Custom Homebuilding Phase 1: Getting Started with Putnam Builders

Custom Homebuilding Phase 1: Getting Started with Putnam Builders

Getting ready to build a custom home can be intimidating. You likely don’t know what all will be involved or even where to begin. Putnam Builders is here to carefully take you through each step so you’ll know exactly what to expect.


We know that the more prepared you are, the smoother the process of building your custom home will go. So we do our best to make sure there are no surprises along the way. This not only will give you peace of mind, it also will make building your custom home more cost effective. A short building process is considerably less expensive than a long one. Building a custom home doesn’t just mean picking a floor plan and leaving the rest up to the builder. There are several decisions to be made along the way in order to keep the project on schedule. (We will cover this more in future blog posts.)

Let’s start at the beginning…


The first step is to meet with a custom home expert at Putnam Builders. You can choose to meet at our design studio in Bacliff, TX, the comfort of your own home, or a location of your choosing. During this meeting we will discuss your dream custom home design, location, and budget. We will work with you and your family to design a custom floor plan, or you may choose from our library of hundreds of home designs and floor plans and customize it to meet the needs and desires of your family.

If you haven’t already secured financing this first meeting will include developing a realistic estimate of the total project cost. This will include the price of purchasing a piece of land (if you don’t already have one), site development costs, and the price of building your custom home. Once we develop this estimate together Putnam Builders can point you in the right direction to get financing.


So what should you do before you arrive?

Before you come meet with a Putnam Builders custom home expert there are a few things you should have ready.


If you’ve already secured financing, bring your pre-qualification paperwork. If you will be looking for home building financing, bring you financial information. This would include bank statements, 401k or IRA information (if you plan on using those to finance your home), tax returns, W-2s, and paystubs. All this information will help us determine what size project you can afford and will make finding home financing quicker and easier. Also, tell us what you feel is a realistic budget range and what you feel you can afford. Putnam Builders will work with your budget to get you your dream home.


Project Goals

Do you have an idea in your head or scribbled on napkins of what your dream home will look like? Do you have a Pinterest board full of ideas? Have you seen a home that you would love to live in? Good! We want to hear your ideas and help you turn it into your dream home. Before you come meet with us, consolidate your ideas into a list of “must haves” and “wants”. Write down your desired house size, layout, and features. Don’t worry if you’re unsure about some aspects of your home. There will be plenty of time to make decisions along the way. Your Putnam Builders custom home expert will work with you to develop your ideas, work within your budget, and create your dream custom home.


Take the First Step

Today is the perfect day to take the first step. When you’re ready, contact a custom home expert at Putnam Builders to schedule your first meeting.

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Putnam Builders has been building custom homes on the Gulf Coast of Texas and surrounding areas since 1963. We would love the opportunity to discuss your custom home ideas in our design studio in Bacliff, TX or in the comfort of your own home. Please contact us at 281-339-0838 or request a free consultation.








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