Simplify Your Custom Home Planning Process in 3 Steps

October 29, 2015

Designing and building a custom home can be a thrilling adventure – and completely overwhelming! With so many decisions to make, it can be easy to feel the pressure to get everything exactly right. After all, you will live with the results for a very long time. Fortunately, you can make the process easier and more fun by breaking down the design process into bite size chunks. Meeting with a professional design team can also help you create a design plan you can feel confident about. Here’s a plan for making the design build planning process as easy as 1-2-3.

Major Structural

Foundation, walls, windows and roof structure may not sound like the things that many of us think of when we imagine our dream home, but these will actually make a bigger impact on your enjoyment of your home than final finishes. Consider:
    • Wall placement and roof structure will determine how open and spacious your home looks and feels
    • Window selection and placement will determine how bright your home is, the views from each room, and even energy efficiency
  • Foundation will influence the cost of your home – more corners means a more complex and expensive home to build
Take your time at this stage and consult with your builder early and often. These are the decisions that are typically impossible to change later.

Interior Placement

Once you have the framework of your home in mind you can begin planning how you will use the space in the interior of your home. This is where you’ll make decisions such as cabinet placement, interior millwork, and even decisions such as where you’ll prewire for a wall mounted tv.


Once you’ve designed your space plan it’s time for the really fun part: choosing your finishes. This includes flooring, counter surfaces, lighting, appliances and more. You can get a head start on this by estimating how much of your budget you want to spend in your kitchen, see photos of what other Estes Builders customers have done, or by planning your bathroom design in advance. 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.]]>