We get this question a lot—in fact, almost every time. Enough that we’ve prepared a checklist of things you can start thinking about—or even make decisions about—now that will help your custom home building project all the way through to completion.
This checklist can help narrow down some of your preferences for your lot, as well as other things that can impact where we position your home: setbacks from neighboring properties, distance from a lake, impacts from wetlands or bluffs, that sort of thing.
It will also help you identify your budget, and what you hope the time frame of the project is—it’s always nice to be home for the holidays, after all. It’ll also help you start visualizing your dream home in detail. What type of foundation? Garage size? Storage needs? Materials and finishes? What are the tradeoffs from low- or no-maintenance materials? The same things apply to inside your home, too. Do you need to carve out space for a piano, or pool table, or antique hutch? How will the home be used? Does that impact the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you’ll want? Then there are all of the interior finishes as well.
If it seems daunting, that’s because it is. But it should be: it’s your custom dream home, and our job is to help you convert your dream home into your real home. We’ll do that whether you review this checklist or not. But if you’re excited to get your project going, this is a great place to start.