New Construction vs. Whole House Remodel

Whole House Remodeling

Does your current home need some remodeling or are you dreaming of building a new home? Whether you plan to build a brand new custom home, or if you’re looking to remodel your current home, each choice comes with its advantages and drawbacks. For a list of the pros and cons of both new construction and whole-house remodeling projects, keep reading.

If you have any questions after reading our article, please feel free to contact us and we'll get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.

Pros of Building a New Home

With a new construction project, you have the freedom to create a living space that fits your family’s needs specifically. 

If you’re looking to add custom features tailored to your needs, custom home building has a lot to offer. Here are just a few ideas: 

  • A home office tucked away from a bustling family life
  • Larger bedrooms 
  • Pet rooms that don’t require a kennel 

Things like open floor plans that create a more social experience for you and your future house guests are all things we can factor into a custom home design. We’re happy to talk with you about construction ideas and designs when it comes to building a new custom home

Cons of Building a New Home

When building a new custom home, the cost can quickly become an issue. 

A common thing that happens when building a custom home is that the budget starts to grow and grow. It’s like the old Spiderman quote, “With great power comes great responsibility.” 

When it comes to all the possibilities of custom home design, you have to be cautious about going too far over budget. Often, many custom design extras find their way into the process of building a custom home. 

A way to brace for this when creating a home building budget for your new home is to make sure that you have extra money tucked away for ideas you haven’t thought of yet.

At Kastler Construction Inc., we work hard to identify potential cost overruns early in the planning process. On top of that, our goal is to work efficiently so that you can move into your new home as soon as possible.

Note: Another unfortunate con that comes with building a custom home is that you will have to find land suitable for building

Undeveloped land is often farther away from more populated areas, meaning you may have to drive farther to get to work or the grocery store. However, when working with Kastler Construction Inc., we can help you find properties in highly desirable neighborhoods by tearing down an existing house and building a new custom home. 

On the market, there are tons of vacant homes that haven’t seen a family in years. We keep a running list so that when an opportunity arises, you’ll be ready to act.

Pros of Remodeling Your Home

If you like the current structure of your home and your existing neighborhood, you may want to remodel your home rather than build a new one. 

Remodeling your home doesn’t require you to start completely over. A common choice for home remodeling is when it comes to historically built homes or with homes that have a layout that works for your lifestyle and design preferences but could use an update. 

At Kastler Construction Inc., we can work with you to create the home of your dreams by making some reconfigurations, additions, bathroom and kitchen updates, and today’s amenities -- while still retaining the current existing features you love.

Sometimes a whole house remodel can even look like a newly built home! 

If you’re looking to add entire sections to your home, we can do an in-home consultation where we’ll be able to give you an idea of how long the remodeling project is going to take and cost. 

Cons of Remodeling Your Home

Home remodelingcan be stressful when structural constraints limit your vision. In the past, homes were built with slight differences. Things like support designs, framing, material, and more have all evolved. 

Today’s floor plans are often more open and emphasize natural light. Open spaces also allow family members and friends to congregate and move freely from room to room, making your home a much more social space. Knocking out walls to fulfill this vision may not be a possibility for your house remodeling plans, especially if there is important wiring or plumbing in those specific walls.

As a home remodeling company, we will do everything in our power to fulfill your home remodeling dreams, but when it comes to your home’s core structure there are safety messages we have to follow. Still, our craftsmen are pretty creative, and can usually find a solution to most home remodeling hurdles. 

Key Take-Aways 

Custom Home Designs: Cost more, but offer you complete creative control

Remodeling a Home: Costs less, but certain restraints may inhibit your dreams

Looking to Get Building? 

Whether you are interested in remodeling your home or creating a brand new space to call home, feel free to reach out and contact Kastler Construction Inc online or by phone at (248) 655-5580. As Oakland County’s premier home building contractors, we make it our mission to create beautiful homes for every client.