Custom Home Building: Where Do I Start?

Building your own home means the options are limitless. On the negative side, well, the options are limitless—so how do you know what you want, what’s feasible and what can be put aside? Who should you hire, and how long will it take? How much of the project will you be able to give input on?

The custom home building process in St. George, UT can be complex, and each project will have its own unique timeline. We’ve put together an overview of what to expect—then you can start interviewing contractors until you find the right fit for your dream home.

First steps

Before you do anything, you need to decide on your custom home building contractor. Don’t buy a lot or start making design plans until you know who will be building your home. Your contractor will help you select a lot and make sure that the property is suitable for your desired home, so interview and select a builder first.

You’ll also need to determine your budget and a time frame for building. Working with a contractor will enable you to make informed choices about how much you can afford and when you can expect it to be done. It’s smart to choose your home builder with a budget in mind, but be prepared for them to suggest adjustments or tell you if your must-have features and budget do not align.

Finally, you’ll work with a real estate broker and your contractor to find the right lot for your future custom home.

Planning the house itself

After the contractor, budget and property basics are hammered out, now you can start to design the home itself. From bedroom and bathroom count to luxury kitchens and media rooms, this will be when you sketch out the major features of your home. The design process can take a long time, but it’s important not to rush it lest you suffer delays and setbacks later.

At this time, you’ll also start choosing fixtures and materials for the interiors—if you’re working with an interior designer, they’ll be part of this process as well. Permits, licensing and other red tape will be addressed during this stage, ensuring that everything is in place before you start building.

Breaking ground and building

Next, you’ll break ground on the lot and start building your home. This process can take months, depending on the season and how busy your contractors are—there are often long lead times on these types of projects.

As your builders are completing your home, it’s not uncommon to encounter delays or change your mind on certain features (countertops, appliances, fixtures and more). Your contractor will work with you to address these changes—most likely, you will have established their policy on changes while the building is in progress in the initial hiring stage.

Finally, you’ll get your last inspections and be able to move in!

Ready to start the process of building your own custom home in St. George, UT? Building Concepts of So. Utah will work with you from plans to move-in day—call us today to get started.

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