What to Expect When Pricing Out a Custom Home Build

Many variables go into custom home building costs in Edmonton, including location, size, quality, timeframe, design costs, and the complexity of the project. Building a custom home gives you the freedom to completely control the home’s design and layout. There are many benefits to building a custom home, but several intricacies can make it a costly decision.

With the right team, strategy, and plan, though, you can build your dream home without going over budget. Before you decide to take the plunge, it’s essential to know what goes into building a home and the costs associated with it.

Read on to learn more about custom home building costs.

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Everything You Need to Know About Custom Home Building Costs

When it comes to building a custom home, most costs come in two categories:

  • Soft costs: permits, architectural drawings, fees, etc.
  • Hard costs: labour, materials, and construction costs

Each cost will vary depending on the home’s size, its location, any specifications involved with the build, and much more. Here are the different factors that you must take into consideration when building a custom home:

Your Custom Home Builder

The cost of the entire home build, as well as the quality of the build itself, rests on the shoulders of the home builder you choose. When hiring a custom home builder in Edmonton, it is vital to look at their experience, expertise, and communication skills.

The team you hire should have open lines of communication with you, provide you with different quotes, and work closely with you as you set out on building the home of your dreams.

Generally, the more experienced and qualified a home builder is, the more they will cost. Builders can take care of the entire building process for you – from gathering permits to laying out the design to constructing the home and everything in between.

Size and Location

The size of your custom home plays a significant role in the overall cost of the entire project. The larger the home, the more expensive the build will be. Another cost to consider beyond the size of the house is the location and land. They add a considerable additional cost depending on the size and location of the land.

Of course, these prices will vary depending on where you want to build your home. The cost for land in the city versus land outside of the city differs. 

When it comes to costs associated with the location you choose to build your home, you must also consider the site’s topography, which can impact the build. If you decide to build your home in a remote area, you may have to pay transportation fees for bringing materials and equipment to the site.

Other variables that can increase costs due to a build’s location include:

  • Flood heights
  • Climate
  • Noise mitigation
  • Building restrictions
  • Zoning
  • Block shape check


Generally speaking, the more complex the build, the more costly the project. Complexities in a build can include features like an outdoor pool, custom lighting, or other added features. Higher-quality materials are more expensive – they also require better craftsmanship.

Other factors that can increase costs in a home build include:

  • Corners
  • Elevation
  • Height of ceilings
  • Quality of materials
  • Energy efficiency
  • Home technology
  • Ventilation
  • Cabinetry
  • Flooring
  • Lighting
Timber Haus is a custom house builder you can trust.

Our team of award-winning Edmonton home designers 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 wellbeing.

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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