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What is custom home?

Custom home design build refers to a comprehensive process where a homeowner works closely with a design-build firm or a custom home builder to create a personalized and unique home from the ground up. This approach allows homeowners to have significant input into the design, layout, and features of their new home, resulting in a residence that is tailored to their specific needs, preferences, and lifestyle.

Nestwood home 10 steps to build a custom house

1. Feasibility Study
  • Identify the government agencies related to land, include but not limited to municipal government, conservation authority, metrolink, heritage authority, etc.   

  • Collecting zoning-bylaw and planning information

  • Estimate proposed building area

  • Estimate timeline for both design phase and construction phase

  • Estimate construction cost based on the homeowner's requested housing standards

2. Architectural Schematic Design
  • Programing

  • Floor plans

  • Front facade rendering

3. Committee of Adjustment and Approval
  • Extra buildable area and building height to maximize home value

4. Building Permit (ARCH/STRUC/HVAC)
  • Architectural building permit

  • Structure building permit

  • Mechanical building permit

5. Interior Design
  • Design style exploration

  • Interior floor plan

  • Interior rendering 

  • Interior furniture plan

  • Interior ceiling and lighting plan

  • Interior cabinetry detail

  • Interior elevation

  • Interior finish material selection

  • Appliances selection

6. Cost Estimate
  • We will provide an accurate construction cost estimate based on the client approved architectural and interior design drawings

7. Value Engineering
  • We will optimize the construction cost estimate by adjusting the architectural or interior design details to ensure it falls within the owner's expected range.

8. Tender
  • More than 100 quality-assured construction subcontractors of various types, with whom we have long-term cooperation, will be invited to bid based on the tender requirements.

9. Construction Management
  • We manage all the trades through a cloud-based scheduling tool that updates schedules in real-time to enhance booking efficiency, material delivery and trade coordination.  The project schedule also comes as an accessible online calendar on our client portal.

10. Warranty
  • 1 year - All items

  • 2 years - All systems ( Insulation, Water barrier, HVAC, Plumbing, etc.)

  • 7 years - Structure


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Our project manager will contact you to arrange an online video conference or office meeting, during the meeting that you will be provided with initial information about the project, such as its zoning by-law feasibility, the permissible building area (GFA), project time frame, and preliminary construction estimate that suit your project.

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