Building a new custom home is a large financial investment and one of the most important decision of your lifetime. It is crucial to take the time to learn and understand how the building process works, so that the end result is nothing less than home you want in the time frame you expect.
Find out how much you can afford. A lending institution can help you determine the amount of mortgage your budget will allow. Choose the location you want to build. Lot options vary greatly. Whether you find a lot in one of our existing communities or you have property of your own, there are many factors to consider. We can help you find the lot that is right for you.
A good way to get an idea of what you want is to make a list. Break your list down into needs, wants, and wishes. That will also be your priority guideline when making your final decisions. Then, take a drive. Take pictures of homes you like and write down notes as to what it is about that particular home that catches your attention.
Attend open houses and tour homes similar to what you want. Look at architecture, colors, special features, room sizes, window and door placements, plumbing fixtures, cabinetry and more. Use your list for this. Look through house plan books and magazines available on newsstands, at book stores, and at your local library.
Create your own home portfolio. Include the list you create, the photographs you took, and notes you’ve made. Add magazine clippings; include exteriors of homes, floor plans, fixtures, floor coverings, and more. The more preparation you do beforehand, the easier the process will be for both you and us so we can better understand what you want to build.
We have a portfolio of home plans you can choose from or you may bring your own plan to us. If you have an idea of what you want but no set of plans drawn up, we can organize a meeting with an architect to aid in the design process.
After the planning is complete, and you approve any changes or the sketch, if this is a plan we are making for you, the designer will prepare drawings made to scale and outline materials and room finishes. With your approval of this stage, a detailed floor plan, including specifications, is prepared. These documents will be used by us to build your home and will become part of the building contract.