How Do I Build a Custom House on My Own Lot?

Do you have a floor plan for a new home that you love, or some land that you’ve bought that inspires you? If you’ve always dreamed of designing a new home that creates the living space you’ve been looking forward to, here’s where you start. To build on your lot, you start with a plan. Contact us to let us assess where you’re at on the planning process, and we can discuss what’s needed in your city. The local zoning laws heavily affect your freedom to build any way you want, but generally, you trade services for zoning. Of course, you need a Custom Home Builder, and Riley-Sons Construction would love to be that option for you.

What are the First Steps to Building Our Custom Home?

Finding the right land or site for building your custom home in the Austin area can seem like a headache, but you don’t have to panic – thousands of new homeowners do it every year! There are lots of online resources to help, and of course, you can  always find a great local realtor to get you started. Like we said before, you also want to look at local zoning and building laws before you buy. There are horror stories out there of people who’ve bought land they ended up unable to build on. Look before you leap!

Should You Buy or Build a Home?

Most homebuyers end up spending lots of time and energy either searching for or designing “the perfect home” before signing any contracts or laying down funds.

Location, price, market trends, property taxes, homeowners association fees, and the condition of the property are usually factored into a house hunt. Also, each buyer typically has a wish list that includes specific needs (the things the buyer has to have) and wants (the features the buyer would like but could do without if necessary).

How Much Money Does It Cost If I Build a House Myself?

If you feel you have the custom builder skills, and you plan to build your custom home yourself, there’s a good chance you’re assuming it’s cheaper than hiring a custom home builder pro to do it for you. There is some truth in that, but there are some pitfalls you need to consider. Mainly, it’s the little things like understanding how cities and MUDs affect how you can build on your land. Get an easement wrong, and you could be out tens of thousands of dollars trying to fix it.

How Much Does It Cost To Build A House?

Shopping for your dream home among existing inventory can be exhausting. It’s difficult to find a pre-existing home that meets all your needs while checking off every single item on your wish list. Most people at least compare the cost of building a new custom home to the cost of existing houses before making their decision. Many times, you can build a new home for very similar cost, and in Austin’s hot housing market, you could actually save money in the end. It all boils down to what you want in the home. The higher end the fixtures are, the more the home will cost. There are dozens of other factors, of course, so it’s best to contact our team for a quick discovery call, and we can put a plan together to show you some numbers of what it would cost to build your custom dream home.

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What is the Breakdown of New Home Construction Cost?

There is a lot that goes into building a new custom home. You have to find and buy the land you’re going to build on, find a custom home builder in the Austin area that you like, decide on your floorplan, set up and sign your contract (this is what can cost you a lot of money if you get it wrong), arrange your financing (this includes construction loans and the final long-term mortgage you’ll set up), pick out your fixtures and finishes throughout the home, double check zoning laws and any HOA or county organizations you should know about, and more. THEN there’s the actual building of the home. Executing all of the necessary steps, in order, and doing it correctly is what you pay a custom home builder to do.

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What Are Some Financial Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Custom Home?

Not having all the details (construction loan, approval from various local Austin area entities who govern custom home building, etc…) in place before you start building. Don’t hire the wrong builders and subcontractors (aka, make sure you hire the RIGHT custom home builder and subcontractors). Resist the temptation to build too big. Consider today the resale value of your brand new home in ten years. Keep your home mortgage payments and term within reason. These are just a few, and you’ll find that we cover all these steps and more in our Custom Home Project Discovery Call.

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