How to Approach a Custom Home Construction Project
If you want a specific kind of a house catered to the taste and preferences of your family, then you should go for a custom house. A specialized custom home builder would handle such a project. Not any random home builder can handle such projects. It is a lot more complicated for an ordinary builder to successfully complete a custom home construction project.
The plans used for the construction of a custom home is created in collaboration among the client, builder, architect or the designer. A builder would very rarely create a custom home plan on his own without the help of an architect. Only on certain occasions where the client gives some references of the home design that he wants, the builder will create plans on his own. Usually, it is recommended to hire a professional home designer for a custom home project, especially if the project involves a high budget. In such cases, it is not recommended to take risks. Using a professional home designer may cost you a little more. But, you can rest assured that the project will turn out as per your expectations.
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Importance of Sequence in Custom Home Construction
The custom home construction process is highly misunderstood by a lot of people in the USA. Many prospective homeowners initially start out with the intention of getting a custom home built. But, ultimately they end up purchasing a home which has already been built.
The main reason why many potential homeowners abandon the idea of custom home construction and go for an already-built home is that they lack the clarity about the sequence in which the whole process needs to be carried out. Most of them would purchase the land first. Then they would hire a designer or an architect to design the style of the home and come up with a blueprint for the construction of the custom home. Once they have the plan ready, they would then go to a builder to get the plan realized. This is a completely wrong approach when it comes to custom home construction.
When it comes to a custom home project, it is important to hire the builder first. The builder is the most important resource for the successful construction of a luxury custom home. Once the builder is finalized, you can then go on and talk to the designer or the architect. As a matter of fact, even the purchase of the land should come after hiring the builder.
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Custom Home with Unique Features
The best thing about having a custom home built is that you would have control over every aspect of the construction of the home. Every detail of the home will be unique and as per your requirement and preferences. It would be fully customized and personalized according to your need.
When homeowners have unique requirements for a custom home, it would help the builder to be a lot more creative as well. Most custom home builders would enjoy the whole process of constructing a client’s dream home. It is always good to have unique elements in the custom house such as a fireplace wall, angled windows, shower with dual-entry, high windows, wine cellar and so on. A fireplace wall acts as a separation between the living room and the kitchen. Angled windows would add to the attraction of the home by giving a cohesive look. A shower with two entrances would be a great but largely unexplored feature. High windows in a house would make sure that the residents of the house have more privacy than they would have with normal windows. If you like wine, then it is not a bad idea to have a wine cellar in the basement of the custom home.
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Custom Home Building: Where to Buy Home Construction Materials from?
Most of the custom home builders who have to buy raw materials needed for construction prefer shopping from big well-known stores such as Home Depot for obvious reasons. These stores would have all the necessary needed by the builders in the same outlet. Once a builder has chosen a shop to buy from, he can buy everything he wants from the same shop without going elsewhere. It is extremely convenient.
However, there are builders who buy wholesale from suppliers who specialize in construction materials. Price is a big factor which influences who they buy from. In many cases, pressure from the client would determine where they buy from. Some homeowners insist builders that they buy from Home Depot or a similar shop mainly because of their bias towards such a shop.
Builders who avoid buying from big stores often say that the materials available on those stores are low in quality and are not good enough for construction purpose. I am not sure how much truth there is to this. But, there are many builders who have tie-ups with distributors or suppliers and always stick to them until and unless insisted by the homeowner to shop elsewhere.
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