What to Consider When Building a Custom Home

What to Consider When Building a Custom Home

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The home-building process is one of nuance and patience. As a professional builder, you’re tasked with overseeing the entire process from start to finish, and that’s no small feat. When it comes to building a custom home, there are many decisions and details that go into the final product — each as important as the next.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the factors and decisions that go into building a custom home and what home builders must consider, whether they’re building a property for a specific client or designing a new home to hit the open market.

Consider the Budget

A budget can dictate an entire project and is one of, if not the most important parts of creating a custom residential home.

How much you’re able to spend will be the catalyst for the materials you use, the team you hire, the finishes and more. If you’re also purchasing the land to build the home on, that should be considered as well — then you can account for the essentials, including any septic systems, landscaping, or HST.

Consider the Layout

How a custom home is designed and laid out is essential to how it flows and how it will ultimately serve its homeowners.

There is also freedom in designing the layout of a custom home. The number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and living spaces are all features that are a part of your plan and fit the lifestyle you’re designing for. Creating a custom layout lets you decide how best to utilize certain suppliers. If, for example, you’re able to get a great deal on your hardwood flooring, you may choose to take a room that was previously going to be a different type of flooring, like tile, and change it to hardwood to benefit your budget.

Additionally, because you’re spearheading the plans, you can still change your mind until the design is finalized and construction is slated to begin.

Consider Your Suppliers

The suppliers you work with during this process can significantly impact your timeline, budget, and the quality of the finished product. Everything from the wood sourced to create the framing to the insulation, tiling, and even your local window suppliers.

Think of your suppliers as your partners in this process. Will you be proud to put your name beside them and present the finished home to your client or put it on the market for sale? Are they using trusted materials? Do they have previous experience where you require it? Asking these questions and gathering the appropriate references and portfolios will help ensure you’re choosing suppliers who can elevate your custom home with their products.


Custom homes offer an immense amount of freedom and flexibility. As a home builder, you have the power to bring your vision to life and the responsibility to ensure you’re considering these important parts of the process before diving in and breaking ground.