Most people will agree that building a house is exciting. It starts with planning your perfect dream home, with the ability to make all the decisions about what it looks like and how it functions. However, before you begin any design work, there are some things you must know to avoid costly mistakes.
This blog post discusses why talking to a professional custom home builder first might be one of the best ways to ensure that you get exactly what you want out of your new home!
1) A professional builder knows what works practically and what does not
Most people, when they begin to design their dream home, will get all the items on their “perfect home” wish list, and include them in plans for their new house. However, while many things might sound great or look amazing aesthetically speaking on paper, some elements simply cannot work practically within a real-world household.
A professional custom home builder, who has experience in building houses and seeing what works and doesn’t work for real-life families, will be able to provide that type of practical input. A professional builder can also let you know which design elements in the house plan are completely impractical or if there is a better alternative that might give you the same look at the function for your new house and that could save you thousands of dollars in build costs.
Including impractical items in your design can lead to frustration down the road when they either do not work or need costly modifications.
2) A professional builder knows the local zoning laws and building codes
Another thing that people might not think about when they are designing their new home is whether or not the design will work within local building codes and their zoning laws.
A professional builder, who has experience with working in your local area, can let you know if certain aspects of your plan need to be tweaked so that it works for the local government area where you want to build. Additionally, professional builders are up to date on all of the latest building codes and will know what needs to be followed to ensure that your new house is safe for you and your family.
For example, if you are designing a two storey home on a hill site a professional builder can give advice on whether or not there are any overall height restrictions in place specific to build.
This will save you time, money, and potential headaches in the long run by making sure that your design works and is compliant!
3) A designer is not as familiar with construction as a professional builder
Another reason to work with a professional custom home builder before starting any design is because of the knowledge they will bring to the table. While you might know what looks best or have seen tons of pictures of homes online that look stunning and want something similar for your own dream home, it’s important to remember that most designers do not actually build (or know how to build) these projects.
An architect or designer might have never built a single house in their life. For this reason, they may not understand the practicalities of building or how to translate a design from paper into real-life structures.
A professional builder, on the other hand, is familiar with all of the stages of home construction and will be able to help you see how different elements in your design plan might impact build time, budget, or even the final look of your new home.
For example, a designer might tell you that adding an extra bathroom to your plans will increase the cost of your home by X amount, but a professional builder will be able to give you an idea of whether it will be feasible and how much that increase will actually be.
4) Professional builders help you save time and money
You might not think about it right away, but a professional builder can help you save time and money in the long run by providing valuable input on your plans beforehand. If you find out early on that certain element do not work practically or will be difficult to incorporate into the structure, you can make changes before construction begins; cutting down on costly building methods and wasted materials.
A professional builder will be able to help you find ways to save money on your design plans without sacrificing the look or functionality of your home.
For example, a professional builder can often recommend specific materials or products that are within your budget and will still look great in your home.
5) Professional builders can manage the whole design process for you
Before you start building a new home, there will be countless things that need to get done. Everything from meeting with an architect or designer to organising soil tests, site surveying, speaking with the structural engineer, hydraulics engineer, selecting all of your finishes, appliances and the list of things goes on and on.
If you talk with a professional builder first, they can organise all of this for you and manage the design process for you, but always with your feedback and under your direction. A collaborative process where you are kept up to date and in charge.
This is a great way to make sure that the large project gets done in one fell swoop, with each person working together seamlessly at every step!
A professional builder can be an invaluable resource when it comes to starting any design for your new house – from small details and practical design elements that make your plans more cost effective to help you create a completely custom home that is perfect for your family and budget.
How can Live Construction help you?
You see how much information a professional custom home builder can bring to the table when it comes to designing your new home. If you want to ensure that every detail is covered and that nothing slips through the cracks, then working with people who specialize in building custom homes will be one of the best decisions you make!
At Live Construction we can help you with any phase of your construction project. We are a one-stop shop for every aspect of a new custom home or remodelling project, from design to the finishing touches.
We make sure that each part of the process is done smoothly and efficiently, saving our customers time and money in the long run.