by sasco builders & development
Just because we’re in the business of design-build, doesn’t mean that we should only tell you the good stuff about it and raise your expectations about building a new home (though many salespeople would definitely disagree with us on this!).
We know those are a lot of questions and require some deep thought (also very dependent on your budget, which you can read more on below). Having a little bit of an idea of what you may potentially like to see in your home would make it easier to do some light sketching and research on your own and put forth your idea when you’re hiring a designer. But, don’t worry if you don’t have the answers to any of them yet. Building your dream home is no easy feat, and that’s precisely why your designer and contractor is hired to help you along your journey to answering them.
Though no one likes to admit it (even we are a little squeamish in asking it to our clients!), perhaps the most important criteria in determining how your dream home will end up is budget allocation. For this question, it is always wise to be reasonable with your expectations to suit your budget. Many of our potential clients, prior to meeting us, did their homework with other contractors and gave a range that was significantly less than what our team of professionals recommended. Based on the square footage of the project, what the owner wants to build for their dream home, the proposed initial designs sketched by our designer, condition of the property, permits that must be obtained and type of materials requested by the client, we may provide you with a quote that is higher than the contractors and designers – and we have good reasons to!
That’s because your design-build team makes an estimated cost that covers almost every expense and contingency that may arise with as few change orders possible, beginning from the designing process to the planning stage until construction is complete. The general contractors usually give an estimate based on the work they’re required to do for construction and nothing more. They aren’t accountable to the designer, architect, engineer or city council whereas your design-build team are all accountable to each other and are committed to work together for one quoted price. Because so much is at stake as a team, they work hard together on every aspect to earn value for your money.
For this question, we always implore home-owners to have reasonable expectations and be adaptable when it comes to the time frame for completion of their project. Experiencing delays that are out of your contractor’s control are so commonplace when it comes to the entire design and construction process and we definitely don’t want to raise your hopes, especially when it comes to moving into your dream home.
Based on our experience, these type of delays can be caused by such a wide number of factors and one is primarily caused by the local planning committee’s deliberation process. Once the designs have been finalized by your designer or architect, the drawings must be submitted to the planning committee for approval. This could potentially take up to several months for the council members to deliberate on after the presentation of the designs. Even then, these presentations usually take at least two attempts to obtain their approval due to modification requests and revisions by the committee. These can result from a variety of issues, from concerns relating to the effect of construction to the environment, elevation, privacy of surrounding neighbors, the overall aesthetic effect of the design to the neighborhood and so much more.
Taking this into account, we haven’t even gone into the construction phase yet! A multitude of issues such as adverse weather conditions can make construction a nightmare. Heavy rain can cause the soil to become muddy and possibly swallow up any machines on the foundation. Other issues can range from hidden site conditions that appear mid-construction, possible errors or omissions in the plans and specifications, natural disasters, intervention by local bodies or agencies, etc.
With this in mind, we recommend for all home-owners to be aware of this time-consuming process and plan ahead as much as you can. If, for instance the estimated completion time frame for the project is one year, adding on an extra few months as a contingency is a wise thing to do so that your life doesn’t get affected by the delays and you and your family are prepared for anything.
Start building your dream home, today! We are here to help you 🙂