2 Phases to Planning Your Custom Home

2 Phases to Planning Your Custom Home

Building a custom home is an exciting time. Whether you are building a small vacation spot, an inner city infill development, or a sprawling rancher on an acreage, seeing your vision come to life through the custom design experience is an absolute thrill.

Whether, or not you think the sound of planning and designing your dream home is fun, it’s important to take into consideration some very important planning details to ensure your project is delivered within your budget and timeline expectations. This article will take you though what to expect during the design and planning phases of your custom home build.

How to Have the Best Custom Home Design

Building a home can be one of the most exciting and stressful times of your life. How you can mitigate the stress and potential for disaster is to have a thorough design and planning phase. When you work with a reputable full-service home builder your custom home design, planning and subsequent build will be a stress-free and enjoyable experience.

The initial planning phases should be the most important and time consuming parts of the entire project. Because of the time well spent working with a design-build contractor there will be little to no surprises down the road that will cost you money and push back your timelines during the construction phases. After the initial design and planning work is done, you can sit back and enjoy a smooth home build. We utilize a comprehensive two-part process that will give you peace of mind before, during, and after your build.


Full Service Custom Home Planning Process

Phase 1: Conceptual & Planning

The Conceptual & Planning Phase for some can be one of the most stressful times, but this is where the decades of home building experience will allow your design-build contractor to shine! Many homeowners worry about their budget (as they should!) and this phase will deliver a complete picture of what will be built before making a large financial investment.

This phase will include working closely with designers, architects, engineers, pre-construction trades and civic consultation. Your full-service builder will collaborate between you and all stakeholders during this phase to ensure a streamlined and efficient planning experience.

Phase 2: Commissioning & Permitting

Next up is the Commissioning and Permitting Phase which takes your journey one more step forward towards construction. At this point you will have schematics and drawings that are the result of a fully collaborative process with all stakeholders that have been engaged during Phase 1.

Phase 2 is known as the launching phase of your project. Your custom home builder will take the resulting home schematics, drawings and site plans and get all the specific information you would need to make a fully informed decision before committing to move into home construction. During this phase all documents for your home will be permit ready and all timelines and budget estimates will be detailed and finalized in a comprehensive custom home quote.


Benefits of Phase 1 & 2 Custom Home Design and Planning

Phase 1 and 2 are designed to take you seamlessly through all the important planning steps involved with creating your custom home plans. This process was created to deliver on some big benefits to you:

  1. Access to decades of experience, an extensive trade base, and an overarching perspective connecting all aspects of the custom home design and planning
  2. When you design and plan your home with a full-service home builder at the helm, your project is far more likely to actually be delivered within budget
  3. Detailed planning phases will allow for realistic timelines to be delivered on so you can plan your life with real dates
  4. Phase 1 & 2 will provide a complete and realistic picture of your custom home build before ever breaking ground
  5. Your design-build contractor will be your single point of contact throughout the full process which communication much easier and less overwhelming for you
  6. You will arrive through the other side of the planning process with construction ready documents, finalized pricing, and everything you need to begin your custom home build

Best of all? Phase 1 & 2 with FLR Developments is for a nominal fee, and you are free to price your project out with other home builders if you choose to. We do this so clients can have access to our decades of home building experience without the worry of being locked in, or handcuffed along the way.

FLR Developments is Calgary’s best custom home builder delivering on decades of design, planning and construction experience. Call us for a consultation at 403-980-2205 or contact us through the website form below.


Whether you want a custom luxury home, a stunning lake view spot, or the perfect commercial spot for your new venture, our team makes the process as straightforward, cost-effective, and simple as possible. From planning and design to permits and a third party warranty, we will expertly manage every stage of the process. We take the challenge out of new builds, so you can focus on what’s truly important: achieving your dream.

Want to know more about one of our developments and how we can get your project completed on time and on a budget? Contact us at  (403) 980-2205  or fill in our online form.

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