When we build our first full custom home in 2003, it was a huge undertaking. It was something we had always wanted to do, but didn't really know what we were getting ourselves into.

After months and months of choosing appliances and fixtures and doors and knobs and hinges, the builder asked me, “What do you want to do about the threshold?”

“The what?”

“The threshold. The strip of material that goes across the bottom of the door frame.”

I just about flipped out. I had heard the term “threshold” used in the context of the bride getting carried over it, but had no idea it was yet another piece of the house puzzle that I had to evaluate. And I was already about a thousand choices past overwhelmed.

One of the most difficult parts of building a fully custom home is getting the design completed to your specifications. There are so many details and moving parts to a home — literally hundreds of thousands of pieces — that it can throw you for a loop. But even before you get down to the nitty, gritty details, you've got to get a plan that will work for you, and that is not an easy task when you start from scratch.

Whether you're looking for custom home designers phoenix, Portland, Orlando, or anywhere else, you need to get someone who will hear you and understand your needs.

Sam worked as our designer on both homes. He doesn't do this by profession — although he certainly could! — but he spent months training himself with the skills to accomplish this. From this experience we learned that one of the most important things a home designer can do is learn to take a list of requirements and a list of constraints and a list of desires, and turn it into a functional, attractive space.

This is not an easy task by any means and requires a special skill set, dedication, and creativity. It took us a number of iterations to get our home design exactly as we wanted it.

So when you're ready to find your luxury home builders phoenix, Portland, Orlando, or in your dream city to get started on your dream home, take the time to find a designer who can provide you with just the right home.

The extra time we took to get our design just right has paid off every single day we've lived here.