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
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
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.