Spring is here and soon, the birds will be chirping and the earth will be green again. Thinking about building a new custom home? Spring is a great time to talk to the experts at Cormack Construction. If you get started now, you’ll have your foundation poured before you know it.
If you’re planning to build a new custom home this spring, here are some tips to get you started:
1. Determine your custom home budget.
It’s important for you and your builder to know what you can realistically afford to spend on your new custom home.
2. Think about what you want and stick with it.
What style and size home do you want? How many rooms do you need? “Take some time to think about what you really want and need in your new home,” says David Norton, designer at Cormack Construction. Norton points out that once construction begins, changes can be costly and cause delays to your project.
3. Hire an architect.
Before you even purchase your land, hire an experienced architect. Some home contractors, like Cormack, have in-house architects and designers, which makes the entire custom home building process easier for everyone. An architect will:
help you determine if the land you have in mind is suitable for the type of home you plan to build;
create blueprints that your builder will use to estimate the cost of building your home;
decide where to place your house to get the best views, shade, sunlight, etc.
4. Get a 3-D design.
Ask if your architect can provide a 3-D design of your house plan. “We use 3-D design to give clients a chance to virtually walk around their home before even approving any specs or designs,” Norton explains. Using 3-D design, the Cormack team can quickly and easily make a client’s desired changes as the design progresses. A 3-D design also saves time and money since it helps identify any needed changes before construction even begins.
5. Build your custom home with your future in mind.
When designing your floor plan, think about what your home and family life will be like in a few years. Perhaps you or a member of your family could eventually benefit from wider, wheelchair accessible entryways, or a first-floor master bedroom. If you plan to live in your home through your later years, Cormack’s Certified Aging in Place specialist can help guide you in your best design options.
6. Don’t build more than you need.
Avoid including any rooms in your house design that might be under-utilized or can’t be easily repurposed. An oversized playroom or workout room is nice, but will you really use it?
7. Check out your neighbors.
Before finalizing your plans and beginning construction on your home, be sure to take a good look at your neighbors’ homes. If your home is either significantly larger or smaller than the rest on your street, you could have a hard time selling it later.
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At Cormack Construction, we take pride in building our customers’ homes as if they were our own. We’re an award-winning design-build firm with an outstanding reputation for quality and customer service. Whether you’re building the luxury custom home of your dreams or adding on to your existing home, we’re here to serve your unique needs. Contact us today.