Three-Step Guide to Building a Custom Home
Everywhere you look people are building custom homes. They want to have the latest, greatest and most on trend house on their block to appeal to the masses, and make Pinterest users everywhere jealous. But where does one even begin to build their own custom dream house? It can be complicated and overwhelming at first, but stick around, because our three strep guide is designed to take the guess work out of building a custom home.
Getting Started with Your Custom Build
Set your budget BEFORE you start your project. Custom homes can range from $80-$200+ per square foot and before you know it, you've sent thousands of dollars down the drain. Without setting a budget you wont be able to decide on hw big of a home you can create, where you can build, and what features can actually be in the home.
Things you should take into consideration when creating a budget:
Cost of the land you want to build on
Design and engineering fees
local fees and taxes
Features you want in your home (interior design and decor)
And finally, an emergency fund
To build a new custom home, you'll probably need to take out a loan so make sure that you're on top of your credit. This will directly effect the loan you'll qualify for, and in turn, the rest of the project. Make sure that you're consulting with the right people to get the best interest rates possible and be prepared to make a down payment.
Do you have a timeframe? I'm sure you would love to move in as soon as possible and you probably have a ballpark date of when you would like to be finished, but is there a specific date that you need to be completed? Something to consider is the weather. If you live in southern California, this probably won't be an issue, however if you live in the midwest, you might need to take into account the harsh winters.
Where you build is just as important as how. When you're looking at potential properties, consider the following:
Size of the lot
How close will your neighbors be? And how close do you want them?
Where will the sun be facing?
Surroundings (forest, street, city, etc..)
Having a great view, vs. privacy
Designing Your Custom Build
At this point, you should have your budget and either a property you're ready to build on, or, potentials that you're interested in. If you choose to hire an architect, you need to have a statement of goals ready before you meet with them. This is handy because they're trained to know what you can realistically do and how to best meet your needs as their client. Bring examples of what you do and don't like to better assist your architect in creating your dream home.
Take your lifestyle into consideration when building your home. This is a custom build, so have some fun with it! If you're a musician, you might want to add a soundproof studio, if you love to work on cars, deck out the garage! There is a myriad of options and designs that you can put into your home. Other things to consider: Do you want extra shelving? Book storage? A space to display your art?
Think about the layout you chose. We recommend browsing through floor plans to really get a feel for the type of layout you're trying to go with. Do you want an open concept? How many entrances do you want? Do you want the indoor and outdoor spaces to slow into each other? Or should they be separate?
Figure out your design and style preferences. Is there a theme or style you're drawn to? Remember to be careful when choosing "on trend" pieces. You want your home to be a space that you'll love for the next fifty years, not just until 2020. If you love fireplaces, consider adding them into multiple rooms in your home. If you want a boho / industrial style, accent that with your furniture and decor pieces. They're non-committal so you can easily change them out if you decide you want more of a farmhouse feel.
Putting Together a Team
If you're choosing to hire an architect, you'll want to choose the right one. Word of mouth, look up homes that you like and figure out who the architect on those projects were, and google search local architects in your area. You'll want someone that you can trust, someone who's on the same page as you and wont try to "take over" the project, but someone who sees your vision and is on board.
Next, you'll want to hire a general contractor (and you've landed in the right place!). Remember that your general contractor is the one who will ultimately bring your home to life. You'll need to be able to communicate well with them and trust them with your forever home. When all is said and done, you'll be moving into a beautiful, custom, home that you'll enjoy forever.
Have fun with it!
Always set a budget before you start your project
Hire an architect and general contractor that you can trust.
At JM General Contractors, we sincerely hope you enjoy your custom home! If you have any questions on our services, or you need a quote on your next custom home, please feel free to contact us. #Customhome#custombuild#generalcontractor#architect