6 Things to Consider When Building a Custom Home in Edmonton

Are you considering a custom-built home but aren’t sure where to start?

Starting the process of building a custom home is no easy task. It takes a lot of planning and patience.  If you’re considering starting your custom-built home in Edmonton, we can help you understand everything you need.

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6 Things You Should Do When Starting a Custom-Built Home in Edmonton

1. Make a Plan

The first thing you need to do when building a custom-built home is create a plan. It doesn’t have to be a detailed, step-by-step plan, but it should outline everything you want in the house and other essential factors like your budget.

Create a checklist that will give you a rough idea of everything you need to do from start to end. This checklist will help give you an idea of the timing and budgeting to finish the project.

Include some of the following things in your checklist:

  • Estimated budget and timeframe
  • Where you are going to build the home
  • The home’s design, size, and layout
  • How many rooms do you need
  • Any special features
  • Style and design preferences
  • Put together an “inspiration pack” with all your favorite pictures.

2. Hiring the Right Team

Once you have an idea of the plan you want to get in motion, it’s time to hire a custom builder that can help make that dream a reality. A custom home builder will take care of everything in the build process, from design, drafting, construction, permits, and inspections.

When you hire your team, look for experience, a good reputation, and excellent communication skills. Communication skills are one of the most important things to look for in a builder and can significantly affect the entire project’s timing, budget, and success.

3. Your Budget

A budget plays a huge role in any custom home build. You must set your budget going into the build and list things you are willing to sacrifice to stick to the budget.

Knowing your budget will give you an idea of the size of the home, where you can build it, what additional features you can add, and more. You will likely need to get a loan for the build, which is why you should know how much all your costs will be. Here are factors you should consider in your budget:

  • Property cost
  • Construction of home
  • Design fees
  • Landscaping
  • Taxes
  • More
  • Interior decorating

4. Selecting the Land

Once you’ve written out your checklist and considered your budget, the next thing to decide is the location you want to build the home, the site of your building will have a massive effect on what you can do with the house in terms of structure.

Take the following things into consideration when choosing the land to build your home on:

  • Size 
  • Neighborhood
  • Slope of land
  • Trees
  • Cost of surrounding land
  • Proximity to utilities
  • Road access
  • Natural hazards
  • Zoning requirements
  • Local bylaws 
  • Property taxes 
  • Cell phone and internet service 
  • Sewage and drinking water
  • Existing building to demolish

5. The Design

The design part of building a home can be complicated, particularly if you are building a custom luxury home. The first thing you should do when it comes to design is to create a list of the goals and features you want for your home to discuss with your architect.

Consider what you need and want in your new home, including different structural and style elements.  Also, consider your daily habits and routines.

List the features you want and rank them from the most to the least important. Consider the size and space you need, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, your style and design preferences, and any additional space or features you may want to add, like a gym, reading room, fireplace, swimming pool, or anything in between.

6. It’s Time to Get Started!

Once you complete the above steps, it’s time to start the build. Be sure to communicate constantly with the builder.  Excellent communication can help the builder and the homeowner reach project success while staying on time and within budget.

Timber Haus is a custom house builder you can trust.

Our award-winning Edmonton home designers team is here to help you build your dream home. We provide our clients with a trusted and reliable level of service. As a result, we can design an energy-efficient home that fits your needs and lifestyle while enhancing your overall life and well-being.

We will work with you every step of the way to build the home of your dreams.  Contact us today. We build homes we would be proud to live in ourselves. So let’s talk about your dream.

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