Home Building, New Construction

What Comes First: Home Design or Builder?


Building your own home is an expensive yet rewarding process. You may know what you want, but not know how you’ll ever turn the dream home concept into a detailed blueprint. That’s what an architect and builder are for. But do you need have to have a home design in mind before finding a builder?

In short, no, you don’t need to have a design in mind. But you may want to think about what you’d want in a new home. Plus, if you hire a builder early in the process, they can help monitor the cost of the project. It costs more to change the layout during the construction phase than it does during the project planning phase. The more involved you are in the design and build, the more satisfied you will likely be with the result.

Take time to consider what types of living space you’ll need. You likely plan on settling into your new home for a while, so make sure it’s customized to your changing needs. Do your research and come up with a list of features you want included. Ask yourself how much you would entertain or work from home when considering the floor plan and amenities.
Thinking about what you need to share with your builder to make the most of this exciting process can be overwhelming. Start here:

  • How much land do you want to build on?
  • Do you want flat or sloping acreage?
  • How much space do you want to leave for a yard?
  • Which way do you want your windows to face to make the most of the rising or setting sun?
  • How many levels and rooms do you need?

Iverson Homes can turn your dreams into a beautifully crafted custom home. Throughout our hands-on process, our skilled architects will offer design solutions and floor plan options. We’ll listen closely to your ideas and discuss the project budget and timeline. Then, our architects will draw up detailed blueprints so you can see your concepts on paper before they come to life. From there, you can customize and revise it before approving the design for build. Contact us today to get started on your custom built home.