Our Custom Build Process
Thinking about building a custom home? As a full-service home builder, Paradisa Commercial can help you at any stage of your home building process. With over 10 years of experience, we are well-equipped to help you start your journey to building your dream home. Our team of real estate, construction, architecture, and design professionals are ready to work with you to make your custom home a reality.
There are many steps and factors to consider when thinking about building a custom home. Below, we’ll take you through what it means to build a custom home and all of the topics you’ll want to think about as you consider your project.
What Is a Custom Home?
Let’s just take a step back and define what a custom home is. Custom home building is exactly what it sounds like — a completely one-of-a-kind space that is designed and built according to your exact specifications. From the land and location of your choosing to the floor plan, architectural features, and design details, the sky is the limit for what your home can be. There are no predefined choices here, which means you’ll get to be involved in every step of bringing your dream home to life.
How Do You Build a Custom Home?
The custom home building process varies slightly by builder, but most will involve the following steps:
- Step 1: Initial Meeting with a Builder
- Step 2: Lot Selection and Home Location
- Step 3: Conceptual Plan Review
- Step 4: Preliminary Plan and Price Finalization
- Step 5: Contract Signing and Document Sharing
- Step 6: Construction Drawings Completion and Plans Submission
- Step 7: Interim Construction Financing Closing
- Step 8: Pre-construction Meeting
- Step 9: Ground Breaking and Framing
- Step 10: Roofing and Rough Mechanical and Electrical Systems
- Step 11: Walls and Fixtures Installation
- Step 12: Finishing Touches
- Step 13: Final Walkthrough and Closing
Now we’ll detail each of these steps below.
Custom Home Builder Process
Step 1: Initial Meeting with a Builder
The first step is for us to schedule time to discuss your custom build process with you. During this meeting we will explore your custom home options.
What We Discuss
Your concept of an ideal neighborhood
Your initial design preferences
Your budgetary needs
Your short- and long-term financing options, if necessary
Step 2: Lot Selection and Home Location
If you do not already have a lot purchased, you and your Paradisa team will dive into the search for your lot and discuss home location preferences.
What We Discuss
- The areas you prefer to live in
- Whether or not you want to live in a gated community
- If the local school district meets your family's needs
- The dynamic of your lot, including sun angles, wind factors, and topography
- Your preferred surroundings, like lakes, natural areas, or cityscapes
At this point, we will help you choose the perfect lot for building your home. We will also support you as you place the lot under contract, order tree and topographical surveys, schedule initial meetings with mortgage bankers, and begin the conceptual plan design.
Do I Have to Have My Own Lot? See our FAQs
Step 3: Conceptual Plan Review
Once your lot is settled, you’ll meet with our architect to review a scale drawing of the initial dimensions, home layout, and front elevation on the selected homesite.
What We Discuss
- Your initial home concept and layout
- Any changes or layout amendments
- Your site plan with topographical overlays
We then return any revisions you have to the architect for review and amendments. Once your architectural plan is complete and approved, we will meet with you to discuss the aesthetic of your home. We will ask you to approve all wall texture samples, exterior materials, and patterns and colors.
How Do I Choose a Floor Plan? See our FAQs
Step 4: Preliminary Plan and Price Finalization
Once you are satisfied with the conceptual plan, we will meet again to review any modifications and walk you through your new home. We will make sure you understand every functional and spatial aspect of your home, from the stone or lumber walls down to the door hinges.
We will go room by room through the layout to define the scope of the project and any allowances on the budget. You may meet with our team one or more times.
After we confirm your preliminary plan, we will review the initial construction cost sheet and specifications. If our price exceeds your budget, we will review and re-price the cost sheet. After that, you can then accept the finalized cost and specifications. From there, the preliminary plan will be valid for 30 days.
How Much Does It Cost to Build a Custom Home? See our FAQs
How Can I Budget for My Custom Home? See our FAQs
Making It Official
Step 5: Contract Signing and Document Sharing
Once you put the pen to paper, we officially begin the construction process. You will simply need to sign the construction cost sheet, specifications, and contracts, as well as put down your deposit of the sales price.
After the contract is signed, we help you make sure your paperwork is in order. You do not need to go up against a lender alone. We’ll work with you to choose an interim and mortgage lender (if applicable), and help you send your preliminary plan and contracts to your lender. Then all you have to do is finalize the documents from your lender.
How Do I Get a Loan for a Custom Home? See our FAQs
Step 6: Construction Drawings Completion and Plans Submission
At this point, you, our team, and your lender have a clear picture of your home. Your architect will complete your final construction drawings, including the engineering and structural plans, so we can pass it along to your construction team.
When the plans are done, you don’t have to worry about permitting and governmental paperwork. Paradisa Commercial will acquire the necessary approvals from local and state government entities to build your home. We submit the plans, attend appropriate local meetings, and get acceptance from the proper authorities to move forward in the construction process.
Step 7: Interim Construction Financing Closing
With all plans and approvals in place, you will close on the interim financing. We’ll meet you at your title company to sign closing documents after you schedule a date for interim closing. Once the closing documents are signed, we can begin construction.
Step 8: Pre-construction Meeting
We want to make sure you’re completely up to speed on your role in the construction process before we break ground. We will set up a meeting to introduce you to your Paradisa Commercial construction team, lay out your responsibilities, and outline when you will need to approve something.
Step 9: Ground Breaking and Framing
This is where the skeleton of your house takes shape. During this step, we clear your lot, pour your foundation, and install the frame of your home.
Build Out & Completion
Step 10: Roofing and Rough Mechanical and Electrical Systems
Once your framing is complete, we will build your roof. We then move on to installing the rough mechanical elements of your home, including HVAC, ductwork, electrical wiring, and any smart home systems. At the end of the installation, we will walk you through your home and review the structure at this phase.
Step 11: Walls and Fixtures Installation
Following the framework of your mechanical systems, we add your home’s insulation and drywall, and apply approved interior wall textures as well as primer. We also install your plumbing fixtures, doors, trim, and flooring. This is also when we finish up your mechanical and electrical systems.
Step 12: Finishing Touches
Your home is nearing completion at this point. We install all of your lighting, appliances, bathroom hardware, mirrors, glass, and cabinets. Since the major home construction is complete, this is when we do your irrigation and landscaping.
Step 13: Final Walkthrough and Closing
We want to make your home as perfect as possible. Before we turn your home over to you, we walk the property with you and discuss any final steps. We will also discuss any financial wrap-up and schedule the closing. At this point, you will get the full details of our warranty on your new custom home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Have to Have My Own Lot?
A custom home is just as custom as the lot it's built on. There are two ways you can purchase the lot for your new property. You can buy a lot directly from a custom home builder like Paradisa. Alternatively, you can purchase the lot on your own, which will include finding the location, planning costs, choosing what type of custom home you want, and taking all the necessary steps to make sure the lot is ready for construction. For more information about purchasing your own lot, visit our Build on Your Lot page.
How Do I Choose a Floor Plan?
Having an idea of what you want your home’s floor plan to be helps ensure that your property will match your expectations — and your custom home builder can help. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you decide:
- How many bedrooms/bathrooms do you want?
- How much square footage do you want or need?
- How many floors are ideal for your needs?
- Do you want a multi-generational layout?
- Do you want to add any special features, such as:
- Outdoor kitchen
- Swimming pool/spa
- Raised ceiling/loft area
- Walk-in wine room
We encourage you to bring any pictures, floor plan examples, or any inspiration to this meeting for the architect to review. We will work with you to create a list of design guidelines in order of importance (total square footage, number of bedrooms, number of baths).
How Much Does It Cost to Build a Custom Home?
The very nature of customization allows for endless design options, which means the cost can vary just as much. The number of custom features you choose, as well as the price point of each, will have a huge impact on the budget for your new build. Here are some different cost factors to consider when planning your new dream home:
- Design finishes. Granite countertops, marble tile floors, and hardwood flooring all come at a premium cost, so keep aesthetics in mind when it comes to your budget.
- Electrical wiring. Surround sound, custom wiring, and security gates all contribute to your total cost.
- Outdoor features. A pool, deck, outdoor kitchen, or special landscaping will raise the price of your home, but the structure of your lot may also affect how that feature is built — which could further increase costs.
- Structural engineering. If high ceilings, specialized doors, or glass walls are a must, these custom features will be reflected in your home’s total cost.
- Accessory dwelling units. Need an ADU for extra family and guests? Keep in mind that these usually require additional utility connections, in addition to extra construction time and materials.
- Size of the home. The more complex your floor plan — for example, more than three bathrooms — the higher the ultimate cost of your home will be.
How Can I Budget for My Custom Home?
In order to plan a realistic budget for your new home, you’ll need to do some research so that you know what you want and what to expect. The best way to do that is to meet with your custom home team for a consultation, so that we can help you narrow down your ideas and walk you through the process and timeline of a home build.
We’ll discuss your design preferences, your budget, and the financing options you’re considering. That way, you’ll have a realistic concept of what it takes to complete a custom build, as well as the cost of materials and construction. You’ll also learn how our leverage as builders can help cut materials costs.
How Do I Get a Loan for a Custom Home?
When it comes to financing your custom home, you’ll apply for a home construction loan. This is a short-term, higher-interest loan that lasts about a year in duration — just enough time to cover the costs of building and materials for your new property. Construction of the new home should be finished by the time the construction loan term is up, and when the term of that loan ends, the amount must be paid back in full. If necessary, you can either refinance the loan into a longer-term mortgage or acquire a new loan in order to pay off the construction loan.
Why Paradisa Commercial?
Our philosophy recognizes that the custom home building process is unique to each homeowner — offering varied opportunities and challenges from the lay of the land to budgetary and functional needs. We see you as a homeowner, not a project, so every instance of the homebuilding process will be a little different. We will work with you every step of the way so that you understand what steps we need to complete and when they are going to be completed.
Ready to jump into building your custom dream home, or just want to learn more about the process from an experienced custom home builder in Austin? Contact us for a consultation today.