• The challenge to
    BUILD YOUR OWN HOUSE
    for home owners and businesses
How
to Build
Your Own Home
Learn about the home building process

Have you always dreamed of designing a custom home and building it from scratch? There are many benefits to this option, including the ability to personalize the floor plan, architectural details, and decor to your own preferences. However, building a home can be a significant undertaking, whether you work with a builder or take a DIY approach. Here are some of the key steps in the process.

Get Your Paperwork in Order

Before you can start construction, you must have all the legal paperwork completed. This may include mortgage and title documents for the land, county construction permits, surveying records, and blueprints from your architect or builder. In some places, you may need separate permits for construction, electrical work, and plumbing connections. If you are building in a covenant-restricted neighborhood, you may need to file additional paperwork with a homeowner's association.

Rough Construction

In most cases, house construction starts with excavating the area for the foundation and pouring the concrete. Once the building inspector approves it, the rough framing of the house's internal structure can begin. After the completion of the floors, walls, and roof systems, it's time for the plumbing and electrical rough-ins. This will usually include heating and air-conditioning systems. After the internal systems pass inspection, the exterior of the home can be completed including landscaping.

Finishing Touches

Once you have all the structural elements of your home completed, it's time to start on the interior aesthetic touches. Making decisions for every single aspect of the interior can be overwhelming. You can hire an interior designer to help you figure out how everything should look. A professional designer can provide resources, make suggestions, and ensure you get the results you want within your budget. Their specialties include choosing cabinets, window coverings, bath and kitchen fixtures, and more.

Final Inspection

Before you can move into your new home, you'll need to make sure the final inspection paperwork is completed. Generally, this means a thorough inspection from a county official to ensure everything complies with building codes and is structurally sound. You can work with your builder to schedule the inspection and file any remaining forms required to receive your occupancy permit. After that, your ready to enjoy the fruits of your hard work and effort.