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Plan Your Hardie Home

Building a home from the ground up is an exciting process. Take your time making decisions, and you will be happy with the results. Here are some basic steps to guide you along.
Step 1

Get Inspired

Drive around your neighborhood and snap photos of exteriors you like. Search our products and try our Home Color Tool for inspiration.

Look at the houses in our Photo Showcase. Create a folder or digital file of everything you like on your computer, on Pinterest or in the Idea Center.
Step 2

Assess Your Finances

If Step 1 is about casting a wide net, Step 2 is about reeling yourself in. Figure out what you love—and what it will cost. Show your wish list to a few builders who can help you itemize costs.
Step 3

Create a Road Map

By now you know whether your dream is within reach. If it’s not quite attainable, prioritize. What are your musts? Do you need to work in stages to fully realize your ideal?
Step 4

Finalize the scope of your Project

Once you have figured out an overall game plan, write down the exact parameters of the project, and be prepared to get serious about choosing a builder.
Step 5

Choose your Builder

If the first round of builder meetings left you unsatisfied, don’t hesitate to resume the search. Don’t worry about this step taking a while—builders are used to getting a call many months after an initial meeting.
Step 6

Don't Micro-Manage

Building a house is one of the biggest projects you will ever take on. But you’ve hired a professional to help you through it. Establish ground rules for communication, so you can get your concerns across and the builder can do their job.
Step 7

Enjoy your new home

After all that work, the project is complete. Now you can relax, celebrate and start thinking about what to plant in your garden and what color patio-chair cushions you need.