You’re ready. You’ve planned, designed, prepared, and budgeted. You’ve cried on a few occasions, but you persevered. With all the initial considerations accounted for, and a budget in mind, it’s time to take the final step. Follow our steps below for building a custom home!
True, this isn’t the glamorous stage, but it should be done. We discussed in our last blog the major considerations when designing you house. Now, as you prepare to transition into building a custom home, take a moment and recheck all your previous work. Is your budget in place? Is your land acquired? Do you have all the permits and paperwork in place? It never hurts to double check your work, especially on something so important.
You should already have a list of important attributes and architectural ideas in place. Now, however, is the time to hire an architect. The architect will take your dreams, your list of scattered ideas, and help you make them into a model. This should be an exciting time! Don’t be afraid to share all of your ideas, even if they get scaled back later. After all, you may not be building one of the most unique homes in the world, but this is special. Better to get everything on the table in the beginning, and work together with your architect to mold your vision, than to hold something back and regret it.
The next person to add to your team is the General Contractor. They will be in charge of executing the architect’s design. Often they may already be part of a reputable company, and will bring most of the rest of the team with them to your project. As with anyone you are hiring to be a part of your project, do some digging before hiring them. Online reviews of the business are a great place to start, as well as doing some research with the Better Business Bureau. Always look for reputation and transparency.
Depending on whether or not the above two positions are attached to a company or individual contractors, you may need to then hire the rest of your building team. Use discretion, and rely on the advice of people you’ve already brought on board. For example, even if the General Contractor you’ve hired doesn’t have his/her own team, they’ve likely worked with other groups before. They should have their finger on the pulse of the local industry.
Once your team is assembled, the work begins! Stay in frequent communication with your team, as other permits and licensing requirements may arise. Patiently wait, but hold true to the established timeline. Sometimes problems arise, but working professionals would be doing everything in their power to meet your expectations.
When the building is done, and the materials are cleaned up, now is the time to complete any landscaping work you want done. This should’ve been planned out in the design phase. You can either hire a separate landscaping company, or, oftentimes, your home construction team will handle this as well.
It’s finally here! Move in and enjoy the fruit of your(and everyone else’s) labor!
If you’re in the market for a team to complete your custom dream home, reach out to Chadwick Custom Homes! Our team will help you through every stage of the process.