How to Design and Build Your Own Custom Home

How to Design and Build Your Own Custom Home

Deciding to build a custom home is a big decision but also a popular one. After all, if you monitor the costs you can actually create a custom home for less than the cost of buying an existing property. You’ll certainly be able to include the features that really matter to you. 

However, if you want your custom home to be your dream home and not a disaster then you need to follow these steps to build a custom home.

Sketch First

The first step has to be creating a sketch of the ground floor of your custom home. You need to think about the flow of your home. If you’re not sure where to start drawing your current home and think about what you would change, adjust your drawing and redo it as many times as you need to until you find something that works. 

You don’t need to be an artist, this is simply an idea of what you want. If you have more than one floor then include them in the design.  

Contact An Architect

The architect will turn your draft into a real design with all the correct measurements and loading calculations. They will talk to you about building materials and many other factors of your home that you may have overlooked.

It’s tempting to skip this step but in many areas it is essential and it is the best way of ensuring your home is possible to build. The architect will also have a lot of experience and can provide useful tips and insights.


Your next step is to get planning permission. This is where you will be especially grateful you have an architect that can explain everything and they should take care of the planning permission for you. 

Getting to this stage means you are ready to start building!

Selecting A Builder

It is possible to build the house yourself but, unless you have extensive experience building, you are likely to be better off getting the professionals to do it for you.

It is best to choose a specialist in custom-built homes, they will have experience of what you are facing and be able to guide you through the right procedure as well as give you a competitive price. 

You can check with family, friends, and social media to ensure the company is reputable, giving you peace of mind.  

Manage The Project

The key to getting the custom house you designed is in communicating daily with the builder to ensure everything is being done as you expected. You can either manage the project yourself or get your architect to do it.

This is a vital step as it doesn’t just ensure the house is constructed per the design, it also means that the quality of the build is inspected regularly and meets the necessary codes.

This will give you a house that matches your blueprint and is ready for you to add the finishing touches and enjoy. 

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