Where to Begin if You're Thinking of Building a Custom Home

Have you been thinking about building a custom home but have no idea where to start?

You’ve probably Googled ‘Custom Home Builders in Saskatoon’ or ‘First Step to Building a Custom Home’ and got overwhelmed on where to even begin – hello, information overload!

That’s because most builders don’t have a structured process as their first step, let alone a design service that guides you before diving straight into a commitment of construction.

And without any guidance, your dream home may never go beyond a thought or a drawing on paper.

"The journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step."
- Lao Tzu

What most people don’t realize is that the design and planning stage of a custom build is the most important part of the journey (oh, it’s a journey!), and it can take longer than the actual construction of building your custom home.

The process of designing, pricing, planning, and building are so intertwined and there’s so much back-and-forth in order to achieve your wish list of design and budget.

What if you could find a professional design-build company that will guide you every step of the way, for both design and construction?

Working alongside one company who can provide all of these services under one roof keeps the entire process stress-free so you can sit back and trust that your vision and budget are being captured equally to the quality of your custom home.

After all, 6/10 architectural designs never get built.

And that’s because most builders aren’t involved in the design process, but as a design-build company (and because we are process-oriented freaks), we hold your hand through the whole process.

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A Common Myth

People assume the first step to building a custom home is finding someone to do their drawings. And that’s because there are not many design-build firms in Saskatoon, so builders send you to drafting companies first. Most builders are just that: Builders. They rely on you to guide them and take care of the design on your own, but little do you know, the design process isn’t just about drawing a floor plan and picking your light fixtures and flooring.

Here are 7 common mistakes that happen when you get your drawings done without the guidance of a design-build company:


Your new home doesn’t function well for your family.


The build process becomes stressful because you’re having to make revisions on the fly.


Costs keep creeping up and you end up blowing your budget.


The construction phase takes a lot longer than planned and you don’t end up your new home before Christmas.


Your new home doesn’t function well for your family.


There are things you wish you would’ve changed now that you see it built.

Just a piece of paper

You never actually go through with your custom build because the proposed design is way over budget.

The custom build experience is much more stress-free when working with a design-build company who provides full scale design services in-house.

A custom home builder needs to be involved in the design phase so you can get guidance on how to make sure your vision is being captured without blowing your budget. The construction phase goes way smoother with a design-build company and you don’t have to worry about getting emergency phone calls from the builder needing immediate answers on where you want to hang your robe hooks. Everything you need to know before embarking on your custom build journey is included in the free guide below.