Congratulations! You’ve been thinking about it for a long time and have decided that you want to build a custom home. Building custom can be a fun and exciting experience. However, it can also seem daunting and overly complicated.
Why? You’re starting from scratch. You pick the land, the builder, the plan, the materials and the financing. That’s a lot of choices and a lot of “i’s” that need to be dotted and “t’s” that need to be crossed. Don’t worry; we’re here to help. That’s why we say Washington Federal is “invested here.”
The following is an excerpt from the first chapter of our eBook, Building a Custom Home: What you need to know about custom construction financing.
We hope that you find this information useful in helping you to make a wish list. If so, please download your free copy of our eBook to learn more about the custom construction process.
Make your wish list.
If you’ve decided to build a custom home, it’s probably because there are things about your current home that you would want to change if you could.
The first thing to do is list the features you’d desire in an ideal home. What daily frustrations do you encounter in your current house? Make a list of features or issues and don’t hold back. Involve everyone that lives in your house or visits you regularly. There are no bad ideas at this stage, so write down all suggestions.
Here are a few common features you might find inspirational as you put your list together:
Proximity to your family.
Do you want to be close to your siblings or aging parents? How often do you see your extended family? Would you want your custom home to be the family gathering spot?
Review the schools, parks and safety statistics of the neighborhoods you’re considering. Are you looking for a quiet spot at the end of a cul-de-sac? Or do you want the sidewalks and bus lines of a more urban setting? Do you want a fenced back yard? Or open acreage so the kids or grandkids can explore?
Do you value a unique design for your home? Or are you looking for a traditional design? Think about adding detailed molding or other exterior add-ons to create your home’s one-of-a-kind look.
Amount of storage
Does your current home feel cramped? Do you have special hobbies that require storage or workspace? Consider adding closets, casework or even extra storage space in your new home’s garage and attic.
Space to entertain.
Do you entertain guests frequently? Do you love to cook or hold dinner parties? If your current kitchen doesn’t provide you the space you need, consider adding a bigger kitchen to your wish list. Larger kitchens include multiple sinks, an island, double ovens, more cabinet or counter space and room for bar stools so your guests can hang out while you play chef.