The 4 Phases of an Award-Winning Custom Home Design & Build Process

Posted on January 28, 2019 by Angie

Is 2019 the year that you are finally going to design and build your dream home? Yes? Congratulations! This is an exciting time filled with possibilities. Now are you wondering, “Where do I start?”

Here is an easy step-by-step guide so you know what to expect when you build with Estes Builders:

Step 1: Discovery

Start here – before you find an architect, before you start work on your property. Your first point of contact should be with a builder. A builder will ask a lot of questions and help you determine the best path forward for getting started. Ultimately, you might save time, money and heartache in the long run. At Estes, we will visit your land with you and ask lots of questions. We’ll discover your wants and needs from your custom home wish list and help you build a budget. Start early for this phase – even if you don’t yet have a clear design plan or own land.

Step 2: Custom Home Process

Do you feel like the time is right to take the next step toward building your custom home? It’s time to build a budget. Estes will work with you to complete a Project Investment Study. We will take you through a detailed architectural survey to clarify your wants and needs for your home. Then, we’ll visit your site and estimate the essential costs associated with building your home on your lot. We provide a budget range for the “sticks and bricks”. And we also include costs such as clearing, septic, permits, and more to give you a “total project” estimate.

Step 3: Design Process

Plans or no plans, a builder should be involved early to help you design a creative home that you love, which works with your land, and works with your budget. During the Estes Design Phase, one of our architects will help you create your dream. While you are designing your home, we will manage the site development to prepare your property to build. Do you already have plans? No problem. We’ll review them and build a full construction set that works on your property.

Once we have the full set of plans and specs for your home, we’ll provide you with a Guaranteed Fixed Price for the cost of building it. Our award-winning process involves multiple quality planning sessions to ensure a stress-less experience when it comes to constructing your home on your land. No change orders required.

Step 4: Building Your Dream Home

Once you’ve got the home design you love, the build phase of your home begins—this is another exciting part! You’ll have access to our 24/7 online client portal so you can watch the progress whether you are around the corner or across the globe.  

Ready to get started? We can’t wait to meet you! Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.  

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