It’s true that your home is where your heart is. And what better way to put your heart into your home than with a custom build and design? This way, your home is specifically tailored to your lifestyle and its needs. But, designing and building a home from the ground up can feel like a very overwhelming task.
So, it may help to familiarize yourself with some of these FAQs to know exactly what to expect and how to start. Being well prepared will ensure you enjoy every step of designing your dream home.
6 Commonly Asked Questions About Custom Home Construction
Below we look at the most commonly asked questions to help you get a handle on the process and what it entails.
How long does a custom home take to build?
You’ve been planning your dream home forever. You know exactly what you want from the kitchen countertops to the toilet roll holder. The excitement is killing you. But, how long will it take?
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to give an exact time frame. This will depend on several factors like the size of the build, whether your finishes are locally available, and the floorplan.
So, your build could take anywhere between 9 to 12 months. Once your design has been drawn up and all the details nailed down, your custom home builder will be able to give you a rough estimate of how long the build will take.
At Fazzolari Construction, we keep you in the loop throughout the process so that you’re always up to date on your dream home’s progress.
What’s the difference between a custom home and a spec home?
A custom home is specifically tailored to you and your needs. When designing a spec home, however, builders try to fulfill the needs of the current market. In other words, a spec home is not built for a specific owner. Rather, the builder will incorporate styles and finishes they believe the market wants.
When it comes to a spec home, you may have some choice as to some of the finishes, colors, or styles but this is still limited. So, while spec homes are usually beautiful and stylish, they aren’t designed specifically for you. This often leads to buyers wanting more from the property and having to renovate later on.
A custom-built home involves you in every step of the process. From where you want your power outlets to the type of insulation, you make all the decisions. So, even though the process requires you to be extremely hands-on, the end product is your dream space.
Can my custom home builder help me find a lot or do I need to have one already?
If you don’t have a lot already, your custom home builder will be more than happy to assist. It’s a good idea to disclose all the information your builder may need to do so. For example, your price range and the type of neighborhood you would like to live in. This will help your contractor choose the best-suited area for your needs.
What do I need to know before I buy a lot to build a custom home on?
There are several things to consider before you buy a lot. So, make sure you ask the right questions. These include things like: are there utilities on site such as water, gas, electric, and sewer? And is the area zoned for residential properties?
If you are unsure of anything, it’s best to consult your contractor. These are essential legal and structural considerations required for any home build. Plus, in the process of building your dream home, you don’t want any unpleasant surprises or delays.
Can you provide a customer reference list?
Before hiring your contractor, you need to do your homework. In other words, you want to determine whether they’re a good fit, reliable, and professional. The best way to do so is to speak directly to previous customers.
At Fazzolari Construction, we’d be happy to provide you with customer references and show you some of our past projects. This will help you get a feel for what we can achieve and how we work. You can also take a look at our complete projects here.
If I want to build a custom home, where do I start?
Well, the first step is to get in touch with us at Fazzolari Construction. From here, we can help you from the design process all the way through to construction.
Building your perfect home should be an exciting and enjoyable process. However, it’s normal to have some questions.
Hopefully, these have answered some of the basics, but if you want to know more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Fazzolari Construction. We can answer all your questions about building a custom home.