Perhaps you want a new home but aren't interested in a cookie-cutter subdivision home. Or maybe you have been looking at homes for a long time but are having a hard time finding something that works for your family. Why not consider building your own custom home? It's a "toss-up" whether building your own home will be cheaper than buying one in a subdivision, however the upside is huge. You will get a unique home that has your own personal stamp on it.
However, don't discount the amount of work and time a custom-built home will require. The design process can take three to nine months, plus another four to six for construction. If you have difficulty making decisions this timeline can lengthen considerably. There are sometimes hundreds of decisions you will need to make and some people get overwhelmed. Having the opportunity to work closely with an experienced building design firm can alleviate the stress of having to make all the decisions.
Generally the steps to building a custom home can be described as follows:
Once you have selected your builder and design professional make sure you check their references and licensing. You will want to talk to references in detail about how the process of building their homes went and if possible try to visit the final results if you can. The contract with both the design professional and the builder should be extremely detailed, laying out what services are to be performed and the timetable and a schedule of progress payments.
Use Existing Home Plan - Many existing plans can be purchased from build-on-your-lot firms. These are usually more affordable and if you can find something that suits your needs it's a good strategy to take.
Modify Existing Home Plan - Using an existing home plan and paying for custom modifications will work if you require a few changes.
Designing Home Plan From Scratch - While many homebuyers find that an existing home plan or a modified version of a plan will work well for their needs and lot, other buyers may wish to invest in a custom home plan drawn from scratch, to more fully reflect their design goals for their home and the unique topography of their land.
Triple H Construction is a full service design company who can help you design and build your custom home from start to finish. If you have any questions or are considering on building a custom home, please contact us.