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Old 10-17-2016, 08:27 AM
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Does anyone know of a good reliable resource for things related to the custom home process? I'd just like to know ahead of time all the steps involved, like financing, designing with an architect, dealing with the building department, and the building with a contractor.

I've found a few books but they seem biased either towards a contractor's viewpoint or an architect's or a specific professional. And there are lots of blogs articles, but who knows if they are credible. Anyone know of a website or good book that lays out the process in a clear, easy to understand format?

Is anyone else struggling to find a good go-to resource like this, also?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-17-2016, 10:46 AM
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Unfortunely, I don't think there is "one" specific source that would cover every aspect of the "custom home building process". There are so many people, and disciplines involved in the process it would be extremely hard to put in under one umbrella.

A finance degree and a construction management degree would be a great start- neither of which will help if you can't figure the working end of a hammer or shovel!
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Old 10-17-2016, 12:39 PM
Location: Texas
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I don't know of a resource for anything like that. The complete answer is, "it depends". Are you wanting to building a subdivision with lots or acreage? You need an address where you're going to build it. Ideally, you'd be paying cash for the land but, (again, it depends) you don't want to spend all of your cash on just the land. And (it depends) on how much you're going to spend on the house as to what you need as a cash reserve. But let's say you have the land and at least 20 grand in reserve. Now you 're looking for a designer that can put the plans together for you. You need to know what you want. You can find a lot of what you want by visiting builders model homes. Take pics and a measuring tape. Sketch it out what you like such as a bathroom or a kitchen layout on graph paper. Once you have plans in hand, then you're looking for a builder. I always recommend a local guy rather than a national builder as the local guy has a reputation that he has to live with. Once you get a bid, then you have a clue how much money you need to borrow or you can skip this step and just get an appraisal on the plans on your land and take that to the bank. You can usually lock in interest for 6 months so once you've gotten the financials out of the way, the clock is ticking. And all of the above is subject to change because.....it depends.
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Old 10-18-2016, 08:15 PM
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Spend a few $100 on back issues of Fine Homebuilding.
Get a subscription.
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Old 10-19-2016, 04:02 AM
Location: Vermont
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There are thousands of home plans online that will be way cheaper than an architect. We bought our plans and have never seen our house anywhere in all our travels. We've built 3 houses (lots of sweat equity on my part), so i'm very familiar with the process.There are a million variables depending on where you build. Start with land, then permits, utilities (septic/well or town water/sewer), then your house plan. Contractor references are important as there are good and bad. Then it's a million other decisions on finishes like cabinets, mouldings, countertops, flooring, heating and cooling, and the list goes on and on.
Our last build was planned a year in advance and it made a world of difference. we had a notebook full of our must haves and choices for every step of the build.
If you know nothing about building, it pays to do research and learn as much as you can so you make educated choices along the way. Better yet is to have a friend who can help you. Visit a lot of new homes to see what you like and don't like. There is nothing like seeing things in person to make your choices. Keep a notebook so as you make decisions or think of things, you write them down.
Building is very stressful. the more you plan and resolve before you break ground, the easier and faster the build will go.

More info on your proposed build would be helpful.

Good luck!
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