Custom homes require an in-depth level of involvement that production homes don't. They're a major undertaking that calls for a lot of your time and effort. In the end, though, the gain is well worth the cost. Custom home building is a creative endeavor that allows you to bring to life everything you've ever wanted in a dream home. It's a multi-level process that comes together in four steps.
Step 1: Planning
The first phase is all about planning for the build and understanding the client's needs. It tends to be overwhelming for first-time home builders to sit down and cite all the things they'd like, so we suggest breaking it down into ‘needs, wants, and wishes’. Making a list of desires vs. necessities brings clarity to the build. After that, clients make a game plan of where they're looking to build, lenders they're shopping for, and architects they're interested in.
Step 2: Designing
After a site analysis and schedule crafting session, clients work closely with their architect to design the home. They discuss priorities in design like eco-friendly building, feng shui, and aesthetic appeal. A cohesive set of finishes, colors, and fixtures is critical to the home's overall appeal. In complex homes, there could be as many as 50 pivotal design decisions.
Step 3: Budgeting
It's of the utmost importance to have a solid and realistic budget you stick to. Building materials and fancy fixtures can increase the price tag of a custom build faster than you think. The average budget of newly built homes fluctuates depending on regional labor costs, building materials, and size.
Step 4: Building
It's time to build your dream home. With proper planning and budgeting, the construction step virtually takes care of itself. Expect some changes and challenges, but for the most part, you can just enjoy the anticipation.
You're Ready to Move in
With custom home building, nothing is pre-designed or pre-planned. It's a multi-step process that demands creativity and patience. It could take anywhere from 6 months to a year to build a custom home, but in the end, you move into the house of your dreams.