About Marcus Thompson

About Marcus Thompson

3 Things To Consider When Designing Your Own Custom Home

by Kaylee Craig

Building your own custom home is a dream that you've had for years, and now that you have the chance to work with a home builder to create that ideal house, you want to go into the project with an open mind and your own personal interests at the forefront. Here are 3 things to consider and talk with your home builder about when designing your own custom dwelling.


Your budget largely determines how your custom build is going to play out. Explain your budget to your builder, along with how many rooms you want, whether you want a garage or not, the number of bathrooms you desire, and any kitchen upgrades you hope to include. Based on your budget, your custom home contractor can help you design the house you've always wanted and can choose cheaper options for types of flooring, kitchen cabinetry, and bathroom fixtures to allow you to make your dream come true.

Time frame

If you want to get into your new home within a certain time frame, you need to make this known to your builder. It takes an average of 7 months to build a single-family home, and if you want yours completed sooner, you may need to pay extra for your contractor to work longer hours or bring on extra hands to complete the home. Every house is different in its time frame for building due to supplies needed and its overall design, and the time of year you build can affect the completion date as well. Talk to your builder about what you can expect during construction and make budget plans for renting a property or paying on your current mortgage if you have one for several months until you can move in.

Zoning laws

Every city and every state has its own laws regarding building projects. For example, you may be limited on the height you can choose for your fence or how large your overhead garage can be. It's important that you become familiar with your area's zoning laws before designing your home plans so you don't have to make changes later if what you have in mind is not legally feasible. You can obtain a list of zoning laws by visiting your local city hall or home records department of your town. Your builder can also confirm your building plans with the city to make sure everything planned is allowed in your area.


About Me

About Marcus Thompson

My name is Marcus Thompson and about 8 years ago I found myself raising 3 children on my own. Before becoming a single father, I was too busy in my corporate world to even realize my home was falling apart. However, as I began spending more time at home, I began to notice all of the issues that were quickly causing my home's value to decrease. I couldn't afford to hire a contractor to fix these issues, so little by little, I began learning how to fix these problems myself. Over the years, I became a dedicated DIY enthusiast who is capable of fixing any issue I may encounter in my home. Creating this website is my way of sharing everything I have learned over the years with other parents and homeowners so that they too can begin taking control of any issues they may experience with their home.