What does your dream home look like? Does it have a spacious kitchen? What about a patio with a fire pit? Or a jacuzzi in the master bath? Building a custom home is one of the most gratifying experiences of a lifetime. But most think that building their dream home is just that—a dream. 

But building your custom home is a lot more affordable than you think. And, when you work with an award-winning contractor like Sleeping Dog Properties, it can also be enjoyable. 

Sleeping Dog Properties has been a leading custom home builder in the Boston area for over 30 years, providing clients with expert guidance and support throughout the process. Having designed and built over $500 million in residential and commercial projects, SDP specializes in making dream homes come true. 

Below, Sleeping Dog Properties founder and president Chris Rapczynski explains why building a custom home is a great idea and how easy it is to get started. 

Why Build a Custom Home?

Building a custom home allows you to get exactly what you want out of the design-build process. You have total control over your new home, so you can design it according to your practical and aesthetic needs. From the number of bedrooms and bathrooms to the layout of the kitchen and living areas, every aspect of the home can be customized to suit your lifestyle and taste.

You’ll also be able to choose high-quality materials and finishes. When you buy a home, you don’t know exactly what materials were used and how they were patched together. When you build a custom home, you work directly with the contractor and choose your own materials, from flooring and countertops to cabinetry and lighting fixtures. This allows you to build a home you know will maintain its value and beauty for years, unlike cookie-cutter homes and private projects that are often built or renovated to flip. 

You can even design a home that meets your specific needs and preferences. For example, if you work from home, you may want to include a dedicated home office or study. If you enjoy entertaining, you might want to include a large kitchen with an open floor plan and plenty of seating areas for guests. 

Don’t know exactly what you need? Don’t worry. A custom home builder like Sleeping Dog Properties will work with you to create a home that’s uniquely suited to your lifestyle.

Sleeping Dog Properties: Making Dream Homes Come True for 30+ Years

If you’re thinking about building a custom home in the Bostonsuburbs, New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, or Cape Cod, Sleeping Dog Properties is the contractor of choice for reliability, customer support, and innovative construction practices. 

SDP has designed some of the most iconic modern structures in Boston over the past few decades, including restaurants, hospitals, and luxury homes. It also has extensive experience working on traditional New England architecture, such as Boston’s brownstones and colonial homes.  

An award-winning contractor, SDP has been honored for its excellence in general contracting many times over by The Boston Society of Architecture, General Contractors Magazine, Houzz, Interiors Magazine, and others. These publications and institutions draw particular attention to SDP’s excellent customer service and commitment to quality in every project.  

Past customers most appreciate the time and personal attention given by Sleeping Dog Properties during the planning process. From the very first steps, SDP treats your project as if it’s your forever home, and your dedicated crew commits 100% of their focus to creating the ideal space for you and your loved ones. 

Building Your Custom Home, Step by Step

What goes into building a custom home? The process takes time, but when you work with Sleeping Dog Properties, it doesn’t have to be stressful. Here’s a step-by-step look at the process:

  1. Preliminary research: Before contacting a contractor, think about your budget, needs, materials, and location. This will help make the process smoother and more affordable. Of course, Sleeping Dog Properties can guide you through the research stage, too.  
  2. Choosing a contractor: It’s important to choose a contractor that has experience building the type of home you want and experience in your local area.
  3. Finding a location: The location you choose will have a big impact on the price of your project and the way you feel in your home. Luckily, your contractor will help you understand the pros and cons of each location in terms of the land’s suitability, utility access, and more. 
  4. Blueprints and specs: Now for the fun part—designing your home room by room. Working with your contractor, you’ll build a blueprint of your home and decide on the details of every space within. 
  5. Deciding on materials: During this step, you’ll decide on the materials to use when building each of your dream rooms and the amenities within. This is also a good time to review the blueprints and tweak your plans as you go. 
  6. Building your dream home: The groundbreaking day has arrived! Watch your custom home go from dream to reality in a few months. Once the framing is complete, you’ll be able to enter the home and follow the team as they build. 
  7. Installing amenities: Plumbing, air conditioning, lighting—your contracting team will orchestrate the installation of all amenities so your home is ready to live in. 
  8. Finishing touches: A home isn’t a home without those finishing touches like paint, landscaping, and interior design. A quality contractor should also specialize in these personal touches. 

According to Chris Rapczynski, the difference between a stressful build and a smooth one comes down to one thing: clear communication and collaboration between the builder and the homeowner. The team at Sleeping Dog Properties understands this and works closely with clients to ensure that every aspect of the project meets their expectations. Whether you have questions about the design or construction process or simply want to check in on the progress of your home, the team is always available to provide guidance and support.

Start Building Your Dream Home Now

Are you ready to make your dream home come true? If you’re finally ready to live in the forever home you’ve always wanted, it is time to explore the process of building a custom home. With complete control over the design and layout, you are guaranteed a home that meets your needs—every detail can be built exactly as you envision. And with control over the materials and location, you can rest well knowing your home will maintain its quality for years to come.  

If you are considering building a custom home in the Boston area, Sleeping Dog Properties should be at the top of your list. With their expertise, commitment to quality, and reputation for exceptional service, they are ready to help you build the home of your dreams. 

Contact Sleeping Dog Properties today for a consultation, and take the first step toward building the custom home you’ve always wanted.