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After many years of saving up and thinking of ideas, you’re finally ready to start building your home with a custom home architect.

Think about that… no other home on Earth will look exactly like yours. It will truly be a house that’s one in a million.

The process to build a customized home from the ground up is an exhaustive one.

There are several things to consider before and during construction. Just when you think it’s finalized, something else will need your attention.

Here are 9 tips for you to consider during the custom home building process, in order to set yourself up for success in the end.

  1. Set a Budget

As with any other big undertaking in life, your custom home construction should start by setting a budget for your home.

As you might imagine, there are several things to consider while planning a budget for a custom home.

Things such as the cost of the land, construction, design fees, interior decorating, landscaping, and local fees and taxes. Factor in every little detail you can think of, from the diamond blade you’ll buy to the siding you’ll place on your house.

  1. Find the Right Architect

Looking for the right architect to build your home shouldn’t be taken lightly. Be sure to give yourself a week or two to research and meet with several.

Talk about your goals, the budget you have, and ask them about their prior experience. Do they see eye to eye with your goals? What recommendations would they offer you on your budget?

You’ll be working with them very closely while the home is being planned and constructed, so make sure there’s a chemistry there as well.

  1. Focus on the Land First

Many people make the mistake of getting too far ahead of themselves by planning the house too early.

While all of that planning is well and good, if you don’t have the proper land, then it won’t happen. For that reason, it’s best to buy the land first and then start making plans accordingly.

Certain factors such as whether the ground is flat, the size of the land, and the neighborhood you want to live in, all play a huge role. Don’t overlook them.

  1. Set a Time-Span

Be warned: there are more than likely going to be a few setbacks that push back the finish date of your home.

All you can do is set a general time that you’d lie the home project to be finished by and communicate it to your architect. Be sure to factor in things like the winter months or rainy seasons that could cause a setback.

Be as realistic as possible. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your dream home. In the end, it will be worth the wait!

  1. Lay It All out There for Your Architect

After you’ve hired the architect you’d like to work with, it’s time to leave no stone unturned. Share all the details with them so they can get on the same page as you.

From there, they will ask you several questions and provide recommendations (as well as expectations) for every answer you give.

They will also list out the most efficient methods of reaching your desired result while using as little money as possible.

  1. Use a “Give and Take” Mindset

Even though this is your dream home that you’re customizing, not everything on your list will be checked off in the end. There will be certain aspects that you’ll have to cross off the list.

Factors like your budget limitations, land size, and time-frame may put stress on certain things you wanted in the house.

That doesn’t mean you can’t find an alternative that makes you happy. Just keep an open mindset from the beginning and you’ll be satisfied with the final result!

  1. Set a Separate Budget for the Design Phase

One helpful trick that custom home architects use is advising their clients to set a separate budget for the design phase of their new house.

If you play your cards right, the design phase can be a relatively cost-effective portion of making your new home.

Use your architect’s previous experiences as a guideline. Then again, HGTV is always full of options for you to incorporate as well!

  1. Use a 3D Design Tool

Possibly the best benefit to building your dream home in this day in age is the access to technology that you now have.

There are several different 3D design tools that can help you plan, construct, and design every single detail of your future home.

You can carve out an exact replica of your dream house for the architect and their team to follow. Better yet, you’ll have a visual of any alternatives that they might recommend to you.

  1. Consider How Long You Plan to Live There

One of the main things you need to consider in your planning is how long you plan to live there. Is this a lifelong home or merely a stop in the road in the grand scheme of things?

Regardless of which it is, you need to plan your design accordingly.

In other words, don’t line your design up with the most expensive options on a house you only plan to live in for a decade or so.

Find the Best Custom Home Architect for Your Needs!

As you have undoubtedly seen after reading this article, your custom home architect will play a vital role in your custom home construction.

Because of that, you need to make sure to take your time and find the architect you feel will bring your dream home to fruition!

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