From the Ground Up

5 Things to Know Before Building a Custom Home


When you picture your dream home, how do you envision it? Maybe with a swimming pool, a home theater, or a beautiful home office. The best part about building a custom home is that you get to customize everything, so you never have to settle on any aspect of the home. A custom home is a reflection of you and your lifestyle, so make it exactly the way you want it to be. It gives you the chance to build a home from the ground up, that is uniquely yours. However, before you start the process of building a custom home, here are 5 things you need to know:

1. Find A Moving Company that Works for You

Moving to a new place can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Some people are hesitant to build a custom home too far from their current residence because of the hassle of moving, but don’t make this mistake! The entire premise of a custom home is that it’s exactly what you want it to be, and that includes the location. Sure, a home that is a few miles away from your old home might make moving easier, but it’s unnecessary to base your decision off this factor alone. There are many reputable moving companies that will help you make the transition smoother.

2. Create and Stick to Your Budget

The cost of a custom home can add up quickly, however, it doesn’t have to be extravagant. If you create a budget from the start and make an effort to stick to it, you can have the home of your dreams without breaking the bank. Luckily, we have a blog post to help you get a better understanding of the cost of a custom home, AND a free infographic on how to finance your dream home. Check them out to build a custom home that fits all your needs and is within your projected budget.

Don’t forget to allocate 10% of your budget for unexpected costs. Things can come up or get delayed during the building process, and you don’t want to have to halt construction because you didn’t plan for unexpected costs. 

3. Consider Future Needs

When you’re building a custom home, it’s important that you consider your current lifestyle needs, in addition to your future lifestyle needs. You don’t have to make huge life decisions now, but it’s a good idea to at least consider if you may want kids in the future so you can build a home with extra space if you do have children. Check out our Lifestyle Checklist to help you consider all of your needs before you start the building process. If we learned anything from 2020, it’s that everything can change in the blink of an eye. It’s much better to build for the “What if’s” than try to add onto your home later. If you think you may work from home at some point, consider building a nice home office. If you plan on hosting lots of guests and parties, maybe invest in a nice living room and kitchen area. Whatever amenities are needed to fit your current and future lifestyle, your builder can make it happen.

4. Confirm the Location

Do you want a patio, swimming pool, maybe a walk-in closet? The list can go on and on, that’s the best part of building a custom home. However, every area has local building codes and restrictions, in addition to the city’s rules and regulations. A particular area may not approve an outdoor pool, while another area has no regulations around pools. The best action plan is to pick out all the amenities you may want, and get a building inspection before you purchase any land, to see if your home design is violating any local laws or not. The last thing you want is a newly bought plot of land where you want to build your home, only to find out local regulations prevent any of the amenities you want included.

5. Pick A Reputable Home Builder

Don’t take this step lightly! There are tons of building companies out there, but you shouldn’t work with just anyone. Your custom builder is the one who is going to bring your dream home to life, so it’s important to pick one that understands your budget, your vision, and most importantly, you.


Now that you know the basics of the building process, check out our Ultimate Guide to Home Building to learn more details about the process. And if you’re ready to build your dream home or have any questions, contact us to get started.