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A Guide on Building Your Dream Home

by sasco builders & development

What to expect

The Truth!

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!).

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before deciding on whether design-build is suitable for you and your project

There are some key aspects that you as a home-owner should know when you’re planning to build that dream home. Some of these questions will guide you in determining how you will proceed on your path to achieving it –

PROJECT

What does your project entail?

PROJECT

Your design-build team, should you think of hiring one, is all about your visions and what you want.
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BUDGET

How flexible is your budget?

BUDGET

Perhaps the most important criteria in determining how your dream home will end up is budget allocation.
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TIME

What is your time-frame for project completion?

TIME

Be aware of this time-consuming process and plan ahead​
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FEATURES

Which features of a home do you consider most valuable to you?

FEATURES

Don’t think of it as ‘compromising’ – think of it as prioritizing what matters to you most
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PROJECT

What does your project entail?
Your design-build team, should you think of hiring one, is all about your visions and what you want. With the all-in-one services and turnkey option that we offer (which you can read more on here), we make the promise to design your home as you envision it with expert advice from our professional design-build team. Prior to that, below are some questions you can ask yourself when you’re just starting out. 
  •  what is it that you’d like to see in your new home?
  •  Are you doing an addition, a remodeling or building a new project from scratch?
  •  How many square footage are you intending to build and what sort of designs are you looking for?
  •  Do you prefer a modern and elegant look with designer walls?
  •  Would you like more effort being spent on a common area like the family room or living room?
  •  Are you extending your home, maybe thinking about building an efficiency unit so that you may potentially rent it out one day?
  •  Would you like to build a separate entryway for any of the rooms?

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!

Why, you ask?

 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. 

Admittedly, you may feel as though you will be paying more for your dream home when you hire a design-build firm. If you don’t and opt for the traditional method of hiring separate a designer and contractor [read more about this traditional method here], along the way and until your project wraps up, you’ll realize that you were hit with so many change orders during construction that the price that was initially quoted by your contractor had doubled or even tripled! And with your life savings at stake, the option of minimizing those hefty, unexpected costs as much as possible is most ideal as it dawns on you that the goal is to own your dream home as opposed to becoming homeless in the process.

TIME

When is Your Estimated Project Completion?

Features

Which Features of the Home Are Most Valuable to You?
This question is personal, and we don’t mean it in a bad way. Remember when you were a kid and you dreamed of having your own game arcade room with a racing car as a bed? Or when you became an adult, that dream only changed slightly to becoming a man-cave for gaming? If you prefer more quality time with the family, perhaps you’d prefer the most beautiful room in the house to be the family room or living room? Depending on your budget, the priorities you set in your new home and helping your design team understand where you’d like your money to go towards is the most cost-efficient and satisfaction-guaranteed approach to building your dream home.
Don’t worry if your pockets may not seem as deep as you’d like and you’ll have to sacrifice that triple-jet jacuzzi in your bathroom (unless the bathroom is your most favorite place to spend your time, that is). Your dream home is a huge project and there may be parts of it that you’ll feel like you’ll have to compromise on to fit into your finances, and that’s completely fine. Be at peace with it. Your dream home is precisely what you make of it, and any amount that you managed to save is enough when you invest it in the most valuable parts of your home that make you the absolute happiest. 
 
 
Don’t think of it as ‘compromising’ – think of it as prioritizing what matters to you most. You’re simply fitting your expectations to suit your needs. And with an experienced team at your side, you will get the best value out of your money spent into your dream home. 

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