The most opportune time to engage your home builders in Houston is before you have made any major obligations and after you have decided that you are committed to building your home. Your general contractor can be a major contributor in facilitating your entire project, providing due diligence in lot selection, developing the preliminary budget, managing and contributing to the design process, finalizing the construction budget, assisting in securing a financing package and building your new luxury home.
By hiring your advocate early in the process you can avoid unwanted surprises and setbacks in the home building process. The early advantages are directly related to your builder’s seasoned knowledge contributing to your new home site acquisition. Your general contractor will review the properties deed restrictions for design compliance, review the property survey for easement and setback limitations and assist in developing a financial feasibility study for your overall new luxury home budget.
The early concept design discussions will contribute to the builders and owners ability to openly discuss how the owners proposed home architectural style will fit with the proposed lots and neighboring home styles. As these discussions and relationship develop, the home builders can better evaluate a potential fit for the design architect in the team. This is also a good period for the owners to collect design details and features that are priorities for them to incorporate into their one of a kind home design.
The real value in the design build process for the owner is to have the appropriate time to directly work with the general contractor to establish a trusting relationship. The owners will be spending a great deal of time with their builder and should have a comfortable working relationship with this adviser. The second most important value to the owner is the financial accountability that the builder has to the owner throughout this method. As the design phases evolve, your builder is updating the construction budget, so by the end of the design phase the owner has a high confidence construction budget to build their new home. An additional benefit for the owner is their ability in moving forward free of concerns about design errors or omissions leading to buyer funded change orders. This process also eliminates the risk of designing a new home with an architect that ends up bidding out at 25% above their initial budget.