Building a home can be quite an emotional rollercoaster. Constructing a new house is a time-consuming and expensive endeavor that rarely goes from beginning to end without a single hiccup or obstacle. To that end, it's important to find the right partner who is easy to work with, has the right style and skill set and will streamline the entire construction process.
The first steps can be overwhelming. Where could one possibly begin? A good starting point is to form a solid idea of how the house will look. Traditionally, residential home builders are minimally involved in this stage of the process. Customers separately hire an architect, who works with the client to create a plan for the contractor to follow. However, this may lead to additional conflicts due to two separate parties trying to drive the process. The architect may want their artistic vision achieved, while the contractor may prioritize developing the structure in a logical way that complies with permits and codes and that stays within the client's proposed budget. These opposing priorities can and do cause friction within the operation, adding to the emotional turmoil of the experience.
One simple way to mitigate this situation is to consider hiring a two-in-one, or a design-build contractor. Consider the five following pros of finding one company to do both jobs:
Any client considering building their dream house should remember to do their research, read reviews, and shop around for price quotes. However, they just may find that the best home builders will also provide design services.