What You Need To Know Before Building a Custom Home in Pittsburgh

Imagine living in the home of your dreams. It’s a dream that is within reach when you choose to build a custom home with the assistance of a respected home builder like the Office of Horace Trumbauer.

Building a custom home is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. It’s the place where you will raise your family, grow older and make a lifetime of cherished memories. The importance of building the perfect home for you and your family simply can’t be overstated.

Building a custom home is a massive project and should be approached with care. There are many factors that need be considered. By overlooking or failing to address a certain aspect, you could add months—and extra costs—to the project. Construction will help you properly prepare for your custom home project! To make sure you get exactly what you want from your custom house, we’re highlighting some key tips and things to consider as you begin the process.

What You Need To Know Before you Build a Custom Home

#1 Costs to build a Home Are Important to Consider

It’s always a good to set a rough budget before you start planning. Give yourself a range, but know your maximum. It also helps to prioritize your wish list. If something has to give, what will it be? Can you give up the gourmet range? Can you live for a few years with an unfinished basement?
Price is a huge factor in any real estate project, but especially so in the construction of a custom home. According to homeadvisor.com, in 2017, the average cost to build a new custom home was about $150-$175 per square foot.

That figure varies widely according to regulations where you live, the terrain where the home is being built, and specific features you include in your dream home. Things like clearing the lot before you build and including high-end finishes and custom woodwork will add to your custom home budget.

#2 Timeline to Build your Custom Home

Another thing you need to know before building a custom home is that it takes more time than a normal real estate transaction. Creating a custom home requires experienced general contractor to complete the construction of a custom home can take approximately 10 to 18 months. Keep in mind the weather and other factors. In addition, you must consider the planning stages can take several months to complete as well. Keep this in mind too.

The length of your custom home project is also dependent on the architectural style you choose. If you already have floor plans you like, or ones that can be adapted to your custom home, these can help save you time. Keep in mind that basic floor plans are just the beginning.

Before your home is built, floor plans will need to be converted into full blueprints. Want fewer delays in your project? Keep an open mind and be flexible to changes in materials or colors if your first choice is not available.

#3 How to Position Your Custom Home

When building a custom home in Pittsburgh, you will need to evaluate the construction site. First, you will need to consider the terrain, and also where the sun rises and sets. This will help you choose the ideal positioning of your home. For example, if you have, or plan to have, children you probably do not want to position your home where the sun shines directly into their bedrooms each morning.

Once you have your site picked out, determine your optimal positioning and work with your builder to make sure they understand your concerns. Once building begins, repositioning your home can be very difficult to do so make sure you are 100% sure before construction begins.

#4 Get Advice from your Home Builder on different elements inside your future home

It is always beneficial to seek the advice of a few different builder. For example, you may want to consult us to determine how many outlets are ideal to have in each room, and where they should be located.

As experienced builders, we may have suggestions for your project that you may not have even considered. Being open to suggestions can add invaluable convenience and functionality to your new custom home.

Ready to build your custom home?

We hope this content has helped you discover the most important decisions you need to make before building a custom home. If you have more questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Whether you already have existing plans or you need full assistance with your new custom home be sure to consider the Office of Horace Trumbauer. We specialize in custom homes in the Pittsburgh area for many years.

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