Having your own Custom Home designed home built is not an insurmountable task, and the rewards of having a house constructed to meet your family’s exact needs are numerous.
It is nice to be able to get everything you want, but when building a Custom Home, you still have to make compromises to stay in budget. Even if you have a general contractor, you will have to spend a lot of time on this project, because you will have to pick nearly everything and make lots of little decisions: door hinges, baseboard trim, lighting position, toilets, and that’s only a small sample, each involving a trip to somewhere or a conversation.
While you likely have many ideas about what you want your Custom Home to look like, coming up with a cohesive plan can be overwhelming. Getting professional assistance from a home designer or architect is crucial. To choose a designer, look through various portfolios to find an architect whose style most closely matches the vision you have for your Custom Home. If you are unsure what type of style you prefer, drive through various neighborhoods and snap photos of homes with designs that you like to give the architect a more concrete idea of what you prefer. Make sure the architect that you choose can work within the budget that you have determined as well. Hiring a home designer first also allows you to have a set of plans for your home ready when you begin to meet with builders for bids, which can make the process easier. However, many builders also have a designer on staff so you can hire the builder and use his design professional instead of hiring your own architect.
Don’t try to save a few dollars by skimping on professionals. Make sure your attorney is experienced in land acquisition/development and new construction. Real estate is a heavily regulated industry – do your best to avoid any difficulties.
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