2020 Guide to the Custom Home Building Process

Experiencing the custom home building process with another contractor can leave clients with many unanswered questions – not with PresPro.

Every project follows our unique building process for continuity and quality assurance purposes. Our building process also provides clients with peace of mind, offered through a detailed and easy-to-follow timeline. Our project managers are always available, working to guide every client confidently through the building process.

Each stage of the process varies in terms of its complexity, but the general steps can be traced broadly as follows.


At PresPro we pride ourselves on setting high standards when it comes to building our homes. We also place a high value on the customer experience.

From the first time, we connect with a custom home client until you walk into your dream home, we want to communicate realistic expectations about the entire building process.

We have taken steps to outline that process from beginning to end to ensure that you are informed and educated. Our Project managers and Sales team are experts and as such will walk you through this process along the way reminding you of important milestones that are necessary to keep your project on track.

The three key components to the custom home building process are:

  1. Establish a budget
  2. Select and Purchase your land
  3. Get involved in the design process

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It all begins here, as the amount of available funds determines what and where you will construct.

Land on which to build must be taken into consideration, as well as the scope of the custom build itself – the number of bedrooms, living areas, bathrooms, etc.

On top of those basics, you must remember to consider items that will not be part of a build price itself: permits, 2020 property taxes, development charges, septic (or well if applicable), hydro connection, landscaping, appliances, furniture, and HST. For reference, here are 7 things to consider when assessing the cost of building a custom home [article being written ].

Without proper budgeting, costs can accumulate beyond your ability to pay, and the project can go sideways in a hurry.

Have your financing in order. If you are in need of banking referrals for Construction loan financing please contact PresPro and we can send you a list of banking referrals.

Fill out our Custom Build Questionnaire and we’ll help every step of the way.



You have a vision for your dream home, and you want to make sure it’s ideally placed, especially if you value outdoor space and want to take advantage of your surroundings. Consider what it will be like to live there in all 4 seasons [ article being written ], and also take note of nearby amenities, schools, and access to major thoroughfares.

Unless you’re in a rush to build, it’s important to take your time, do the legwork, and find the perfect lot.  Once we’ve started the process one of our expert Project Managers would be happy to walk the lot with you and give you their opinion about building and living in that space.

Last but not least, look at the price of the lot and make sure you’ll have enough left in your budget to build the house you are dreaming of.

For more, be sure to read our post on
things to consider when purchasing land for a home. 

Have land already? Maybe you need help finding that perfect spot for your dream home. Fill out our Custom Home Questionnaire to get started.



As you enter this stage of the custom home building process, you should come prepared with a basic understanding of what you want.

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How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want?  What sort of entertaining space do you need?  What are your priorities, and what can you bend on? What style do you like? Make sure you understand the cost involved with all of these decisions so that the house designed for you fits within your established budget, as discussed earlier.

This is where the input of your builder [ article being written ] becomes valuable, as they are the hands-on source for realistic material and labor costs.  The design stage is too early for accurate pricing, but your builder – if you have secured one already – can certainly guide your choices wisely if you have made your building budget clear.

Need help finding an architect or the right plan for your Custom Home? Fill out our Custom Build Questionnaire to get started.


WHy PresPro is the right builder for you

You can’t underestimate the importance of choosing the right custom home builder. That’s why we’ve put together a list of resources to help you with your decision.

Home Builder Digest suggests taking the following steps before committing to a particular builder.

  1. Read Testimonies. You can learn a lot about a company from its reviews online. Check out our raving fans on Google Reviews.
  2. View our Look book. We’ve put together a collection of our recent custom builds highlighting both quality and excellence in our custom builds. Get it here.
  3. Meet a Senior Project manager. Once we’ve started the process you will meet with one of our highly experienced Project Managers who will handle your build. Get to know our team here.
  4. Learn about suppliers. The material that goes into your home is just as important as the people building your home. Below are just a few of the high-end suppliers we have used in our custom builds. [ insert graphic of trust symbols ]

You’ve read the reviews, seen our work, and you’ve met the team. Are you ready to get started on your dream home? Fill out our Custom Build Questionnaire and we will take it from there!


Trust PRESPRO with YOUR custom home building process!

We make it our goal to help all our clients realize their dreams. Quality craftsmanship, attention to detail and complete customer satisfaction are what sets PresPro apart in the Charlotte building community. Our homeowners can rest assured that their new home will be a source of pride and satisfaction for many years to come.

Whether you are looking to be a part of a community or desire to build your dream home on your grandfather’s land, we will carry your dream to fruition.