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For many people the idea of undergoing the custom design-build process can be daunting. However, owning a custom home designed specifically for you can be one of life's most rewarding experiences.

The advantages of a using a Design-Build firm, a company that oversees all facets of design and construction are:

  • Reduced Costs: Your home is designed specifically to your budget. A designer who is also a builder knows and 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.

  • Single-Point Responsibility: A Design-Build contractor oversees every facet of the project, from concept to completion, ensuring efficiency, consistency and superior quality.

  • 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, lenders, You know who to call with your questions, and that your concerns will be promptly addressed.

The custom design 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. 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.

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. You will find that single point of responsibility is crucial for the following reasons:

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. Aesthetic Considerations
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. Interpretation 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 Orders
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.

A successful custom home design balances the size and scope of the project and the quality of its systems and finishes. Quality and size determine the cost while budget constraints determine the size and quality. Having realistic expectations about the size and quality of home your budget will allow is key. Let your Design-Build Contractor guide you throughout the process. They can help ensure your custom home suits both your needs and your budget.

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Earthcraft Construction, Inc. is a custom residential design-build firm, serving Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Mark Hixson, president of Earthcraft, designs homes specifically to his clients needs, budget and lifestyle. As a Treasure Valley residential designer and custom builder he has extensive knowledge and experience and can be trusted to provide superior service. Earthcraft is a Green Builder, Energy Star® Contractor and, under Mark Hixson's experienced leadership, was awarded a gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® for Homes Pilot Program. Each client is provided a detailed Specification Manual before any home construction initiates so that the client knows what materials, workmanship and products the home will contain. Trust Earthcraft of Boise for energy-efficient custom homes, home additions, and whole-home makeovers. Contact them today for custom home design and quality construction, and discover what their expertise can do for you. Earthcraft Construction, Inc. - Cleaner, Greener Homes!