We get calls and emails from people all around our service area, Chelsea, Dexter, Ann Arbor and Saline, all interested in building a custom home, but unsure where to start or how much it might cost. They have a piece of land, or they have one in mind, and now they want to build the home of their dreams.
We love these conversations! These folks are usually really excited about building their own home, on their own land, and aren’t we all.
It’s like the American Dream Come True!
The longer these fledgling new home builders have been in love with the idea, the more work they’ve done to make that dream a reality.
They’ve shopped around, done their research, tried their best to come up with a budget, and now they’re really close.
Many of these conversations usually end up at a particular question.
“How much, exactly, is it going to cost me to build?”
Building a custom home requires planning, coordination, and patience.
The more time and energy you put into those three elements, the happier you’ll be through the building process and the more satisfied you’ll be at the end of your project.
We’ll assume you’ve gone through the preliminaries, secured a buildable parcel of land, serviced by utilities, or able to support a well and drainage field, and that you have a general design in mind for the home. You’ve checked with the local building and zoning authorities and you’re cleared to build to that design.
You may know the square footage you need, or are thinking more in terms of bedrooms and baths. There may be certain design elements you’d like your home to have, or be free of, certain wants, needs, and accommodations.
Once you have the basics down, the Architectural Designs website is a great place to visit for ideas and inspiration. We can build from a set of plans you like, or modify a set of plans to suit your preferences and budget.
*minor modifications may be necessary to meet code and spec
Preliminary Design, including:
- Site plan (land survey, plot plan)
- Floor plans
- Details (interior/exterior)
A cost estimate based on the Preliminary Design Drawings.
*There may be fixtures, features, and finishes you add or change about the project which may affect the final price.
Final architecturally approved drawings which include:
- Final choices for fixtures, features, and finishes
- Window & door schedules
Based on Construction Drawings, budget & proposal
Includes construction & payment schedules
Scott McElrath, Dangerous Architects
Paul Samulak, ARK Architects
Greg Raye, Gregory A. Raye Architect