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When you’re ready to bring your retirement dream home to life, there’s no better option than hiring a custom home builder. The process of going from concept to reality is complicated, though, and it takes more than just a builder to make it happen. This is why you need a team of professionals, each with their own specialty, who can collaborate to pull all the pieces together.
At Enzo Design Build, we already have a team of builders, engineers and architects/interior designers to manage the construction process. However, we also understand that it helps to spell out who should be in your corner when it’s time for a custom build. Here, we’ve outlined the ideal pros you need.
Real Estate Agent
Before anything else happens, you need to decide where your dream home will live. A real estate agent can help you find the perfect spot for your upcoming abode. Make sure to interview potential agents first to make sure they’re a good fit. You should know how experienced your agent is in neighbourhoods you are interested in, and what previous clients have thought of them. Once you’ve selected the perfect agent, it’s time to lock down the land and build.
The next two professionals you want to hire are an architect and a builder. These two pros will work together closely, which means they both need to be able to work with the same style and materials. If you start by hiring a builder, you can often ask them to recommend an architecture company they like to work with, or vice versa, to be sure they stay on the same page. Another option is to hire freelance BIM services professionals to create 3D models and simulations to help design your home.
Before hiring these professionals, you want to start with a general idea of what you’re looking for. The pros are there to take your ideas and turn them into plans, but they can only do that effectively when you have a vision that matches their expertise – and that you can communicate during the planning process.
Before making a decision on a home builder, be sure to interview potential candidates and pay attention to the most important factors to look for, such as a solid track record of quality work. Along with all the facts you collect, don’t be afraid to go with your gut. If you feel like they aren’t being fully transparent or don’t communicate well, you can take this as an indication of how well they would (or wouldn’t) work with you. Once you do find a builder, you’ll be working with them closely, so endeavour to keep the lines of communication open. Speak clearly about what you want, address any communication barriers and never assume anything. Your builder can’t read your mind.
Collaboration is critical in custom home building, and engineers are pros who will work closely with your architect and builder. One way an engineer can help is by assessing your property to ensure the land is well-suited for your home’s plans. For some new homes, you may also need to consult with a civil engineer on concerns like water retention and drainage.
Your architect and builder will lay out the basic design of your home, but an interior designer can help you nail down important details the architect might overlook. An interior designer works with your building team to ensure that the interior fits with the exterior design and also has a flow that works for the home and its occupants.
Your interior designer will ask you and your building team all the right questions about lighting, where you intend to place your furniture, which direction doors will open, and other things you might not consider. They make sure the home works without sacrificing aesthetics.
In addition to your primary contractor who handles the structure, specialty contractors are the tradespeople who will plan and install your home’s main systems like electrical work, plumbing, HVAC, roofing, and more. Other contractors, you may need to consider include landscapers and a local tree service for enhancing your yard and pruning trees. All of these jobs require a good deal of expertise, so you want to be sure you hire companies with experience and a solid reputation. Carefully review online reviews and check for ratings before hiring anyone.
No one wants to find out after the fact that their contractor or engineer has cut corners. To be sure this doesn’t happen, make sure you don’t cut corners when hiring someone for the job. You have the ultimate vision for your dream home – now you need the dream team to make it happen.