Custom Home Builders
Building from scratch
One of the dreams many of us entertain over the years is building our own home—not a tract home, not a remodeled home, but one that is ours from the ground up that reflects our unique perspective on life and style.
A custom home provides custom comfort
Building a custom home, while rewarding, is a huge undertaking. Aside from getting the right piece of property to build on, you need to understand the complete homebuilding process, have a plan to suit your family´s needs, do your homework concerning materials as well as building codes, get a handle on loans and financing for your project, and a million other details.
Consider the following tips if you plan on building a custom home:
- Interview and work with experienced architects and designers. You may have good ideas about what you want...they have the training to bring them to life. They also know how to help you establish priorities about what is nice versus what is necessary and they can help plan incorporating ideas before a single nail is driven. Most home builders will tell you that project changes are most often originated by the client...not the builder and that can translate into large unexpected costs over the life of the project.
- Qualify your builder. Check licensing, insurance, and the Better Business Bureau. Ask for project references then check them thoroughly.
- Communicate with your builder. Be clear about what you want. Don´t settle for second best, but work with them. Being flexible can get better solutions to knotty design problems. Your builder has the experience to give valuable advice and can save you a lot of time and grief.
- Always get everything in writing. Estimates, contracts, schedules, work and change orders all need to be detailed and signed off so both you and your builder are clear about what is going on and who is responsible for paying for it.
- Don´t make the final payment until the items on the final punch list are resolved to your satisfaction and you have obtained proof that all the subcontractors have been paid. You´re paying a lot for this project and deserve to be satisfied.
- If you want to save money you may be able to do some of the finish work yourself. The key is knowing your own capabilities. If you are capable and have the time, there´s no reason you shouldn´t lay your own tile counters. It pays to have someone do an installation correctly the first time...especially if your project delays completion of another subcontractor´s work. A faster, higher quality installation can mean less stress for you.
- Do your research so you put your money where you will get the best value. Often the best long-term value looks expensive, but when the costs are evaluated over several years they become very economical. Examples are high quality heating and air conditioning units, insulation, dual or triple pane windows and doors. Structural and systems elements that are designed for many years of use cost more initially but pay you back in lower costs and improved resale value. Some amenities may seem extravagant, but turn out to be necessities. For example, consider installing a central vacuum system. Talk about easy maintenance!
- Make sure the electrician and plumber are top notch and don´t be afraid to double and triple check their work. It´s much easier to correct mistakes before the walls are up and floors are laid. Add extra outlets if it makes sense.
- If you´re planning to put specific pieces of furniture in certain locations, make sure your designer knows about them so they can make sure that the space is the correct size and has any appropriate wiring for lighting or cabling. As long as you´re at it make sure the designer knows measurements for large items that might pose problems with furniture moving. Likewise, large appliances like a freezer should be included in the design.
- Your electrician should mark the floor with locations of outlets and switches. Once the drywall is installed, there should be a corresponding opening for each mark.
- Test elements from a functional standpoint. Listen to fans. Consider varying types of lighting depending on task and function. Inadequate light or excessive noise can easily diminish a room´s functionality.
A qualified custom home builder from PRO Construction, LLC will help you address all of your family´s needs and solve your design challenges cost effectively by building a home that you will enjoy for years to come.