How-to Guide for Building a Custom Home

Posted on July 13, 2017 by Kevin Estes

There are lots of questions when you are planning to design and build a custom home. Information from friends can be well-meaning but unhelpful. Information on the internet can be useful but too general. You don’t want a sales pitch. You simply want good information that makes sense.

We get it. That’s why we’ve gathered some of our most popular blog content into one handy how-to guide. Here you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.  

How to Hire an Architect

Here’s a sobering fact: depending on the fee structure, hiring an architect can cost between $8-$10k per $100,000 of construction costs for your new home. So how can you determine which architect, fee structure, and process is right for you? We have your complete how-to guide.

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How to Choose the Right Type of Builder

Not all custom home builders are the same. For some builders “custom” means anything you can imagine, for others it might mean a few customizations of an existing floor plan on a pre-planned lot. Knowing which one is the right fit for your project can save you hours of research and plenty of headaches. Discover the three types of custom home builders, what to look for, and how to make the best choice for your new home.

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How to Find a Reputable Builder

When you build a custom home you’ll be working with your builder and their team for almost a year. How responsive will they be? How can you be sure your home will be completed on time and on budget? Will you still love your home five, ten, even twenty years down the road? Discover practical tips for finding a reputable builder who is the best fit for you.

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How to Create a Budget for Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the natural gathering space in many homes and, with the popularity of open concept design, it’s a focal point as well. So it makes sense that this is where a big part of your budget will go. But exactly how much should you plan to spend? Find out more about price ranges for some of the most popular kitchen finishes.

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How to Research Floor Plan Ideas

Here’s the good news: at Estes Builders you can build your home any way you want. That can also feel like the bad news – at least at first. With so many options available it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Our design team, including our in-house architect, makes the process easy but you may want to research ideas on your own as well. Discover some of the best places to get floor plan ideas.  

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How to Finance Your Custom Home

One of the most common questions we hear from people who are building a custom home for the first time is about financing. Financing a custom home is different than a traditional mortgage, but it’s actually easier than you might think. Learn how the process works and what you can expect.

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Looking for more great how-to’s to design and build your own custom home? Check out our free custom home planning toolkit or sign up for our on-demand webinar, “Custom Homebuilding 101.”

One Comment

  1. Ralph Hughes

    July 17, 2017

    Nice post, Can you please share the actual cost for building a home in Arkansas. Thanks in advance..

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