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It’s long been said that a person’s home is their castle. The adage has taken on enhanced meaning over the past few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With school and business closures and resultant remote working and schooling, most people have spent more time in their homes than ever before. For the most part, some sense of normalcy has returned with in-school learning and business reopenings back on track. However, working from home has become a trend, and many people will likely spend more of their working hours at home.

Based on this trend and how important the comfort of our homes has become for us if you’ve decided it’s time to move into a new castle, wouldn’t you want to do everything possible to ensure it perfectly meets all of your needs and desires? Well, the best means for achieving this is to opt for a luxury custom home build. A custom home rather than choosing a production home from a selection of pre-drafted floor plans.

If you want to build a new home in the Naples, Florida area, the fourth-generation general contracting firm Carlson Harris has extensive experience building luxury custom homes. We can tell you that homeowners who choose to go the custom home build route tend to be immensely happy. Pleased with all the customized features incorporated to make their homes unique and perfect for their needs, tastes, and lifestyles. While a luxury custom home build requires more of your attention, the result makes the work put into it worthwhile. Read on to learn more about the primary steps needed to build your luxury custom home in Naples.


Assuming you have already secured your lot and figured out the budget and any needed financing, your first step is the architectural design phase. This entails creating a preliminary design with your chosen architect, who then shares it with you to make sure it aligns with your desires, and with your contractor, who will estimate construction costs and asses potential engineering challenges. If you haven’t found a skilled luxury home architect yet, Carlson Harris can steer you towards some of the best in the Naples area.

The architectural design phase typically requires at least a couple of revisions. It often incorporates input from your interior designer during the process. In the meantime, your custom builder continues to cost materials, organizes potential subcontractors, and develops a construction schedule.


When the architectural and interior design work has been finalized (though modifications may be needed due to owner preference or unforeseen challenges), the pre-construction phase begins. This typically involves addressing bureaucratic requirements such as building permits, homeowner’s association approvals, insurance, and financing. During pre-construction, your custom builder finalizes the subcontractor selection and construction schedule and amends the budget as needed. Your primary role during this phase is to finalize all the design features with your architect and/or designer. Then pick out all the unique features you want to sport in your home. This includes appliances, flooring, cabinetry, lighting, bathroom fixtures, etc.


The construction phase is the fun part. Your luxury custom home begins from the ground up with the foundation’s pouring. Then installing below-floor level plumping and electrical components, and erection of the exterior frame and roof trusses. Exterior walls go up, the roof shingled, subflooring put in place, window and door units installed, and the home’s rooms start taking shape with interior framing. With the exterior walls and roofing in place, interior work also focuses on installing plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems.

Once the insulation and drywalling begin, your new luxury home is truly starting to come into its own. Naturally, there are hundreds of other details that need to be tended to. At this point, you should be able to easily envision how your furniture is going to look after move in.

During construction, Carlson Harris operates under a philosophy of open communications. We keep our clients and their architects fully apprised of all developments with the construction. We are always ready to review and discuss the work in progress.


Once your beautiful custom luxury home is complete, the owners, architect, and any third-party inspectors, can conduct thorough inspections. If any deficiencies in construction or materials are found or notes of other problems, your contractor should resolve them as quickly as possible. Your construction should close with a warranty covering construction, specific products, and trade contractor work.


If you have interest in building a custom luxury home in Southwest Florida, we trust that you will consider hiring Naples-based Carlson Harris as your general contractor. We use a six-step plan to keep our Naples-area construction projects on time and within budget. We guarantee the highest quality of workmanship. To learn more, contact Carlson Harris today at 239-352-2460.