Greencraft Custom Home Building Tip
Everyone wants a custom home, one that they can truly call their own. One that they can be involved with, make the decisions about, and truly be invested in. You want the ideal home for you–and you can get it! A custom home lets you choose everything from the doorknobs to the driveway. Here are a few tips about building a custom home.
Designing a Home That Works Well on Your Lot
A lot of people have a backwards view of building the custom home: they think that they find a genius architect, buy the perfect lot, then put the plans out for bid, then finally get a builder. The truth is that the opposite is usually true. You find a builder first, the builder helps you choose a lot, and then you work out the price of what you can afford and how the house will be designed. So being able to design a home that works well on the lot that you choose is essential.
The good news is that building to the lot, rather than fitting the lot around your plans, is a magnificent way to go. The top architects in the world look closely at the lot they have to work with and design the house with the lot in mind. Think of Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water”: that house couldn’t have been built anywhere else; it had to be built right there, on those rocks, on top of that river.
Getting Started With Your Custom Home
Getting started with a custom home often comes down to the builder. The builder knows your budget, and estimates their costs. This lets them come up with a selection of lots that you could choose for your dream home. The builder estimates hard costs and soft costs: hard costs are the costs of the actual construction of the home, while soft costs are the architectural fees, the permitting fees, engineering fees, real estate commissions, etc. With this estimate, and your budget, you’ll be able to go about choosing the right lot for you.
Selecting the Land for Your Custom Home
There’s a whole lot to buying a lot. So many things to decide. Is the home close to work and school? Is it close to stores and roads (many beautiful homes on custom lots take an awful lot of time to get to)? Look at the area’s outlook for growth. Will it soon be flooded with new residents, and do you want to live in a neighborhood like that? Is your lot on a busy street, or close to the entrance of your subdivision? Is it on a cul-de-sac or a corner, and what are the pros and cons of each? Will your dream house fit on the lot with your dream yard, or are you trading one for the other?
If You Choose to Build, Try to Enjoy It
There are so many benefits to building a custom home, but the key is to enjoy the process. Throw yourself into it as much as you can and get to know the people who are cutting the beams and laying the foundation. Getting to know your dream house from the very base of the footings to the top of the eaves will give you so much more of an appreciation for your home.