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What is a Custom Home?

what is a custom home

If you are searching for information about custom home development, how much does a custom home cost, or how long does it take to build a custom home this post should help!

What is a Custom Home?

A custom home is defined by Bankrate as a house designed personally for you by a contracted architect, this means that you have the greatest amount of flexibility compared to semi-custom homes, tract homes, and spec homes.  With a custom home, you work usually with a builder, engineer and land surveyor. Working together you will select the proper lot, lighting fixtures, color scheme, size of the home, flooring type, the layout of the home, and any other wanted features.

Custom Home Vs Tract Home

The opposite of this would be a tract home, the cost is much lower because these homes are built in mass and come with limited options of floor plans, colors, flooring, and appliances. Since tract homes are built in bulk the builder orders materials in mass quantities and builds several different homes at a time which reduces construction times as well as construction cost.

Custom Home Vs Spec Home

A spec home is a home that is built with no customer in mind and is built as a speculation home by a builder in the hopes of selling the property before or after construction is finally finished.

How Much Does a Custom Home Cost?

Since a custom home offers the greatest amount of customization and is only limited by the imagination and budget of the customer these homes vary wildly in price. According to Homeadvisor custom homes start at $350,000 to $1,500,000 for a total home price and between $100 and $400 per square foot. By having a budget in mind when a project starts it often makes the custom home design process easier because you know what the overall cost of the home is projected to be so you are able to decide between which options will best suit your budget and allowing you to focus more or less time and money on specific features. Since you are now working with a total cost you can decide which areas are the most important to you and which areas are less important making a decision like a tile versus granite countertops or hardwood versus carpeted flooring.

How Long Does it Take to Build a Custom Home?

The time for a custom home differs as well because there can be factors like an existing property on a recently purchased lot that needs to be torn down and will require permits from the city or county it is located in. Also, there will be building permits and construction codes that will need to be taken into consideration not to mention home owner’s associations as well. Rules could range from the height of new homes to the particular exterior style, but this could also require an environmental study done due to endangered wildlife or vegetation. Other environmental factors that could affect the timeline of your custom home would include mature trees on the property, weather, and possibly rough terrain.

With all of these factors stated for what could possibly happen New Home Source says to plan on two years from pre-construction activity like finding a builder and other team members and one year for the actual construction of the home. These times are varied and will depend on things like materials, labor, permits, weather, and any possible acts of God like fire or floods that could delay the project.

Hughes Development Offers Custom Home in Mesa Arizona and Surrounding Areas

Hughes Development is a third generation home builder in Arizona and has over fifty years of home building experience! We offer our custom home expertise throughout the Phoenix valley including MesaApache WellsMountain Whisper and more areas in Arizona. To speak with our custom home development team call (480)444-6691 or contact us.

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Homeowner’s Checklist For Building A House

New Custom Luxury Home Builders Mesa

Below is a checklist containing all the steps to build your home. An asterisk denotes the Building Inspector will have to check the work before the construction can continue.

We are specialists in custom home building for a wide variety of buyers. Building board-by-board with no modular construction or pre-fab. Some customers have us complete their home up to 50% to the shell stage, Others want a 100% job done so the house is ready to be moved in. We will do either stage or anything in between, the choice is yours! Download the PDF here: Homeowners Checklist For Building A House

Step 1: Buying Land

  1. Frontage on County road
  2. Survey of Land
  3. Title Search
  4. Title Insurance
  5. Water table (needed for well)
  6. Soil test for the septic system
  7. Solar Heating
  8. Easy to improve the land?

Step 2: Before Closing

  1. Loan documents review
  2. Prepare specifications sheet
  3. Labor cost estimates / prepare complete materials (“Take offs”)
  4. Submit Loan Application
  5. Septic system permit or sewer tap
  6. Building permit
  7. Construction loan closing

Step 3: After Closing

  1. Building license required?
  2. Compliance bond required?
  3. Water tap and meter (or contact Well Digger)
  4. Other Temporary Services Electricity:
         ❒ Water:
  5. Prepare site plan

Step 4: Subcontractors

  1. Check references.
  2. Are they Bonded?
  3. Are they Licensed?
  4. Do they guarantee their work?
  5. How long is the guarantee?
  6. Liability Insurance
  7. Insurance for workmen’s compensation
  8. Who is used by better builders?
  9. Obtain Written Estimates
  10. Check quality of low bidder

Step 5: Buying Materials

  1. Select 3 building supply firms with a good reputation
  2. Give material estimates to each
  3. Correct the difference between supply house bid against original estimates
  4. Select building supply firm with the best combo of terms, price, and service.

Step 6: Site And Foundation

  1. Review the third step and then perform rough grading
  2. Cut driveway
  3. Lay 4-6 inches of gravel on driveway
  4. Dig well or get water meter
  5. Clear home site and 10-15 feet work area
  6. Install temporary power pole *
  7. Crawl space or basement
         ❒ Batter boards:
         ❒ Dig foundation footings*:
         ❒ Pour footings*:
         ❒ Lay block or pour walls:
  8. Pre-treat for termites *
  9. Backfill/weatherproof
  10. Garage and slab
         ❒ Form boards:
         ❒ Plumbing*:
         ❒ Miscellaneous popes:
         ❒ Gravel:
         ❒ Polyethylene vapor barrier:
         ❒ Pre-wire (landscape)*:
         ❒ Pour concrete:
  11. Spot foundation survey
  12. Sewer, gas and miscellaneous utility lines

Step 7: Framing

  1. Buy building level
  2. Check foundation square/level
  3. Check square/level again
  4. Have framing materials delivered
  5. Maintain materials supply
  6. “Cull” materials
  7. Basement beams and walls
  8. 1st floor, subfloor
  9. 1st floor, partitions/walls
  10. 2nd floor, subfloor
  11. 2nd floor, set special tub
  12. 2nd floor, partitions/walls
  13. Wall sheathing
  14. Check square, level, and layout as work progresses
  15. Ceiling joists
  16. Trusses and rafters
  17. Roof felt and sheathing
  18. Framing inspection
  19. Install windows/doors *
  20. Measure cabinets

Step 8: Exterior masonry/Miscellaneous tasks

  1. Schedule delivery of exterior windows, siding, trim, doors.
  2. Install doors (if not done in framing)
  3. Install windows (if not done in framing)
  4. Installation of factory built fireplace
  5. Miscellaneous deadwood and rough frame
  6. Install stone/brick (if required or specified)

Step 9: Roofing

  1. Install roofing as soon as possible
  2. Check shingle lines on a horizontal roof
  3. Align shingles on vertical splits
  4. Four nails per shingle
  5. Stagger metal flashing

Step 10: Cornice and Siding

  1. Check siding nailing instructions from manufacturer
  2. Check siding as it is installed
  3. Check flashing installation
  4. Installation of garage doors
  5. Exterior Pain/Stain
  6. Clean up

Step 11: Plumbing Rough

  1. Specify copper or plastic pipe
  2. Rough-in for kitchen or bath, etc. *
  3. Pay only once the work has been inspected

Step 12: Heating And Cooling Rough

  1. Take floorplan to the power company for the size of the system
  2. The smaller system is usually more efficient
  3. Consider using multiple systems in a bigger house
  4. Rough-in cooling/heating *
  5. Get tough-in approved by the building inspector before making payment

Step 13: Electrical Rough

  1. Sketch furniture in each room showing switches and outlets
  2. Get approved for proposed wiring plan
  3. Get power company to recommend how much amp service is needed
  4. Rough-In witing *
  5. Pay for rough-In only once the inspection is complete

Step 14: Insulation

  1. Have power company determine the amount of insulation are R Valve needed
  2. With blow-in insulation, do not block soffit vents

Step 15: Ceiling And Wall Covering

  1. if you install drywall, let the contractor give it a smooth finish
  2. Half inch drywall is recommended for 16-inch on-center studs
  3. Stipple ceilings before painting walls
  4. Clean the interior

Step 16: Trim and Cabinets

  1. Hire a master carpenter
  2. Select either paint grade or stain trim
  3. Allow half inch space under baseboard for carpet
  4. Install interior doors and bath/kitchen cabinets
  5. Caulking around window and door trim, outside and inside is recommended
  6. Finish the fireplace

Step 17: Interior Paint And Wallpaper

  1. Paint interior trim and walls
  2. Over drywall, use one coat of primer over two finish coats
  3. Put up wallpaper

Step 18: Final Finish And Trim

  1. Call back electrical, heating, cooling and plumbing for final work *
  2. After final inspection, you can turn utilities on (power will be required before the final inspection takes place)
  3. Install tile, carpet, vinyl, and hardwood
  4. Install bath and mirror accessories
  5. Install screens and gutters
  6. Landscaping, walks, patio, drives, etc.
  7. Final inspection *

Step 19: Final Clean Up

  1. Touch up paint, fix little nicks, clean floors, windows, etc.
  2. Appliance installation

Step 20: Move-In

  1. Move in and enjoy all the comforts of your new home!

Build a Custom Home In Arizona


Contact Hughes Development today to get an estimate for your home building project. Hughes Development builds custom homes in Mesa, Apache Wells, Mountain Whisper and more areas in Arizona.

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Custom Home Building Process

Custom Home Building Process

Our custom and luxury home building process is all about you and your loved ones. It’s all about creating memories, lifestyles and togetherness!

Whether you already have an idea in mind or have no idea where to start, Hughes Development can build the perfect home for you!

Step 1. Getting Started


Getting Started Building Your Custom Home In Mesa

This is the perfect time to meet the Hughes Development team and share your ideas with them and discuss your wish list for your new custom home. The Hughes Development team will present creative ideas to get the most out of your budget and design the perfect home to fit your lifestyle. Our custom home builders of years of building experience.

Step 2. Pre-Qualification & Financing


Financing Your Custom Home In Mesa

If you’re not currently pre-qualified for a home construction loan, we can help get you financed through one of our preferred loan lenders. They can help you will determining the amount of financing your qualify for. If you’ve already been pre-qualified for financing through another lender, we can work with them as well.

Step 3. Determining The Location


Determining The Location For Your Custom Home

We not only specialize in building custom homes but we can also help you find a lot to build it on. Choose from our many lots throughout the Mesa, Apache Wells, Gold Canyon and Mountain Whispers. Already own a lot or have a certain location in mind, we can work with that too.  We want you to choose a location you will love for years to come.

Step 4. Choosing Your Floorplan


Choose The Floorplan For Your Custom Built Home

There’s a great chance that you have already though about the best type of floorplan to meet your needs. If not, you can work with our architects to create a custom floorplan or choose from a variety of floorplans we have already created. Whether you need a theater room, basement or casita, we can build nearly element into your custom floorplan or add it to your existing one.

Step 5. Selecting The Right Materials


Selecting The Right Materials For Your Custom Home

Our skilled interior designers can help you choose the right colors, fixtures, flooring, lighting, cabinets, coutertops, etc. This is the time to select the right features and materials that will reflect your personal tastes or unique style in your custom built home. Choose from affordable or luxury materials at this stage of the process.

Step 6. Approval Of Construction Plans


Approve Construction Plans For Your Custom Home

At this step in the process you will be given the construction agreement that will outline the details, specifications and total budget. We will help with all documents needed to receive loan approval. One you’re approved, construction plans will be given to the developer department for final approval. We will also look for potential issues that may hold up the construction process.

Step 7. Beginning The Construction Process


Beginning Of The Construction Process Of Your Custom Home

Once you approve the construction plans, it’s time to start the construction process. The excavation process is first up, then the foundation is poured before the framing part starts to take place. At this point of the construction process your custom home is beginning to take shape. Your welcome to come out to the site and watch us create your dream piece by piece.

Step 8. Thorough Home Inspection


Thorough Inspection Of Your Custom Home

The ensure your home is being built to quality standards your custom home will go through a thorough home inspection by upper management, the project manager and other trade partners. You will be invited to visit the site or do a walk-though at this point. As we mentioned previously, you are welcome to observe the construction process as well.

Step 9. Inspect Your New Custom Home


Final Walk-Through Of Your New Custom Home

This time it is your turn to do a thorough inspection of your home with the project manager to make sure the home was built to your specifications and see the high quality of a Hughes Development home. Any concerns should be addressed at this point and any final changes that need to be made will be documented. We are 1 step away from handing you the keys!

Step 10. Welcome To Your New Dream Home


Welcome To Your New Dream Home In Mesa

Welcome home!! The construction process is complete and you get the keys to your brand new custom home. You shouldn’t have any additional service issues at this point but we’re here to ensure your home meets your expectations or exceeds them. We want to form a long lasting relationship and hopefully gain the opportunity of helping others you know build their dream homes too!

Build a Custom Home In Arizona


Contact Hughes Development today to get an actual estimate for your home building project. Hughes Development builds custom homes in Mesa, Apache Wells, Mountain Whisper and more areas in Arizona.

Written by webtechs

How Much Does It Cost To Build a House in Arizona?

How Much Does It Cost To Build A House In Arizona?

According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost to build a house in Arizona is about $291,538. Building a 2,000 sq ft home in Arizona will cost you anywhere from $152,717 to $434,111. If you are interested in building a slightly larger or small home in Arizona, you can figure out the cost yourself by using the cost per sq ft. The average cost per sq ft to build a home in Arizona is $150 per sq ft.

  • 2,400 sq ft home: $360,000
  • 2,300 sq ft home: $345,000
  • 2,200 sq ft home: $330,000
  • 2,100 sq ft home: $315,000
  • 2,000 sq ft home: $300,000
  • 1,900 sq ft home: $285,000
  • 1,800 sq ft home: $270,000
  • 1,700 sq ft home: $255,000
  • 1,400 sq ft home: $210,000
  • 1,600 sq ft home: $240,000
  • 1,500 sq ft home: $225,000

How Much Does It Cost To Build a House Yourself In Arizona?

According to Land Century, the cost to build a house yourself in Arizona is about $206,132.

  • Hooking Up Utilities: $32,000
    • Power: $15,000
    • City Water: $10,000
    • Well & Septic: $7,000
  • Lot Clearing & Grading: $2,695
  • Foundation: $8,447
  • Framing: $3,000
  • Electrical, HVAC & Plumbing: $40,000
  • Exterior Finishes: $50,000
  • Interior Finishing: $80,000

What Is The Cost Of Building A House In Arizona VS Buying One?

It is more cost effective to buy a new home in Arizona than it is to build one.

Cost Of Buying A Home in Arizona ($296,000)

According to HomeAdvisor.com, The average cost of buying a home in Arizona is about $296,000. Buying a  home will cost you about $148 per sq ft.

Cost Of Building A Home in Arizona ($300,000)

According to Realtor.com,the average cost of building a new house in Arizona is about $300.000. Building a new house will cost you about $150 per sq ft. Plus the cost of land.

As you can see it costs a little more to build a new home that it does to buy one but when building one you get the home custom built to your liking and can pick each and every element that goes into the home.

What Is The Price Per Square Foot To Build A House In Arizona?

According to NewHomeSource, the avg cost per sq ft to build a new home in the US is about $111.05. The average cost to build a home in the West is about $126.43 per sq ft.

Cost To Build a Custom Home In Arizona In A Housing Development?

You can build a custom home in a housing development in Arizona for $50,000 to $1,500,000. However, opting for a housing development can save you up to 15% on the cost of home building. You still get to customize the home with developments but usually come with predetermined floorplans and locations. Building a home with a housing developer like Hughes Development will allow you to increase your overall savings.

Build a New Home In Arizona

The costs represented in this guide are not the definite costs of home building with Hughes Development. Contact Hughes Development today to get an actual estimate for your home building project. Hughes Development builds custom homes in Mesa, Apache Wells, Mountain Whisper and more areas in Arizona.

Written by webtechs

How Much Does It Cost To Build A House?

How Much Does It Cost To Build A House?

According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost to build a new house is $291,538. Building a 2,000 sq ft home will cost you anywhere from $152,717 to $434,111. If you are interested in building a slightly larger or small home you can figure out the cost yourself by using the cost per sq ft. The average cost per sq ft to build a new home is $150 per sq ft.

  • Cost to build a 1,400 sq ft home: $210,000
  • Cost to build a 1,500 sq ft home: $225,000
  • Cost to build a 1,600 sq ft home: $240,000
  • Cost to build a 1,700 sq ft home: $255,000
  • Cost to build a 1,800 sq ft home: $270,000
  • Cost to build a 1,900 sq ft home: $285,000
  • Cost to build a 2,000 sq ft home: $300,000
  • Cost to build a 2,100 sq ft home: $315,000
  • Cost to build a 2,200 sq ft home: $330,000
  • Cost to build a 2,300 sq ft home: $345,000
  • Cost to build a 2,400 sq ft home: $360,000

How Much Does It Cost To Build a House Yourself?

According to Land Century, the average cost to build a house yourself is about $206,132.

  • Lot Clearing & Grading: $2,695
  • Hooking Up Utilities: $32,000
    • Power: $15,000
    • City Water: $10,000
    • Well & Septic: $7,000
  • Foundation: $8,447
  • Framing: $3,000
  • Exterior Finishes: $50,000
  • Electrical, HVAC & Plumbing: $40,000
  • Interior Finishing: $80,000

What Is The Cost Of Building A House VS Buying One?

It is cheaper to buy a new home than it is to build one.

Cost Of Buying A Home ($296,000)

According to HomeAdvisor.com, The average cost of buying a house is about $296,000. Buying a  home will cost you about $148 per sq ft.

Cost Of Building A Home ($300,000)

According to Realtor.com,the average cost of building a new home is about $300.000. Building a new home will cost you about $150 per sq ft. Plus the cost of land.

As you can see it costs more to build a new home that it does to buy one but you get the home custom built to your liking and can pick exactly where you want it built.

What Is The Price Per Square Foot To Build A House?

According to NewHomeSource, the average cost per sq ft to build a new house in the US is about $111.05. The average cost to build a home in the West is about $126.43 per sq ft.

How Much Does It Cost To Build a New Home In Arizona?

According to Bigger Pockets, the average cost to build a new home in Arizona is about $137.50 per sq ft. Plus the cost of land. However, this is not an actual estimate. Contact Hughes Development to get an actual estimate for your home building project. Hughes Development builds custom homes in Mesa, Apache Wells, Mountain Whisper and more areas in Arizona.