Building your own Calgary custom home, uniquely suited to your lifestyle and preferences is one of the most exciting things you can do in your life. Take some to time to carefully anticipate and avoid common stumbling blocks with the design and building process. Here are some common issues you should try to anticipate and avoid in the construction of your dream home.

Not Establishing a Clear Budget for you Home

The size of your custom home, material choices, appliances, and many other factors will affect the final price you pay to complete your luxury home. It’s important that you decide on how much you are willing to spend and understand how all the options you choose will impact your budget. For example, a metal roof will be more costly then standard shingles, however, metal roofing also lasts many decades longer. You’ll have to decide if the increased upfront costs are worth the long-term savings.

At Copper Brook Homes we pride ourselves on our close communications throughout the design and building process. Our expert architects and designers work with you to clearly explain the financial impact of different options so you can prioritize your choices and get the most home for your budget. With our transparent, cost-plus pricing, you’ll know every cost incurred in the building of your new home. Not only will you get the full benefit of our negotiated prices with suppliers, you’ll also see every bill we pay in building your home.

Misjudging Property Site Preparation Costs

Building an acreage home is a dream come true for most of our clients. However, it’s important to know that rural properties can increase construction costs. Paving long driveways, building on rock, lot preparation and other factors will affect the final price of your custom home. Before you purchase your land, consult with experts to get an accurate assessment of the suitability of land for the home you want to build. Again, Copper Brook is happy to assist with your land selection. We’ll outline the expected costs associated with site preparation so you can factor it into your budget.

Not Choosing the Right Custom Home Builder

All home builders are not created equal. You want to choose a builder with experience in building quality homes, but it’s also important to get the levels of communication and customer service you’d expect throughout the building process. Clear and professional communication helps you get exactly the home you want, on-time and on-budget.

Don’t rush to choose a builder. Research companies well and make sure you choose a builder with a background in building the type of home you want. Don’t fall for low-ball cost-per-square-foot construction estimates before the builder has all the information required to provide an accurate budget estimate.

Building your Custom Home for Your Current Needs

The size, layout and features of your custom home should meet your family’s needs now and well into the future. Make sure you build a house that takes into consideration your long-term lifestyle. If the kids are older and expected to leave home soon, then it might not be a good idea to invest a lot of money into their current preferences. Build the dream home you are going to enjoy for several decades.

Not Making Long-Term Environmental Friendly Choices

A big part of building for the future is to make smart environmental choices in your home’s construction. Minimizing environmental impact and utility costs, while maximizing the comfort of your home will pay off for years to come. Many effective strategies for creating a green building are created in the design process and cost little to no money.

Your Dream Home, Your Way

Your custom home is one of the biggest and most important investments of your life. You’ll spend decades of your life in your new home so make sure you get it right. Take time to adequately budget and plan for your house. Don’t be afraid to ask lots and lots of questions throughout every stage of the home building process. Taking extra time for research and planning will help ensure you get the perfect dream home with few surprises. If you’re considering building a custom home, contact our team at Copper Brook Homes. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and help guide you through the home building process.