The decision to buy a house is significant and involves a number of important considerations. In addition to issues like location, size, and price, you need to decide whether to purchase an existing home or go with new construction. If you are planning to make a substantial investment, and have specific requirements, custom building is often the best choice. The advantages of building over buying can include total customization, quality control, and the ability to take advantage of the latest in energy-efficient technology.
The Building Process
Once you’ve decided to build, and chosen a design/construction firm, there are a number of steps that go into the design and construction of your house. While the process is not the same for everyone, it generally involves a number of predictable steps, including:
- establishing a budget
- choosing a site
- designing the home
Each of the steps listed above will involve multiple smaller steps but thinking about the process in terms of these broad categories can give you an idea of what to expect.
Custom Home Design
Choosing new construction allows you the maximum freedom and flexibility within your budget. Beyond the basic questions—single floor or multi-story, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, garage—you can prioritize elements that are important to you and your family and create a layout that works for you. Additionally, you will have choices with regard to materials and fixtures that allow you to make every detail of the home your own.
Given the benefits of energy efficiency and green construction practices, it pays to find a company that takes advantage of the latest advances in these areas. Energy efficiency offers long-term cost savings, as well as a reduction of environmental impact.
The many benefits of new construction make it a smart choice for prospective buyers. If you know what you want in a home, consider the options that building will open up for you.