So, you’ve made the decision to build a custom home. Now comes the next step: Finding yourself a builder. You might be tempted to go with the first custom home builder you come across just because you’re in a hurry to get to the next step, but don’t! Taking some time to research properly will pay off in the end when your new home is finished with a minimal amount of problems, issues or extra costs, and you finally have the house you’ve always dreamed of.
Sometimes building a custom home can be intimidating. In today’s home market, most houses consist of a cookie cutter house plan that everyone else within your community has. You may have noticed when driving through that hip new subdivision that the houses all look similar on the outside. Chances are, those houses look nearly identical on the inside as well. So it’s natural for us to be unaware of how the custom home building process works. Since custom homes are just that custom, every builder’s process is different; however, these seven steps should see you through to achieving success when building your custom home.
Before you begin wasting your time or a builder’s, you should first determine what your budget would be. Add up your total monthly expenses, aside from housing (since that’s what you’re trying to determine), and whatever money you have leftover to spare from your income is what your budget should be. Once you have your budget, you can then determine what type of custom home you can afford.
Next, figure out where you would like to live. Seems easy, right? Well, remember that there are always several things to consider when choosing a location. How convenient would your location be for shopping, schools, work? Are you near a freeway on-ramp? Is there too much noise pollution? Figure out what schools are in your district, even if you don’t have kids. Having good schools in your district means good property value. What will this area look like in 10 years? Will it be heavily developed? Will it be congested? Will that brook you love so much be a parking lot?
Choose Your Lot
Next, you will need to choose the lot. This is an important part of the process because certain factors often rely on the lot, and not the other way around. For instance, some home plans will only work with certain types of lots. If you want a single-level ranch style home with a wrap-around porch, you may need a large, flat lot. Some builders like to stagger their single-level and dual-level homes within their communities.
Now comes the fun part. You need to choose your floor plan. Depending on your builder, you may be given a standard floor plan to begin working with, and you can then have the liberty to change the plans as you see fit for your needs. For instance, you may start out with a standard three bedroom, two bath plan, and decide that you want to add another bathroom. Alternatively, you may create a completely custom plan from scratch (usually this requires the help of an architect).