Building a luxury custom home means endless possibilities. It also means an overwhelming amount of choices.

From finding a home site in the ideal location, and a reputable builder you can trust, to choosing structural and design options, you need a plan in place before begin looking for homesites.

Daniel Bacon can help you with the entire process, from searching for the perfect homesite and finding a quality builder, to choosing options and breaking ground, to getting your home to closing. Our goal is to make homeowners' dreams a reality

Keep reading for our guide to planning your build from start to finish.

Set a Budget and Timeframe

These are two of the most important first steps when planning a custom home build.

Setting a budget lets everyone involved know exactly what they're working with. This includes the realtor, builder, and you, the homeowner. Without a set budget, you can't make important design decisions.

Your budget determines the square footage of your new home, its location, and what custom home features you can include. Consider factors like the cost of the land, design and engineering fees, and the rising cost of materials.

Once your finances are squared away, you need a loose timeline for the project. While this should be flexible, choosing an "endpoint" with your builder will help keep things moving forward. 

Every homeowner wants their new build done as soon as possible. When choosing a tentative end date for your new build, consider major life factors like enrolling your children in school or starting a new job.

Also, consider potential setbacks depending on your location. Things like inclement weather or supply chain issues could impact your deadline. Keep this in mind when selecting a start date.

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Choose the Ideal Location

Whether you're building a luxury home or buying a resale home, location is everything. Most homeowners have a good idea where they want to live long before they start the home search process.

Once you've finalized the geographical location of your new house, it's time to find the perfect homesite. Several factors determine if a piece of property is desirable for a new build.

In terms of construction, the size of the lot, the slope or flatness of the land, the cost to clear it, and its elevation are all important considerations. Check if the land has access to must-have resources like water, power, and electricity. Adding these into your plan will also add to the cost. 

As the homeowner, you want to think about proximity to neighbors, natural surroundings, and the style of other houses in the neighborhood. It's in your best interest to build your new house near luxury homes of similar or higher value.

Another, simpler option is to buy a homesite in an established luxury community such as Founder's Club or The Concession, each located close to Lakewood Ranch, in Sarasota and Bradenton, respectively.

Designing Your Luxury Custom Home

Now, for the fun part! It's time to design the unique features and must-have amenities of your dream home.

List Your Priorities 

While it's recommended you get an architect or design-build company to help with this process, you can start by making a list of needs, wants, and dreams. This will help dictate other aspects of the build like square footage and spacing.

Make a list that ranks your desired custom home features in order of importance. It's best to dream big and then scale things back as the process unfolds.

Size and Square Footage

Size matters when designing a luxury home. Local zoning restrictions may limit the square footage and height of your new house, so check those first.

Once you know your limits, you can start making stylistic choices like how many levels you want, how large the rooms should be, and what "bonus rooms" to include. Popular choices for Florida homes are gyms, home theaters, workshops, guest quarters, and large outdoor living areas with pool and lanai, outdoor kitchen and bars , and fire pits.

Lifestyle and Layout

One of the biggest benefits of building a custom home is that you can design it to compliment your specific lifestyle and needs. Keep these in mind when designing your floor-plan.

Ask yourself which custom home features appeal to your hobbies and interests. Avid car collectors may want an oversized garage with lifts. If you enjoy crafting or woodwork, include a dedicated area with ample storage for your supplies and materials.

The layout of your new house should also accommodate your family and lifestyle. What rooms do you want near each other? Do you want an open floorplan or more designated sections?

Let your preferences guide the design process.

Choosing the Right Team for the Job

It takes a village to make your real estate dreams a reality. A custom build has a lot of moving parts and requires permits, blueprints, material lists, and more.

You need a team of reliable professionals to coordinate the project and handle any unforeseen issues or setbacks. The most important members of your build team will include:

  • Realtor
  • Architect and/or engineer
  • Builder and/or general contractor
  • Interior designer
  • Landscaper

Hiring a real estate agent with experience in new builds is another smart investment. Local agents can help you choose the most desirable location for your luxury home. They also have experience and knowledge working with builders in the area. 

Your realtor will act as the point of contact between team members. They keep track of the process and can help make sure things progress according to your timeline. 

Build Your Dream Luxury Home in the Lakewood Ranch Area

Whether you're just setting down roots, retiring, or building a second home, Lakewood Ranch Florida offers luxury living in a very well design multi-generational community. With access to world-class beaches, breathtaking views, and endless activities, choosing the area for your new home may be the easiest part.

Building a brand new home from the ground up can be as overwhelming as it is enjoyable. With the right team of professionals on your side, you can focus on the excitement of watching your dream home become a reality.

Take the first step and call Daniel Bacon today at 941-330-7661. We'll get a conversation started and help get you moving in the right direction.