The first thing to be done is decide what you are looking for in a house. This involves research, both online and in current homes on the market.
Visit Current Homes
Now that you have a starting list, start looking around for homes that are like your dream home. Take pictures. If possible, talk to the homeowners to ask what their favorite part of the home is and what they would change.
Now is the time to decide both what fits in your home design budget and what is most important to you. Revise your list to put your top must-haves as the priority.
Make a Rough Sketch
Scaled paper, available at most hobby or business retail stores, a ruler and a good pencil is all you need. Decide how big you want your spaces and put it on paper.
Take All Your Research to a Professional
You may know exactly how you want your space to look, but things like drainage, plumbing, electrical and gas must be included in the plans. An architect is necessary.
Finding a Custom Home Builder
This is one of the most important decisions you can make. You will be dealing with a custom home builder for several months, possibly a year. Some of the things to consider when choosing are:
- Past work - Go visit both some of their early projects and new construction. Talk to the homeowners and ask if they have noticed any problems with their home.
- Permitting - Be sure to get proof of permits.
- Sub-contractors - Be sure to get a list and check out each subcontractor to make sure they have proper permits and no complaints also.
- Have an attorney look over any agreement to ensure your interests are protected.
The Building Process
Remain involved with the contractor during construction. Visit the site regularly. Ask the contractor to explain work to you and watch as your dream home takes form.
One of the most challenging things for those building a custom home is picking out all the little things, like faucets, flooring, cabinets and lighting. There are a million choices and you should research early in the project. Catalogs and hardware stores have options and pricing. Make a list of your favorites and the prices. Once the contractor is ready to install these items, show your list and ask for their pricing to compare.
When everything is completed, you will have a walk-through. Now is the time to point out items requiring correction. Have an independent inspector look at the new construction for hidden flaws.
Most people start planning décor after the initial design is completed. Estate sales, thrift stores, antique shops and online are some places to find needed items. Of course, you can always ask an interior designer for assistance too. Having a plan for a home design and staying organized will result in you moving easily into your new home.
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