For most of us, imagining living in your dream home is a wonderful escape. We get to design exactly what we want and have all the extra features that make our lives better. Whether it’s a large master bedroom with walking closets or a gourmet kitchen with 2 islands, your dream house should give you all the comfort and design elements you desire.
Guess what? It doesn’t have to be a dream. With the right planning and a team of custom home builders around you, building your dream home can become a reality.
So let’s look into the steps on how to build your dream house:
1. House Planning
You need to plan carefully to build your dream house. Nothing happens without a plan. You can’t take a step forward if you don’t know where you’re going. Planning your dream home is a huge task and one you shouldn’t rush.
Take some time with your family and see what everyone wants in a home. Figure out how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need as well as playrooms, rec rooms, and storage space. Do you want a rancher or a two-story home? What style? There are so many factors to figure out so make sure you put pencil to paper and sketch out your floor plan.
2. House Costs and Budget
Now is a good time to think about money. Hopefully, you have been saving for your dream home and are ready to take the leap. If you need financing then go to your lender and get a pre-approval for building funds.
Put together a realistic budget for the total cost of the project. Consult professionals and research online for everything from property to site prep to building to decorating. When you operate under a strict budget there will be fewer surprises along the way. Don’t forget a contingency fund for the overruns that will inventively come up.
3. Find Land
In order to build your amazing oasis, you’re gonna need some earth. What does your dream house look like, staring out the front door? Do you want to live in the suburbs or the country? Are you thinking about a standard building lot or some acreage?
These are important questions because they will not only affect your budget but maybe the design and style of the house too. Find a location that accommodates your family and needs. Want a pool or riding trails out back? Search out land that will comfortably fit your lifestyle and budget.
4. Hire a Custom Home Builder
Unless you are a master carpenter or architect, you will need to bring on the professionals. A designer to help bring your vision to life. They are the ones who take your ideas and make it structurally and aesthetically work. Make sure you are happy with the design before it goes to building blueprints and construction. It’s much easier and less expensive to make changes earlier than later.
For the construction phase, you will want to hire a quality, custom home builder. Your construction management team is the one who makes your dream home become a reality. Make sure they employ skilled tradesmen and deliver great craftsmanship and expertise in their builds. Don’t be afraid to ask for references. If a builder is experienced and does high-quality work, they want you to talk to their satisfied customers.
5. Get the Prep Work Done
This is all the work needed to prepare the site for the building phase. Your builder may do some or all of these things and that is beneficial because it takes the burden off of you. These tasks include:
- Building permits
- Site leveling and grading
- Foundation and slab (or basement)
Other things you need to organize and get done are driveways, septic and well (or hookup to municipal services), and any clearing needed on the land.
6. Get Your Home Built
This is the exciting part. Your contractor will start the construction and should keep you updated as it progresses. Don’t be afraid to contact them and stop by to see how it’s going. Once the exterior is built and the house is locked up, the interior framing and finishing will continue. This is a great time to organize your exterior design and coordinate with the house contractor to schedule trades for outdoor work to begin.
7. Move In and Enjoy
At this point, a lot of time has passed. You’ve been through countless meetings with your designer and builder and know every style of cabinets and light fixtures out there. All that commotion is behind you now and you can get your furniture moved in.
The last thing is to bring your family to their new home and enjoy all your hard work. You are in your dream home and that’s is amazing! Your hard-earned money has been well spent and it’s not just four walls and a roof. It’s a custom-made dream home, designed by you for you. Take it all in and enjoy everything you’ve created!