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Nov 05, 2015 Building a Custom Home

Keeping your custom home within budget

For many people, the word “custom” automatically conjures up dollar signs in their head. It’s true that in some areas, and among many products, the more “custom” you make it, the more expensive it will be.

At, we strive to make creating your custom home as affordable as possible. Custom doesn’t have to mean expensive when you work with our team. We welcome you to take a look at our past blog on how buying a custom home can be more affordable than you might think. Here are some additional things to think about when creating a home to fit your budget.

Just the right size

Many factors go into the cost of a custom home, but none may be more relevant than size. We offer custom floorplans in a wide range of sizes, from ranch-style homes at just over 1,100 square feet to multi-story homes over 3,000 square feet in size. One thing all our floorplans have in common, though, is a thoughtful use of space. You may feel as though you need a certain square footage, but not all 2,000-square foot homes are created equal. Some use space much more thoughtfully and feel a lot larger than others.

Simple or complex?

We offer our custom homes in a variety of elevations, and some are more ornate than others. By choosing a simpler, classic option, you can save money that you might want to spend on the interior of your home, or on more expensive fixtures. Because all of our elevations are crafted with high quality materials, even those that are less expensive still look and feel luxurious.

Finishes and furnishings

High-end upgrades like granite, hardwood flooring and other features are desirable, but for those looking to save a bit of money, we have a lot of less expensive options that look and feel just as beautiful as the high-end choices. Laminate is less expensive but looks just like hardwood, and you have the option to upgrade to hardwood later. Similarly, you may expect to want or need a finished basement, but waiting until it’s needed can save you money up front.

Money savings

Another key point to keep in mind is that at, we use high quality materials, fixtures, windows and more that save money on the back-end. With energy-efficient windows, you’ll seal in the savings. By building your home with high-quality materials from the start, you’ll save later on when your home lasts season after season, and doesn’t experience deterioration like used homes might.

Lot choice

Keep in mind that it’s not just the home you’re buying – it’s the lot. Clearing brush, installing septic or creating a long driveway are costs that should be factored in. Based on our team’s experience, customers should plan on spending $5,000 for a new well, including pumps, wiring and trenching based on 100-foot depth. Similarly, plan on spending $8,000-$25,000 for septic in most counties on a standard system. This price is determined after approval and type. Being thoughtful about the lot you choose can also go a long way in saving you cash.

We want to work hand in hand with you to create a home that you not only love, but that doesn’t break the bank. Contact us to talk about your options, including financing.

About is a custom homebuilder in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, and West Virginia (see all Model Home Centers). We offer more than 40 fully customizable floorplans and a team dedicated to providing the best experience in the home building industry. For more information, Ask Julie by Live Chat or call us at (866) 253-6807.

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