What to Expect When Building a Custom Home

What to Expect When Building a Custom Home

A custom home is really about creating a lifestyle and one-of-a-kind oasis that is designed specifically for you. When building a new custom home, your choices are nearly unlimited.

We understand the sheer amount of choices and variables that go into building a custom home can seem daunting and overwhelming. That’s why this year we will be featuring several posts that will break down the process and provide insight on the right way to build a custom home, arming readers with the knowledge necessary to have a positive experience.

The list below outlines the major stages of building a custom home and the typical path you can expect your own home to take.


  • Home site selection
  • House plans development + design
  • Develop house specifications
  • Home building contract


  • Secure financing—construction loan
  • Acquire permits to build
  • Developer or homeowner association approval, if required

Home Building – Foundation & Frame

  • Staking for foundation work
  • Tree clearing, if applicable
  • Excavation / setting grade
  • Foundation / backfill dirt
  • Frame, windows, exterior doors, exterior trim, and siding

Exterior Building

  • Exterior painting
  • Roofing
  • Utilities
  • Brick + stone exterior
  • Gutters + brick flashing
  • Exterior concrete—driveways, walkways, patios
  • Grading of yard

Interior Building

  • Heating + cooling rough-in
  • Plumbing rough-in
  • Electrical—security systems, audio systems
  • Insulation
  • Inspections
  • Drywall
  • Paint ceiling and prime paint walls
  • Drywall touch-ups
  • Painting
  • Flooring
  • Mechanical finishes
  • Bath hardware and closet shelving
  • Appliances
  • Custom cabinetry + built-ins

Construction Project Completion

  • Cleaning
  • Final builder + municipal inspections
  • Home presentation + walk-through with homeowner
  • Closing

Depending on the size and specs of your home, the construction process typically takes at least twelve months to be completed. As with any quality builder, Charles Clayton Construction walks homeowners through every step of the process and supplies regular updates from start to completion ensuring clients know what to expect and feel good about the project.

Please call us at 407-628-3334 for a convenient review of your construction opportunity.