Research Before You Build
Like any life-changing decision, you should do ample research before you move forward. Your home is probably going to be the largest investment that you make, so you’ll want to ensure that you choose wisely.
Here are some factors to consider:
Your overall budget
Where you want to live
How large you want your home and lot to be
Covenants and restrictions
Whether your family is growing, you like to entertain, or you work from home
How long you plan on living in the home
This list is not exhaustive, but it should get you started as you begin the planning process.
Once you’ve decided that you’re going to proceed with a custom home, it’s time to purchase the lot. We recommend choosing an area that has the amenities you want. You might need to be near a well-regarded school district or within three miles of a grocery store, for example.
During this phase, you should also find out if there is an existing infrastructure for utilities and if there are any zoning restrictions or future development plans.
If you work with a custom home builder, then you’ll have expert advice in selecting all of your materials and finishes. You could even end up saving money because a professional can guide you in making choices that fit within a budget.
Before the real work begins, you’ll also need to ensure you have financing in place. This phase also requires getting the necessary permits, licenses, bonds, and other documentation necessary to build in Denver, CO.
This step involves preparing your lot for building. All the trees get cleared, and the land will be leveled to accommodate your new home
A solid foundation is critical for a quality home. You’ll have several options for materials, including stone, wood, steel, or concrete.
As your house is framed, you’ll begin to see it come together! Once the floor deck is finished, you can do the first walkthrough.
While framing can move quickly, the next step is considerably slower. This process involves installing the inner workings of your home, such as plumbing, electricity, heating and air-conditioning, security systems, phone lines, etc. Take care to make sure these systems are installed right the first time to avoid frustration and headaches later.
Once you ensure that everything has been roughed-in to your satisfaction, you can begin putting together the interior. This includes the walls, flooring, and cabinets. Then come the appliances, countertops, bathroom fixtures, and other hardware for your home.
Before choosing your exterior finishes, you should have an idea of what weather conditions your home is going to have to endure. Knowing this information will help you decide whether you want brick, wood, vinyl, stone, concrete, aluminum, or a combination of multiple elements.
Your landscaping choices aren’t solely about looks. They can also be practical. For example, you might want trees to provide shade or a pool to enjoy during the summer. As you plan how your home will look from the outside, don’t forget about your natural environment. It’s helpful to blend the design of your home with the surrounding land.
Congratulations! Your home is complete and ready to enjoy for years to come!