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Custom Home Building Misconceptions


Myth: It’s Too Expensive

When building a new home from the ground up, you have a say in every step of the process. This means there is a wide range in pricing. A budget can be determined based on the size, style, location, and the level of detail you want to incorporate. Home builders are hired to help you make informed decisions to get the most out of your budget and to focus on the unique needs you and your family have.

Myth: It Always Takes Longer Than Anticipated

There are a lot of factors to consider when coming up with a timeline for a custom build. The time that it takes to build a fully custom home will typically be longer than building a spec home because of all the extra options that the homeowners will have to make. If a client has a good idea of what they want the process will go faster. Other factors that can determine the building schedule are material choices and their availability, change orders and decision delays, and the construction style of your choice.

When starting from scratch it is less likely that you will run into unanticipated problems. Maybe it will take 3 weeks to get in the exact cabinets you want, but that means deciding on cabinetry ahead of time will keep things moving along right on time. Plumbing or foundation issues that could cause huge delays won’t be a problem because nothing has been installed yet. The best way to ensure an efficient build time is to collaborate and plan well with your builder so you have adequate planning time and knowledge of what to expect during the building process.

Myth: It isn’t Really Custom

Sometimes people mistake building a new spec home with building a custom home. Yes, a builder may give you options for layout and some preselected materials making it feel like a custom home, but at Kimberley we offer a completely custom option. We build what YOU want. We work closely with each home buyer to ensure every detail can be customized to your vision, budget and lifestyle needs.

Myth: You Need to Know About Architecture

You don’t need to know anything about design or architecture to build your dream home. Leave that up to the professionals. Our job is to guide you in making informed decisions based on what your needs are. The most important role you have in the process is having a good idea of what you like and what styles you gravitate toward – but if you aren’t so sure, we will work with you to figure out what best suits you and the functionality of your home.

Myth: You Have to Buy Your Land First

Sometimes there is the misconception that you must first buy the land before hiring an architect. While it can be done this way, the best opportunities are when you start by going directly to a homebuilder. With Kimberley for example, we have the resources and team needed to get the job done. A to Z we will handle the entire process, saving you time and money. When shopping for a lot to build on you are competing with other buyers as well as home builders and developers. Working with a homebuilder first can provide you with multiple lots from which to choose. Builders have their team of experts hunt for quality land, assess the best lots for their builds and make those lots available for home buyers.

The Kimberley Difference

If you want to invest in a custom home for your family, talk to us about the process. We can guide you through any questions about how we can help you build the energy-efficient and healthy home of your dreams. Please call us at (515) 963-8335 or fill out our contact form.

There are a lot of reasons why a custom build would be the best choice for your needs rather than choosing a spec home. Some shy away from the idea because of these common misconceptions.
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Everyone we dealt with through the whole process was very helpful

Our experience with Kimberley Development was very professional and personal at the same time. Everyone we dealt with through the whole process was very helpful. Dave, our superintendent, was great at keeping us informed during construction of our home. We really appreciated everyone involved–it made the process easy!

Judy Klever | Ankeny

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