There is a lot that goes into building a home, especially a custom designed one built just for you. While it takes much more effort than buying a new construction, there are plenty of rewards. For one, you get a home tailored to your needs and wants. You lay out what is important to you and your family. Do you want a huge family room for movie nights and get-togethers with friends? Or maybe you need a custom office to impress potential clients? Whatever you need you can get it in your custom home.

Before you dive into one of the costliest and most time-consuming projects of your life, it’s a good idea to know what you’re getting yourself into.


We cannot stress enough what a long process this is. First you have to find the right location. Then, once you’ve settled on that you’ll need to develop plans for your dream house, get a construction loan if you don’t have the cash, and then hire the right contractor. From there, you’ll be working with the contractor and maybe more people (like sub-contractors, architects and so on) to take your home from drawings to the real thing. There will be local ordinances to follow, permits to acquire, building codes to interpret. Even if the entire process goes smoothly without any problems it is still lengthy endeavor.


The entire process going smoothly is a lofty dream, as with new construction there are always bumps in the road. Although everything might be planned to the letter, you can’t control local municipalities. Inspections might get bumped or delayed. Inspectors might not pass you for tiny infractions and then rescheduling can take weeks. With new construction, many materials have to be ordered or custom-made which can mean longer wait times. While many of these are worst case scenarios, always be prepared for the unexpected.


Even though there are plenty of ways things can go wrong during a custom home project, the reward is substantial and well worth the work. After it’s all done, you’ll be able to move into a space designed for you in the perfect location.

Minimize the risk of things going wrong by hiring the right builder. A construction company with a lot of experience in building custom homes can anticipate problems and solve them before they become issues. To start building your dream home, call Markley Construction or check out our completed projects.

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