What does “custom” really mean?

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When you’re searching for a builder to help you build your family’s forever home, you’ll probably see the word “custom” thrown out a lot. It’s easy to think that everyone means the same thing when they talk about custom homes, but I’ve found there are couple of very different ways that term is used. Many builders will consider a home…

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The key to building your home on time and within your budget

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If you’ve spent any time thinking about building your family’s home on your own land, you probably already know that building a home is a complex logistical process. There are a lot of moving parts, and all the work is done by individual contractors. Weather will create some issues. Terrain may pose a challenge. Government rules always have an impact….

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Beware of the bid

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Many families who are considering building a custom home have price as a main concern. In fact, it’s the top concern for most families until they get a little further into the process. When you’re planning to build a custom home on land you own, it makes sense to get bids from a few builders, right? You want them competing…

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Don’t let hurdles get in the way of your dream

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Over the course of a week or a month, I meet a lot of people who dream of living out on their own piece of land. They want a life without other people telling them how to live, what kind of house to live in, what color to paint it, or what they can do in their own backyard. Unfortunately,…

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Finding land for your custom home

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So you know you’d like to build a custom home on rural land. But what if you don’t own the land yet? A lot of builders feel like finding your land should be your job—you can talk to them once you’ve found it. That’s not our philosophy, because we know it can be intimidating to try to identify potential issues…

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Get a builder from the school of hard knocks

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It’s an awful lot easier for a builder to say that they can build on your land than it is for them to actually do it. But I’ll bet that when it comes to your own home, you want a builder who has already faced the types of challenges they’ll encounter on your land—and knows how to address them for…

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Frustrated by builders with a minimum square footage?

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Usually, when I’m in a conversation with someone who wants to build a custom home on their land, I can tell whether or not they’ve been shopping around for builders. How? It’s in the questions they ask. If they’ve been interviewing several builders, people will ask very good questions that strike to the heart of the matter. One of the…

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Avoid relying on house plans found online

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Frequently, the first time I meet with a client, she brings with her a set of plans that she’s found during many hours of painstaking research online. She’s usually spent a lot of time looking online to find a home plan that is just perfect for her family’s needs. Usually, that design isn’t exactly perfect, but it’s the closest thing…

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Don’t get landlocked on your land

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It seems odd, doesn’t it, to think of land being landlocked? But it happens more often than you’d think. Before you buy that piece of land that seems perfect for your forever home, make sure you can answer this question: Can you access the land from the road? That seems like a silly question, but it can create a big…

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The building process: good, bad, and ugly

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When was the last time you watched a car go down the assembly line? Most people don’t ever get the opportunity to see all the stages a car goes through before they purchase it. Any mistakes or inconsistencies are buffed out, replaced, or corrected before the car leaves the factory. All we ever see are the clean, shiny, finished products….

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