Alair Homes Charleston is one of the leading home contracting companies in the Charleston area. Today we will take a look at how long it takes and how much it costs to have your very own custom home built.

The Inside Story

Most homes are not conceived and constructed overnight. There is a reason for this. Every project is different. The size and scale of the job are the first things to consider. Some jobs end up being very large in scale. Some are rather small. It all depends on the size and the materials that are needed for the job. Each job comes with its own set of options.

Here is an Example Of One Custom Home Option

Say that someone builds the same home over and over. It is pretty much the same, except for a few minor tweaks on each home. This option is called the “cookie cutter” image. It is the same as baking the same batch of cookies over and over. After a while, you pretty much know what to expect, what you will need, and how long it will take.

Some homes may be known as the “sugar cookie”. Some may be “chocolate chip”. Others may be “peanut butter”. Once you get the format going, you can do it all blindly. This is just one example, one option. There are other options for custom home building. Each option has its own tag name. Knowing what option your home building project falls under is a big part of understanding how long it will take, not to mention the cost behind it.

Custom Home Costs: Baker’s Edition

Now it is time to discuss the custom home costs. Say you want to make a dozen plain sugar cookies. Simple and easy. This usually requires a few hours of manpower for most people. Those who want to bake more than just a dozen cookies are going to need more time. Now, compare this to a house.

A home of this simplicity is going to require about 40 hours of manpower. Homes that require more “sprinkles” are going to need more time and money, not to mention manpower.

Say that you want to use your own staff. You will not have to put out much money for this. Same thing goes for the custom homes being built. Using your own staff will greatly cut down on some expenses. Now, say that you want to hire some outside help to come in and help bake your cookies. This going to require more work and money. You will have to shop and compare to see which help is going to be worth it, not to mention the most cost-effective. Same thing applies here for home building.

“In order to get the best tasting cookies, sometimes you have to do a cost-benefit analysis of what you will get in return”.

Many outside builders charge extra for coming in and helping to save the day on a big project. It is your job to see which builders offer a more realistic price. Some builders end up being all “fluff and cool whip” and no “solid cake to hold it all together”. This goes for everyone, right down to those who do the drywall and the installation.


At the end of the day, it takes time to build a good home and some really tasty cookies. The job and the people you work with have to pay some dividends, especially for the person you are making the “cookies” for. Contact Alair Homes Charleston if you are interested in learning more about the cost or building of a custom home.