custom homeAre you planning to build a custom home? Are you looking to have your custom home built within budget and in a timely manner. Listed below are some tips to help you have a successful custom home building project and also help you avoid the most common mistakes that will sabotage your project.

What is so special about a custom home?

Compared to a spec home or a resale home where you have no choice but to adapt to the space made by someone else, a custom home lets you design your own space. You can decide on the layout of the room, the design of the finishing, as well as the quality of the materials that will be used for building your custom home Myrtle Beach. But as you consider these advantages, it is crucial for you to know how you can avoid the most common pitfalls that could arise when building and designing a custom home.

Common Mistakes People Make

  1. Purchasing a lot before knowing the cost of the site prep and servicing.

A lot of people have their lot chosen way before the custom home builder constructs their custom home. Waterfront views, privacy, closeness to amenities, all of these are popular features that you need to search for when selecting a site. However, what you might forget is the amount you have to pay for the preparation and connection of services to your lot. And that is where the budget inflation starts. Among the site preparation costs that you have to take into account are the environmental remediation as well as municipal zoning. For example, do you have a contingency fund for getting rid of Asbestos in an already existing structure? How about an underground oil tank? These are only a few things that will influence the cost of servicing and preparing your lot.  

  1. Imposing a home design on a specific site rather than adapting a design to it.

Building sites have unique characteristics just like people. And the features that first attracted you may also be the ones that can trigger problems for you down the road. You need to cautiously pick your site. In case you have already purchased a lot, you are way better off adapting your gorgeous custom home design to the existing features of the site rather than forcing a predetermined design onto it.

  1. Starting a home design before making a budget.

Have you told someone something but ended up getting something completely different? This can also happen to home designs. Clients hire a designer to create a set of plans but wind up getting something unexpected. In most cases, when you trace the issue backwards, you will discover that it all boils down to designing without any clue about budget boundaries. Home design affects everything about your project including the interior finishing and the outdoor landscape. You need to figure out a budget first before proceeding with the design so you can avoid disconnects from taking place between you and your designer. Plus it will help you keep costs from skyrocketing out of control when building your custom home.


If you want to make sure that your dream custom home is built properly, you need to work only with the best. Call Dawol Homes now!

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9404 Hwy 17 Bypass,
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
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Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

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