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Custom Homes for You

Updated on June 13, 2013

Have you ever thought of building and owning your own custom home? Sure you have. Who among us hasn’t? Having a home that you designed yourself or that was designed in close contact with an architect and builder is a dream come true. To have the exact kitchen you have always wanted, to have that club room you have been imaging for years, there really could be nothing more exciting and lovely. We all want a space to call our very own, to come home to, to spend time in, to share with our family and our friends. A custom home is the ultimate home experience.

And building a custom home can be, and should be, a pleasant experience. After all, this is one of the most exciting and important things you will ever do in your life. We probably have all heard the horror stories about people getting involved with the wrong custom home builders and the experience turning into a real nightmare. Even so, most people find the experience an extremely pleasant and fulfilling one; most homes are built with no major problems at all. But to make sure your custom home building experience is as good as it can be, keep in mind some important tips. These can save you a lot of time and expense.

Custom homes - realize your dream house.
Custom homes - realize your dream house.

Tips for Building a Custom Home

When undertaking something as major and important as building your own custom home, it is always going to be best to do as much advanced planning as you can. Doing so will ensure you get exactly what you want from your custom home and that you get those things from a reasonable architect or builder. Putting some thought into the process up front can save you a huge amount of time, money, and possible disappointment down the road.

Of course, the first thing you will want to consider is what exactly you want out of your custom home. You can spend a lot of time, and probably will, talking to architects, builders, contractors, and other experts about what you custom home can be, but the person you will have to satisfy the most in the process is you and your family. So, what is it that you want in a custom home, what is it that your spouse wants, and what is it that your family will need? Hopefully all of these things will come together and all interested parties wants and needs will synch up, but making sure this happens will take some time and negotiation. You can have both a great workshop space and a beautiful custom kitchen, but you will need to make sure everything fits into your budget.

And making sure you have the proper funding and mortgaging assets in place is as important when building a custom home as it is in buying an existing one. You will need to work out a pre-qualified mortgage with your lender, and the size of the mortgage you qualify for will help in the design process. All of this should be done before the first shovel of dirt is turned for your home’s foundation.

Once funding is in place, it will be time to decide on an architect for your custom home or whether you are going to opt for designing the home on your own. There are currently several very good software packages that those looking to design their own homes can use. These software packages are built for the non-professional, with templates and plans that can be mixed and matched and customized for the average person to be able to design his or her own dream home. Of course, if you take this route, you will want to be sure to let a professional architect or builder review your plans for possible problems and improvements to the design.

Staying in close contact with your builders and contractors is going to be very important through the entire process of building your custom home. You should be checking in regularly to see that things are going smoothly and that no problems are developing. The closer you work with your builders the greater the chance you will get exactly what you want out of the work they do for you. A good builder of custom homes will want to work closely with you too. Beware of contractors who seem to be keeping secrets or who do not want you around. They could be hiding inferior workmanship or materials.

Certainly before you choose builders for your custom home you will want to make sure of their reputation. Good builders will have portfolios of the work they have done and references of satisfied customers they have worked with in the past. Check in with these customers before building begins. Just as important is to have a qualified inspector out to the site before your builders pack up to leave. An inspector will have a good eye for potential problems that should be remedied before the builder leaves.

The thing to remember is that a bit of vigilance and planning now is going to make a world of difference in the end when building a home. Having your own custom home is a dream come true, so enjoy it!


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