One of the great things about building a brand-new, custom home is that you can have it built exactly to your specifications. You know exactly what your family needs and wants: how much storage space, whether you’re more in need of a formal dining room or a big family room—or both—and whether you’d rather have a two or three-car garage.

The Ernst brothers have been building homes out of their Hendersonville office for more than 30 years. Now, they’re joining their expertise with that of Arthur Rutenberg Homes to bring you home to the perfect personal retreat.

And that’s exactly what your home should be. It’s your place to get away from the outside world, to spend time with your loved ones, and to entertain friends. Your home can be a gourmet restaurant, a movie theater, a spa, a high-tech office, and a five-star hotel, all rolled into one. Arthur Rutenberg Homes can help you get there.

So how do you design your dream custom home? HGTV’s FrontDoor website suggests starting with a “Vision of Home” statement. What this means is figuring out exactly what your home should be. Where will you live? Do you want to live in a planned community or buy a piece of land on your own? Will you need space to work from home? Do you need a large kitchen for cooking and plenty of dining space for large groups of friends or family? Will your family be spending lots of time at home, perhaps in a big media and game room, or playing outside in a big backyard? How much can you afford to spend on your home without ownership becoming more of a burden than a worthwhile investment?

These are all questions you can ask yourself when you start designing your dream home. Every family is different in their needs, wants, and taste. Sit down with your spouse and children, and brainstorm a list of must-haves and absolute don’t-wants. The benefit of designing a custom home is that it’s much easier to get all of your must-haves without having to settle for any don’t-wants in an existing home.

Once you decide on all of the things your home needs, you can sit down with someone at Arthur Rutenberg Homes and figure out the best next steps. If there are any available model homes in your area, take a tour of them to see if there are features you like, such as hardwood floors, big windows, or tall ceilings. Take a look at one of the existing floor plans—there are more than 80 award-winning designs to choose from, and you can customize each to your needs—or start from scratch. If you’re looking for a community with amenities such as a golf course, boating, and a pool, you can build your custom home there, or if you’ve bought your own lot, you can build there instead.

The great thing about building a custom home is that it’s entirely up to you! Call Arthur Rutenberg Homes today to make your dream come true.