Having a custom home built is everyone’s dream, right? It is the sign that everything is going your way. You are finally financially stable enough to design and build a home that has everything you want in it. That sounds great on the surface, but in many cases, you quickly realize there is far more to a custom home building project than you ever possibly imagined.
Keeping that in mind, we have put together a checklist of sorts to walk you through the process to make it a bit easier so that dream becomes a reality.
The Idea – this is where it all starts, right? You have an idea of the home you want and you need to make that become a reality. We would recommend doing a sketch of the home or even looking through architectural and home magazines for ideas that you like, then you can start to put them all together.
See It – as you start to get an idea of the home you want to build, we would recommend finding homes in the area where you want to build that are similar and already up for sale. You can start to do some home tours and get a feel for what you like, what you don’t like, what is practical and affordable, and what is not.
The Team – from there, it is time to start assembling your team. Overseeing the home construction project may seem like a cool idea, but you need to think about this very seriously and if you will have the time and capacity to do so. If not, the first phone call you make is to a residential project manager, such as Better Build Now. You can hire someone to run the project completely or hire them as a consultant, to peek in on occasion and help guide you through the process.
From that point, you are going to need to hire a designer and builder. If you are working with a residential project manager, he or she may already have working relationships with these professionals that can make the process much easier.
It will be tempting to dive in and get more involved at times, but let these professionals do their thing. Give them your ideas and budget, then allow them to design the home based on the ideas you have shown them. Once they come up with the plan, you can see the project in full, then offer your two cents.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, as you are only getting pen to paper and starting contracts at this point. If it already seems a bit overwhelming, give us a call at 888-402-4180 to see how we can help!