What Does It Mean to Build a Custom Home?

What Does It Mean to Build a Custom Home? | Kastler Construction

Simply put, building a custom home means you work with a designer to plan the layout of a home that is unique to you and then construction begins. One of the biggest questions is: what do you want? This applies to everything about your home. Here are some other questions to consider:

  • Do you want a more modern or traditional home?
  • Do you want more square footage or green space?
  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want?
  • What do you want in your basement?
  • What do you want your kitchen to look like?
  • Where do you want an office?
  • Where’s the primary bedroom and how big should it be?
  • How many windows do you want?
  • What luxuries is your home going to have?
  • Is there a spa/sauna?
  • Is there a movie theater room?
  • Is there a designated game room?
  • How many cars will fit in the garage?
  • Will you have an auxiliary garage for other cars/vehicles?
  • Will you have a home gym?
  • Do you want a wine cellar?
  • Will you have multiple offices?

Laying the Foundation

Getting the foundation completed before it gets too cold is the most important. However, any time is good to start the process, because there is a lot that goes into building a custom home. For example, permits need to be pulled, designs need to be finalized, and the list goes on.

Work with a Qualified Home Builder

Not all home builders are equal. What kind of house you want to build will depend on what builder you should hire. If you want a more modern home then you shouldn’t work with a traditional home builder, and vice versa. Kastler Construction is experienced in both. We can even give you a modern interior with a traditional exterior.

How long it takes to build your custom home will depend on a number of factors like how big your home is and what season you begin construction. Most homes can be built within 10 to 18 months, but some take longer if there are changes to the plans, inclement weather, or other issues.

While there are plenty of home builders you could hire, it is best to hire a design and build firm. They know how best to create usable space throughout your home and avoid mistakes that traditional builders may make.

Communicate throughout the Entire Process

This is one of, if not, the most important parts of building a custom home. You need to be communicating with the builder throughout the entire process. Sometimes plans change or you want to do more or less with a certain area/room and your builder needs to know that.

If you’re building a custom home, it’s highly likely that you’re going to live in it for a long time. This is why it’s important to think about aging in place. For example, you may want the primary suite on the first floor, so you don’t have to climb stairs when you’re older. Also, if you want a big family, you’ll need a lot of bedrooms. 

A custom home is a major investment, and you want to be sure it is done right and to your liking. This is why it’s best to interview multiple companies to get an understanding of how they manage design and build a home. You want a company like Kastler Construction that has a reputation for paying attention to all the small details as well as the overarching vision for the house.

Give Us a Call

Kastler Construction has 25 years of experience in the home building industry. If you are looking to build your own custom home, our Oakland County, MI home builders have the experience and work ethic you’re looking for. Give us a call today at (248) 655-5580.