So many times we meet folks who just don’t know where to start on their home designs, or even where to put their home on their land. No worries! We are here to help walk you through those steps.
If you are going with a custom builder, they can provide you with the step by step process that fits their operations. If you have not selected a custom builder, but want to start looking at designs, you can do a few things. These things will also help when you do finally select that custom builder.
Look at existing floor plans – no need to reinvent the wheel. You can piece numerous floor plans together. Start with the size of home you want to build. Define the number of rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. Keep the pictures of the plans you like and throw the others out. Go to existing home builders, magazines, and the internet to look for floor plans.
Pick up magazines and cut out anything you might want to incorporate. Start a binder and organize it by rooms or ideas. If you like the bathroom in two different magazines, cut them both out and put them in the folder. Later, the builder can point out the pros and cons of the different pictures with your configurations. If you see decorations, include these too.
Take pictures of anything you might see that you want to include in your design; for example, the mixture of stone and brick on the exterior elevation, landscaping, roofing materials, etc.
If you are a visual person, you can sketch out your ideas on paper and that can be the start of your dream home. The builder can take that and start the full plans.
Establish your budget. Adding a lot of bells and whistles can add up rather quickly. Look at your lot/land to see where to place your home. Slopeage can increase the foundation cost. Your builder can shoot some grades of your location and then you can discuss your options. You might want to have some of your land cleared to find that ideal location. Your builder can explain all the additional cost involved and walk your property and discuss options with you.
Once you are ready to start putting your ideas into a home plan, present as much information as possible to the selected builder. It’s so much fun to see those final results all come together and the client’s excitement about starting to build. Some designs might take longer than others. Patience on both sides is important. The selected builder will sort through the items and discuss the details with you. The builder will then produce a preliminary run on all the items in your Custom Floor Plan. Don’t worry, the floor plan can change. Things don’t always come out on the first run. You might need several passes on the plan for it to be your ideal home. It’s better to get the design down up front than once in construction. Communication is very important between you and your builder. This can be a fun process.
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