Custom Home Building 101; to build or not to build

So you decided that you want to build a custom home for your family.  Is it because you found a lot in just the right location?  Or you’ve been looking at existing homes for sale and are not finding one that has the features you need?  Or want a home that is uniquely your own?  Well, a custom built home may indeed be the answer.  The good news is that you get to select the features you need, you get to build it on a lot of your choice, you get to select your building team.  In short, you get to pick stuff.  But the bad news is the same as the good news; you have to pick stuff, you have to select a lot, you have to select a plan with the features you need.  So where do you start?

Budget, Plan/features, Lot; the most difficult items.  The budget is the overriding issue.  Everyone has to work within a budget, large or small.  So the sooner you establish a realistic budget, the better.  Run the budget by a mortgage lender to make sure you can afford the payments.  Run the budget by a builder to make sure you can get the plan and features you need (and some of the features you want).  Then you can calculate what you can afford for a lot.  Lots have several decision points; location, cost, construction complications.  A long driveway costs more to install, and more to maintain than a shorter one.  A 3 acre lot will cost more to seed, landscape and mow than a .5 acre lot.  All these variables should be considered when deciding on a lot.  By the way, one more consideration, there is an unlimited number of plans and features available for a home.  Wheatland Custom Homes and Remodeling can build a small or a larger home, modern or traditional, stone or siding; a wide variety of sizes, styles, features.  But there is only a limited number of lots available, land is just not being made anymore.

For help in this decision making process, to talk about lots, home plans and budgets, contact .

Wheatland Custom Homes and Remodeling has been building fine homes, additions and restorations in south central Pennsylvania for over 20 years.

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Rick Martin
We understand that building a home or remodeling is a big investment, and we appreciate the trust you give us to be your builder of choice. We take this responsibility seriously and are committed to building you an exceptional home that you and your family will enjoy for years to come.

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