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Planning Your Custom Home Design/Build: The Checklist You Need to Get Started

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There is more to building a house than can be captured on a checklist. But a home design/build checklist is a very good place to start. The process of how to design and build a house is so overwhelming that few people know just where to start, but we have provided some steps that will get you pointed in the right direction so you can end up with the home of your dreams. 

Can I Build My House Myself? 

While you can definitely be highly involved in the design process of your home, few homeowners have the expertise, time and budget to build their home with their own hands. That’s where Team Shane can step in, constructing the property for you, and helping you avoid the design pitfalls you might not see. That said, it is always wise to do your own research, gather your own ideas, and come prepared for your first meeting with us. This checklist will help. 

1. Determine Your Budget 

If you don’t start out by defining a budget, you can quickly make decisions that will impede the project, like buying land that is too expensive or falling in love with a design that you can’t afford. You may seek out sources of financing and see what you can be approved for in order to determine your precise budget for the project. In short, a budget will guide the whole project.

2. Consider the Land 

You may purchase land with or without the consultation of a design and build firm, but we suggest that you make the purchase with them. Depending on your design, you may need things from the land you haven’t considered, or certain parcels may place limitations on the design that you wouldn’t expect. Choosing the land is a very essential step that can help or hinder your overall plans. 

Interested in learning about the design & build process at Team Shane. Contact us today and we would be happy to guide you!

3. Understand Your Needs 

What is it that you need from a home? It is a huge question, and it makes sense that it would take some time to answer. You might start with the basics: how many bedrooms, how many square feet, and are there unusual spaces that you might need, such as a second kitchen, a home office, or a hobby space. 

Then, based on rooms, you should get a bit more granular with the needs that you have. Seating for a certain number of people in the dining room? A soaker tub in the ensuite? A gas range in your kitchen? The list can get quite long, which is why it is good to start with a budget, and then move on to getting a professional designer’s help. 

4. Choose Your Design/Build Firm 

Choosing the people who will make your dream home a reality is likely to be the most important decision that you make for it. While you can bring a designer in at any part of the process, earlier is better. They can help you avoid common mistakes and avoid wasting time. 

The builders are also just as important as the designer. Are they capable of carrying out the level of craftsmanship you're looking for? Are they reliable? These are things you should investigate when considering a team.

Start Your Custom Home Design/Build Today

Are you ready to get started building your own home? Then you need an action plan for the whole home design/build process. The thoughtful, expert people at Team Shane can help you throughout the entire process, from designing to getting permits and building. Contact Team Shane today. 


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At Team Shane, we have a team of designers that work directly with clients to create beautiful home designs while providing advice and direction on selections (interior design) and up-to-date cost implications which will help you make decisions for the final design. Our build team takes those designs and makes them a reality.
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