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Building a Custom Home

Building a Custom Home

Finding the perfect property can prove challenging in the DC metro area, which is why building a custom home is a great option to explore different design possibilities and customize features that mean the most to you and your family. Take these tips into account before you start your custom home-building journey.


Finding the right property is the most important part of custom builds. Consider the neighborhood, and whether what you envision for your home will fit into the community. This includes being comfortable abiding by the neighborhood rules. If you are buying a rural piece of land, for example in Loudoun County, you will need to verify what the land can “perc” for with a septic field. Also make sure that a well can be put on the lot for water access.

Make sure the size of the lot is right for your home: is it too big or too small? And make sure to evaluate the land itself to ensure its buildable and conducive for your plans. In the DC metro region, a few areas right now that are popular for custom home building include McLean, Great Falls, Arlington, Vienna, and Leesburg, Virginia. Many of the lots involve tearing down an older existing home as part of the land acquisition.


Once you’ve found the land, it’s beneficial to think about finances and to create a budget. To help with this, look at the property values of other houses in your intended neighborhood as a reference. Knowing your qualifications for construction loans such as needing a minimum credit score will help to further understand the financial implications of your project. Also, ask for quotes along the way for less of a surprise. Different materials cost different prices so know what you’re willing to splurge on, and what you can cut back on. Also understanding which aspects can add value back into your home is helpful.

Asking the Right Design Questions

Once you’re in the design phase it’s crucial to ask the right design questions to create the most authentic and personalized home for you.

  • In your home, where does your family spend the most time?
  • Would you define your style as more formal or casual?
  • Do you frequently have guests? Is this a priority?
  • How do you see your lifestyle changing in the next decade?
  • Are there any unique details you envision in your home?

As a well-established custom home builder, MBRG works with our clients through the process of designing, choosing materials, and creating this budget.

Builder is Better

All of these are important aspects to consider while building a custom home, but having a trusted builder along the way will alleviate so much unnecessary stress. Working with a home builder can help you to find properties easier as they have experience and inside knowledge. They are also professionals at evaluating what to avoid regarding construction mistakes, and they also know the communities they serve, including zoning and construction laws so you don’t have to research yourself. They can provide quotes for estimated time and costs to make sure you are well informed.

Reach out today if you are thinking about a custom home and our team will be with you every step of the way to help guide the process for a wonderful custom home building experience.

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