The Custom Home Building Process
The custom home building process should be a rewarding experience throughout – planning, construction and of course, settling in. Unfortunately, and more often than not, it does not end up that way. That is mostly because the builder does not take the time to really focus on the needs of the consumer beyond the actual building of the home. As a future home owner, you deserve much more than that.
A good builder will take any risk or stress out of the planning and construction phases and provide you with an end product that you can see yourself very comfortable in for the foreseeable future.
One of the ways to do this is through an interactive process to monitor your budget and your selections. This helps you stay on track and even make changes as you see the house coming together. Being able to take a look at this at any time is a real game changer with these types of projects and can help keep the entire process very manageable.
Additionally, having a superintendent on the site to monitor the quality of the work on your custom home during the entire process is crucial. You are paying a lot of money for your custom home and it is important to not only get it done, but get it done right and with the type of quality you expect.
One of the worst things a builder can do to drive concern and stress is to not inform you of the progress on the project. To make sure you always know what stage the project is in and what is happening, you should have weekly meetings on site to monitor the progress. This allows you to see the home in every stage so you can make changes if you want and also so you can ensure that the work is getting done to your standards.
Another crucial piece to the custom home building process is making sure that you always have someone that will not only answer your questions but also someone who will listen to your concerns and develop real solutions.
You should feel comfortable knowing that not only can you express your concerns, but that those concerns will be addressed in a way that allows you to move on to the next stage of the project without any issues.
It is your money and your home.
Your opinion is the most important.
Build for the Way You Live
More important than any of the previous concerns is ensuring that the home is built for the way you live. Not only how you live when you plan to move into the home but ensuring the home can adapt to the way you’ll be living in 5 years… 10 years… even 30 years.
Your dream home is just that: yours. If you have the opportunity to design every element of your home, its design should be centered around the kind of life you plan to lead. Consider the following:
How many people will live in your home?
If you’ve got a large family with multiple kids, consider carefully how many bedrooms you’d like to have for yourself and your children. Will your children share bedrooms, or would you like for them to have their own rooms? Do you anticipate that the number of people living in your house will change?
Do you like to cook?
If you or someone in your family is a fan of the culinary arts, you may want to think about including a spacious, well-outfitted kitchen. Top-quality kitchen appliances, plenty of elbow-room and lots of storage and pantry space can make the difference between a good kitchen and one that’s fit for a chef.
Do you plan to accommodate overnight guests?
Does your household regularly entertain guests? If so, do you plan to have a dedicated space in which they can spend the night? Adding a guest room in addition to the regular bedrooms in your house can make hosting a breeze, and make your guests feel right at home.
Do you have pets?
If you’ve got pets, think about their needs and the kind of space they require. For cats and dogs, the inclusion of pet doors may be a great addition to the building plan. For caged pets, think about how much space their enclosures take up. Where will you place them? Where will your pets eat, sleep, and play? How much yard do you want to have on your plot? Pets can be like children–make sure you account for them, too!
Do you work from home?
If you work from home, it may be a good idea to include a comfortable, dedicated workspace to your career. Does your job require the kind of space afforded by a full office, or are you comfortable working in a multi-purpose study? Consider the kind of work you do and how your ideal workspace would be when designing your custom home.
Your builder should always start with these same questions and more, considering first the kind of lifestyle you live and building the remainder of the design around your needs.
If your builder isn’t willing to start there, consider it a major red flag.