Building a custom home is your opportunity to incorporate the home features you’ve always dreamed about. Luxury custom home builders can bring your dreams to fruition, but what do they do? Why hire them?
A superior luxury custom home builder will work closely with you when designing and constructing your custom home. They’ll use state-of-the-art technology and high-end materials to build a beautiful, one-of-a-kind property that lasts and institute eco-friendly measures to save on your energy bills. The builders’ expertise, passion for excellence in craftsmanship, and project management are all hiring benefits.
This introduction to custom home building will present the responsibilities undertaken by the builder, the benefits of working with a custom builder, pricing considerations, and questions to ask when selecting a builder.
What Do Luxury Custom Home Builders Do?
A luxury custom home builder is tasked with assisting you through the process of incorporating the ideas of your dreams to life, first by listening to you, and then working to incorporate your ideas paired with the builder’s unique knowledge and perspective into a plan, and a description of materials you want used in the construction of the home of your dreams.
To the Custom Home Builder who truly cares, customer satisfaction starts on day one.
Find one who understands this concept, and who is dedicated to delivering superior quality craftsmanship, and has access to and knowledge of high-value materials, knowledge of the nuances of the area in which you want to build (coastal construction significantly differ from inland construction), and who can achieving your construction goals intelligently and expediently.
Here’s how in 6 steps:
1. Create a Custom Floor Plan
Each custom home build is unique, so a luxury builder will not rely on floor plans from past projects. You can count on the creation of an individualized new floor plan and customized elevations when building a custom home.
You’re in the driver’s seat, dictating what goes into the floor plan and where. You should consider factors such as your budget, the available square footage, and what kinds of features you’ve always longed for in a home when determining your floor plan requirements.
After gathering ideas and brainstorming with the Builder and about what to include, the next step in the process is bringing those ideas to life via a concept site plan illustrating your interior floor plan with or without potential furniture layout, as well as the exterior look (elevations) of your home.
2. Develop a Site Plan
Once the “footprint” of your home is set, the next step is to develop a site plan which illustrates the location of your home (accounting for front yard, rear yard, and side yard set-back requirements, easements, etc.). The site plan will also illustrate the location of other planned improvements such as the location of a swimming pool, walkways, decking, and other features like driveway location, landscaping, and utilities. Get the Necessary Permits
New construction often requires permits, such as demolition, building, gas, electrical, grading, mechanical, plumbing, and occupancy permits. You must have many of these permits before construction can start. Typically, your Builder will secure the permits from the applicable governmental agency, before the custom project can proceed.
3. Excavate the Property
Breaking ground on what will become your new dream home is an exciting moment. Building a custom home entails using excavating machinery to clear the way for what will become the bones of the home.
4. Build the Home
After excavation, the next task is to install the all important foundation for your home. There are many types of foundation, and selecting exactly the right type of foundation will depend on soil and environmental conditions present at the location of your build. An experienced luxury custom home builder will know what to recommend and how to construct the right foundation to appropriately support you new home.
The next stages of building a custom home include laying the “groundworks” (extending sewer and water services) from the curb under your home for later extension up and through the home. Next is framing the home to include roofing and window and door installations followed by “rough-in” work being the installation of electrical wiring and components together with piping for plumbing, and HVAC duct work. Next up is, the installation of insulation and then drywall.
5. Add Interior Finishes
Luxury custom home builders can also add unique interior finishes, crafting your home in elegant textiles and materials that reflect your taste and match your budget. You will have a home that’s ready to move into when construction finishes.
6. Renovate or Remodel Existing Properties
You don’t always need to build your dream home from scratch. Remodeling or renovating your home could be the solution if most of your home is tenable but needs improvements to take it to the next level. Remodeling is a more cost-effective solution that can still increase curb appeal and the value of your home.
Are you ready to plan your custom home?
RBC Homes is a leading Virginia Beach custom home builder. We specialize in custom home builds, renovations, and remodeling in Virginia Beach. Our project management, specialized skill sets, and premium materials are what your dream home needs
- Click here to check our success stories, this will help you create ideas for your property.
- You can also view our innovative luxury home design gallery here.
6 Advantages of Choosing a Luxury Custom Home Builder
Building a custom home with a luxury builder means your property will be a cut above the rest. Here are some advantages you can anticipate versus working with a standard builder.
First Advantage: High-End Materials and Finishes
Luxury custom home builders invite you to explore the world of premium, rare materials and finishes that give your home lavishness and appeal. Custom-made fixtures built from exotic woods, rare marbles, natural stone, ceramic and porcelain stoneware, and smart glass set your home apart.
The impeccable level of detail luxury builders use when building a custom home means nothing is too small to escape their focus.
Their unerring dedication to each project and years of experience yield a level of craftsmanship that ensures your dream home comes out of your visions and straight into real life. The elevated aesthetics of your luxury home will make you immensely proud to call it your own.
Second Advantage: State-of-the-Art Smart Technology
Today’s smart technology is designed to simplify everyday processes, whether it’s keeping the kids entertained for several minutes so you can get an important task done or lowering the lights, providing entertainment, and locking up the house before bed.
Your custom luxury home will be a testament to the latest advancements in smart home technology. You’ll marvel at how your property seamlessly integrates the best in entertainment, security, and automation in one system.
The efficiency and convenience of these systems create a high-end living environment and assist you in streamlining your daily routine, save time, and enable you to sleep more comfortably at night, knowing your home is safe.
Third Advantage: Luxury Amenities
Luxury amenities when building a custom home give your property that unique edge. You select the amenities that add flavor and individuality, such as indoor swimming pools, spa retreats, wine cellars, sizable home gyms, and private theaters.
Specialamenities crafted and installed by luxury custom home builders can enable you to enjoy your hobbies and interests in the privacy of your own home and on the highest level imaginable. Customized amenities afford more entertaining options for friends and family and elevate your quality of life.
Fourth Advantage: Eco-Friendly Luxury
A custom home build uses eco-friendly measures for each luxury feature. Sustainability in luxury homes is a trend that’s rapidly gained steam, including recyclable materials, Low-E windows, cool roofs, and geothermal HVAC systems.
According to This Old House, 28 percent of homebuyers in 2023 agree that sustainable siding, doors, and windows are important.
Going green benefits your luxury property in many ways. It will have a greater curb appeal and a smaller carbon footprint. You can rest assured you’re making our planet a better place, and you will enjoy greater savings on your monthly utilities.
Fifth Advantage: Cost Considerations and Financing
Building a custom home requires financing considerations. New home construction prices vary based on factors such as the interior and exterior finishes, building materials and quality, labor, and the size of the home.
Popular Loans for Custom Homes:
- Construction/Permanent loans are a popular financing vehicle which are ideal for the individual working with a Custom Home Builder. Most lenders make these loans available for a 12 to 18 month term for construction and upon completion, the loan converts to a permanent loan for a term as long as 30-years. The benefits of this type of loan are several. First, you would typically pay interest only during the construction period. Another is, you can usually lock your long-term interest rate through the entire construction period. Once construction is complete, you would typically commence making interest and principal payments at a rate you locked in at a much earlier date.
- Jumbo mortgages (or loans) are for high-cost properties like luxury custom homes. The conforming loan amount is substantially larger than most loans, usually in the five figures but sometimes six figures (the millions). The interest rates can vary, possibly matching conforming interest rates, but not exclusively. You must have a spotless credit score to qualify.
- Government-backed loans, including United States Department of Agriculture or USDA, Veterans Affairs or VA, and Federal Housing Administration or FHA loans, are worth investigating. VA loans have low interest rates and require a down payment of zero dollars. USDA loans also allow you to purchase a home without putting money down. FHA loans reduce the down payment rate to 3.5 percent, even if you have poor credit. The qualification criteria for government loans vary.
- Adjustable-rate mortgages are 30-year home loans with fluid interest levels that mirror the market rates. This mortgage has an introductory period of between five and 10 years of fixed interest, then the interest can increase or decrease.
The Enduring Value of a Custom-Built Luxury Home
Investing in luxury custom homes is possible through the above loans. The return on investment on a custom property is immense.
The custom elements, level of detail, and high-quality craftsmanship from luxury custom home builders of the property increase its curb appeal versus a standard home in your neighborhood with no customization elements.
The enduring value of the home, acquired through the meticulous selection of high-end materials, ensures your home requires less maintenance and fewer surprise repairs throughout the years.
Measuring the immense satisfaction of living in your dream home is impossible, but your days will certainly be happier.
- Our article, How to Build a Custom Home, provides a detailed step-by-step guide of the entire process of building a custom home, including cost estimations.
Choosing the Right Luxury Custom Home Builder
Asking the above questions during a thorough interview is an excellent way to ensure you work with a reputable luxury custom home builder. The following tips will also help you select the right team for building a custom home.
Experience speaks for itself in the construction industry. A builder with decades in the industry understands its market, and the features home buyers typically seek. They have built custom homes of all sizes and varieties and can construct your coastal dream home according to your budget and timeframe.
Focus on Quality
Quality should be at the heart of the luxury custom home builder’s services. Without quality, a home lacks that luxury appeal and will not be worth the money you put into it. Testimonials and experience are testaments to quality, as are a photo-rich portfolio, guarantees, and warranties to put your mind at ease.
RBC Homes prioritizes transparency, from designing your custom home to post-construction services.
Hiring a top-notch luxury custom home builder for your project is essential.
Check our articles on our blog: they are additional resources for exploring further.
- How to Build a Custom Home – Exploring 6 Major Steps
- Building a Custom Home – All You Need to Know!
- Luxury Custom Homes – The Art of the Bespoke
You can also contact RBC Homes if you’re considering building a custom home. We have more than 30 years of experience constructing and renovating properties across Virginia Beach.