Building a custom home is an exciting process, but it can be a little overwhelming at times to think about all the small details. If you’re wondering where to start, there are a few big questions you first need to ask yourself.

To help, we’ve outlined some of the initial factors you should think about when building a custom home:


Many builders specialize in a particular style of home. Before you begin the detailed process of construction, it is important to know exactly what type of home you want. Are you seeking a traditional colonial? Something a little more modern? Would you like to live in a ranch-style house or a three-level building?

Starting off by specifying the exact type of home you would like to build will help you to answer the more detailed design questions later in the construction process.


Are you looking for two bedrooms or five? A two-car garage or a simple, small driveway? How many square feet will you need? These are only a few factors to consider when deciding on the size of your custom home. To help give your builder a better idea of the type of home you’re envisioning, write down exactly what you want in terms of square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms.

Price Range

While some builders may create custom homes for first-time buyers as well as multi-million dollar homes for the more affluent, that is not always the case. To avoid confusion and to ensure you create the best and most affordable home possible, communicate to your builder exactly how much you are prepared to spend.


There are many important factors to consider when you begin building a custom home. The type of home you desire, the size you are looking for, and the price range you are most comfortable with are the primary questions you must ask yourself.

For a more in depth guide, check out this Guide to Hiring a Custom Home Builder.