Custom Build Guide

Step-by-Step process for first time custom building buyers.

We are here to help guide you in the process of choosing a custom building for your property. Before you begin, consider these common early mistakes.


These top 3 Tips before you begin will help prevent some of the the biggest mistakes. Follow the rest of the step-by-step guide to keep the custom construction process an exciting and enjoyable one.

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Location, Location, Location

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Research your local building department codes regarding setbacks from property lines, street, slopes and existing structures. If you are located within an HOA (Home Owners Association) find out the requirements for color matching and getting approval for a building. Think about sun exposure, drainage, door and window placement. Once you’ve built it, it’s done. Moving an item such as a window or door, can turn out to be a pretty substantial request. Plan your interior as well as your exterior. Understanding how much space is needed for the things going inside is important. Don’t forget to think vertically as well. Also future access around a structure to the rear of your property is something you want to consider.

Are you planning for adequate size?

In other words, is your planned building too small, too big or just the right size for your expected purpose? Many times the needs of today are not the needs of tomorrow. It doesn’t feel good outgrowing something that still feels brand new. Planning for the future can prevent the need for another building and added cost down the road. Ask friends, family or neighbors with storage buildings or workshops on their property, you just might hear ‘I wish I had built a bit bigger’ or ‘I wish I had built with the optional tall wall’ more often than you might guess.

How 'Custom' is really necessary?

You may be surprised how much can be accomplished by starting with an existing building plan. Be sure to contact a Dry Creek representative and discuss your plans as well as all your options. Doing so might help your project come together sooner and at a lower cost.

Steps for do-it-yourself customers

  • Many times for an additional cost we can take care of this process for you. That said, we’ve met plenty of folks that prefer to do it themselves. Here are the steps you’ll need to go through listed in order. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list as some steps change based on the building… but rather, this serves as a very good general overview.
  1. Plan how you will use your space, inside and out.

  2. Plan where it will sit on your property.

  3. Develop Engineering Plans for the building.

  4. Submit Plans to Your County Engineering & Permitting Dept.

  5. Understand The Building and Permit Processes. Learn What is Required to Get Inspection Approvals and at What Stages.

  6. Have Digging Locations Checked for Underground Utilities

  7. Secure Required Permits

  8. Consult With Any Third Parties Required for Project Completion

  9. Schedule Building Construction

  10. Calling For Inspection at Each Stage of Construction

  11. Final Inspection