Following World War II many houses were built in neighborhoods and they are referred to as, “cookie-cutter houses”. This is because every layout of every house is the same along a street and the only difference is the color of the siding in some cases. It is as though a contractor went along with a “cookie cutter” and reproduced the same house over and over again. These homes were built quickly because following the war many families needed a place to live and it was an inexpensive and fast way to create neighborhoods. Nowadays, many homeowners are looking for ways to change those homes so that they have their own unique qualities. By putting on additions and changing out windows you can give these homes a completely different look. The world of customization doesn’t stop there either, many people are looking for unique pieces of furniture for their homes so that they stand out from everyone else’s. For this reason many furniture stores offer customization of fabrics and finishes so that their customers will find exactly what they’re looking for. Many of the higher-end stores only have prototypes of a particular couch, chair, or dining room set and you must pick all of the other qualities yourself. These pieces can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to create, but, in the end, you have a piece of furniture that suits your personality and way of life. Many of these pieces are truly an investment and you want to take care of them for many years. If you are looking to buy just any old sofa you can go to one of the big chain furniture stores. However, keep in mind that many of these pieces are more cheaply made and will not hold up for as many years as you may think. Having a customized peace in your home also makes it feel more like your own.