5 Tips for Building a Custom Home Successfully

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There’s more to home building than putting up a roof over walls then deciding which wall divisions make up the different rooms of the house. That’s how you make a house. However, to build a home, you should arrange it in a way that makes it a livable space among family and loved ones. This is where the custom home builder comes in. They are the one who designs the different areas of the house so that it turns into a true home in form and function. Read on for 5 essential tips to remember when building a custom home.

1. Hire a Custom Home Builder Before Buying Land

It’s a must to hire custom home builders. If you want to DIY, you better be a custom home builder by trade, or it won’t work. Sure, most find land first before building their home. The practical thing to do is have the home builder look for land with you to get the perfect place to build your dream home.

Custom builders build homes based on the land, the neighborhood, and the trends at the time. They have less trouble finding land to fit the home than trying to fit a home based on the land you’ve bought.

2. Review Your Custom Options Availability

The availability of your custom options in any given state should impact your custom home-building choices. To be more specific, you should make sure the custom home builder you’re shopping for is the right fit for your needs. If you want a waterfront home, look for a builder specializing in those.

Ditto if you’re searching for a builder adept that making homes for the 55-year-old and older community or neighborhood (which entails fewer stairwells and more wheelchair ramps, and more handrail grab bars). This will make it easier to get what you want from your home builder.

3. Consider the Layout of Your Custom Home

Consider the layout because it’s one of the most important factors when building a custom home instead of buying an already-built home. One benefit of a custom home is that you can have the home fit your available furniture perfectly instead of buying furniture to fit an existing home.

You should particularly keep in mind walking space so that everyone in the home isn’t inconvenienced when traversing the different parts of the house. You can even install a custom shower if you like—as long as every chair, table, cabinet, and armoire is accounted for.

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4. Don’t Ignore the Design Phase of the Home

Pay attention to the design phase of custom home building. Have a clear vision of what you’re designing so that your home builder doesn’t end up with something straight out of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. It shouldn’t have a schizophrenic design full of contradictions.

It should instead have a unifying theme with allowable contrasts to highlight what you’re thematically going for that fits the land it’s built on and the neighborhood it’s located in.

5. Keep Open the Lines of Communication

Maximize your investment and minimize mistakes or redoes by keeping the lines of communication open with your custom builders. They should have a firm grasp of what you’re going for, while you should be amenable to how they translate what you have in your imagination.

Call, text, or email your custom builder so that you can explain what you want and he can explain to you the best way to achieve what you’re aiming towards when it comes to your dream home.

More Things to Consider

Customizing a home is akin to painting on a blank canvas. You have the freedom to create anything from your own imagination or to concretize what you’re thinking and then adjust to make it work in real life. 

It’s still wiser to plan thoroughly with custom home builder consultations in mind. Be practical. Have the home builder help you at every stage of the building process. And keep in mind the above mentioned tips for building a custom home to help you along the way!

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