The Building Process
By surrounding yourself with talented professionals from the beginning, you can avoid common mistakes people make when building a new home. Below is a list that will point you in the right direction.
BuilderChoose your builder first. A qualified builder will have a list of references and homes he has built in the area. Check his references for quality of work, and was he on time and within budget. Using a builder that is familiar with you area will help, as each town has different codes and conditions. Sometimes projects can take 9-18 months to complete. Make sure you are compatible with the builder and have good path of communication to avoid problems down the road.
ArchitectNext is picking the architect. Depending on your style, taste and budget the builder should be able to provide you with a list of architects to match your personality. The builder can offer his opinion on design applications to fit your style and or budget. Both people will help navigate you through the process to ensure that your vision translates on paper.
Lot SelectionThe following criteria should be used for lot selection:
- Location, location, location.
- Is the lot you're choosing conducive to the lifestyle of you and your family?
- Is your lot located away from any major obstructions?
- The views of the home will be affected by the location of your lot? Make sure the architect knows the coordinates.
- Is there any slope or pitch to your property? That can effect the layout of the yard and construction of the home.
CostOnce your plans are complete, the builder will manage the bid process of the home construction.
Using a combination of the best tradesman and high quality materials, he will navigate the bidding process to get you the highest quality home at the best possible price. Courtyard Custom Homes offers state-of-the-art cost analysis that covers all aspects of the construction process so there are no unfriendly surprises at the end. It's better to have all the costs layed out per line item than to have unexpected bills at the end.