What is the Single, Most Commonly Neglected Issue by Home Builders?

By Nick Matteo | February 28, 2016

Builders are people too.

Remember when you were little, and your dad seemed like a superhero? You’re not alone. Collegehumor.com even created a skit called “The 6 Ways You’ll See Your Dad”: superhero, clown, tyrant, suit, bodyguard, and–finally–person. Kids complain about how parents are SO dramatic, or about how they never talk…never realizing that parents are people too. And more often than not, kids are complaining about character traits in their parents, even though they have the same exact ones. At the end of the day, no one is truly a superhero, or a clown, or a tyrant, or a suit, or a bodyguard: we’re all just people, each trying to make it through each day alive. The same humanity that enables us to be so different, unites us through everything.

philadelphia home buildersIt can be easy to forget that home builders are homeowners too. As a home builder, I sympathize with the struggles that homeowners can face. There are so many facets to building the new homes the area boasts more and more frequently, that it can be easy to forget to remind home builders of some of the big, practical details. You’re thinking of materials and colors and styles and trends and costs, not necessarily some of these lesser-considered but extremely important aspects:

One Common Thing Home Builders Often Neglect

We Must Account for the Surrounding Environment

Some custom home builders just don’t think about the surrounding environment, and forget that the following have a huge impact on the finished effect of any luxury home:


Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a great example of builders who often show no regard for the surrounding environment. They showed few qualms constructing a huge, four-story house in a neighborhood with one-story ranchers. It could be incongruous, and a lot of the recipients consequently A) Had really high taxes and/or B) felt very out of place in their new home.

You don’t want to feel out of place. Make sure that your home builder takes into account the size and style of the nearby houses. It’s not because sticking out is a bad thing, it’s because sticking out like a sore thumb can be uncomfortable.


So many home builders forget to consider how the building and the environment can work together, harmoniously, to create a truly lovely appeal. It’s not one or the other, but both work in concert to create a beautiful property. If you have vines and want to use them, then go for it! If you’re thinking of going that way, though, you’re going to need a stone edifice, not vinyl siding. A great luxury home builder will walk you through all of that and make sure that whatever decision you make will be upheld in the most harmonious way.


Don’t call in a separate landscape designer and have them work around an empty square that represents where your home will be. The landscaping should echo and complement the building design, and vice versa.

If you want to ensure that your property has high value and that your custom home builders deliver what you’re after, don’t forget to check the surroundings. It would be a shame to miss the forest for the trees.