A custom home building project can easily become a horror story if it is not handled carefully. We have all heard plenty of such stories before especially if a good builder is not hired. It is important to hire the whole team of builders, architect, designers and other contractors very early into the project. The team of professionals should have the right expertise and should be willing to collaborate together on the project. If they all belong to the same firm, then it is even better. You do not have work towards making them work together.
You need to choose your designs and options early. Probably, it is better to hire the custom home designer first and discuss the design options with him or her even before going to the builder and the architect. You may want to tour some of the nearby custom luxury homes in the locality. You have to be very clear in your budget. Being flexible with the budget may seem like a good idea. But, in case of a custom home project, it can lead to more expenses.