Getting Started

The two most common questions we receive from clients interested in a custom home are: “How much will it cost?” and “How do we get started?”. Let’s take a look!

Lot Analysis

Prospective clients often start with a home design only to find that their dream home doesn’t fit on their dream lot! The first step is finding and assessing the lot to see what the possibilities are.

Home Design

Once the lot assessment is complete, the home design process can begin. Considering the lot elements such as easements, set backs, slope, and views strongly influence the final footprint and room layout.

Build Cost Analysis

Once the lot analysis and home design process are complete, we can develop a project build cost spreadsheet that will driving financing the build and guide all aspects of the project.

Project Management

Building a custom home is a 6-12 month process. To avoid frustration creating a detailed project checklist helps the homeowner track the project and reduce any unrealistic expectation.

Design Elements That Impact Budget

Exterior Home Finish
The exterior house cladding not only provides thermal insulation and weather resistance, but it’s a huge component on the appearance of the home. Cement fiber siding, masonry, wood and metal vary significantly in pricing. For a 2,500 sq. ft. house this can vary the budget upwards of $10,000.
Flooring
From $2.5 per square foot for stained concrete to well over $30 per square foot for marble, the impact on budget varies significantly and can make or break a budget. It is critical to select a flooring material based on lifestyle and budget. For a 2,500 sq. ft. house this can vary the budget over $25,000 .
Cabinets
Cabinets
The species of wood, linear feet and custom features are major components that impact the cabinet budget. Cabinets take 5-10% of the overall budget. The question is how much do you want to compromise on such an important design and functional storage element.
Countertop Materials
Counter top materials can make a bold statement and are a key design element to any home. Pricing can range from $35-$100 per square foot. For a 2,500 sq. ft. house this can commonly vary the budget over $25,000 . For a typical cabinet layout in a 2,500 sq. ft. house, solid surface countertops will range around $10,000, while Level 4 granite can exceed $30,000.
Doors
Doors
Interior and exterior doors are impactful design elements. The construction, type of materials, and the sizes of doors greatly impact price. A high quality, solid wood door will cost between $1,000-$2,000 while a glass and steel door can exceed $5,000.