Building your own home has a lot of advantages, but if you’ve never worked with custom home builders before, you may be wondering what to expect. Ideally, before you jump into the process, you should know the following facts.
1. You Don’t Have to Use a Plan
Usually, when you start the process of working with custom home builders, you start by looking at house plans or walking through some of the builder’s show houses. Some people fall in love with their dream house at that point, but if you don’t see what you want, that doesn’t mean you need to find another builder.
You don’t have to use one of the pre-existing plans. At Passage Island Construction, we can design a home from scratch for you.
2. There’s No Reason to Compromise
When you buy a home that already exists, you usually end up making some compromises. For instance, one house may have your dream fireplace, but the home office is too small. Another house may have the master suite you’ve always dreamed of but lack a guest bathroom.
When you work with custom home builders, you don’t have to compromise. As long as it’s within your budget, you can have it.
3. Customization Extends to the Little Details
Many people think of the big picture when they first imagine working with custom home builders, but floor design and architectural elements are just the first step. When you decide to get a custom home, you get to pick a huge range of details. At Passage Island Construction, we offer more high-end details as standard than most home builders in the area. That means you start off with luxury before you even start upgrading.
However, whether you want a sweet and simple home or a truly ornate “castle”, you get to choose what you want. That includes appliances, cabinets, flooring, and even the really small details such as drawer pulls and baseboards.
4. You May Need a Construction Loan
If you have cash to pay for the home outright or if you have enough equity in your current home to cover the cost of a new custom home, you don’t need to worry about this detail, but in most cases, it’s something to consider. Generally, when you work with custom home builders, you start with a construction loan.
Those loans have some built-in flexibility to cover “surprises” during the building process. Once the home is done, this loan converts into a regular mortgage. Keep this in mind when talking with prospective lenders.
5. You May Want to Choose the Lot First
At Passage Island Construction, we build in existing communities where you can purchase a lot to build your home, or you can pick your own lot in another location. In either case, you may want to choose the lot before you decide on the house design. The lot can dictate the size of the home as well as other specifics such as which direction the home should face. We have a network of area realtors and access to their vacant lot listings so we can assist you in finding the location that best fits your needs and lifestyle.
Are you ready to get your dream house? Then contact us at Passage Island Construction today. We are committed to quality customer service, and we want to help you get into the perfect custom home.