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The Ultimate Guide to Custom Home Design: How to Bring Your Vision to Life

Creating your dream home is one of the most exciting and rewarding projects you’ll ever undertake. Custom homes allows you to craft a space that reflects your personality, meets your needs, and fits your lifestyle perfectly. However, the process can be daunting without a clear roadmap. This guide will walk you through each step of bringing your vision to life, ensuring a smooth and successful journey from concept to completion.

Front elevation of a stone brick white home from Wright


Step 1: Define Your Vision

Dream Big and Take Notes

Start by envisioning what your ideal home looks like. Gather inspiration from magazines, websites, and social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram. Create a vision board or digital folder to collect images, floor plans, color schemes, and design elements that appeal to you.

List Your Needs and Wants

Consider your lifestyle and how your home can accommodate it. Make a list of must-have features (e.g., number of bedrooms, office space, open kitchen) and nice-to-have elements (e.g., a home gym, pool, or smart home technology).

Set Your Budget

Determine a realistic budget for your project. Include costs for land, construction, permits, and interior design. Factor in a contingency for unexpected expenses. We pride ourselves in catering to your needs, including your budget. We understand that creating your dream home shouldn’t be constrained by financial limitations, which is why we offer a range of options that cater to both luxurious tastes and budget-friendly preferences.

Kitchen with white cabinets and a center island with black cabinets from Wright Homes

Step 2: Assemble Your Team

Hire an Architect

An architect will help you translate your vision into a feasible design. If you chose to hire an architect outside of Wright Homes, look for someone with experience in custom home design and a portfolio that resonates with your style. To streamline the process, we have an in-house architect with years of experience that will create detailed plans and work with you to refine the design.

Choose a Builder

Selecting Wright Homes as your builder is selecting a reputable builder with a track record of quality craftsmanship. We are licensed, insured, and familiar with a variety of homes to best serve your needs. The tradition of Wright Homes is to build a haven for every family, made of uncompromising craftsmanship joined with precise communication and desirable value throughout the building process. Wright Homes is dedicated to their “custom home builders” Utah legacy that has received a number of awards throughout the years.

Hire an Interior Designer(s)

Interior designers can add immense value by creating cohesive, functional, and beautiful interiors. They will help with selecting finishes, fixtures, and furnishings that align with your vision. Our interior designer at Wright homes has over 12 years of experience and a passion for what they do. Know you are in good hands as we understand that your home should be a reflection of who you are – unique, stylish, and unmistakably you.

Bedroom with pointed ceiling in a wright home

Step 3: Design Development

Collaborate on the Floor Plan

Work closely with your architect to develop a floor plan that maximizes space and flow. Consider room placements, natural light, and how you move through the space. Ensure the layout supports your daily activities and future needs. Choose a floor plan from an architect outside of Wright Homes, choose from the 45+ floor plans we current offer, or fully customize a floor plan with our in house architect at Wright homes.

Exterior Design

Decide on the architectural style of your home—modern, traditional, farmhouse, or something unique. Select materials and finishes for the exterior, such as siding, roofing, and windows, that complement your vision and fit within your budget.

Interior Design

Plan the interior spaces, focusing on functionality and aesthetics. Choose color schemes, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, and lighting. Pay attention to details like moldings, hardware, and built-ins that add character and value to your home.

rear elevation of a stone brick white home from Wright

Step 4: Permits and Approvals

Understand Local Regulations

Your architect and builder will guide you through the permitting process, but it’s essential to understand local building codes and zoning laws. These regulations can impact your design and timeline.

Submit Plans

Submit your final plans to the relevant local authorities for approval. This step can take time, so plan accordingly and be prepared for potential revisions.

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Step 5: Construction Phase

Site Preparation

Once permits are obtained, your builder will prepare the site, including excavation, foundation work, and utility installations. This phase sets the stage for the actual construction.

Building Your Home

Construction will progress through framing, roofing, exterior finishes, and interior work. Regular site visits and meetings with your builder are crucial to stay informed and address any issues promptly.

Stay Involved

Maintain open communication with your team throughout the construction process. Be available for decisions and approvals to keep the project on track.

fireplace in a living room from wright homes

Step 6: Interior Finishing Touches

Install Fixtures and Finishes

As construction nears completion, focus on the interior details. This includes installing cabinetry, countertops, flooring, lighting, and plumbing fixtures. Your interior designer will ensure everything comes together beautifully.

Furnish and Decorate

Select furniture, artwork, and accessories that complement your design. Take your time to find pieces that reflect your style and make your house feel like home.

Living room with leather couch and fireplace from Wright homes

Step 7: Final Walkthrough and Move-In

Inspect Thoroughly

Conduct a final walkthrough with your builder to identify any issues that need addressing. Ensure all aspects of the home meet your expectations and the agreed-upon specifications.

Move In and Enjoy

Once any final touches are completed, it’s time to move in and start enjoying your custom-designed home. Celebrate this significant achievement and make it your own.

rear elevation of a stone brick white home from Wright


Designing and building a custom home is a complex but immensely rewarding endeavor. By following these steps and working with a skilled team, you can bring your vision to life and create a home that perfectly suits your lifestyle and tastes. Remember to stay patient, flexible, and involved throughout the process, and soon you’ll be living in the home of your dreams.

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