When you’re buying a custom home, it can be tough to strike a balance between the home’s overall cost and exactly what you want – but if you’re prepared, you can do it. The reason it’s so difficult is that you don’t know how much to budget until you have a design… but you can’t design without having an idea of your budget range.


So what do you need to do to keep your custom home building budget under control without compromising on either side?

Establishing Your Custom Home Budget

The biggest things that affect the cost of any home, custom or not, are:

  • Size
  • Complexity
  • Level of finish

Size and Your Home Budget

When you’re gauging the size of your next home, it’s important to remember that each room has a different cost per square foot. A bedroom, for example, will cost less per square foot than a kitchen will, which requires a high level of finish.

Complexity and Your Home Budget

A complex house costs more than a simple house does – but determining what makes a house complex is… well, complicated. Homes that stick to standard shapes (including roof shapes) cost less to build because labor and materials are generally cheaper.

The Level of Finish and Your Home Budget

This is simple to figure out; when you’re choosing costly finishes, you’re going to pay more. If you’re serious about sticking to a set number, limit your costly finishes to the kitchen and bathrooms while you use less expensive finishes elsewhere in the home.

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