Leveling And Rebuilding For A Lower-Cost Custom Home

Posted on: 18 May 2016

If your interest is not piqued by any of the home choices in your town, you always have the option of going custom. Custom building a home means that you get precisely the house that you want and that you get to be the person to pick every single feature. The drawback of home building is that you have the added expense of doing everything from the ground up. If you want to build a custom home, here are a few things that you can do to make the cost less expensive. 

Pick a good neighborhood with a terrible house

Buying a lot in one of the best neighborhoods in your city can often cost as much as building a one story home itself. Instead of buying a lot in the best part of the city, select an established neighborhood that is on the verge of rehabilitation. Work with a real estate agent who can help you find an older, less expensive lot in a neighborhood that is surrounded by major changes and has undergone a lot of construction recently. 

Take out any usable items before leveling the home

Before you level the home to put up a brand new building, you should go through the home to determine if there are things to keep. You may not care what your toilet looks like, so the old ones can be spruced up. If the home has black appliances, these may work just fine for your dark colored kitchen. Be sure to keep anything possible to cut down on material cost. 

Work with the current foundation

When you build a home, you should work with an established custom home builder. Have the builder come to the site to inspect the foundation and go over the options for utilizing the current foundation for the home. Even if small changes are needed, such as filling in certain spots or extending the foundation structure, eliminating the cost of the foundation can decrease the necessary project budget substantially. Your builder can let you know if changes need to be made and how long they will take. 

Go up instead of out

Work with your custom home contractor to create a design that has as much square footage as you need by increasing the stories in the home, rather than expanding to the sides. Keeping the sides clear offers the option for items that older homes typically did not have, such as two car garages or space for a gate. A slim building with three stories will keep space for upgrading later, while offering space for upgraded amenities.