How to Lower the Cost of Building a Custom Home

September 24, 2015

Need a bit more budge in your custom home budget? With some simple planning you can squeeze more bang out of your buck without compromising the features that are most important to you. It’s not about skimping on the things that you really want in your home. It’s simply about planning ahead, building smart, and choosing the right design build partner. Here are some tips for saving money when building a custom home:

Location is Everything

One of the simplest ways to reduce your custom home cost is to choose a site with as little slope as possible. This is because flatter sites require fewer modifications for home construction, which should decrease home building costs. Look for land that is flat and requires less clearing than a wooded, sloped lot. If you’re not sure how your lot will impact your overall budget walk your lot with your builder. An experienced builder will be able to provide insight about costs and potential challenges. An experienced builder will also be able to advise you about costs associated with drainage, power lines or sewers on the property. Review your plot plan with your builder before you come up with a budget for the project. If you don’t own land yet review your vision with your home builder before you buy a lot. This will make it easier for you to find land that’s a good fit for your design and budget. You can schedule a Project Analysis and review your design ideas with an expert design team for free.

Simple vs. Complex Design

Typically a home with more sophisticated architectural detail will cost more. Multiple corners, steep roofs and walls with measurements outside the norm can add to the cost of the home. Meet with an architect to review the type of design you envision for your home. An architect will be able to work with you to find solutions that incorporate the design you want into the budget you need.

Choose a Reliable Custom Home Builder

If the key to buying an existing home is location, location, location then the key to building a home is process, process, process. Find a custom home builder with a proven and efficient process and check references. A builder with a track record of delivering homes on time and on budget is one of the smartest ways to save money during your custom home build. Want even more ideas about how to save money when you build your dream home?  Download this guide to find additional tips to help decrease your building costs. It’s completely free. Ready to get started? Contact us to schedule a complimentary Project Analysis to discuss your project. Estes Builders is an award-winning design build firm that specializes in custom homes in Western Washington. We have earned more than 130 customer testimonials and a reputation as Western Washington’s most trusted custom home builder. We build custom homes in Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Silverdale, Port Orchard and surrounding areas. Contact us for a FREE Project Analysis to discuss your project.]]>