Custom Home

The Budget

Choosing a Builder

The Lot

Architectural Design

Windows and Doors

Interior Design

Foundations

Framing

Air Conditioning

Electrical

Plumbing

Pre-wire

Cabinetry

Brick and Stone

Insulation

Sheetrock

Flooring

Appliances

Paint and Wall Coverings

Lighting

ESI Phone System

Feedback

Q&A

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Custom Home Building

A dream home or a nightmare?

Building a custom home can either be a dream or a nightmare. It rarely seems like it falls in between. Ask most people who have built one, and they will either curse the event or remember it fondly.

In 2002, I built my second home. Put me down in the dream home column. I had a blast, so I thought I would share some tips and observations.

Character Building

Building a custom home, even with the best builder in town, will reveal some things about your character. Your character will be revealed to yourself and to your spouse, children, real estate agent, developer, builder, sub-contractors, friends, and acquaintances.

What will the people involved in your building process see in you? Will they see love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? Or will they just see someone who explodes every time he doesn't get his way?

One of the biggest differences between a child and a mature adult is how they respond to adversity. We expect toddlers to throw temper tantrums when they don't get exactly what they want the minute they want it. We don't expect the same from adults.

Even with the best builder in town, your house will not turn out perfect. Every person who is a part of the construction process is human, including yourself. Mistakes will be made. Orders will be wrong or late. Designs will be faulty. Deadlines will be missed. Things will get broken. Miscommunication will occur. Discussions will be forgotten.

Relax and Flex

Your ability to relax and flex will to a large part determine how much you enjoy the custom home building process. It's not that you have to give in every time something doesn't go your way. Rather, when something doesn't go as planned, you need to step back and evaluate how important the issue actually is. Every single item in your house cannot be a deal breaker. Every single item in your house IS not a deal breaker.

Site Organization

This homebuilding web site is designed to take you through each step in the homebuilding process in the order they occur. Your first task is to determine your budget. Then you choose a builder, pick a lot, and design the home. Why does"Windows and Doors" come before "Interior Design"? You have to choose your windows and doors during the architectural design process because different manufactures use different sized windows. If you decide that you want wood windows, they will be sized differently than metal windows even from the same manufacturer. Each step in the process is important, and each step will need to be discussed with your builder.

Have fun! .

 

Discussions

Come tell us about your experiences building or remodeling a home in our Discussion Forums.

This is also the best place to get your questions answered.

Balthazar Custom Homes

If you are looking for a great custom home builder in Dallas, check out John Balthazar of Balthazar Custom Homes. He is fair and knowledgeable. His quality is first-rate. He uses great subcontractors.

Update: Our home was completed and we moved in on October 18, 2002. My wife and I both tell people who ask that we would build another home tomorrow with Balthazar Custom Homes. We were satisfied both with the process and the end product.

You can contact John at 972-618-7653.

 

  

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