Building a Custom Home: What You Need To Know First

You’ve dreamt of this day, and this project, for years, and the opportunity to craft the space of your dreams has finally arrived. Unfortunately, building a custom home is no easy task, and with the wide variety of project details that must be considered, there is no shortage of ways for the undertaking to go awry. Thankfully, with proper planning and preparation, the process can be eons easier than it otherwise would be. In this article, we’re going to explore the key items you’ll need to know before building a new housea custom home checklist if you will – including an approach to planning, design support, and communication.

Plan for Space

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Outgrowing your home is slightly more complicated than outgrowing your clothing. Spending hundreds of hours, and hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home, only to realize that it is lacking in size or functionality is a nightmare. To help avoid this, you should always plan to build more space than you think you’ll actually need and always estimate how furniture will fit into varying spaces to ensure that you’re leaving enough room for comfort. Given that the development project is already underway, the additional costs for more space will be marginal, and it’s likely that you’ll eventually find meaningful use cases for all of the additional square footage.

Consider an Interior Designer

For most custom home builds, the plan is to stay put for decades. This means that the original design work implemented will have a lasting impact on both the form and function of the home and therefore should be taken very seriously. It’s recommended that you consider bringing an interior designer on board, as they’ll be able to assist you through the detailed planning process. Not only will they ensure that no corner goes untouched, but they’ll bring a professional perspective to the space – ensuring that it’s of the highest standard and suitable for the years ahead.

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Communicate with Builders

Building a custom house involves many moving parts, and as a by-product, many opportunities for communication to break and mistakes to happen. Regardless of your level of comfort and trust in your builders and designers, it’s critical that you make an effort to openly communicate absolutely everything. Assuming that specific items and tasks will get done leaves you open to great frustration, and small mishaps due to a lack of clarification will often be the reason that projects go over budget and time. This isn’t to say that you should be breathing down the neck of your builder, as they are professionals with the toolkit necessary to complete incredible work. It’s just a reminder to ensure that communication remains open and clear.


Custom home builds are the pinnacle of excitement and stress, and it’s important that you work with a trust, professional, quality builder to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch. Top Home Builders has been in the custom development space for over a decade and has helped countless clients bring their living-space dreams to life.

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