Building your dream home can be an exciting and overwhelming experience. With so many factors to consider and decisions to make, it can be difficult to know where to begin. As experts in custom homes, Alderidge Construction understands the challenges associated with planning and construction. That is why our team has compiled some information to help you understand what you should do before building a custom home to make the process easier and less intimidating.
5 Things to do Before Building a Custom Home
Before you hire a professional to construct the home of your dreams, it is crucial to:
1. Set a Realistic Budget
Many factors affect the cost of custom homes, so it is important to have a clear and realistic budget established. The construction budget is typically calculated and finalized with your builder during the design phase and final submission process. An experienced builder will always budget for more than they think the construction will cost to ensure there is enough funding for unforeseen costs or delays due to weather and material availability.
2. Consider the Location of Your New Home
The location of your custom home will have a significant effect on resale value, construction limitations, and your family’s lifestyle. Every area has unique building codes and restrictions in place, so it is important to understand these before choosing a location for your home. For example, if you wish to build a 3-storey house, you will need to choose an area that allows for homes of that height.
3. Determine the Size and Layout of Your Home
While you will not need a completed floorplan in place before contacting a builder, you will need to have a firm idea of the size and layout of your home before any construction can start. How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want? Would you like an attached garage or a large basement? These questions are crucial for determining what your home will look and feel like when it is finished.
4. Think About Energy Efficient Additions
Maximizing the energy efficiency of your home is a great way to reduce your environmental impact, save money, and increase resale value. The location of your windows, your choice of appliances, the lights in your home, and the quality of your insulation all affect how energy efficient your home can be, so it is important to give these elements the consideration they deserve.
5. Know the Reputation of Your Builder
To ensure that your vision is accurately brought to life, choose a home builder that takes the time to thoroughly understand your wants and needs. It is also worth looking at the reputation of a builder based on their reviews and portfolio to see if their style aligns with yours. This will ensure that you are choosing a builder you can trust with your dream home.
To learn more about our custom home building solutions or to discuss the details of your project, get in touch with the team at Alderidge Construction. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or your dream home.