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Things to Know (and Mistakes to Avoid) When Building a Custom Home

You’re dreaming of the perfect new kitchen and a breathtaking view to match. You can see your new primary suite in your mind’s eye, and you’re almost ready to make it real. Building a custom home in Wyoming can be an exciting and rewarding experience, allowing homeowners to create a unique and personalized living space that perfectly suits their needs and lifestyle. However, this process requires careful planning, attention to detail, and a willingness to invest time and resources in the project. In this blog, we will explore some of the key things to know and common mistakes to avoid when building a custom home in Wyoming, providing valuable insights and tips to help homeowners make informed decisions and achieve their dream home.

Custom home exterior view in rural Wyoming

First Choice Builders of Sheridan, Wyoming builds beautiful custom homes throughout our majestic state. We love clients who have done their homework, and we’re happy to provide folks everywhere with the information they need to embark on a successful custom build. 


Things to Know When Building a Custom House


Learning a few basics of building a custom home is a critical first step in making your dream home a reality.


The Process for Building a Custom House

Understanding the process of building a custom home can help you prepare for your upcoming project.


First Steps

We provide extensive consultation services. New clients complete a questionnaire to assess your needs, wants, and expectations, so we can assemble your team and align our vision. If needed, our in-house realtor can help you find a lot, and we can assess utilities and plan for well and sewer tap and other preparations for your lot and utilities so you can make informed decisions about the cost and possibilities at each potential location



We’re pleased to help you plan! Our home consultation services keep your plans on track. We offer design and architectural assistance to ensure your vision translates to perfect plans. Our cutting-edge design software refines your plans until you’re completely satisfied. Next, we select materials together. If you’d like assistance with color selection and matching materials like flooring, trim, and cabinets, we’re happy to help. Once we know what we’ll need, we order materials, secure all the necessary permits and get ready to work.



It’s time to build! Our fan-favorite communication software constantly updates you about your construction progress and projections. We also follow up with weekly check-ins outside the app because we know some folks don’t like to rely on an app. Our full-service experience leaves the details to us. We do it all. The finishing touches transform a house into your new home. We provide exterior details such as sprinkler installation, grass seed, and landscaping to ensure your outdoor living space is every bit as unique and impressive as the home inside. Once you’ve signed off on every detail, we bring in a professional cleaning staff so that your home is clean and move-in ready.

Construction progress of new home exterior with wood beams

How Long Does it Take to Build a House?

You’ll spend several months, if not longer, planning before your build. Your construction timeline depends on several factors, such as the size and complexity of the project, availability of materials, and weather conditions. On average, building a custom home can take anywhere from 8 to 18 months or even longer for larger and more complex projects. It's important to work with an experienced builder and have a realistic timeline in mind when embarking on a custom home-building project to understand the construction process timeline for your new home.

New construction exterior progress in Wyoming

What Does it Cost to Build a Custom Home in Wyoming?

Our custom homes generally cost between $750,000 and $2,000,000. We know this is a wide range. The cost of your custom home is influenced by the size of your build and the materials you choose. Everyone allocates their budget a little different because everyone has unique priorities when designing their home. Expect a home with high-end materials and custom features to start at $350 per square foot.

front view of new construction exterior in Wyoming

Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Custom Home in Wyoming


What you do is every bit as important as what you don’t do when setting yourself up for a successful custom home build. Here are our top mistakes to avoid when building a custom home. 


Rushing Through the Design Process

The design process is a crucial stage when building a custom home, and rushing through it can lead to costly mistakes and regrets later on. Taking the time to carefully plan and design the home ensures that it meets the client's needs, preferences, and budget. We’re all in a hurry to get started, but the details matter and deserve our attention. This is how small details get overlooked when building a house. Rushing through the design process may result in missing details or essential features that could improve your final result, not to mention the construction delays introduced by change orders. 

Interior design of custom home with timber finishes and recessed lighting

Building Ultra-Trendy Spaces

While it may be tempting to incorporate the latest design trends into a custom home, it's important to consider whether these trends will stand the test of time. Building a home that is too trendy may result in it looking dated and tired in just a few years. Instead, it's wise to opt for timeless design elements that will remain classic and stylish for years to come. That said, you shouldn’t avoid a look you love just because it’s of the moment. It’s your custom home. Have whatever you like. 

White custom kitchen design with island and seating beneath pendant light fixture

Changing Your Selections After You’ve Finalized Them

Changing your mind after construction could require changes to be made to the original plans and designs. This can result in additional labor and material costs and delays in the construction schedule as we work to secure future availability with our trade partners. Change orders can also require us to modify existing work, which can be much more time-consuming and costly than if the changes had been addressed during the design and planning stages.


Picking the Wrong Team

Selecting the right construction company is crucial for a successful Wyoming custom home build. Avoid a low-bidder or a new-in-town gamble. A quality home builder has the necessary experience and expertise to handle the project and a proven track record of beautiful results. Working with a reputable construction company can help ensure that you build your dream home on time, within budget, and to your delight, not your satisfaction.

First Choice Builders team working on foundation for new construction in Wyoming

If you’re ready to head down the road to your dream home in Wyoming, we’d be honored to partner with you. Reach out to First Choice Builders to start the conversation today.

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