Custom Home Building Process [Everything You Should Know]

2022 August 15

If you’ve thought about building your dream custom home but don’t know where to start, keep reading!

Building your perfect home may seem like a pipe dream, but it’s easier than you might think. Follow the steps below to start designing and planning your custom home.    

Step One

Set a Budget 

First, you need to get your finances in order and find out what your budget can be. Once your finances are in order, you can begin to consider the budget for your dream home. You should start by doing some research on custom home pricing. Luckily, we’ve already written a blog about this topic which you can read here!

Once you have a clear idea of how much certain aspects of your home might cost, you can get the ball rolling with more specific decisions: Where will you build your home? What permits do you need? How will it be designed? Each of these questions, when answered, can significantly affect the overall budget for your project. 

To learn more about these individual choices and how to prepare for them financially, take a look at our previous blog on setting the right budget for your custom home.

Set a Timeframe 

Of course, everybody wants their custom home completed as soon as possible. Whether you want to live in the house or sell the home and turn a profit, you need a timeline with deadlines you can plan around. The key here is to be as realistic as possible. 

Don’t underestimate the timeline because you are anxious to finish the property; if anything, overestimate it to allow for complications. The truth is that complications are a normal part of the building process, so ensuring you set the right expectations from the start will keep you from being disappointed and allow you to complete the project on a timeline that works. 

Select the Land 

Where you build is almost as important as how you build, so choose your land carefully and ensure the location adds to the property value. For instance, what is the size of the lot, and what is the proximity to the neighbors? You also need to consider the slope of the land and the direction of the property. Will the home face the sun, or will it be shadowed most of the day?

Step Two 

Decide on Size 

The size of your custom home build is determined by the type of land and the building permissions you have. 

In general, think about size in terms of floor space and room number. The floor space will be measured in square footage, and the home size will be measured in the number of rooms. What formal and informal rooms do you want in your new home property?  

Consider Lifestyle 

One of the great advantages of building a custom home is the chance to adapt it to your interests and lifestyle. 

Whether you want to build a sauna, a jacuzzi, or a home art studio, a custom home build gives you creative freedom. Decide on how much space you want to dedicate to your interest or passion during the design and sizing stage of creation.    

Select Layout 

At this point, it’s time to consider the layout of your new property. When it comes to layouts, you have an unlimited number of options. Still, you must choose your design wisely so there is no wasted space and the layout aligns with your family’s lifestyle. 

The location and layout of the rooms can affect traffic flow, privacy, guests, and more. You have the option to choose from standard layouts or create custom ones.   

Consider Structural Features

Once you have decided on your rooms and the layout of your property, it’s time to zoom in on the structural issues of the property. 

In particular, the structural features of individual rooms. How much counter space do you need for your kitchen? How much social space do you need to hang out in? And do you need any additional space for a pantry, wet room, or food prep area?   

Decide on Design and Style 

The style of your home is something you need to consider as soon as possible; that’s because different architects specialize in different styles, and you will have to shortlist your designers. 

Additionally, the style and design of your home affect how you enjoy the property when you live in it and how well it sells on the market if you’re selling. Browse styles early in the process.  

Start Planning Alongside Eagle Creek Homes 

Building your dream custom home requires a lot of planning, and finding the right partner to guide you through the process is important to its success. At Eagle Creek Homes, we understand how important your custom home building project is for you and your family.

That is why we pride ourselves at being as a true partner, and we work hand-in-hand with our customers, guiding them through our transparent custom home building process.

When you work with Eagle Creek, you will never be out of the loop. We work with you to map out your vision, and we run every decision by you. Your project manager will update you every step of the way, so you’ll know exactly what to expect at every stage of the process. We give you the ability to be as involved in the project as you want to be. 

You’ll see photo and video updates on the status of your home, and you’ll get calendar reminders for every important meeting. 

If you’re feeling ready to get your custom home started, request a new custom home build consultation

Step Three

Start Construction! 

Now it’s finally time to start the “dirty” work: breaking ground, digging, and laying the foundation that your home will be built on. But before all that, it is important to have one last meeting with your project manager to do a final pre-construction review of the plans, details, and expectations. 

During the custom home building process, there is no such thing as “too much communication.” Open and regular conversation between you and the project manager will help avoid any errors, confusion, or misunderstandings that could potentially derail or delay your project.


Now that you’re familiar with the steps it takes to build a custom home with Eagle Creek, you can officially start daydreaming about that perfect home!

There are many options to consider, and it can seem overwhelming, but it’s also a fun process that we’re glad to guide you through with our expertise and years of industry experience.

If you’re ready to start bringing your dream home to life and want to discuss our process and customization options, request a new custom home build consultation today!

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