What is a Custom Home

Have you ever walked through a house and thought to yourself, “this would be perfect for me if only it had this here, that over there was changed, we moved that wall there, and that over here”? Unless you’re in the market for a full blown fixer-upper remodel, you likely will not be looking to do major projects to restructure the house. So then, how do you get the home that you have always dreamed of, exactly the way you want it? The answer is simple, you build your own custom home!

First of all, let’s establish exactly what a custom home is. A custom home is a unique, one-off home built to the client’s specific requests. Why should you look at building a custom home? Let’s look at some of the top reasons most people build custom homes for themselves:

  1. Tailored to their wants and needs
  2. Input in how the home is shaped, layed out, square footage, and style
  3. Couldn’t find what they wanted, where they wanted it
  4. Rooms built specifically to serve a purpose
  5. Integrated technology

As strange as it may sound, not everyone likes the same design and style of a house. Where someone likes to have tons of backyard space for an elaborate garden, someone else may want almost no yard in order to optimize interior space. Whether you are a weekend entertainer needing a wide open-concept kitchen, living and dining area, or someone who wants a smaller cozier space with more rooms, a custom home is built exactly to your wants and needs.

Building a custom home gives you the freedom to be as creative as you would like (within limitations of permitting, safety and other factors) on the land that you own. A custom home gives you a chance to use the space exactly as you would like, from bedrooms to indoor green rooms and everything in between, you decide what you want and where you want it to be.

Don’t get confused between “spec” homes and custom homes and the processes involved with each. A spec home is a home that is built by a home builder with the intention of making changes when they sell the project to a client – or finish the home and sell it as new construction. A custom home is exactly as it sounds, custom. From start to finish, the client is involved and has input on how the entire project is accomplished. Spec homes tend to be projects that are already under development and thus will be completed sooner than a custom home.

How long does it take to build a custom home? Arguably the most asked question – second only to how much will it cost to build a custom home. A custom home’s timeline ranges based on the client’s requests, land ownership and permitting. Owning the land that you plan on building on reduces the timeline. Have you brought on a builder right from the beginning? Bringing in a builder right from the beginning of a project can save months of time, and in most cases thousands (if not tens or hundreds) of dollars due to their ability to influence decisions, source materials and bring their expertise to the build. Custom homes can be built inside an 18 month period (subjective to permitting, size and materials needed) or in some cases several years. Is it possible to build a custom home in less than a year? It may be – but it all depends on what the project already has, and what it needs.

Don’t let the thought of building a custom home scare you off from building your perfect dream home. Homeownership is one of the most rewarding feelings, and owning your own custom home that you helped design makes it so much sweeter. Reach out to us at (insert email) to get in touch on building your dream custom home.

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