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How to Build a Custom Home

Building your own custom home is an exciting endeavor, but it may also seem daunting in comparison to purchasing a move-in ready house. There are many decisions to make and options to consider. But many find building a custom home to be the most rewarding option, as it gives you full control over your future home. And in today’s blog, we’re here to remove the stress from the process and demonstrate how to build a custom home in seven easy steps.

Discover Your Vision

The process begins with some dreaming and creative thinking. What do you want in a home? There are no limits at this stage, so let your imagination run wild. As you go about your daily life, try reflecting on your current home. What would you miss about it? What can’t you stand about it? Talk with your family and discuss everyone’s needs and wants. It’s also important to plan your budget and determine how much you can afford to spend on your new home.

Find the Right Builder

Partnering with a builder who listens to you and shares your vision is absolutely vital when building a custom home. You want to make sure your home is built the way you want it and with the highest quality craftsmanship. Fortunately, Hanson Builders is known throughout the greater Twin Cities for prioritizing our client’s needs and giving you the most options for customization. When you partner with us, you are in total control of your home as we make your vision ours. Our competitors often ignore the finer details in their rush to complete homes, but we will never compromise on the quality of your home.

Find the Right Location

The next step is choosing a lot to build on. Where do you feel most at home? Hanson Builders offers lots in premier neighborhoods across the Twin Cities. These communities are close to shopping, dining, and major roads and lie in award-winning school districts. Many of our neighborhoods also feature community pools, clubhouses, and playgrounds. But if these locations don’t fit your needs, we’ll help you find one that does.

Design Your Home

Once you’ve settled on a site, it’s time to help your design-build team draw up home plans. Remember everything you imagined during the first stage of this process? When you partner with Hanson Builders, we’ll listen to your needs and desires and craft a design that fulfills your vision. Keep your family’s lifestyle and preferences in mind as you guide us. We’ll help you design a home that fits your needs and budget.

Interior Design

The next step is many of our clients’ favorite part of the process. Once your home plans are finalized, you can start selecting the details that will bring your home’s interior to life. Unlike our competitors, we don’t outsource to a design studio. The experts at our design center in Andover, MN will help you choose materials, fabrics, paints, and fixtures to convey the right mood and personality in your home.


The excitement grows during this stage as your dream home finally starts to become a reality. We’ll share our full production schedule with you so that you can follow along in real time. You’ve put a lot of effort into imagining and designing this home—now it’s time to relax as we bring it to life.

Move In!

Once construction is complete, we’ll show you around and make sure everything is to your liking. Then it’s time to start living in the home of your dreams.

Ready to Build Your Home?

Hanson Builders has been building homes in the Twin Cities for more than 40 years. Our process is marked by integrity, transparency, quality, and dedication to our clients’ visions. We guarantee your home’s completion within 200 days, and we’ve never missed a closing date. Contact us today to get started.