The Ultimate Checklist for Building your Custom Home

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If you are dreaming of building a custom home, or are already planning to do so, it’s important to understand what the process involves.  If you're looking for Blue Mountain custom home builders, L. Patten and Sons can help. This checklist is designed to help you make the best decisions for you along the way, and to know exactly what is involved so that the experience can be a positive one. If you have any questions please contact L. Patten and Sons today


The Ultimate Checklist to Building Your Custom Home

1.      Budget

It all begins here.  It is critical that you know how much you have to spend IN TOTAL, and that you consider all the costs that will be included.  In addition to the land and the house itself, be prepared for septic and well (if applicable), hydro connection, driveway construction, permit fees, development fees, demolition (if applicable), taxes, landscaping.   Be realistic, and always leave a little extra for the unexpected.  It’s best if you can arrange financing before you begin, so that you are confident with your budget. 

It’s critical that you know how much you have to spend IN TOTAL.

It’s critical that you know how much you have to spend IN TOTAL.


2.      Land

Once you have an established budget, the first order of business is to find land for your new home.  Whether it’s a town lot or a country acreage, make sure it leaves room in the budget for the home you want to build on it.  Make sure you understand what the zoning requirements are, if there are any conservation authorities regulating the property, and what complexities and opportunities the topography of the land may present.  This may be a good time to choose a builder as well, as an experienced custom home builder will have valuable input into the choice of location. For more tips on selecting property, see here. This is also a good time to look into the possibilities of alternative energy; if your property has the potential for good solar exposure, for example, a thorough look into that possibility should be started at this stage.  For more on residential solar, see here.

Choosing the right land makes all the difference.

Choosing the right land makes all the difference.


3.       Builder

This is a critical step, as the next 8-12 months will be a partnership to get your dream home built. We have tips for the selection process here. It’s important that you have trust in your builder, as they are the experts and you have to feel good about letting them guide you through the process.  Having a builder involved before the plans are drawn is recommended, as they can help you design a beautiful home that is also more efficient to build.  They will know where you can simplify the drawings to save money, and where the best places are to spend a little more for the biggest impact.  Feel free to contact us for more information on building your custom home in the Collingwood area.

The right builder can make the custom home building process as smooth as possible.

The right builder can make the custom home building process as smooth as possible.


4.      Plans

This process can be quick or it can be lengthy; much depends on your clarity of vision and your prioritized list of wants and needs.  Let the designer and builder guide you during this process, or things can easily grow beyond your budget.  Make sure the designer understands all zoning and conservation restrictions, and any subdivision covenants if they exist.


5.      Permits

Once plans have been finalized, it’s time to apply for permits.  If you’ve chosen the right builder, this should be a relatively straightforward process. Most will apply for permits on your behalf, and make sure all the required backup accompanies the permit application.  There may be some back and forth with the municipal departments, but if you have prepared properly there should be no surprises. If any Conservation Authority is involved, their permit will need to be received before a building permit can be applied for.

Make a plan, and see your dreams come true.

Make a plan, and see your dreams come true.


6.      Build

For the next 8-12 months, you will watch your house take shape under the leadership and expertise of your builder.  The land will be prepared, basement dug, foundation poured.  They will frame, roof,  clad, insulate.  Add windows, doors, plumbing, electrical, drywall and floors.  Trim, paint, add cabinetry, fixtures and finishes.  Appliances will be installed, lighting and doors will be hung.  Though the day to day may seem slow, before too long your dream house will be ready.  Decisions will need to be made throughout, so communicate regularly with your builder to keep timelines on track.  And be patient; things can and will go a little awry at points, but teamwork will have everything sorted beautifully by the end. 


7.      Enjoy

Now that your dream house is ready, move on in and start enjoying it.  The months of planning and waiting will be over, and if you’ve chosen wisely, it will all be more than worth it.  Settle in and enjoy the years of happiness your custom home will bring. 

Sit back and enjoy your custom home for years to come.

Sit back and enjoy your custom home for years to come.


Trust L. Patten & Sons With Your Custom Home Needs

L. Patten & Sons Limited brings over fifty years of custom home building experience to every project we undertake. We take pride in building custom homes that are as beautiful to look at as they are comfortable to live in.


L. Patten & Sons consist of a great team of people that share the same work ethics as Jerry. He has a great staff that will easily guide you through the whole process. All of his skilled tradespersons on the job site were very professional, polite, conscientious, showed up on time and the site was always clean and in order. After the house was built Jerry followed up to make sure every detail was perfect and that I was happy with the end result.

My home is now 3 years old and I couldn’t be happier! I have people all the time asking me who built the Beach House and I am very proud to say L. Patten & Sons. If you are looking for a custom home builder that will make your dream home a reality I would not hesitate to recommend Jerry Patten to make that happen for you. 

- Lisa Mantella

We make it our goal to help all our clients realize their dreams. Quality craftsmanship, attention to detail and complete customer satisfaction are what sets L. Patten and Sons apart in the Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Georgian Triangle home building community. Our home owners can rest assured that their new home will be a source of pride and satisfaction for many years to come.

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