Building your dream home starts long before the construction team breaks ground. The pouring of concrete, placement of the walls and windows, and design finishes come long after extensive design and planning sessions. If building your perfect home feels equally overwhelming and exciting, read this guide on the first steps to building your dream house. We’ll break the process down into simple, more manageable pieces so you can get started on your project with ease.

If you’re ready to design your dream home, the team at the Anderson Studio of Architecture and Design is here to assist you. Contact us today to get started.

The First Steps are the Most Crucial

The first two steps in the custom home building process are arguably the most crucial. Spending time in these planning and design stages will help you clarify your vision and get your entire team on the same page. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Use these initial planning stages as a time to bring your vision to life. While it can be tempting to rush to the construction stages, planning and design will streamline the process and avoid many time consuming—and expensive—mistakes. Dive into the first steps in building your dream house below.

Initial Ideas & Planning Stage

You’ve been dreaming about creating your custom home for a while, but the first official step in building your home is generating concrete ideas and coming up with a plan with your team. Although this is a very “big picture” stage, this is the action step that sets the project in motion.

During the planning stage, you will sit down with your team of architects, builders, and designers to share your vision. They may create loose, freehand drawings based on the information you bring to the table. During this stage, you’ll start to see the basic shape of your home for the first time. This is your chance to send over every image you’ve saved to give them a clear understanding of what you have in mind.

Be prepared to talk through the design concept you have in mind for your new home in detail. This is where you plan out the layout of the house, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you’d like, and how each room flows into the next. This developmental process is a way to explore what you like, what you don’t, what you need versus what you want, and elements of your new house that will make it feel like “you.” 

In addition, be prepared to talk about more than just design elements. Your team will help you work out the systems of the home (HVAC, plumbing, electrical) and how all of these individual systems will work together to create one cohesive system. 

Finally, your team will review these basic plans for usability and functionality. As the experts, they will be able to pinpoint weaknesses in your plans and look for areas of the build that could present safety, security, or code violation issues. They’re here to help alleviate these problems before the build officially starts.

Design Development Stage

When you’re building a custom home, you start with big picture ideas and work down to the details. The next step gets a little more involved, as it includes choosing the materials you’d like to use and the more specific details you’d like to have in the home. This stage is important because it helps to narrow down the projected timeline for the build. However, it can also be one of the most time-consuming stages of the development process. Some major decisions you’ll make in this stage include: 

  • The final shape and size of the rooms
  • Materials and finishes used in each room
  • Hardware and fixtures in each room
  • Type and location of plumbing and lighting fixtures 
  • Cabinet and appliance layouts

Many of the decisions you make in this stage impact future decisions, so it is crucial that you do not rush through this process. It is also important to know that this is the time to be picky and vocal about questions and concerns. Don’t be afraid to point out the things you want to change, and make clear, final decisions. Your architectural team understands that it will take a few rounds of drawings and planning to finalize the custom home of your dreams, and they should be patient and flexible to accommodate your vision. This is the last step before construction documents are drawn out and implemented as the official blueprints.

Build Your Dream Home with the Anderson Studio

Ready to take the first step in building your dream house? Contact the experts at the Anderson Studio of Architecture and Design today. Our team of professional architects and interior designers have the experience and expertise needed to bring your vision to life. We look forward to helping you through each step of the planning and design process!