HOW TO BUILD YOUR CUSTOM HOME

When it comes to building your dream home the first question everyone asks is "Where do I start". We've broken down the process into easy steps, decisions and checklists, and developed a massive library of free content for you to use on your homebuilding journey.

Before assembling your team, there are 5 key early decisions to make when it comes to building your custom house:

2022 PRE-CONSTRUCTION TOOLKIT:

We've put together this step-by-step pre-construction checklist for building you house with links to content we've developed to help empower you with the information needed to make smart building decisions.

1 - BUDGET & FINANCING

  • How much do you want to spend?

  • What kind of construction mortgage will you get?

  • Estimating cost-to-build?

2 - LOT SELECTION

  • Where is the lot?

  • What characteristics does it need to have?

  • How do you evaluate a lot?

3 - HOUSE PLAN

  • Stock House Plan, Modified House Plan or 100% Custom Design?

  • House characteristics?

  • Engineering?

4 - CONTRACTOR

  • Will you hire a General Contractor (GC) or go the Owner-Builder Route?

  • Vetting & Bidding

5 - SCHEDULING

  • When to start building?

  • What's the best order of construction activities?

  • Material & labor lead times?

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2022 HOUSE CONSTRUCTION TOOLKIT:

We've put together this step-by-step construction checklist for building you house with links to content that we've developed that help empower you with the information needed to make smart building decisions.

1 - BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

  • Nurturing the owner-contractor relationship.

  • Starting off with a good relationship with your neighbors.

2 - PERMITS & INSPECTIONS

  • Which permits do I need?

  • Can I bring my own inspector?

  • What to look for in a home construction inspection?

3 - SPECIFICATIONS

  • What materials, equipment and finishes do you want in your new home?

4 - FINAL WALK-THROUGH

  • When to start building?

  • What's the best order of construction activities?

  • Material & labor lead times?