Custom Home Checklist – Designer Homes

Custom Home Checklist 

There are so many details involved with building a dream home. Of course, you want every little detail to be perfect, but what if something is forgotten? Let’s walk through the creation of your own custom home checklist. Once you get organized, the whole process becomes a lot more fun.

How to Get Started with Your Custom Home Planning Checklist 

Before you get started with the construction process and design phase, you need to decide on a budget and timeframe. This will help you to know what you can afford and how quickly work needs to happen.  

Some factors that determine your budget are the cost of the land, fees and taxes for your area, home construction costs, landscaping costs, interior decorating, closing cost fees, and design and engineering fees.

Next, you will find the property where you will build your custom home. Most custom home builders will have properties for you to choose from if you aren’t finding your own. You will also need a construction loan. 

Designing Your House Plans 

Most custom home builders will have floor plans that you can customize if you aren’t looking to design the home from scratch. However, most people want to design their home from scratch so that the home is created specifically for their family. 

Let’s start with the basic questions you will need to answer on this Dream Home Checklist:

Determine What You’re Working With

What size will your home be? This will help you narrow down your expectations for space and square footage in each room. 

What is the size of the lot?

How many stories will your home be?

How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need?

What rooms do you need? 

  • home office
  • mudroom
  • eat-in kitchen 
  • formal dining room
  • children’s playroom
  • media room
  • laundry room
  • entry-way
  • finished basement
  • workout space
  • workshop
  • guest room 
  • custom studio space

Prioritize Your Preferences

What parts of your lifestyle are unique and how will you build that into your home?

What type of layout do you want? (open floor plan? Closed off rooms? entry-way?)

What structural features do you want in the house?

What are your style preferences?

What special features need to be included? 

It is a good idea to create a list of these special features and prioritize them so that you are sure to include your most needed features first in your budget. 

Some features to consider on your planning checklist are:

  • Fireplace
  • lighting options
  • heated floors 
  • built-in shelves
  • up-stairs laundry room
  • stair design
  • bay windows
  • hidden room
  • kitchen nook
  • outdoor living space
  • skylights 
  • Storage
  • informal living spaces

Each room will have different needs. It is important to start with one room and work your way through the house. The kitchen and bathrooms are rooms that require a lot of features.

The Kitchen 

Consider your lifestyle and what you do in each room. For the kitchen, how much cooking do you do? Do you have a lot of small kitchen appliances that need a spot on the counter? This will help you decide on how much counter space you need. 

Do you want a kitchen island?

Do you want an eat-in bar in the kitchen or a completely separate dining space?

How much food do you store in your kitchen? How big should your pantry be?

Do you prefer a gas or electric stove/oven?

Bathrooms

The location of the bathrooms is very important for your lifestyle. Do you want any bathrooms connected to bedrooms?

Do you want any bathrooms connected to two bedrooms (jack & jill bathroom)?

How many sinks and vanities?

What do you store in your bathroom? How big does the linen closet need to be? 

How to Determine Your Style and Preferences 

You might find yourself unsure about what it is that you like during the exciting design process. Without looking at all of your options the design process can be tricky. It is important to browse pictures of other homes and be very critical. Make a list of things that you like and don’t like. There are a lot of things that you might not consider unless you saw a visual. This will help you with your design direction during the design stages.

It is also a good idea to browse floor plans. You might not consider all of the ways that a house can flow until you see a lot of examples. Again, you might notice that the placement of the bathroom matters a lot to you. You may see how an outdoor space can flow with an indoor space.

As you are making your planning checklist of things that you do like, make sure you are remembering to prioritize so you know what to work with the most when it comes to your budget. If the outdoor space is the most important part of the house, you can make sure you don’t spend too much on the bathrooms that could take away from the budget of the outdoor space.

It’s a good idea to create individual budgets for each room. That way you can be sure that your details and choices work with the rest of your house. 

Custom Home Building with Designer Homes

The building process doesn’t need to be stressful. With Designer Homes custom home builder we transform the building experience with excellent communication and customer service.

One of our interior designers will work with you every step of the way as you create your designer house plan. We love creating unique homes and have never built the same house twice. This is because we have never met the same family twice. We keep the client at the center of the entire process.  

Our previous clients are surprised how smooth the building process goes with Designer Homes. We take pride in our excellent builder-client relationships.

If you are ready to get started on your custom home project we would love to hear more about your vision and answer all of your questions.