Building a luxury custom home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your lifetime. While there will always be unexpected things that pop up during your building, taking the time to plan can go a long way toward helping your project go smoothly. We’ve put together this in-depth guide on preparing to build a luxury home so you have a better idea of the steps to take leading up to breaking ground on your build.
Before you do anything else, take some time to think about how much you want to spend on your luxury custom home. One of the many benefits of building a custom home is that you can control even the tiniest details, but that means the process is more expensive than choosing from an existing house.
To help ensure that you’re satisfied with the result, you need to make sure your new home will fit within your budget range. Let’s take a closer look at the different factors that have the biggest impact on the cost of your build.
Where you decide to build your home will have the most effect on the total cost of the project. The Triangle area is growing rapidly, making it harder to find available land or lots in the Raleigh metro area. Of course, the more desirable the location, the more expensive the land will be, which will ultimately impact your budget and what is remaining to spend on the house detailing in it.
Additionally, features like a gate entry, golf course, or waterfront location can impact the total cost of your project, so keep that in mind when setting your budget. Other things to consider for the location or lot might include something like septic system and well or city water and sewer. Larger lots generally have additional costs- e.g. more to landscape, longer driveway, and more clearing.
Another thing to consider when planning your budget is what kind of design you want for your future home. Generally speaking, the more intricate the design, the more expensive it will be to build.
Of course, choosing to work with an architect on the design will also increase the total cost you pay, but it is worth it to ensure you get the perfect design to meet your family’s needs.
One of the most exciting parts about building a luxury custom home is getting to choose the exact materials you want for the different areas of the house. The different materials and finishes you choose for your floors, cabinets, hardware, showers, etc. will all impact the total cost of your project.
When planning your custom home budget, don’t forget to account for the exterior of your future house. The materials you choose for the exterior along with your landscaping, pool, and hardscaping details will all affect your budget.
Once you’ve set a budget, you can start to think more about where to build. In some cases, a lot will belong to a certain home builder, so keep this in mind if you’ve already decided which builder you want for your project.
If you’re not sure where to build, we recommend making your decision based on the following factors:
The next step is to choose your team which will help you bring your dream home to life. In most cases, we recommend working with a luxury custom home builder, architectural designer, and interior designer to help bring all of your ideas to reality.
Perhaps the most important decision you’ll make during the preparation process is which builder to hire. To help ensure that you make the best choice for you, we recommend doing the following:
After following these steps, we hope you’ll agree that Rufty Homes is the best choice for your upcoming luxury custom build.
Once you choose your builder, it’s a good idea to hire an architect and interior designer as well. Architects can create a well-thought-out design based on your ideas. They’ll then work with your builder to help facilitate a smooth process from start to finish.
Hiring an interior designer can help you determine your decorating style and tie together your overarching design in a cohesive, timeless way. Your designer will also work closely with your builder so that even the smallest detail is considered during the build process.
Another important part of preparing for your custom build is to carefully consider which features are most important to have in your new home. We recommend creating a list of features that you divide into “needs” and “wants.”
Here are some of the features you might want to consider for your new home:
When you choose Rufty Homes for your luxury custom build, we’ll take the time to talk with you about the different features that you want and need, helping you decide how to incorporate them in a way that makes the most sense for your family.
The final step in preparing for your luxury custom home build is to have a realistic idea of how long it will take to complete your project. Every project varies and your project manager will help give you a more accurate timeline based on the specifics of your build. However, as a good rule of thumb, you can expect your build to take upwards of 18-24 months from when you start with Rufty Homes until your move-in date.
This part of the process starts with introduction meetings, design plans, and the acquisition of necessary permits. A lot of this timeline is driven by client decisions and how quickly a design is chosen to fit their needs.
The actual building of your home is likely to take between 12 - 18 months based on the scope of the project.
Now that you know more about the steps to take when preparing to build a luxury home, you can turn to Rufty Homes to bring your ideas to life. To set up a time to talk with us, please call 919-460-8550 or contact us online today.
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