Successful Pre-Planning for Your Custom Home

November 5, 2015

There is an old saying that a failure to plan is a plan to fail. That’s certainly true when it comes to designing and building a custom home. But what should you know during the pre-planning process before you sign a contract with a custom home builder to ensure a successful build? Here are three key elements of pre-planning:


If you have never designed and built a custom home before it might be challenging to create a budget on your own. While items like creating a kitchen budget may be easier to estimate there are additional costs to consider such as dump fees, exterior improvements, permits and other costs. Schedule a free Project Analysis to get an overview of some of the costs you can expect when building your home.


The Pacific Northwest boasts some of the most enviable land in the country with soaring trees, sweeping views, and spectacular vistas. Building a home that takes full advantage of all the benefits of living in Western Washington often presents building challenges such as sloped lots, specialized wildlife permits, tree clearing, and more. Whether you own a lot or are still looking for your ideal location, meet with a builder early to help you identify any challenges and costs involved. Ask your builder to meet you on a lot you own or are considering purchasing. Walk the lot together and discuss light, views, clearing, permits, grading, and other factors that will impact your design and your budget.

Work Style

This is often an overlooked element of a successful design build process, but plan in advance the type of relationship you want to have with your builder throughout the process. Do you want to be on the job site everyday or manage your build remotely? Do you want to make changes as you go or confidently make all selections before you build to minimize errors and budget overruns? When you schedule a Project Analysis it’s a bit like going on a first date. Is there chemistry between you and your builder? Do you have similar expectations? Does your builder design the type of home you want to build? A good relationship with your builder will eliminate stress and make building your dream home a joy. We believe the best customers are informed customers. That’s why we offer a complimentary Project Analysis to discuss your vision for your new home. It’s fun, easy and free. Simply request an appointment by phone or by Skype. Request a FREE Project Analysis 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.]]>