Whether your dream home is a sprawling new construction ranch home, a traditional two-story home or something in between, it is important to give serious thought to what you want and need as well as those things you don’t want or need. We’ve put together a checklist of sorts to help guide you through the process and help you end up with exactly the new home that is right for you.
Poor planning and budgets that are too small can lead to inconvenient and often costly mistakes. When building a new home, look at the home from many angles – considering your current and future lifestyles. Will your family be expanding? Or will your children be leaving the nest? Do you entertain often and host overnight guests regularly? Poor design choices can make your new home uncomfortable and dissatisfying. The Glacier Custom Homes team includes architects, engineers and builders that are all trained to help you make effective decisions. They will help guide you as to where you can save a few dollars and where you absolutely should not cut corners.
Plan your Budget
Begin now to think about how much you can afford to spend and how much building your new home is likely to cost. Knowing the approximate costs will help you modify your building plans to meet your budget.
Choose Your Homesite Carefully
Unless you are selecting a new home from our inventory of available, already built homes, you will need to choose the lot or homesite before you select floor plans or other details. Will your house be customized to fit your lot or should you find the right lot that suits your dream home?
Glacier Custom Homes offers a selection of floor plans designed by a certified architect, in each community and will customize these plans to suit your precise needs and preferences for many years to come.
Know before you Buy
Glacier Custom Homes are covered by a 10 year new home warranty. You may examine the warranty information here.
Get to know the area – Talk to neighbors, participate in social media, discover what you can about the area you are considering. Research school districts, utilities and property taxes – in most cases, we provide you with this information on our website for each community.
Floorplans include many basic features that allow for some creative leeway. Customizing your home may change the base price of a floorplan. At Glacier Custom Homes our base plans include many stunning features:
- 3cm Granite Counter-tops
- Furniture Finished Cabinetry
- Stainless Steel Appliance Package
- Elegant Lighting Package
- Premium 8ft Wood Front Door
- Crown Molding & Utility Cabinets
- Energy Efficient HVAC System
- Radiant Barrier Roof Decking
- Low-Emission Tinted Windows
- Landscape Package
- Insulated Garage Door
Take the time to build it Right
The addition of a playroom, game room or multipurpose room sounds enticing, but only plan to build a room that will actually get used. What use is a home gym where the treadmill is used to hold clothes from last season? If your home plan includes a flex room, consider creating a room that can transition from one type to the next. A sewing room may serve little purpose, but a sewing room or office that doubles as a guest room could see a lot of use.
Ensure ample workspace in your new kitchen. Plan for smart placement of outlets and be sure to include a walk-in pantry! Glacier Custom Homes creates kitchens meant to be used and smartly designed; we are happy to work with you to design your dream kitchen.
Plan for Outdoor Living
Ensure that your backyard is not just a great view from inside your home. Think about how you would like to enjoy this space and let us create the outdoor living space you want.
Not just a motto for the Boy Scouts, make sure you come to the new home building and buying process fully equipped:
- Attend Home shows to get ideas and take pictures
- Scour magazines and go online; save favorites to share and review later
- Make wishlists
- Stay organized with a binder for your clipping, paperwork and correspondence, and most importantly:
- Know That Adding Something Later Will Always Cost More