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May 16, 2017
Preparing for a custom home design consultation with Focus Homes

What should you do to prepare for a custom home design consultation with your builder? Good question. Here are some of the basics:

Have your financing in order

Firstly, will you be paying cash or getting financing? If you are planning on funding your custom home project with cash, decide your budget up front. This will help you and your builder establish design, finish levels and design perameters for your new home from the get go, which leads to a much more pleasant building experience.

When using financing make sure you have spoken to your loan officer before your design consultation. Determine your entire new custom home project budget by adding the desired loan amount to the dollar investment you will be making into the home. Decide which loan type is best for you – conventional, VA or FHA construction perm loans are available with the Focus Homes preferred lenders. It is almost impossible to have a meaningful, and realistic design consultation without knowing the budget numbers. Request a pre-qualification now.

Have your land ideas in order

If you already have the land on which you would like to build, bringing information about the parcel is extremely helpful. Bring a survey if you have one. A deed. A folio number and tax id number is useful. Bring information about site conditions and the types of utilities that will needed for your new home. Knowing how much of your project estimate will be going towards the land improvements will help you and your builder design an appropriate home within your desired budget.

If you don’t yet own a piece of land, don’t worry, that is totally fine. In this case, bring information about your desired land preferences to the design consultation. Details such as desired locations, acreage, lifestyle (rural, urban, maintenance-free, lakefront) and the like. The experts at Focus Homes can also help you find an excellent building lot.

Have your thoughts about floor plan designs in order

Finally, go ahead and bring floor plan and architectural design ideas with you to the consultation. These could include pictures, magazine clippings, floor plans you have printed from online sources, web sites to reference, an idea board from Houzz.com, sketches and the like. Most families bring four or five floor plans with them that contain design elements that they would like to see incorporated into their own custom home. One floor plan example may show a kitchen layout that you like. Another floor plan may have a master bedroom and bathroom that is to die for. Yet another home design may have a front elevation with a beautiful curb appeal. Having a selection of floor plan and architectural designs that you like on hand will help in the creative process.

Contact the experts at Focus Homes today to request a design consultation or ask more questions about the custom home design build process. You may also call or text 863-640-2246 now.

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