4 Things to Do Before You Talk to a Builder About Your Custom Home

4 Things to Do Before You Talk to a Builder About Your Custom Home

Think you’re ready to build the custom home of your dreams? Building a custom home can be the fulfillment of your greatest ambition. Seeing your dream come to life with the assistance of a builder can be the most exciting time of your life. But before you contact a custom home builder, it’s wise to prepare a few things.


Make a List of Your Must-Haves

This list should be the things you don’t want to live without AKA the reasons why you’re building a custom home. This may include your favorite design features like floor to ceiling windows looking out over the ocean, a large master bedroom suite, a walk-in master shower with a deep soaking tub, and an oversized kitchen island with plenty of seating room. But you list should also include your desired architectural style. This should be a style that fits your personality, but also fits within the neighborhoods you like. If you’re not sure what style works for you, take pictures of the houses you like or create a Pinterest board.



Pick Your Neighborhood(s)

Where you live is just as important as the home your build. When neighborhood scouting look for neighborhoods that fit your lifestyle and needs. If you like to be outdoors look for neighborhoods with running and bike paths, and plenty of parks to ensure that your neighbors will be similarly minded people. If you’re not sure in what neighborhoods you want to live, tell a Putnam Builders representative what you’re looking for in a neighborhood, and they’ll find you the perfect fit.


Plan Your Budget

Being ready financially to build a custom home is a big hurdle. To get an idea of how much you’re going to spend, look at homes comparable to the one you want to build. To keep your spending down, fully finalize your home plans before starting, and stick to them. Changes to your home half way through construction can dramatically increase your budget. Once you have an estimate from your builder, keep in mind the costs you may have forgotten, such as closing costs, moving costs, and landscaping.


Choose a Floor Plan

You can purchase a house plan and make changes that fit your needs. Plans are available for purchase online and there are many options to choose from.

You can work with an architect and design a truly unique structure. But keep in mind, working with an architect is not necessary, and adds to your overall budget.

You can also come by the Putnam Builders’ office at 114 Grand Ave in Bacliff, TX and look at the hundreds of plans we have available. A Putnam Builders representative will help you make the changes you want to fit your wishes and lifestyle. Putnam Builders we will help you design your dream home. If you have a sketch on a napkin, our team will help turn it into a full home plans that are ready to build. We have over 50 years of experience turning our clients dream homes into reality. Come talk to a member of our team!


Schedule a free consultation online or give us a call!






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