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Ready For A Custom Home?
Before you take the leap into building your custom home, there are a few key things you should know and keep in mind.
Your budget… should be well planned ahead of time. You’ll need to take into consideration the neighborhood that you’re moving into, and what the value of your house should be when the project is complete.
Your lot… will affect your custom home design due to local zoning ordinances. They may dictate the size of your home’s footprint, setbacks from property lines, etc. On the Seacoast we also have to consider soil conditions, draining, plus wetlands and related water conservation rules.
Your design build team… includes the home professionals who will design and build your custom home. While some homeowners opt to hire an architect first, we recommend hiring a design-build first (like us!), which will save you time and money.
Designing custom homes… is challenging as you balance decisions related to cost, space and upgrades. We’ll work with you on these decisions! Our best advice is to build the square footage you can afford now, and worry about finishes later. It’s cheaper to upgrade those finishes (flooring, lighting, custom trim, etc) later. Your other option is to build smaller now with expensive finishes, and build an addition later. That’s the more expensive option, as an addition requires excavation, a foundation, exterior walls, a roof, and potential upgrades to heating and cooling systems.