Do It Yourself or Custom Builder?

Do It Yourself or Custom Builder?

Do It Yourself or Custom Builder?

When it comes to deciding you don’t just want the run of the mill cookie cutter home many find themselves with a dilemma. To hire an architect and design and build it themselves or find a custom home builder with which to work.

Investing in a home is one of the largest investments you will likely make in your lifetime. This is true not just in terms of money, but also in love and time devoted to the project. If you have never before built a home it is a wise idea to work with a custom builder.

Hiring a Custom Builder – The Advantages

Custom builders often work from a set of plans that can be tailored to fit your needs and desires.  It is a faster process than designing completely from scratch and doing what are considered upgrades are often less budget heavy than completely new additions.

Custom builders have well established gathered teams of construction professionals, Architects, Lighting Designers, Auto Cad Technicians, and subcontractors. These are companies and individuals they have worked with on projects before and gotten outstanding results. They are known and trusted.

Custom builders work on a smaller scale than production home builders who purchase large tracts of land and build out developments. They can help you find the right parcel of land for your home or build on your already existing lot.

Custom home builders like Harden Custom Homes allow you to build your own unique home in the most efficient, least costly manner.

Choosing to build entirely from the ground up with an Architect

If you are in the market for a completely unique home that looks like nothing else around or you particularly love the style of an individual architect who has already produced homes you adore then that may be your route. You will then need to contract out the materials and workers yourself. Project management can be highly time consuming. 

Things to Consider

  1. How much time do you want to spend in the initial design phase?
  2. Look for someone you will enjoy working through the process with.
  3. Look at their portfolio of previous work as well as client testimonials, has the builder stood the test of time and maintained a good reputation within the community?
  4. Make sure you have a budget in mind and be realistic in inclusions based on that number.
  5. Cut out pictures and save images of what you have in mind. Visually is the best and easiest way to communicate what it is you are looking for to any designer or builder.

If you are in the Southwest Florida area and looking for a builder who has a stellar reputation and has built thousands of homes here over the past 40 years, you are looking for Harden Custom Homes. Visit us online at, call 239-205-5075 or even text us at 239-900-0685. Our model home center is located at 2818 Tropicana Pkwy W, Cape Coral, FL 33993.

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