Contractor’s Guide: Planning Your Custom Home Building Process

Custom Home Buying Process

Find the Right Plot of Land

Learning how to build a custom home that fits your requirements means finding the right lot to build on. Do you want property out of the city that’s more isolated or do your prefer building in an established neighborhood?

Additionally, think about landscaping and home designs based on the property’s characteristics. Are you building on a hill? What pros and cons are there to a multi-tiered design?

Determine Your Budget

One of the most important aspects to consider in the custom home building process is your budget. The cost to build a custom home comes down to your design plan. 

How big is the home going to be? Are you using top of the line materials? How much luxury are you packing into the build?

Make sure you leave room in your budget for unexpected issues. Even the best-planned custom homes can have unforeseen problems.

Identify Your Top Priorities

When building a custom home, you need to make a list of your top priorities. For example, if you want a large home with a lot of room for a growing family, you may need to sacrifice in other areas to make sure you’re within your budget. You may have other priorities, such as:

  • A certain number of full bathrooms
  • Extra storage space
  • An extra-large kitchen
  • Multiple family rooms
  • And other features

Organize your wish list from most important to least important features. 

Work With the Contractor to Design the Home

During the custom home building process, it’s vital to work hand in hand with your builders. You need to make sure they’re capable of building a home to your specifications. Talk to them about the design you’re looking for and take a look at their featured homes to get an idea of their building style. 

Additionally, talk to them about the priorities we spoke of above. For example, you may want limed oak cabinets, open kitchen cabinets, etc. You may also need to ask them about wainscoting vs chair rail in terms of trim design to decide which is right for your home.

Monitor the Build

Finally, as the homeowner, it’s perfectly okay for you to monitor the building process. Don’t get in the contractor’s way or create an unsafe working environment. However, you should be able to conduct a walk-through with the builders to ask questions and make sure everything is going to plan.

Looking for More Insight Into the Custom Home Building Process?

If you’re looking for a custom home builder in Dallas, we’re here for you. Talk to us today about our custom home building process. Let’s work together to design the perfect plan for you and your family. 

Contact us today to get started planning your dream home.

Robert Elliott Custom Homes