It's your sanctuary, your comfort zone and your proudest reflection of your hard work and personality. It's your dream home. Living in a place that meets every one of your architectural and design desires is an amazing feeling. However, getting that place built is not always the easiest process. In order to have a smooth and enjoyable building process with results you love, it helps to be familiar with the steps involved.
The budget is where it all begins. Having builders pummel your budget is one of the most discouraging parts of trying to build a house. To help prevent unexpected surprises and budget busting design elements we encourage our clients to meet with us along with the designer and the architect early in the process. So rather than spending money without understanding why, we look into every detail of where the money will be allocated for your home. From lighting fixtures to a front patio, it's important to be aware of the costs and the material you're paying for. By bringing our team into the process early many cost issues can be avoided altogether by incorporating value engineering. Our job is to implement the vision you, your architect and designer have all the while honoring your budget.
We will develop a construction budget based on the architect's plans for your home. Once you receive the initial budget, make sure to completely look it over and understand the breakdown of pricing. After you have reviewed everything in depth, talk to us about any questions, concerns, plans, pricing, alterations and other options. Unfortunately, building your perfect home could be more expensive than you hoped. However, there are different ways to achieve your goals by looking into different materials and designs.
Once we go over the initial construction budget with you, we will then go back to the architect to discuss the changes. Your budget may change and alter throughout the process. It's important to be flexible and understand why certain changes need to be made.
Building custom homes is not an exact science We like to have most, if not all, of the decisions made about the materials you will use for your home before we even break ground so we can provide a more accurate timeframe for when your home will be completed. It's important to have a full discussion and understanding about the building time.
It's essential to be in complete communication with your construction supervisor for the entire process. This person will be responsible for making sure the design, construction and finishing touches reflect your taste and personality. At Wardell, we make that communication as easy as possible with our Home Tracker software. You can track your home's progress, selected materials and budget 24-hours a day so you are aware of what is going on with your home construction every step of the way.
Overall, don't be afraid to ask questions. Let your builder, architect and designer know your expectations when it comes to money, time and your vision. Once you are clear about what you want and how much time and money you're willing to spend, your dream home will come much easier and you'll truly appreciate why at Wardell… the excitement is building!