South Florida luxury custom home development is certainly more challenging than choosing a resale or a new home already build, but of course there can be the rewards of having a home that fits your exact tastes and lifestyle.
There are many decisions and options available in undertaking a custom home venture, so take the time to become familiar with the widely different custom lot opportunities, builder programs, and community amenities available.
The process a custom home building usually starts by purchasing a vacant lot in a subdivision where the developer has built the infrastructure that includes all utilities, roads, common areas, and natural area open spaces.
In some communities, lots can be purchased with no time limit on when construction has to be started. Other communities have a specified time limit within which construction must start. If the developer is also building the homes, they usually start construction within a short time of the lot purchase.
The builder generally has a number of floor plans and makes modifications to the buyer requests. Some builders will allow only minor changes while others will accommodate major changes including even altering the footprint of the house.
Not Planned Communities
There are a limited amount of lots that are not in planned communities and do not have associations. A custom home can be constructed here to whatever the owner desires and only has to comply with city ordinances.
In some custom home communities, you can hire an architect of your choice to design your home and then hire a builder of your choice. In other custom home developments, the builder will bring in the architect to design and draw the plans.
There are many luxury custom home builders in Florida; some only build one or two homes per year while others build numerous homes per year.
Lots for Sale
In Florida there are many lots listed for sale. Some are in planed communities that have roads completed and all utilities installed. Some of these home sites are ready to build on if the home is built by the developer.
In most communities or subdivisions certain lots have premiums added to the price due to location within the subdivision, special views, golf course location, and unique features like deepwater access. In some communities lots can be purchased and held for long periods before construction and in others there is a definite time period for start of construction.
In communities where lots are sold for custom home development the lots are on completed roads with utilities installed and are still in their natural state. There are also some lots not in any planned communities or subdivision that are on unimproved roads with limited utilities.