There are many benefits to having your next house custom built. You can pick the type of metal fixtures you like and the colors on the walls. Add a fireplace in the living room or double sinks in the master bathroom. But before you list your current home for sale, fully think through what it means to build your own home.

The Logistics of Home Building

When you’re building a home yourself, you’ll need land. You can either buy land which has no current structures on it or demolish an existing house and build on the land. Average land/lot costs in Atlanta can range from as low as $30,000 to a million plus, per Zillow. Lots available for sale in planned communities sell at the higher end of the range.

The cost to demolish a house averages $4-15 per square foot. You could pay anywhere from $8,000 to $30,000 to tear down a 2,000-square-foot house. The price will rise if there are any dangerous materials, such as asbestos, which the demolition expert must handle.

Alternately, you can sell the building for a low fee to an interested buyer on the stipulation that they pay to have the house moved by a certain date.

Typical construction costs in the Atlanta area vary widely depending on the type of house you’re building, its features, and location. It could range from $94.26 to $139.96 per square foot.

Don’t forget that while your new home is being built, you’ll need a place to live. If you can stay with friends or family, that’s great, but a custom home build can take several months to a year to complete. Either find a short-term rental or book at an extended stay hotel. And factor these costs into the overall expense of your new home.

Building a new home is a big decision and a huge project. Before embarking on the journey, talk with a local real estate agent. They can walk you through the process and set your expectations, as well as find you high-value lots or properties to demolish. Within their deep professional network they’ll be able to find you right-fit contractors and builders that align with your budget.

Custom home builders in Atlanta tend to fall on the high-end of the price range, with homes commonly built for $1 million and more. There are cheaper options on your list, but read on to find a builder who might suit your needs.

Stokesman Luxury Homes

If you want true luxury combined with a truly unique home, call Stokesman Luxury Homes. They pick and choose their projects, only taking on a few each year, so that no two houses are the same. Stone exteriors, in-ground pools, and gourmet kitchens mark a home built by Stokesman.

They focus on elite areas in Buckhead, including Tuxedo Park and Chastain Park.

Vincent Longo Custom Builders

Award-winning builder Vincent Longo has been in business over 20 years. In 2019, the company was the fourth top custom home builder in Atlanta.

Vincent Longo homes can have fanciful features, such as elevators and spas on the estate. The company rarely builds homes under 10,000 square feet. They work in a variety of styles and price ranges.

Waterford Homes

In business for over 27 years, Waterford Homes is a private homebuilding company which builds homes in communities and on a lot that someone has purchased. Over the years, they’ve won multiple awards.

The typical price for one of their homes is between $500,000 to $1.2 million. Their preferred style is modern farmhouse, traditional, and Craftsman styles, and they provide homeowners with an excellent warranty. Waterford homes are energy-efficient homes which meet the Home Energy Rating system standard.

Waterford Homes usually builds in Norcross, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, and Roswell.

Perry Custom Homes

If you want to build a luxury home valued at more than $1 million, talk to Perry Custom Homes. Their homes are known for their luxury, with Smart Home Technology, 10,000 square feet living space, theaters, and private patios.

They build in communities and on lots within the estates, not on a lot that you would pick yourself.

Richard Padgham Fine Custom Homes

Richard Padgham Fine Custom Homes can build in styles that range from traditional to English manor to French Country. Richard Padgham, a former U.S. Marine, favors cathedral ceilings, wood arches framed with stone, and gourmet kitchens in his homes.

This builder primarily builds in Chestnut Mountain, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Lula, and Oakwood.

Ivey Homes

Run by two brothers, Ivey Homes has been named the Best Builder by Augusta Magazine two years running. Homes are much more reasonably priced than the luxury offerings on this list, with some starting at just $140,000. They build townhomes and single family homes in communities.

Customization options range from picking from available floor plans and choosing fixtures in communities to building from scratch on a lot you’ve purchased.

The Providence Group

The Providence Group builds homes in the $200,000 to $1 million price range. They often build planned communities, such as the Highlands of Sandy Springs, for which they’ve won awards.

When you buy a home in one of their communities, you meet with an Interior Designer to customize its features. You can select the floor plan, flooring, and cabinetry. Their communities are low-maintenance, offering lawn maintenance or low-maintenance exteriors.

Storey Custom Homes

Storey Custom Homes builds timeless and classic houses which still have all the amenities. Their lot advisors will take you to tour available lots and pick the best option for your home. If you want an in-ground pool, or a backyard fireplace, or a luxury bathroom, they can build it for you.

The team has built houses in the Sugarloaf Country Club, River Club, and Gwinnett County areas. It’s received over 19 industry awards.

Goodsell Associates

This family-owned business has been building homes for over 25 years. They build primarily in Buckhead, Vinings, Sandy Springs, and East Cobb areas of North Atlanta.

If you want to build a traditional-style home out of brick, with gables and arches along the porch, that’s their specialty.

Steven West Custom Homes

The owner of this custom home builder, Steven West, gives hands-on and customized service. He promises to be on-site every day of your build. He’s built several charity homes featuring indoor basketball courts, a woman’s salon, and magnificent spiral staircases.

Estates start at $600,000 but rise into the multi-millions. West builds in Alpharetta, Belvedere Park, Buckhead, Roswell and Vinings.

When you want to build a home that fulfills all your dreams, you want to sell your existing home for the best possible price. Clever Partner Agents are top-rated in the Atlanta area, and working with them will save you thousands on commission. The money that you save can be reallocated towards your new build.

Contact Clever today and one of our representatives will connect you with an agent in your area for a free, no-obligation consultation.