Designing and building a custom home may be the best way to guarantee your dream home on the perfect parcel of land in an optimal location. Depending on the desired location for the intended custom home, potential buyers will need to look at either purchasing empty land or a tear-down home.
In Colorado, there’s plenty of land to be had, but it is going quickly. The San Luis Valley in the southern portion of the state is widely regarded as having some of the most affordable tracts of land. Just north, Pueblo and Colorado Springs are up-and-coming areas that also boast affordable, accessible land.
In most cases, building a custom home costs a considerable amount more than purchasing an already existing house. In 2017, the average cost to build a custom home was $428,000. This number obviously fluctuates according to specifications, features, and fixtures specific to your desired designs.
There are additional items to consider when purchasing a residential lot or vacant land. Water rights, road access, sewage hookups, and electric services don’t come with every plot of land, especially in remote areas. Confirm the availability of these systems prior to buying land, unless you want to deal with trucking water in, road maintenance, amongst other things.
Building a home is a huge decision. One that will require a ton of time, commitment, and thought from you throughout the process. Problems during construction, delays, and changes are bound to arise during the home building process and will require your attention.
Before selling your current home, connect with an experienced real estate agent local to the area you intend to build in. This realtor can advise on promising areas around Colorado, inexpensive towns offering cheap land, and will leverage their personal network to find you reliable custom home builders that fit your budget. Here are a few reputable, celebrated custom home builders throughout the state of Colorado.
Located just outside of Denver and Boulder in the up and coming city of Lafayette, Colorado, Cornerstone Homes provides custom builds for those with moderate budgets looking to put down roots along Colorado’s Front Range. This group of third-generation builders won the Houzz Award for “Best Design 2019” and have been featured in The New York Times, dwell, and Home & Garden.
Harrington Stanko Construction
Known throughout Boulder for their diverse portfolio, this team of builders focus on marrying high-end custom home designs with Colorado’s natural landscape, so that art and architecture work with mother nature’s pallet. For over 45 years, Harrington Stanko Construction has been a benchmark of unique, luxury homes crafted with the occupants in mind.
Based in Denver, Caliber Construction earned their stripes with the city’s consistent construction boom. Since 2006, Caliber has been offering Denver residents beautiful, modern builds throughout the metro area. They start by getting to know the residents, discuss desires, tastes, and styles before even jumping into design work. Caliber wants to ensure the final result is a dream come true.
Since 1979, this renowned Aspen company has been providing this high-end mountain community with custom built mountain estates, historic cottages, and unique retail spaces. The employ natural elements such as hand cut wood, sleek granite, and earth tones to compliment Aspen’s lush, mountainous terrain.
Veritas Fine Homes
In the southwest corner of Colorado, Veritas Fine Homes seeks to provide custom home design that compliments Durango’s mountainous landscape. They have experience with a variety of designs, materials, and structures and thrive off open communication between the future residents and the build team. Veritas prides themselves on completing the project on time and on budget.
Stone Cloud Design Build
Earning numerous five-star reviews and a variety of recent awards, Stone Cloud Design Build is one of Denver’s top custom builders. Stone Cloud blends a modern aesthetic with natural finishes, so each home feels distinctly cutting-edge, yet inviting and warm. Brick, stone, and wood soften sleek, modern angles and sweeping glass expanses.
Big Horn Custom Builders
This Fort Collins company not only builds gorgeous, luxury homes for members of this Front Range community, but also bolsters the area economy by implementing locally-sourced, sustainable materials. Big Horn works with personally-vetted subcontractors who they trust to complete custom builds on time and within budget. It’s clear that owner and founder, Randy Gillen, takes pride in his work and values his place in the northern Colorado community.
Haley Custom Homes
Setting Haley Custom Homes apart from other local builders is the company’s “Rapid Build System” which they ensure reduces cost, stress, and time when compared to traditional builds. That being said, Haley Custom Homes doesn’t scrimp on quality or cut corners because of this method. They consistently receives rave reviews, with some citing project completion in as little as eight months.
Melton Design Build
Melton employs a design build approach, meaning they provide a one-stop-shop for homeowners looking to design and build their home with one group. Melton believes this process helps expedite custom builds by decreasing the amount of back and forth between various parties and allows the team to remain ever-vigilant should problems arise.
Apex Mountain Homes
Caution — jaw-dropping homes ahead. This Silverthorne company specializes in building custom, sprawling estates that truly wow. Apex has served the mountain towns of Summit County for over 25 years — their work encompasses everything from expansive, rustic ranch homes to craftsman style mountain cabins. If you’re looking for a truly unique and impressive mountain home, Apex builders are just the ticket.
Before pulling the trigger on your custom home build, enlist the help of a Clever Partner Agent to help sell your current home while maximizing profit margins with their flat listing fee of $3,000 or 1% on homes over $350,000. You’ll be able to put the money you didn’t spend on high realtor commissions toward the new build.