You’ve been dreaming about your special home for years—gathering resources, keeping a scrapbook, doodling ideas on napkins. You’re ready to start but how do you begin? Based on our 30 years of experience in the building industry we believe the best practice is to choose a builder first, and here’s why:
The Big Picture
There are a thousand details to address when undertaking a new home construction project. An experienced builder will assess “The Big Picture” and can help guide the process early on.
For instance, do you have a lot or are you looking for one? Before making a final decision where to place your new home there are numerous questions to be answered that can affect not only the cost of the home but the style of architecture. Lot elevations, is there enough set-back room from the boundary lines or is the land on a 100-year flood plane? Is the land flat and grassy or steep and rocky?
A knowledgeable builder and his team will make suggestions as to the appropriate place to site your home on a lot. Zoning, building codes, soil and land characteristics, water drainage— all contribute to the “Big Picture” of determining the best way to build your home. This information should be arrived at and then taken to your architect to work with.
A home can be designed and situated to perfectly suit the landscape of your chosen lot. It can be much more difficult (and expensive!) to alter the landscape to accommodate the specifications of your home design. We recently built an extremely high retaining wall, required to alter the landscape for the home. Had the home been situated differently on the lot, the added expense could have been eliminated.
Collaborating with our clients creates the synergy needed to craft a home that is beautiful and livable. We find creative solutions to building problems, sometimes in areas that are not even visible. We can look at the architectural plans and develop creative construction solutions for various details that can save you money. It’s difficult to achieve this after the fact.
From start to finish you will have an advocate for your entire home construction project, helping you to avoid costly building solutions.