Whether to raise a family or for retirement, most Americans dream about building their own custom home on their own from the ground up. It’s an admirable, ambitious and daunting undertaking. Whatever the reason, planning and working with an experienced, bonded and insured custom home builder make a big difference when it comes to making your dream home a reality.
“Finding the right team to work with makes building your dream custom home a fulfilling project and a great achievement,” shared Kaveh Zabeti, a highly-experienced general contractor and President of Greater Pacific Construction, one of the leading custom home builders in Orange County. Hiring a contractor to build your custom home can save you time, money and a whole lot of grief.
Challenges of Building Your Own Custom Home
Building your own custom home can seem very adventurous and exciting. After all, building your home from scratch is something that not many people are capable of doing or experiencing at all. However, going it alone can be fraught with challenges. Here are the some of the biggest challenges we see homeowners face when trying to build their dream home on their own.
Building a custom home can take anywhere from six months to one year or longer. Several things can impact the time frame, such as the size of the house, complexity of design, availability of materials, weather, unexpected delays and more. The key to a successful custom home construction is patience and planning.
Budget or Cost
Even with proper planning, sometimes the cost of custom home construction balloons beyond allotted budget or estimates. Thorough research and sticking to timeline, design and materials based on first estimate will help keep the project on budget. New ideas that pop up while in the middle of construction add up faster than you expect.
Priorities and Focus
Most people who decide to build their own custom home struggle with too many choices for materials and design. It can be overwhelming when you’re faced with too many options for tiles, finishings, colors, and so on. The simple solution is to gather ideas and photos of your ideal home and create a mood board or a scrapbook. This will help you stay focused and keep the project within timeline and budget and not spiral into different directions.
Benefits of Hiring a Custom Home Builder
When deciding to hire a custom home builder or not, it’s still worth considering the benefits of working with an experienced custom home contractor. Tapping the expertise of a contracting company can be costly, but it may outweigh the cost and guaranteed to make your vision a reality. Let’s face it, building an entire custom house is not quite the same as repairing or remodeling an existing house. If you are considering building a custom home in Orange County area, take a moment to consider these benefits of hiring a professional custom home builder like Greater Pacific Construction.
Years of Experience, Knowledge and Expertise
Custom home construction is a profession and most custom home builders have mastered the best practices for construction with years of working building multiple homes. Only experience can teach how to avoid mistakes or handle unexpected mishaps, which could easily add unnecessary cost to the project due to wasted materials and/or delays. Most importantly, a well-established custom home builder has a streamlined process that ensures your custom home is built on time, within budget and done right the first time around.
Hiring an experienced custom home contractor can help mitigate these challenges and help you manage all aspects of the project . By having a general contractor on your team, you can leave them to attend to the more tedious task and have you focus on the enjoyable part of building your custom home–watching your dream home come to life.
Increase Home Value
The experience and expertise that a custom home builder bring to the project will help increase the value of your home. The professional finishing, high-end materials, fine design and quality craftsmanship will construction
those fine construction materials and modern design elements all increase the resale value of your home. They may have cost you some at first, but pay you back a great deal in the end. Those high-end materials and new appliances will last for years, saving you money too on home maintenance and repairs.
Plus, you won’t be spending more on remodeling your home later down the road. It’s already exactly how you want it, with all the updated features that new homebuyers will be looking for when you want to sell.
Custom home builders build homes day in, day out. They develop relationships with vendors and suppliers and they get discounts and the best prices for wholesale purchase of fixtures, materials, fixtures, equipment rentals, etc. at leading construction supply stores, such as Home Depot and Lowes. Someone who will do a single DIY custom home project will not be accorded the same discounts and will most likely pay the full price for the same things.
Building a custom home construction is a time-consuming undertaking. It will take time away from your family, job and other aspects of your life. This can translate into missed bonding moments with your spouse and children and lost income, which all adds to the entire cost of the project. Building a home is a custom home builder’s job. They have the resources and all the time to commit in managing all aspects of the custom home project.
Network of Skilled Sub-Contractors
Experienced general contractors and home builders have spent years cultivating relationships with sub-contractors who have exceptional skills that can be useful for completing your custom home. This poses less risk than working with a contractor that’s new in the business. Generally, sub-contractors choose to work with more experienced and established general contractors who have built a solid reputation and known for delivering high-quality of work and sticking to best business practices.
Greater Pacific Construction is a full service general contracting company with decades of experience in building custom homes in Orange County. To help make your dream home a reality, call us at (800) 469-1922 or fill out our Contact Form.