Many hopeful homebuyers planning every aspect of their dream home often look at properties on the market only to be disappointed.

Instead of waiting to find this dream home or compromising on certain details, many people decide to build custom homes.
If this is your decision, follow these tips to make sure a custom home is built to last.

An architect can make sure your vision is practical and your dream home is structural sound. (DepositPhotos)

1. Talk to an Architect

Have a design for a custom home in mind? While it’s best to start planning for a new home with a solid design, it’s also important to consult with an expert to make sure that design is structurally sound. An architect will be able to refine any ideas or plans, and make sure the property is safe and long-lasting.

In addition to providing input on design-related issues, architects can recommend the right structural elements to use.

For example, an architect can explain where roof trusses and wooden frames belong in the home’s construction.

mud tubes
You need a termite bond to keep harmful wood-eating insects at bay. (DepositPhotos)

2. Use Termite-Resistant Materials

Before beginning construction on your dream property, you need to choose the right materials.

These include termite-resilient construction metals to protect the home from these harmful insects. Materials like concrete, aluminum and steel are ideal for fortifying a home.

As for insulation, stay away from spray foam because many insurers won’t cover it.

Of course, that’s just the start — having a termite bond, with annual checkups is a must.

Danny Lipford installing drywall
Covering a basement’s exposed masonry walls with drywall is easy. But don’t forget to waterproof the surface beforehand.

3. Waterproof the Basement or Foundation

When building a home, you need to establish a strong foundation and prepare for potential disasters.

Taking steps to waterproof the basement and foundation will protect the home, reduce the likelihood of flooding, and help to keep the basement dry.

For more information, read:
How to Keep Water from Damaging the Foundation of Your Home
3 Tips to Keep Water Out of Basements

Foundation of a new house.
Use rebar to reinforce your concrete foundation. (DepositPhotos)

4. Use Steel Rebar

Another important aspect of construction is protecting it from natural disasters.

Houses should be constructed with concrete and reinforced with rebar, which will help the concrete withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters.

With the right budget, quality materials and a skillful crew, every future homeowner can build the house of their dreams.

As you work on plans to make your custom home a reality, keep these tips in mind to make sure your design lasts a lifetime.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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