Building a custom home involves a lot of decision making. Before decisions can be made, we have to ask ourselves many questions. We’ve compiled our most frequently asked custom home builder questions and answered them here.

What makes a home a custom home?

A custom home is different from a production home because it involves your input throughout the building process, from early planning to construction to the final design. Custom homes allow you to make or commission your own unique floorplan and be involved in as much of the build and design as you want. At the end of the process, you have a home particularly suited for your needs, taste, and budget.

Are custom homes more expensive?

Generally, custom homes are more expensive than production homes because clients usually pick out higher quality materials or have specific requests for extra features in their custom home. However, custom home builders are perfectly capable of working within your budget to get you the best value. If cost is a concern, talk with your builder about areas you can save money or places where a larger investment might pay off.

Do I need to have my own lot to build a custom home?

Custom homes can be built on land that you already own or land that you buy for that purpose. Because your custom home will be specific to you, the land it’s built on should suit your needs as well.

How much work is it for me to design a custom home?

Designing a custom home requires some input from you, because you’re the one who will be enjoying it when it’s completed. That being said, you only need to be as involved as you want. If you pick a clear style and can have a designer make the small decisions for you, you can streamline this process. Our guess is, if you’re looking for a custom home, it’s because you want to customize the look and feel of your space. Your home builder should welcome your opinions and work with you on building the home of your dreams.

What customizations add the most value to a custom home?

One of the most asked custom home builder questions we receive is how to outfit a custom home to increase its value. Some of the most popular ways to do this are to start with a desirable open floor plan, add energy-efficient systems, and plenty of appealing features like windows, a large kitchen or even an extra bathroom.

Does it take longer to build a custom home?

There is a lot of planning that goes into building a custom home. Custom homes require a lot more decisions to be made than production homes, so it takes time to weigh options and make choices. However, if the builders, the designers, and the client all have a clear plan and strategy before breaking ground on the home, the process can move along swiftly. You want your home to be just right, and so does your builder, so they won’t cut corners when it comes to making your home perfect.

Do you provide a written estimate?

When it comes to building a custom home, a simple “here’s what it costs” won’t do. Home builders work with their clients to develop clear expectations of the building process including estimated costs and a timeline of construction. A quote will be detailed and written so you know exactly what to expect. When it comes time to make an agreement, a contract is the best way to give you peace of mind that your project will be done right and to your exact specifications.

How do you keep a build within my budget?

Any great custom home builder will work with you to plan out cost expectations and make a plan for what adjustments can be made for quality. Once you’ve decided on a budget, your custom home builder will respect it. When choosing materials, they will look at all available options to make sure you get the best value. They will keep you informed of changes and discuss how they could affect your budget before making decisions that would compromise mutual trust.

Will you collaborate with my designer?

Absolutely. Custom home builders look at their projects as a team effort. With input from many sources including you and your designers, they should be open to ideas and brainstorming from all sides. Feel free to ask your custom home builder questions to help you make decisions from which materials are best to which design choices will add the most value to your completed home.

How do I find a custom home builder?

Considering building a custom home? Work with one of Florida’s most reputable custom builders. Konkol Custom Homes has been building dream homes for years, and our unique process ensures that you always get exactly the home you’ve been looking for, on the timeline and budget we agreed on when we started. Reach out to us online with all your custom home builder questions or call 407-539-2938 to learn more today.

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