliable builder who will ensure that the home’s internal systems can handle everything that you want to do now and in the future. Make sure that the HVAC system is up to par, or install two HVAC units to carry the load. Also, make sure that the home’s plumbing and wiring will be upgradable as the years go on so that if your needs change those vital systems can be updated to accommodate your needs. 

Choosing Too Many Trendy Finishes

Remember when Millennial Pink and Rose gold were everywhere? Neither does anyone else. Just a couple of years ago, Millennial Pink paint and Rose gold fixtures were featured on every trendy design blog and all over Pinterest. But those trends fell quickly out of favor. They might come back around someday but do you really want to live with those colors until then? When it comes to designing your home, consider classic, timeless styles and colors. You can always add in trendy touches with things that are easy to change out. But for the permanent fixtures in your home, timeless and elegant finishes will continue to be in style for decades to come. 

Not Thinking About Future Functionality 

This is a mistake that’s easy to make. Right now, you might love the idea of a kitchen desk where the kids can do their homework but when they eventually graduate, that will be wasted space. Right now, you might love the idea of a third-floor bonus room as a craft or office space, but in a few years when getting up and down the stairs becomes more challenging, that third story might not seem like such a good investment. When you are adding custom features to your home, pick features based on functionality now and in the future. You will have your home for a long time and you want it to be customized to your needs. So, make sure that you’re designing a home that will fit your needs now and in the future. 

Designating Rooms That Don’t Get Used

It’s easy to get carried away when you’re planning your luxury custom home. You may think that you want separate rooms for a craft area, a library, an office, and a playroom for the kids. When you’re choosing a layout for your home, make a list of the rooms that you’d really use. Do you need a dedicated room for each task or can some rooms be multipurpose? An open-concept space with the flexibility to be multi-purpose is going to be a lot more useful, inviting, and comfortable over the years than having separate rooms for different purposes. 

Not Maximizing All the Available Storage Space

Even if you think that you don’t need extra storage space now, chances are very high that you will need it in the future. The best time to take advantage of extra space in your home is when it’s being built. Having custom cabinetry and storage put in throughout the house is a great way to make sure that the house has enough storage for you now and in the future. 

The right team, like Don Mills Builders, one of the top home builders in Greensboro, can guide you through the process of designing the custom luxury home you’ve been dreaming of. Get expert advice to bring your dream home to life and ensure that you will love your home for years to come.

If you’re ready to talk about building a custom luxury home, call Don Mills today: (336) 362-1777

Benefits of Choosing an Open Floor Plan

The pros and cons of the open floor plan have been debated many times in recent years. While there may be just a few drawbacks, it seems that overall, the benefits outweigh the costs. It is still the most popular choice of home layout for custom homes in Greensboro. Custom builders can attest to the number of customers that request open floor plans. Wondering if an open floor plan is right for you? Consider the many benefits.


  • Feels Spacious. Probably the biggest benefit of the open floor plan, the wide-open space makes your home seem larger than it actually is. In combination with vaulted ceilings, it can take spaciousness to the next level.
  • Plenty of Light. The open floor plan allows for a lot of natural light in your home. Just one exterior window can shed light on the entire main living area when there aren’t walls to get in the way. You’ll save energy and feel better, as natural light is a mood enhancer.
  • Great for Entertaining. If you enjoy hosting, the open floor plan is for you. It’s as if you can be everywhere at once. You can prepare food in the kitchen while looking out over the great room, never missing out on the conversation. You can socialize in the great room while keeping an eye on the stove in the kitchen. It’s an entertainer’s dream. 
  • Family-Friendly. An open floor plan is ideal for families in every stage of life. Parents can be in the kitchen preparing food while still keeping an eye on busy little ones. As kids grow, the open floor plan promotes socialization when reluctant teens tend to keep to themselves. Everyone eventually gravitates to the kitchen, which is front and center in an open floor plan. 
  • Accessibility. The open floor plan is also beneficial for anyone with limited mobility. Walkers and wheelchairs can still navigate through open spaces without concern for narrow doorways. The open floor plan is ideal for those who wish to stay in their home throughout their lifetime. 
  • Flow of Movement. You can move about more easily within your home when there aren’t as many walls and doors to open and navigate around. The general flow of traffic is smoother, which is especially helpful for larger families. 
  • Easier House Cleaning. When it’s time to vacuum, mop, dust, etc. it’s easy to handle the great room in one sweep, rather than moving from room to room. One room seems easier to clean than multiple rooms. And it’s likely that your great room, which gets the most use, will need more frequent cleaning than the rest of the house. 


Don Mills Builders Designs Custom Homes in Greensboro with Spacious Open Floor Plans

When you build a custom home with Don Mills Builders you can choose any floor plan you like. Open floor plans can be configured in many different ways to optimize space and aesthetics. You can design your floor plan around the specific needs and living style of your family. Don Mills Builders will listen to your ideas and recommend the best home layout for you. Call today to set up a free consultation to discuss custom homes in Greensboro: (336) 362-1777. 

10 Custom Home Trends We Love in 2019

Each year brings new design ideas and trends for custom homes. From color to texture to architectural features, there’s a lot of focus on when it comes to style. Consider these 10 home trends that have been featured in Greensboro custom homes in 2019. 


  • Interior Windows. Get the best features of the open and closed floor plan by dividing rooms with windows. Glass and steel are the current trend, providing dividers between rooms that help with noise control without blocking natural light. There is still an open feel, but with a little more organization. 
  • Grand Bathtubs. Garden tubs and soaking tubs have been an item in master bathrooms for decades, but today’s trend makes the tub the focal point of the room. Large, elaborate tubs are making bathrooms feel like a luxury spa. 
  • Backsplash that makes a Bigger Splash. A typical design feature in traditional kitchens is the backsplash, a tiled area of the wall between the counter and the upper cabinets. The trend has now expanded to entire walls with textured tile, either behind open shelving or on a wall without cabinetry. 
  • Bathroom with Wood Features. Bathrooms can be a little cold when everything is tile or stone. Bringing wood grains into the bathroom for the vanity or décor can bring a little warmth in.
  • Black in the Kitchen. While black is not new to the kitchen, large amounts of black is a new trend, with cabinetry, countertops, and even sinks and hardware in bold black.
  • Dusky Wall Colors. In the past many have shied away from using dark wall colors in favor of shades of white or beige. In 2019 the trend is shifting to dark colors like navy, hunter green, and even black for primary wall colors. 
  • Benches with Dining Room Sets. Dining room furniture trends include benches, and while that is a furniture feature rather than a home design feature, if you plan to incorporate bench seating, you may want to design your dining area accordingly to be sure there’s enough space or a bare wall to incorporate your bench seating. 
  • Farmhouse-style Exteriors. While brick has been a dominant exterior façade for luxury homes in the past, 2019 home design is featuring board and batten farmhouse-style exteriors and accents.
  • Indoor/Outdoor Kitchens. The all-natural trend for kitchens (indoor herb gardens, etc.) is leading to kitchens that open to the outside, with glass walls and large doors that open to a patio or deck. 
  • Whole-Room Wall Color. The accent wall is becoming a thing of the past, as now homeowners are choosing to extend the accent color to all four walls. 


Greensboro Custom Homes with the Latest Trends

Don Mills Builders is always on the cutting edge of home design, keeping up with current trends to give customers the styles and features they’re looking for. The most desired Greensboro custom homes are Don Mills originals. Call today to start planning your dream home: (336) 362-1777.