Stop looking at web sites and start talking to builders. The first thing you need to do is determine where you want your house built. I do not mean the lot but the town. Then go to the building department for that town (usually in the town hall) and talk to the building commissioner or building inspectors. They will be happy to give you the names of builers that work in the town and have good reputations. Sit and interview a few. View their homes and talk to their past clients. Make sure that you are not just happy with the construction but are comfortable with the builder. You will be tied to this builder during construction phase and warranty phase for well over 1 year. Once the builder is selected the rest is simple! Take it one step at a time and don't let yourself get overwhelmed and you will be fine and happy with the results!
Best of Luck,
Linda J Sears
Your next move is to contact builders in your area with an excellent reputation. Check your state licensing agency for prior complaints, etc. MAKE CERTAIN THEY ARE A LICENSED GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND CARRY A BOND large enough to cover your project!
When you've settled on a builder, negotiate pricing and have this laid out in a detailed contract. This will include finishes you've selected, schedule of completion, schedule of payments (last 10% to be paid AFTER Certificate of Occupancy obtained), and warranty.
Then, obtain financing, if necessary.
Feel free to contact me directly for further guidance! -
Are you interested in buying land and building something custom or are you looking to have a home built in a development? I am a resident of Alabaster and a Realtor that works the areas you are interested in. Feel free to email me at email@example.com or call 205-999-3989. If you are looking at building on property you own, Linda has provided some good advice. If you are looking to have a home built in a development, you simply need to get together with a Realtor and discuss areas you are interested in and evaluate the new construction in each. I can provide you with listings on all new construection activity in the area.