Deciding to build a custom home can be daunting and seem like and impossible dream for most people. As with anything else, knowledge is key to building a new construction home and our team at Platinum Builders will not only help educate you on the new construction process, we will also help prepare and organize your journey to building the custom home of your dreams. With a combined 40 years of experience in home construction and building custom homes in Downers Grove, Westmont, Clarendon Hills, Naperville, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Elmhurst and the surrounding Chicago Western Suburbs, Platinum Builders strives to be the premiere custom home builders that build your dream home.
Every custom home build is different, but at its core, there are a few things that remain constant in building new construction homes.
Basic Process of a Custom Home Build
- Hire an architect and general contractor
- Plan/Hire miscellaneous contractors
- Over see your custom home build process
- Last preparations before moving in
- Move in...
Once you have decided to build a new construction home, you will need an architect and a general contractor to begin. There is no set rule on whether you should hire an architect or contractor first. You may find a general contractor you like and they have an architect they can recommend or visa versa. You may find both separately either on your own or through referrals. In most cases, it is wise to hire an architect prior to buying a property to build your new custom home. The reason for this is that when you work with the architect first, he or she will ask you questions to help create a floor plan and design of the new construction home—if you already have a property, the conversation with the architect will be more of a ‘what can fit onto this property’ rather than ‘here is the size and type of property needed to build the custom home of your dreams’.
After procuring a lot for your new home construction, there are a lot more details that need to be completed and reviewed, but this articles’ focus is on the very basic process of building a new home so some aspects of the custom home build process will be skipped and detailed in another article. For now, we will continue on to the second bullet point…
Custom Home in Downers Grove
New construction home in Downers Grove, built as a build to suit home. The pictures to the left show the evolution of the construction process, starting with plans/blueprints, breaking ground and foundation, framing and finally the finished product. Also included is a 3D rendering, which most architects will provide with blueprints.
- House Wrap
- Finished Home
At this point, the general contractor has broken ground and started building your custom home. Even though it may seem early to think about landscaping and interior design—after all, the build process just started—it is necessary to have these contractors chosen and working on their respective designs. Depending on the construction schedule, it could be three, six or nine months or more until construction has been completed, but believe it or not, it will sneak up on you and you don’t want to be left with a dirt yard and bland interior design. The interior designer is probably a bit more important to have early on so finish materials can be chosen and are ready for the contractor when the time comes. As stated before, the time goes by quickly and it will sneak up on you, so being prepared is essential.
How can nine months ‘sneak’ up on you? Very easily, because once you have decided to build your custom home, you need to be involved in every aspect of the build process. You should visit the site frequently to make sure everything is going as planned and also be available for any questions that may arise. You may be asking, how frequent is frequently? It depends—if you live close by you may visit daily, whereas if you live further away, you may visit once a week. The point here is not to oversee the construction, but to oversee the process and being available for any questions that may arise. In addition to your ‘frequent’ visits, you should also be monitoring and or verifying the insurance, permits, payments and inspections for the home build. In regards to permit and inspections, most contractors will take care of both, but it is good to verify this before breaking ground. Building a custom home is a lot of work and in the end is well worth it, but being involved in the process (which you certainly should be), can be time and life consuming, so be prepared.
Custom Homes In Downers Grove
Pictured on the right are two custom homes in Downers Grove. One of them is a true custom home built per specifications of the client. The other is a custom home, build to suit. Both home were built in Downers Grove.
- Custom Homes
- Build To Suit
- High End Finishes
- Large Kitchens
- Master Suites
After months of construction, you’re in the final stretch. The end is in sight, so now you can finally relax! Not quite, there are some final preparations before moving in to your new custom home. First and foremost, who is in charge of cleaning up the construction site? In most cases it is the contractor, but make sure of this and have it in writing in the contract. If you hired a landscaper as suggested before, it is time to start planning their work schedule.
Now all that is left to do is pack your stuff and move in and enjoy your new custom home and hard work. Show off your new home to friends and family.
Luxury Custom Home in Downers Grove
Luxury custom home built in Downers Grove is situated on a picturesque tree lined street. The house features a gourmet kitchen, large master suite, 3rd floor bonus room, oversized garage and large outdoor living areas in front and back. No detail was overlooked on this gorgeous custom build!
- 4 Bed / 3.5 Baths
- Gourmet Kitchen
- Master Suite
- Oversized Garage
- Paver Brick Driveway and Patio
Platinum Builders strives to be the leading custom home builders in Downers Grove, Westmont, Naperville, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Elmhurst and the surrounding Chicago Western Suburbs. We aspire to be the desirable home builders in Downers Grove and the Western Suburbs by delivering high quality new construction homes on time and to our clients specifications.
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