If you’re thinking about moving into a new home, you need to do more than a little pricing research.

Sure the financials are important, but so is the location and the design of the home. Rather than making an offer on an existing property, work with professional builders and build your own custom home!

Your home is more than just a physical structure — it’s where you’re going to make lifelong memories with your family and where you should feel most comfortable. Because you’ll be spending so much time inside your home, you need to ensure that it meets all of your needs, fits into your specific lifestyle, and reflects your family’s personality. That’s where custom homes come into play.

You can find custom homes for sale on new or pre-owned lots, too!

Working with home builders to construct your custom dream home is great, but rather than having a house built in a secluded area, consider building in a developed neighborhood.

Across parts of Northwest Indiana—such as Creekwood Crossing in Merrillville or Thornmeadow Estates in Lowell—you’ll find whole neighborhoods designed and developed by skilled builders. And if you’re looking for a custom home for you and your family, a neighborhood like this presents some excellent opportunities to let your home shine. Here are some of the benefits of building a custom home in a developed neighborhood:

  • Unique Finishes — Though all the homes in your new neighborhood will share similar features and layouts, each property will have its own unique finish and look. Custom building makes it easy to integrate unique features into your home during both the design and building phase. You’re a fan of crown molding and you want marble countertops instead of granite? Building custom allows you to make all of these small details your own.
  • Plenty of cost savings — If you were to purchase a pre-existing home, in addition to all those upfront costs, you’ll end up spending a fortune on repairs, upgrades, and other reconfigurations. Not to mention whether a home comes with appliances or not. Custom building a home in a developed location will enable you to get everything you want at a price point that fits your budget, credit score, and more generally prevents financial stress.
  • Great look and total personalization — There are all kinds of benefits of building a new home. However, the two that reign supreme are total personalization and how it looks after your home is complete. You don’t have to shell out a few million dollars to achieve your dream home anymore. You can just work with trusted custom home builders!
  • Lot Optimization — When you build a custom home from the ground up, you choose the lot you’ll build on. That means you have the opportunity to work with custom home builders and designers to make the most of the positive features of the land you’ve chosen. With that said, there are many options you need to consider before choosing a lot.

There are custom homes for sale in developed neighborhoods in the following Northwest Indiana subdivisions: Cedar Lake, Crown Point, Lowell, Dyer, Schererville, Merrillville, Winfield, St. John, Valparaiso, Hebron, Chesterton, Munster, and Burns Harbor. If you want to learn more about the advantages of buying a custom-built home in a developed neighborhood or find custom homes for sale, contact Steiner Homes right away!

Custom Home Options: 3 Excellent Layouts

Moving into a new place is exciting — especially when it’s a newly constructed home. You get to check out your new neighborhood and environment, purchase furniture and decorative items, and start this next important chapter of your life.

Unfortunately, it can also be a little overwhelming. In all likelihood, you’ll be making decisions about home aspects you’ve never even thought about before. But there’s no need to stress too much. Thankfully, as long as you’re working with credible builders who are experienced in constructing custom homes, you should have plenty of free time to focus on all the other essential aspects of buying, building, and moving into a new home.

Custom home builders will help your entire neighborhood look great and give you plenty of time to spend shopping for other household items or performing other essential homeownership tasks. Because whether you realize it or not, all of those little details will make all the difference when your custom home is complete.

If you’re thinking about finding custom homes for sale, consider your options: you can either have a 2-story, ranch, or a master on the main floor home — or get a little more creative.


This classic layout is perfect for new homeowners who are just starting a family. For new families, it’s possible to have a new home constructed for less than $250,000 and with plenty of square footage, as well. If your price range is a little more versatile, you can find 2-story homes with square footage of anywhere between 2,000 square feet and 4,000 square feet!


Ranches are great for first-time homeowners, homeowners who have lived in the same house for decades, and everyone in between. If you’re ready to downsize or move to a one-story floor plan, a ranch could be the perfect next step for you and your family. Ranches are often smaller than 2-story homes but your family can still find beautifully constructed new ranches between 1,815 and 2,538 square feet.

Master On the Main

A neighborhood full of main-floor master homes will look truly amazing. This floor plan is also excellent if you plan on staying in your custom home for decades to come. Aging in place just got stylish. For under $275,000, your family can start this next important life chapter in an over 2,200 square-foot home. Also, some of the nicest-looking homes on the planet can be built for a bit more and reach 3,809 square feet.

If you’re ready to start researching custom homes and want to work with professional home builders, give Steiner Homes Ltd. a call!