For future homeowners who have spent decades dreaming about designing and living in a custom home, the whole process of building a custom home can feel daunting and overwhelming. What is the best, most efficient, and cost-effective way to turn those dreams into a brick-and-mortar home that will last for generations?
Learning about the custom home design process can help you avoid several pitfalls that tend to derail the custom home building process.
Below, we offer a simple, 5-step process that will help every homeowner turn those “back-of-napkin” drawings into a future dream home.
How to Build a Custom Home in 5 Steps
Of course, every custom home build will be slightly different given your specific context and needs. For example, if you plan on building your home on a piece of prime farmland that you inherited from your family, the process will be a little bit different than if you haven’t purchased the property yet.
However, as a general guide, following these 5 steps can make the custom home construction process smoother and less stressful.
Step 1: Imagine Your Dream Home in Detail
Before ever reaching out to an architect or building team, make sure that you and your family have thoroughly thought out the type of home you want. Take some time to browse through magazines and collect pictures and photos of different home elements that you want.
Consider booking a few nights at some AirBnbs that draw your attention, or ask to tour different homes for sale that have elements you want to incorporate in your future custom home build.
Obviously, architects, interior designers, and building teams can help complete your vision, but it’s crucial to have a solid foundation of things your family wants to include in the finalized custom home.
Step 2: Find the Perfect Team
The most important decision in building a custom home is finding the best team to help you turn your dream into reality. There are several ways to go about this. For example, you may consult with an architect first who can recommend some of the best builders he or she has worked with in the past.
Some custom home builders, like Natale Builders, already have architects as part of their team or have extensive experience in designing and building the best custom homes.
One of the best ways to assemble a capable design and building team is to ask for recommendations and references from realtors, banks, other homeowners who have built their own homes, and others.
Ask about project management, the quality of the construction, the smoothness and fluidity of communication throughout the build, warranties, and other elements that are important to you.
Step 3: Find the Perfect Location
The perfect custom home requires the perfect lot where your home will be located. If you don’t already have a piece of land in mind, your assembled team should be able to help you find and evaluate the best sites for your future home.
The best custom home builders should understand your vision and help you evaluate potential building sites based on your requirements and desires.
Step 4: Collaborate in the Design Process
There is nothing worse than hiring a supposed custom home builder only to find that they essentially build pre-fab homes that are barely modified. The best custom home builders will encourage you to actively participate in the design process.
The “pre-build” phase of custom home construction might include all-encompassing discussions with your design team to evaluate the cost/benefit advantages of different components of your future home.
You should also participate in budget discussions, finalizing floor plans, and other unique niche elements that will make your home uniquely your own.
Step 5: Watch Experts Construct Your Home From the Ground Up
Even with a solid, participatory design process, there are always unexpected things that come up during a custom home build.
You should be prepared to offer input on specific design decisions, and sign off on any other last-minute changes that may occur.
Take the First Step to Building Your Custom Home
with Natale Builders! Natale Builders is one leading custom home builder that specializes in helping homeowners in western New York plan and build the best custom homes on the market. We have over 50 years of experience in building custom homes, and we are also proud to be an industry leader in Energy Star and Green Build designs for homes and neighborhoods in Western New York.
Contact Natale Builders today to get started planning a truly unique and customized home!