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What is a custom home?

A custom home is a house built by a skilled general contract especially for you. Rather than a pre-designed plan with no homeowner involvement, it is constructed to your specifications, needs and desires.

Deeper Definition

Many homes are constructed for development, meaning that a builder builds multiple houses at once, all in the same neighborhood.

The designer usually has a few floor plans and uses those as guides. If the home is purchased by a buyer before it is completed, he or she will be able to select a few elements.

For a custom house, however, you hire a skilled general contractor like New Key Construction, specifically to build a home for you, and you can hire an architect to design it or purchase a floor plan. Instead of purchasing the home and the land together, you can also get the home constructed on your own land.

You will also need to get utilities installed or have work done on the land to make it suitable for a house if you’re building on property that has not been built on before. You’ll also need to explore zoning limits.

Usually, a custom house is more costly than a home designed by a production contractor. You still have much more control over the build, though. That’s because according to your requirements, you get a one-of-a-kind home designed just for you.

You pick every element of the design and guidance, as well as architectural specifics such as lighting fixtures, including how big the rooms are and where they are located.

Any kinds of design techniques or techniques that the builders choose to use may be specified, such as adding environmentally sustainable techniques or maybe constructing the home to withstand hurricanes, high winds, earthquakes and other environmental hazards.

Custom Home Example

You could find land you like and have a custom home built on it if you decide to move to the country. You start by deciding your budget and designing the house. If you hire an architect to design the home from scratch, you will tell him or her specifics, such as how many bedrooms you want and how large the kitchen should be, and according to your directions, the architect can design the house. In every step of the process, you get to be active and can order the architect to make design changes.

How Do I Choose A Custom Home Builder?

You can shop as carefully for your builder as you shop for your house if you’re in the market for a new home. You want to know that you are buying a high quality home from a trustworthy builder who is experienced, has a great reputation and of course is licensed. Here are some suggestions for choosing a builder to help you.

Make a List of Possible Contractors

You should create a list of possible contractors once you have thought about the type of house you want. Check the recommended list below:

  • To obtain a list of builders who construct homes in your town, contact your local home builders’ association.
  • Look for builders and developments in your local newspaper’s real estate column.
  • Looking through the advertising and reading the articles will enable you to understand which builders are involved in your area, the kinds of homes they are building and the prices you can expect to pay. 
  • Make a list of builders in your price range that are building the type of home you’re looking for.
  • In your quest, local real estate agents might even be able to support you.
  • Ask for recommendations from friends and family. Ask for builders they have personally worked with or ask for names of friends who have had a positive experience with a builder recently.
  • Check review sites like Google, Yelp and Houzz for their reviews.  Avoid any contractor with few reviews.

Do Your Homework

It’s time to start asking plenty of questions, from both the prospective General Contractors and the owners of their houses, when you have a list of potential General Contractors.

  • To get the answers to all the questions that you have, interview potential General Contractors.
  • Visit the newly constructed homes and subdivisions of a General Contractor, then drive by while homeowners might be outside doing chores or errands on a Saturday morning. Introduce yourself and say let them know you are considering building your own custom home. Speak to multiple owners, and try to get a sample of views randomly. The more people you speak to the more accurate an understanding you are likely to get of a builder.
  • Some questions to ask home owners include: Are you already satisfied with your home? If you had any problems, were they fixed quickly and properly? Would you buy another home from this General Contractor?
  • Typically, people tell you if their homes are pleasing to them. And if they’re not they’ll want to tell you why.
  • At the very least, drive by and see if the homes are visually appealing.
  • Take a journal with you when you talk to General Contractors and homeowners to record the details you find and your personal experiences of particular builders and homes. Doing so will assist you later in making comparisons.

Shop for Quality and Value

Whenever you can look at new houses in person and online. Recommended ways to check out homes are home displays and open houses sponsored by builders. In home shows, model homes and houses are often furnished to give you ideas for using the space. A General Contractor might even be asked to see unfurnished houses.

Look at the quality of the construction features when inspecting a house. Check the cabinetry, carpeting, trimwork and paint quality. Ask the contractor or the builder’s representative a lot of questions. Receive as many details as possible. Take notes if you receive the replies orally rather than in writing. To ask a question, never hesitate. What appears to be an irrelevant question could produce an important answer.


How Much Is A Custom Home Build?

What is the cost of getting a custom home built by a General Contractor? This is a common question that homeowners ask while considering building a custom house, and it is relevant. There is no clear answer – the answer will always be, it depends! There are over 20000 decisions to make as you go through the process of designing a custom house, each of which will eventually impact the cost of the home. Below we detail the four key cost categories in order to better understand what factors influence the cost of building a custom house.:


There are several other aspects of the site that will impact the cost of constructing your home, in addition to the purchase price of the site. Each site is unique, with its own advantages and challenges. Our list of top things to consider when choosing a location for your new home is below. Both of them can have an effect on building costs.

  • Topography: Sometimes, steep sites require extensive and costly excavation and filling. Dirt is cheap; it’s costly to transport it.
  • Geology, soil conditions and vegetation. For example, your construction costs would be increased by vast soils or rock formations underneath the surface.
  • Utilities: a significant factor is the availability of facilities to a location, as it is costly to carry or upgrade water, sewage, power and other infrastructure, as well as roads and sidewalks, to a piece of land.
  • Length and grade of driveway.
  • Design challenges due to lot shape, zoning, easements, setbacks and building restrictions.
  • Cost of fees for permits.
  • Is your lot in a community with design guidelines? This means that a Design Committee will review your home to ensure it meets minimum requirements for design, materials, etc.
  • Storm water detention and drainage on or off site.
  • Other considerations can include (but are not limited to): flood plain, climate, snow load, noise mitigation, wild fire mitigation, etc.


Your home’s size has a significant effect on the total cost of building it. In general terms, increasing the size of a project would increase the overall cost of the project (but not necessarily result in an increase in cost per square foot).

If you build a 4,000 square foot home, for instance, and your cost is $350 per square foot, your cost would be $1.4 million. If you plan to add an extra 500 square feet to your home during the design process, it will raise the overall cost by $175,000.

It’s important to bear in mind that size isn’t everything. Specifications that we address below have a big impact on your per square foot rate. With just the basics, a smaller home designed to luxury standards may easily cost more than a larger home built.

Structure Complexity

Picture a simple 2 story craftsman style home. Now, imagine an elaborately built old-world European home with wide spaces and arches within, and a multitude of gables and chimneys on the outside. Common sense tells us that an artisan is going to be cheaper to create, but why? It is often more costly to build a complex house than a simple house.


Specifications can be broken down into three main categories: structural, finishes and systems. This is another area where large swings in price can occur.


Structural considerations include the quality and size of materials to construct the shell of the home as defined by the engineer. More costly are large and personalized structural materials. Materials that cost more now for building a net-zero or energy-efficient home, but will save you money in the long run.


The overall cost of a home built with luxury finishes versus a home built with simple finishes will differ greatly, all other things being equal. The “touch, see, feel” elements of a custom home are things that are noticeable and essential to the eye. Cabinetry is a perfect example: from $20K for the basics to over $100K for top of the line custom cabinetry, a whole house kit of cabinetry will cost anywhere. There are so many goods that fall into this category that it can be simple to lose control of the overall cost. The bottom line can be influenced even by a slight rise in the cost of each object.



How can I find a trustworthy custom home builder?

To obtain a list of builders who construct homes in your town, contact your local home builders’ association. Also, check for builders and developments in your local newspaper’s real estate column.  Also check out online review sites like Google, Yelp and Houzz.

What is the custom home building process?

There are several phases in the custom home building process, each of which happens in a well-planned sequence. The experience of everyone will be special, and some steps will take longer than others but the fundamental road map is the same.

Is building a custom home worth it?

If you intend to make it your home for years to come, the extra time and money expended on planning, constructing, and moving into your custom house would be worth it. Studying your options is significant, but the long-term cost savings of purchasing a new home are better than keeping an older rental.


Where do you start when building a custom home?

It becomes a lot easier to rely on your trusted advisors to direct you through the process once you know where to start, so that you and your family can concentrate on enjoying the process instead of worrying over it. We can help!


What is the cheapest type of house to build?

Technically, a shipping container house or small house are the cheapest houses to build, but if you aren’t willing to spend the extra, it can be small. If you’re looking for something without quirks, the cheapest standard house to build is a prefabricated house.


What should you not forget when building a new house?

First two things you shouldn’t forget when building a new house are the following; Put outlets in several closets and then make sure your closets have enough space for both double hung rods, and singles to accommodate long clothes.


How long does a custom home take to build?

Average custom-built homes are around nine months, while average customized production plans are close to seven months. Since the floor plans used by manufacturing builders have been designed several times before, there are normally less delays.

Is a custom home cheaper?

The average cost to build a house in 2019 was over $485,000. Meanwhile, the average cost to buy an existing home was nearly $309,000. So no, a custom home generally is more expensive.

What do custom home builders do?

On the client’s property, custom builders build houses, and customers may either commission the builder to design the home or bring their own floor plan. Both design and construction are done by certain custom builders, while some only build houses, requiring the client to collaborate with an architect to design the home.


What is the most expensive part of building a house?

The cost of the completed lot is the most costly component of the custom home prices. The average finished lot price would be about $92K, based on the average custom home costing $428K to build. This expense, which is the most costly aspect of any new home building budget, can be lumped into what is known as the purchase price.


What credit score do you need for a construction loan?

A credit score of 680 or higher is expected by most construction loan lenders. Down payment: For new construction, a 20 percent to 30 percent down payment is usually required, although some renovation loan programs will allow less.


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