Top 5 Considerations For A Custom Home Build

Top 5 Considerations For A Custom Home Build

Top 5 Considerations For A Custom Home Build

Planning your new custom home build is exciting!  We’ve got the top 5 things you should know and consider before you get into planning your new custom home build

1. Budget

First thing you should know before getting started into a custom home build is your budget!  You can dream as big as you want while planning your new home but you really need to consider how much you can actually afford to build.

Once you know your budget, you can reverse engineer pretty much everything.  The money you have available tells you how much you can dedicate towards purchasing your lot, the size house you can build and what quality level  you can choose for your finishing materials.  Your builder will be able to work within your budget and can help you to get you what you want in your new custom home.

2. Timeline

A good builder will do a detailed walkthrough of the building timeline with you.  A large custom home build can often take 18-24 months to complete.  Your builder should provide you with a realistic timeline and indicate any deadlines for items you need to make final decisions about.

Over the course of the build, there may be unforeseen issues that come up: road restrictions, permits, inspection delays, labor or material shortages, and waiting on sub-contractors.  All of these issues (and more) need to be addressed beforehand.  As the client, not being able to see these issues as they happen means that the should be communicated beforehand.

The timeline will also be affected by inclement weather.  Digging, forming and pouring a foundation will be certainly affected when its -35.  Any anticipated poor weather events can slow things down: Tornadoes, hurricanes, freezing rain, etc..  The type of natural forces will, of course, vary depending on where you live, but your builder should have buffer redundancies in place in the schedule.

3. Who To Talk To First

There are a number of professionals you will need to involve in your house building process.  Who do you talk to first?  A great builder will be able to bring in the best interior designers and architects in order to create a team to plan and build your home.

Whether you sketched out your ideas on graph paper or found plans on the internet, your builder should be able to offer you valuable suggestions about the layout, design, function and costs of your home.  Even if you have architectural plans already and are ready to start, a builder can help you evaluate function and costs before beginning construction.

Contact us for any questions about who you think you may need on your team.

4. What Type of House

You might already have a good idea what you want to build or you might need to look around for the various styles before you start.  There are a variety of building heights, designs, and building techniques to consider that can all influence the type of house you build.  Building UP is always cheaper than building OUT so you can get the same square footage for less by building a two storey.

Are you getting older and don’t want to deal with stairs anymore? A single story home without a basement might be what you need. 

Do you have a live-in nanny or need a separate suite for family? 

Do you have a home based business and need a quiet office space?

Factors like this will change the layout of your home.   You will also have to consider any restrictions and codes in place in your city or county.  Many homeowner associations also have covenants in place that can dictate the size and design of your home.  The land layout itself can also affect construction and design of the house.

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5. Your Involvement

How involved do you want to be in your build?  As previously mentioned, building a custom home can take up to two years.  You know yourself, your schedule and how much you will be available to be involved.  What decisions do you want to be involved with?  Do you want to make all the final decisions about finishes or just certain ones?  Are there certain features you really want to have in certain rooms?

There are many things to consider when building a custom home.  For many clients, time is their rarest commodity and they will rely on their builder to make a lot of decisions.  You should evaluate your prior commitments and determine how much time you will have to focus on making decisions.  The more you know about yourself and how much you want to be involved with the build will help both you and your builder throughout the entire process.

Custom build… What’s first? The lot, the plan or the builder?

Custom build… What’s first? The lot, the plan or the builder?

Custom build… What’s first? The lot, the plan or the builder?

 

One of the greatest struggles custom building clients go through is the question, “What do I need to do first? Do I buy a lot, create building plans, or choose a builder?

This question gets much attention, therefore, let me give a bit of perspective.

There are many different reasons to start building a luxury custom home. Some people knew that it was time to move, go bigger, go smaller, or simply needed a change. They were in a situation where they could afford to build a house, but knew that they had specific things they wanted in a house.

Enter the custom building process.

More often than not, the client will see a building lot in a spectacular location that is owned by the builder, or clients will bring a location that they want, own, or are in the process of buying. Going this route allows the design process to take into account every nuance, every tree, every angle and every ray of light into consideration when planning the layout, because they already know the lot dimension, direction and sizing guidelines. This often works very well, with everyone knowing exactly what is possible on the lot available.

This does, however, have its set backs as if they wait for the lot to be found and purchased, it extents the amount of time. Also, finding the “perfect” lot might happen but they may find that the lot is with a builder that they do not necessarily want to build with, or is able to meet their needs.

Alternatively, we have had clients ask if they should purchase, design, or create a home design and plans because they know what they want already. This works for somebody that is able to know exactly what kind of lots are available, and they are all relatively the same. Architects, designs and home builders are usually familiar with the local setback lines, indicating the allowable build size without a variance. Going through a knowledgable source is best as designing a home that can fit on most lots is a tricky task and requires a lot of guessing on everyone’s part. This is the least recommended path to follow as the usual reason for going through the custom building process in the first place is to get EXACTLY what they wanted in the first place.

Last but not least, is choosing the builder first. More times than not, I have witnessed people go from builder to builder, constantly being discouraged by “custom” builders that offer pre-designed layouts, with minimal ability or desire to change them. Going with a proven custom builder is a great option as working with a custom builder will give you a lot of experience and guidance when going through the process. One thing that Emmett Leo Homes does better than anyone else is knowing where the client should put their money, vs where they can save. This all has to do with finding out what is important to them, and helping guide them through the hundreds of decisions required. This comes from our # 1 value: HONESTY. We will always recommend what we believe to be the right choice for our clients, whether it’s about finishings, design, or timelines.

The biggest setback with choosing a builder first is they might not have acces to the desired location, and not have the experience in purchasing and negotiating homes/vacant lots that are for sale by another builder or a homeowner. With a extensive background in buying, building and selling luxury spec projects, Emmett Leo Homes can help work together with out clients to get the their desired location faster and cheaper.

At Emmett Leo Homes, we offer 10 years of negotiating experience purchasing undervalued property, as well as finding off market property. We work with the best team to find infill lots that are not on the market or purchase development lots found in most developments.

Whichever way you decide to go, know that we are always here to lend a guiding hand, should clients choose to go with us or not. The custom building process can be tedious without the right help, and we strive to help all those, clients or not, and lead them in the the right direction for THEM.

Decision Difficulty

Decision Difficulty

Decision Difficulty

There are hundreds of decisions that need to be made during a custom luxury home project. Most of them, the builder can make unconsciously due to our experience and repetitions. However, there are many that the client MUST be present for, and make the final decision.

The first thing that my clients ALWAYS have to know is that when we speak, that I am speaking from my OWN EXPERIENCE. That makes it NOT right, NOT wrong, simply my opinion. I tell them what I would do in their situation. I tell them where I think that they can save money, and where they might want to put a little more in for re-sale purposes or lifestyle.

I try to ask better questions to find out what is TRULY important to them. Do they REALLY care about the flooring TYPE or do they care simply about the color and feel? Do they want a certain look or is functionality the most important? How do they live? What is the FLOW of how their family lives and works?

I find that after having conversations with my clients, the builders that they have met before say the same thing. “We can do anything you want”. This is quite the interesting statement.

First of all, most builders are used to building the same style house over and over, and most have NOT seen or been involved with a lot of higher end product and installations. You will generally find this in their price where they allot for a lot of error room.

Secondly, my clients are NOT supposed to be the experts in the building field. They DON’T know exactly what they want, rather they know what is IMPORTANT to them and it is up to me to work with them to match the level of material and service that they desire and require.

No two clients are the same. So, in saying that, we ask a lot of questions and LISTEN to the answers. What we do best is offer solutions to problems that they may have. Where do I put the most money? Do I choose A or B? What gives me the most resale?

Ultimately, building a custom home comes down to decisions. Who makes them, and how easily the process is laid out. Emmett Leo Homes does a great job at finding what is really important to our clients and over-delivering communication, integrity, quality and customer service.

There are hundreds of decisions that need to be made during a custom luxury home project. Most of them, the builder can make unconsciously due to our experience and repetitions. However, there are many that the client MUST be present for, and make the final decision.

The first thing that my clients ALWAYS have to know is that when we speak, that I am speaking from my OWN EXPERIENCE. That makes it NOT right, NOT wrong, simply my opinion. I tell them what I would do in their situation. I tell them where I think that they can save money, and where they might want to put a little more in for re-sale purposes or lifestyle.

I try to ask better questions to find out what is TRULY important to them. Do they REALLY care about the flooring TYPE or do they care simply about the color and feel? Do they want a certain look or is functionality the most important? How do they live? What is the FLOW of how their family lives and works?

I find that after having conversations with my clients, the builders that they have met before say the same thing. “We can do anything you want”. This is quite the interesting statement.

First of all, most builders are used to building the same style house over and over, and most have NOT seen or been involved with a lot of higher end product and installations. You will generally find this in their price where they allot for a lot of error room.

Secondly, my clients are NOT supposed to be the experts in the building field. They DON’T know exactly what they want, rather they know what is IMPORTANT to them and it is up to me to work with them to match the level of material and service that they desire and require.

No two clients are the same. So, in saying that, we ask a lot of questions and LISTEN to the answers. What we do best is offer solutions to problems that they may have. Where do I put the most money? Do I choose A or B? What gives me the most resale?

Ultimately, building a custom home comes down to decisions. Who makes them, and how easily the process is laid out. Emmett Leo Homes does a great job at finding what is really important to our clients and over-delivering communication, integrity, quality and customer service.

Why you DON’T have to make ALL the decisions building a Luxury Home!

Why you DON’T have to make ALL the decisions building a Luxury Home!

Why you DON’T have to make ALL the decisions building a Luxury Home!

 

There are hundreds of decisions that need to be made during a custom luxury home project. Most of them, the builder can make unconsciously due to our experience and repetitions. However, there are many that the client MUST be present for, and make the final decision.

The first thing that my clients ALWAYS have to know is that when we speak, that I am speaking from my OWN EXPERIENCE. That makes it NOT right, NOT wrong, simply my opinion. I tell them what I would do in their situation. I tell them where I think that they can save money, and where they might want to put a little more in for re-sale purposes or lifestyle.

I try to ask better questions to find out what is TRULY important to them. Do they REALLY care about the flooring TYPE or do they care simply about the color and feel? Do they want a certain look or is functionality the most important? How do they live? What is the FLOW of how their family lives and works?

I find that after having conversations with my clients, the builders that they have met before say the same thing. “We can do anything you want”. This is quite the interesting statement.

First of all, most builders are used to building the same style house over and over, and most have NOT seen or been involved with a lot of higher end product and installations. You will generally find this in their price where they allot for a lot of error room.

Secondly, my clients are NOT supposed to be the experts in the building field. They DON’T know exactly what they want, rather they know what is IMPORTANT to them and it is up to me to work with them to match the level of material and service that they desire and require.

No two clients are the same. So, in saying that, we ask a lot of questions and LISTEN to the answers. What we do best is offer solutions to problems that they may have. Where do I put the most money? Do I choose A or B? What gives me the most resale?

Ultimately, building a custom home comes down to decisions. Who makes them, and how easily the process is laid out. Emmett Leo Homes does a great job at finding what is really important to our clients and over-delivering communication, integrity, quality and customer service.

Custom build… What’s first? The lot, the plan or the builder?

Confused planning your custom home build?

Confused planning your custom home build?

Want to build a custom home but don’t know where to start?

The builder, the plans or the lot?

 

One of the greatest struggles custom building clients go through is the question, “What do I need to do first?  Do I buy a lot, create building plans, or choose a builder?

This question gets much attention, therefore, let me give a bit of perspective.

There are many different reasons to start building a new custom home.  Some people knew that it was time to move, go bigger, go smaller, or simply needed a change.  They were in a situation where they could afford to build a house but knew that they had specific things they wanted in a house.

Enter the custom building process.

More often than not, the client will see a building lot in a spectacular location that is owned by the builder, or clients will bring a location that they want, own, or are in the process of buying.   Going this route allows the design process to take into account every nuance, every tree, every angle, and every ray of light into consideration when planning the layout because they already know the lot dimension, direction, and sizing guidelines.  This often works very well, with everyone knowing exactly what is possible on the lot available.

This does, however, have its setbacks as if they wait for the lot to be found and purchased, it extends the amount of time.  Also, finding the “perfect” lot might happen but they may find that the lot is locked with a builder that they do not necessarily want to build with, or is able to meet their needs.

Alternatively, we have had clients ask if they should purchase, design, or create a custom home design and plans because they know what they want already.  This works for somebody that is able to know exactly what kind of lots are available, and they are all relatively the same.  Architects, designs, and home builders are usually familiar with the local setback lines, indicating the allowable build size without a variance.  Going through a knowledgeable source is best, as designing a custom home that can fit on “most” lots is a tricky task and requires a lot of guessing on everyone’s part.  This is the least recommended path to follow as the usual reason for going through the custom building process in the first place is to get EXACTLY what they wanted in the first place.

Last but not least, is choosing the builder FIRST.  More times than not, I have witnessed people go from builder to builder, constantly being discouraged by “custom” builders that offer pre-designed layouts, with the minimal ability or desire to change them. Going with a proven custom builder is a great option as working with a custom builder will give you a lot of experience and guidance when going through the process.  One thing that Emmett Leo Homes does better than anyone else is knowing where the client should put their money, vs where they can save.  This all has to do with finding out what is important to them and helping guide them through the hundreds of decisions required.  This comes from our # 1 value: HONESTY.  We will always recommend what we believe to be the right choice for our clients, whether it’s about finishing, design, or timelines.

The biggest setback with choosing a builder first is they might not have access to the desired location, and not have the experience in purchasing and negotiating homes/vacant lots that are for sale by another builder or a homeowner.  With an extensive background in buying, building, and selling luxury spec projects, Emmett Leo Homes can help work together without clients to get them their desired location faster and cheaper.

A great builder will also have a some of the best insight as to who should be brought in as interior designers, architects, and appropriate trades.  There are amazing professionals out there, and a great builder will be able to help bring in the best ones.  

At Emmett Leo Homes, we offer 10 years of negotiating experience purchasing undervalued property, as well as finding an off-market property.  We work with the best team to find infill lots that are not on the market or purchase development lots found in most developments.

Whichever way you decide to go, know that we are always here to lend a guiding hand, should clients choose to go with us or not.   The custom building process can be tedious without the right help, and we strive to help all those, clients or not and lead them in the right direction for THEM.

Winnipeg Custom Home Builder | The Blog

Winnipeg Custom Home Builder | The Blog

Welcome to the first official post for Emmett Leo Homes. We are excited to finally have this up and running, and be able to connect with you this way.  This blog is to educate you, entertain you, and most of all, understand who we are and what we do.

Emmett Leo Homes is a Winnipeg custom home builder, with the bulk of our homes in one of Canada’s most prestigious neighborhoods: Tuxedo.  What we do very well is build homes.  What we are going to be doing a much better job at is actually showing YOU the process.  The planning, the process, the insight, and the steps.  The raw truth of what building is, and why it makes us unique.

We have some very simple goals here: help you figure out any and all of your housing questions, and show you why Emmett Leo Homes is better than all the rest.   It will be a daily blog, so make sure that you check it out regularly if you are interested in building, remodeling, or simply looking at cool things happening.  We will give you access to some of Winnipeg’s most elegant homes as they are built.  We will educate about decisions that have to be made by the home purchaser and provide insight into the pitfalls that a lot of other builders run into.  Let’s not be unrealistic…there are always things that come up.  We plan to take you through them and show you what to expect, and how we overcome them.

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