How To Reduce The Time You Spend Designing Your Custom Home
Are you looking to build a new home, but the endless decisions and choices are holding you back?
If you’re thinking of building a new home, then it can appear daunting when you look at all the decisions that need to be made in order to get the home you want.
However, the design process for a custom home doesn't have to be tedious and time consuming when you work with custom home specialists that have systems, processes and experience to make the process enjoyable.
The Custom Home Builders Difference
Volume builders unnecessarily elongate the process because their business model is not designed to accommodate individually designed homes. As their name suggests, their process has been optimised for mass volume which is great for people on an extremely tight budget, but less than ideal for anyone looking for something more than a cookie-cutter home.
However, specialist custom home builders only build individually designed homes so their processes have been deliberately developed to be flexible, accommodating and supportive.
A common myth is that building a custom home with a volume builder saves time because they simply customise an existing design from their plan range.
But the reality is, the more you change an existing plan, the more likely your project will sit in the ‘too hard basket’ wasting precious time that could be used to design the home to suit your block of land and your lifestyle.
Another thing to consider is that the actual available start dates for construction to commence with volume builders are few and far between.
This is due to the sheer number of contracts these companies hold in their ‘pre start’ phase in order to optimise their operations.
In other words, your project could spend months sitting in a backlog of projects before anyone turns up on site.
When you build with a professional custom home builder, you design a home that complements your block and suits your lifestyle rather than trying to adapt an existing design. Additionally, you are assigned a project manager who handles everything for you after the design phase resulting in a superior build and a better experience.
So if you want your house finished on time and with minimal time taken out of your daily schedule, the best option is to go with a professional custom home builder who can manage everything for you.
We had a client come to us recently who was dealing with a volume builder for nine months without getting close to seeing work commence on site. The builder wasn’t organised at meetings and their design was full of mistakes.
Needless to say they were having second thoughts about building a custom home but decided to reach out to me after receiving a recommendation from a work colleague. After an initial consultation, we were able to assure the client that we would have their design started and finished within twelve weeks as opposed to nine months. Additionally, we would manage the entire process for them once we had a mutual understanding of the design and features they wanted for their home.
So how does the process work? Let us walk you through what you can expect when you engage Stannard Family Homes to build you your dream custom home…
The Design Process, Working With You
Firstly, we start with the big picture stuff. The design process.
We will sit down with you at our office and start to build out the relationship and overall plan. We will show you our Stannard Family Homes design range brochure for inspiration rather than adaptation.
Throughout this initial meeting we will work together to understand exactly what it is that you want out of your custom home, such as layout and size of the bedrooms, taking into account your block and your budget.
You will tell us about the ‘must have’ features, the ‘nice to have’ options, and the unique ideas that will make your home special to you.
This part of the process is always so much fun for both our clients and our team as we get to know each other and bring your ideas to life.
By working with you to get a clear understanding of how you want to design your home, we reduce the amount of time you need to invest in multiple design discussions in the future.
Once we’ve worked on the big picture, it’s then time for us to tackle the smaller picture by discussing your inclusions and colour selections.
Your Choice Of Inclusions
This is when we will discuss wall colours, kitchen cupboards and everything in between.
Throughout this stage of the process, we bring in our professional interior designer to help speed things up. We can’t have you starting from scratch by staring at a colour wheel…
So we consult our in-house interior designer to make the process easy for you.
During the meeting, you will be given professional advice on the features that will best suit your home so you can be confident that your colour selections and inclusions will meet your lifestyle and budget requirements.
Lastly, If your house needs to be demolished before you start building, we can take care of that for you as well.
At the end of the day, you’re a professional with a busy life and the process of building a new home can seem lengthy and arduous at first. However, when you consult a professional builder who will manage the entire process for you with your critical input, you won’t believe how easy and enjoyable it will be to build your dream home.
To help get you started, we’ve put together a quick guide for you to download - The 7 Things You Must Know Before Designing A New Home.
It’s completely free, and it will help you to avoid any nasty surprises that can sneak up on you when building a custom home.