Congrats on choosing to build your own custom home! It’s a big step full of excitement and stress but will be so worth it in the end. I have always been interested in the design element of building a home and suiting it to my family’s needs and preferences. My husband and I are currently on our second custom build and between this and the last build we have had a good amount of experience with the process and concerns that may arise early on. I’ve compiled these Tips & Tricks to Building A Custom Home and would love to hear feedback regarding anything you think I may have missed or that you need me to explain further.
🌟Hire a contractor/builder (unless you will be your own). Although being your own saves yourself money, it can be a headache scheduling and discussing details with subcontractors throughout the duration of the build, especially if you are working a full time job at the same time. While you can go through some of the next steps before hiring a contractor, a contractor can be a great resource to advise you through the next steps so consider speaking to one first.
🌟Location, location, location! Of course determining the property that you will be building on is a huge factor in the process but make sure you REALLY check it out. Read any HOA regulations (and find out if your HOA charges fees), and be sure to check on building restrictions in your city and county. You will also need to make sure that your dream home fits within the allowed building perimeters of the property as well. Sounds basic, but often gets overlooked when caught up in purchasing land/a lot. Check the cell service, internet options, cable options, if it is on a well for water, if you will need to add a septic tank or power, or any other detail that could hinder the way you are used to living or cost a lot to add. Is the property covered in trees? Unlevel? Be sure to factor in any extra costs such as these to make the property buildable.
🌟Choose a floor plan. I recommend browsing Pinterest for floor plans you can purchase to get a good idea of what you like and then either purchase and use it, take that floor plan idea to a local architect to draw up a similar plan and make necessary changes, or head to a local architect and take a look at their stock plans. They will usually allow you to make custom changes to stock plans which can save you money. They usually charge a set rate for stock plans and bill by the hour for any requested changes.
🌟Determine upgrades. Custom changes that may interest you:
•Radiant floor heating system
•Hard wired security system
•Built in sound system
•Extra tall front door
•Fireplace (living room, master bedroom, outdoor fire pit)
•Gas hookup for outdoor grill
•Air conditioning/heat pump
•Under cabinet lighting
•Interior barn doors
•Sink in the laundry room
•Built in bench and/or shoe storage in mud room
•Inner cabinet and drawer outlets
•Roughed in plumbing
•Multiple shower heads/rain shower
•Hard wire garage for a generator hook up
Which upgrades would you choose?! What others would you add that aren’t on my list? Let me know!