DESIGNING A HOME

Advantages of using a Design-Build Firm

  1. Reduced Costs
    Your home is designed specifically to your budget. A designer who is also a builder is able to control the cost of construction, helping to reduce or even eliminate cost overruns. Experienced contractors have established relationships with suppliers and specialty contractors, many of whom offer preferred pricing, which is then passed on to you, the client.
  2. Single-Point Responsibility
    A Design-Build contractor oversees every facet of the project, from concept to completion, ensuring efficiency, consistency and superior quality.
  3. Effective Communication
    Design-Builders are familiar with every aspect of the project and act as the hub of communication between you, the client, the subcontractors and suppliers serving on the job, engineers and surveyors, building officials, and lenders. You know who to call with your questions and your concerns will be promptly addressed.
Custom Design Process
If you are looking to purchase land to build a custom home, it is best to consult with Earthcraft Construction prior to the lot purchase to ensure the workability of your design goals. For your convenience, if you are in need of a realtor, Earthcraft has realtors available to help you find the perfect site for your custom Design + Build project. It is important to have the site for your custom-built home selected before you begin the design process, as much of the design will be dictated by the attributes and constraints of the site you've selected.

The Design + Build process involves talking about ideas for your home, discussing your lifestyle, budget, current needs and expectations for the future. We evaluate options for your home's floor plan, and prepare preliminary conceptual designs within these parameters. Using these as a template, we prepare working drawings and specifications, which are the written instructions for building your home.  

Designing a home that will fit your budget and lifestyle is crucial to the project's success. Often one of the hardest parts of the custom-home design and building process is matching client's needs and dreams with the realities of their budgets. The tendency to stretch the size or specifications of the home beyond what is realistic is common. This is where your design-builder's expertise will help keep the project within your budget even when adjustments and changes are made. 

Advantages of Single Point Responsibility

  1. Structural Integrity
    A basic element of a good design is making sure your new home won't be prone to structural issues. The location of beams and posts, the routing of mechanical runs and chases and the engineering of the foundation all affect the home's strength, soundness, efficiency and livability.
  2. Design Consistency
    Your new home's curb appeal and floor plan are important not only for your enjoyment of the home, but also for its eventual resale. A good design ensures a well-thought-out floor plan, synthesizes interior and exterior elements, is consistent throughout and takes both the look and feel of the home into consideration. A good design is timeless.
  3. Minimized Errors
    A good design and working drawings, developed by the contractor who will build it, minimizes errors resulting from the omission of details needed by the subcontractors and suppliers. Design errors increase construction costs for you and the builder.
  4. Change Order Flexibility
    Change is inevitable, however a plan that is well thought out and closely scrutinized by you and the builder will be subject to fewer costly changes during construction. This is another area where the 'one-stop-shop', Design-Build Contractor can save you money.