If your family is new to the custom home building market, your first steps can seem overwhelming.  After decades of working with hundreds of clients from all walks of life, we put together a list of the most important things you should consider when deciding to build your first custom home.


1.  Commitment

​Make sure you choose a builder you can trust and see yourself working with for the long haul.  Ask potential builders for references of previous clients or tour a home they have recently constructed.  Building your dream home takes communication and engagement with your custom home builder.  Choosing the right builder will be a rewarding experience that lasts a lifetime.

2.  Budget

​Decide what you can realistically afford to spend on the construction of your new home.  It is recommended to allow an additional 10% of your overall budget to allow for any changes you may decide to make during construction.

3.  Lifestyle

​Once you commit to your new home construction budget, you will need to figure out what you expect from your new custom home.  Make a list of the things you love in your current home as well as the things you wish you had.  It is also a good idea to write down a few things you know do not currently work with your lifestyle.  From there, organize your list starting with things you must have down to things you absolutely do not want in your new home.

4.  Location

​Whether it be a Kelley Homes lot, your lot, or a third party available lot.  When you begin looking for a place to build your new home there are a few things to be aware of.  Be sure to consider your surroundings and that you are building within a community that meets all the needs of your family.  Make sure your builder has soil tests performed along with an engineered foundation to ensure the strength and integrity of your build site.  Consider the costs of paying the city or county for permits, excavation, electricity and sewer hookups, and any landscaping that will need to be done as part of the building process.

5.  Planning

​Once you have figured out your expectations, budget and location, it is time to design the house of your dreams. Communicate heavily with your designer and home builder to find the plans that fit your family and lifestyle.  Whether you choose to completely design your custom home from scratch or make modifications to an existing plan, make sure you are confident with your decisions.

Kelley Custom Homes has an exceptional history of building beautiful custom homes in Granbury, Acton, Cresson, De Cordova, Lipan, Pecan Plantation, Tolar, Bluffdale, Glenrose and other communities in Hood County as well as Fort Worth, Arlington, Grapevine, Mansfield and Keller.  Let us work with you to build the custom home of your dreams.  Call or email Kelley Custom Homes today to schedule a consultation.

Top 5 Things to Consider When Deciding to Build Your First Custom Home