Whether you are looking at custom homes or another stick-built or site-built home, the building process is basically the same. Custom homes may require additional planning time during the initial phases because you aren’t working from a predesigned blueprint or floor plan. When it comes to custom homes, many designers or architects may want to start with your lot. If you haven’t purchased or selected a lot yet, that can be an exciting first step on your custom home adventure.
There are different reasons why people choose custom homes. They can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Not all custom homes are expensive or luxury builds. There are custom homes available for just about every budget. So whether you have been looking for the right home without finding it or if you have an unusual lot or list of needs, designing and building a custom home may be the perfect way to get you into the home you have been dreaming about.
Once the design phase is finished, the construction process often goes through similar steps:
- Site preparation: Trees may be removed and needed trenches and holes are dug.
- Foundation work: Footings are poured, and the foundation is prepared.
- Rough framing: The shape of the walls, floors and roof are visible as the house starts to come together.
- Exterior work: Exterior siding and the roofing are installed, protecting the build from the elements and weather.
- Utility work: Electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems are installed.
- Insulation and interior: Insulation is installed, and drywall is completed, along with interior trim.
- Paint and built-ins: Interior paint goes up with cabinetry, toilets, bathtubs and sinks.
- Flooring: Once other work is completed, tile, wood, and carpet are ready to finish the house.
Building custom homes is an exciting and fun process because no two builds are ever quite the same.