How long does the custom home design process take?

How Long Does the Custom Home Design Process Take?

The answer to this question depends on several factors, but generally the custom home design process takes our team about three months from first conversation to final floor plan. I get this question often, and want to “open the hood” and share a little bit more about our process.

Define your needs and budget

I wrote about this in greater detail in my article on developing the vision for your custom home, but at its most basic this means knowing what you need and how much you’re able to budget.

  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms do we need?
  • Do we want a one-story or two-story home?
  • What’s our maximum budget?

Our design team works with you developing your requirements and wishes, as well as balancing these things with your budget.

Choose your lot

Once we have a list of requirements that fall within your budget (or sometimes as we’re still finalizing them), we begin considering the layout and orientation of your custom home.

Some of our clients already own the land on which they want to build, and many others know the area in which they want to live — but most still have lots of questions.

  • Where in the Texas Hill Country do I want to build?
  • Is Lot A or Lot B better for the custom home I want?
  • Does the slope on the lot I want affect my home’s positioning?

Selecting the land most suited for you can be a challenge, but it’s always worth the effort to see your custom home built on the lot that best suits your needs.

Now let’s see it

Next we work with you to design your custom home’s floorplan — this is when things really get exciting as you start seeing your vision come to life.

Our design-build process is truly integrated; in order to ensure the design fits your vision, you work directly with our home designer and project manager. During the design process we communicate often about your financial goals, ensuring the most accurate estimates and preventing budget challenges.

Once a floor plan and elevations are constructed, we start on construction documents, including a full set of dimensioned plans and specifications.


When your custom home’s design is finalized, we move into pricing the build. We walk you through building and material options, always keeping in mind your budget and vision for your custom home.

Then — finally! — we start building your custom home.

The most important thing: communication

Frequent communication is critical in keeping a custom home build on time and on budget.

A custom home build lasts many months, and we keep you informed and communicate with you on a daily basis. We even use a web-based project management tool so you can “check in” on your custom home’s status at any time.

This is your custom home, and we want you to be involved in its construction.

Let’s build something together

We’ve been building homes in the Texas Hill Country for almost 30 years, and have guided hundreds of homeowners through the custom home design and build process.

Visit our portfolio to see just a few of the custom homes we’ve built, or contact us today to get started on your custom dream home!