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Custom Homes

THE CUSTOM HOME PROCESS
A STEP-BY STEP GUIDE

OVERVIEW OF THE CUSTOM HOME BUILDING PROCESS

To the uninitiated the building process of building a custom home can be a daunting and mysterious process. Most people venturing into the acquisition of a new home are embarking on the largest personal financial commitment that they have made to date. All of this added together can give people reasonable cause to want to understand what they are getting into before they commit themselves. The average home in our area has over 40,000 individual parts, involves the skill of between 85 and 120 suppliers and contractors, and demands over 3,000 on site workers hours to make the dream a reality. One of my early mentors in this business, Bill Inman, once said “The construction business is very complex choreography of a ga-zillion simple tasks.”

With this in mind the best way to understand the process is to break it down into individual parts. We look at the construction process as being made up of 10 main elements that are tied together in various ways.

We are going to briefly touch on each of these 10 elements and explain this process in the time and space allotted. Hopefully this will give you an overview and cultivate additional questions you have about the process. These are as follows:

  1. BUDGET
  2. LAND
  3. LAND DEVELOPMENT
  4. HOME PLANS
  5. SPECIFICATIONS/ SELECTIONS
  6. FINANCING
  7. TEAM MEMBERS
    1. BUILDER
    2. DESIGNER
    3. OWNER
    4. SUBCONTRACTORS & SUPPLIERS
  8. SCHEDULING
  9. WARRANTY
  10. CHANGE ORDERS
    1. CONTRACT
    2. CONTRACT FORMATS
    3. SUMMARY
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